Tag Archives: Mercy

Being patient with what Allah has decreed

As-Salamu Alaykum,

Life is difficult, we all have something we struggle with in life. Whether that is a stubbed toe, bad exam results or a death in the family.

In his book “Don’t Be Sad”, Sheikh ‘Aidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni writes: “Whatever has befallen you was not meant to escape you, and whatever has escaped you was not meant to befall you: If this belief were to be firmly ingrained in your heart, then all hardship and difficulty would become ease and comfort. The Prophet (saw.) said: “Whoever Allah wishes good for, He inflicts him (with hardship).”

Allah (swt.) tells us in the Qur’an:

“No disaster strikes except by permission of Allah. And whoever believes in Allah – He will guide his heart. And Allah is Knowing of all things.”

[Surah At-taghabun : 11 ]

Two of the names of Allah (swt.) are Al-Muhyi and Al-Mu’mit, the Giver of life and the Bringer of death. It is Him that blessed us with the birth of a new child in our midst, but it is also His Will for a beloved to leave us. As well as everything, that is in between those two certainties.

“Every soul must taste death”, it says in the Qur’an. Not just experience death for ourselves, but as Shaykh Shafi Chowdhury said in a lecture, someone you love will die and you will have to bury them. He reminded us that Allah (swt.) is behind every single interaction, every single situation that befalls us, that this is our test. How do we act when something good or bad happens to us?

As the Prophet (saw.) said:

“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.” [Narrated by Muslim, 2999] 

Another narration from the Prophet (saw.) says:

The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When Allah loves a people He tests them. Whoever accepts that wins His pleasure but whoever is discontent with that earns His wrath.”

[ Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2396)]

With everything that may happen whether good or bad we are asked to bear it with patience. Something good that may occur to us might not be that good after all, and something bad may in fact be good for us. Does a baby know that a vaccination will protect him or her in the long run? It will still cry no matter how much you try to explain it, it hurts. In the same way Allah (swt.) loves us more than a mother loves her baby,  He wants only good for us.

“On the Day of Resurrection people will wish that their skins had been cut with scissors in this world, when they see the reward of those who were struck with calamity.” [marfoo’ narration in Al-Tirmidhi]

So He may cause us to have distress in this world, so that He may shower us with the pleasures of the next. He may cause us pain in this world and with that erase our sins and grant us entrance to Paradise and non-imaginable rewards. In times of hardship we say, Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. (Verily to Allah we belong and unto Him is our return) Reminding ourselves that this world is not much more than a stay under the shade of a tree.

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient.

Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.

Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.”

[Surah Al-Baqarah : 155-7]

Wa Salam,
Abdur-Rahman

Videos? Love ’em IV

It’s back on again folks!

The “Videos? Love em'” series, is back every week inshaAllah. This weeks decision was once again a hard one. With my being occupied with university, the number of videos I’ve been watching decreased rapidly. Meaning, I just got around to watching the many good videos, that were uploaded weeks ago.

This edition is going to be laden with motion-graphics and it has absolutely nothing to do with my being in love with the art. (ha) So without further ado, I give you my favourite clips this week.

The first video in the Category Islamic, is a promo for an event. It is going to take place at the end of December and is organised by Alkauthar and Mercy Mission. (ado, ado, ado…)

I must say I’m quite jealous that I won’t be able to hear Amal Ahmad Albaz. She is one of the first Muslim slam poets I encountered on my search, after getting interested in Slam Poetry. Here is one of her videos.

I like the tranquillity exhumed by the video, the smooth transitions with the nicely chosen audio. Overall a good experience, and I hope the ladies have fun inshaAllah.

The second video, I watched a little over a week ago. Ten minutes before Fajr, a small cut out of a talk by Sheikh Saad Tasleem. I truly love him for the sake of Allah. He’s a cool cat. MashaAllah.

The talk was exactly what I needed when I first heard it. Strengthening my resolve to make better use of my nights, instead of reading Fan-fiction the whole night.

In the non-Islamic category, again two motion graphic shows.

First up, is NBC’s The Blacklist “Classified” trailer by Patrick Clair who produces absolutely brilliant content. The stuxnet video I featured in “Internet Security or Videos? Love em’ III” is also one of his creations.

I’ve got no words to describe it, everything just fits together. I think I might check out the Series, the 8th episode was just aired shouldn’t be too  hard to get caught up.

The second video is somewhat related to the recent NSA scandals. It tries to highlight the contradiction in our demanding transparency from organizations, such as Google, in the way our privacy is ensured. With us being our worst enemies in keeping information, about ourselves private on services such as Facebook.

 

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman