With Hardship Comes Ease

June 26, 2010

Ash-Sharh
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Have We not opened your breast for you (O Muhammad (SAW))? (1) And removed from you your burden, (2)Which weighed down your back? (3) And have We not raised high your fame? (4) Verily, along with every hardship is relief, (5) Verily, along with hardship is relief (i.e. there is one hardship with two reliefs, so one hardship cannot overcome two reliefs) (6) So when you have finished (your occupation), devote yourself for Allâh’s worship. (7) And to your Lord (Alone) turn (all your) intentions and hopes. (8)

Moments go by, life passes by! Thoughts come and go! A time comes when I get lost in my thoughts, so much that I don’t have a clue what to write about! I still observe my surroundings the way I use to, but that feeling is not quite there, the one that would urge me to write! Maybe the eyes I’m looking through are not the same. The world use to be a place where things would spark creativity in me, make me ponder over things which mattered to me! But now, in my heart, I feel lost, stuck, in the darkness of negativity. I’m being a little melodramatic here, but when I think about it, it’s what I feel. It’s a horrible feeling, not being able to express yourself! Can drive one to insanity. Nonetheless, there is a way to tackle this dilemma, and that is prayer. Asking Allah to strengthen your heart and mind. Asking Him for emotional stability, strength and patience.

Patience is a quality one should develop, as it is a tool which helps in times of distress. Being able to accept what you are going through and waiting for difficulties to pass, is only attainable through patience. It’s not easy, keeping control on your emotions. You feel like running away from the situation, but most of the time that’s not an option. But is giving up, something a person with integrity would want! And many times, there is no one that you can rely on, not even your family. All you have is your relationship with Allah. In fact, hardship makes this relationship stronger, if you wish to do so. Why would someone, who has everything in the world, from a loving family to anything material he desires, feel the need to turn to Allah. I’m not saying he shouldn’t. But the point I’m trying to make here is, that its human nature to turn to Allah when all else fails, in time of hardship. Allah is our only hope! He is our creator, and to Him is our return!

Accepting Allah’s plan is something that everyone find difficult. Whether it is failing in an exam, losing a loved one or anything in between. But acceptance is what brings peace to the heart. Having faith in what He has planned for us, keeping in mind, that He loves us, and wouldn’t put us through difficulty for nothing.

Gratitude is one thing that you can easily forget. You get through hard times, one way or the other, but when you’re on the other side, you forget that it wasn’t you who got you through but Him. It’s like slowing down at a speed breaker and then suddenly zooming away, forgetting the fact that the speed breaker was there to warn you that you are to watch your speed. Hardship is not only a reminder that life is a struggle, but also, that you aren’t on your own in it, Allah is looking out for you. And this is why gratitude is essential. It’s not that Allah needs it but we need to keep Him close in time of need as well as when things get better. Loving Allah is remembering Him even when you think all is well.

But these qualities don’t come for free. You have to push yourself, again and again, until these feelings are tucked deep inside you. It’s a defensive mechanism, something that can make you invulnerable to agony. You do it for yourself, not for your parents or your friends. But in the long run, it pleases Allah and places that confidence in the hearts of your loved ones, that you are able to tackle your way through to the finish line.

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