In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful
For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.
Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.
(Surah Ash-Sharh 94:5-6)
The repetition of this verse emphasises the abundant amount of mercy and blessings waiting for the believers, for those who do not despair of Allahs’ Mercy… With hardship comes ease. We will be overwhelmed with joy but eventually that will stop. We will be faced with adversity but eventually that will stop. Pleasure and pain; they come together. When a baby cries notice how seconds later they start to laugh – that is the beauty of life, the pain never lasts.
There was a point in my life where I became lost and stuck in that momentum abandoning all reasons of logic. Isolated myself from my friends, I didn’t deserve any goodness. I thought God hated me. My faults weighed heavily on me. I trapped myself with my neurotic emotional state feeling so worthless that I had no self-awareness… In other words, I became depressed.
My short ordeal taught me how to control my emotions. Letting them all out allowed me to release the pain ‘you will heal faster’ – I told myself. I talked to those who were close to me. I cried to those that loved me. What do you gain when you build barriers between the people who care for you? Nothing stopped me. I know that we will be tested with something of fear… fear of loss, to see who is ‘fit’ for Paradise (aka eternal happiness). I know that when fear catches us we need to be prepared to increase our strength. I know that Allah is fully aware of my condition but am I fully aware of His Mercy? My certainty in Allahs Greatness will surely be tested, like the saying goes ‘actions speak louder’. Following the religion, calling myself a Muslim will just not cut it, the root word of Islam is peace and surrender – the spiritual surrender is the essence of Islam.
Dua became my weapon… Prostrating in Salaah gave me that sense of liberation… Surrendering myself to Allah who has full control over my life; only He can cure me. My Lord provided for me when I felt my world just ended… Few weeks ago I received some disturbing news (again) the old me would have sat like a plum, stressed out, hide in a place where no one is looking and burst into tears. The new me… Well, it was time for dawn prayers; I rushed to my prayer mat and surrendered myself to Allahs Mercy… My Master will help me!
Yes we all want a blissful life since the creation of Mankind initially took place in Paradise hence why our hearts yearn for never-ending feeling of happiness and pleasure in any good that surrounds us… But reality tells us that everything has an expiration date, we all know it! Money, status, worldly ambitions that dominate our lives will eventually expire. Relationships, family, friends, those we care about will eventually leave us. The things we own will end up owning us if we forget the purpose of our existence. Replace this life with something eternal and everlasting, hold this life in our hands and keep Allah in our hearts and He we will never disappoint us… Thinking well of Allah, Al-Wadud, (The loved one) will strengthen our hope in healing faster, by contemplating over the 99 beautiful names will remind us how perfect He is and His Creation, He will never let us down when we turn to Him.