Saturday, May 19, 2012

Do Not Panic if Du'as are Not Answered

Many people think that all they have to do is to declare their repentance to their Lord, then they will immediately have it easy and be relieved of trouble, and wealth will come to them, and they will live a life of luxury. But none of that is necessarily the case. Rather there is a test and trial of this person’s repentance: is it sincere or not? Is it for the sake of Allah or not? All of that means he will face a new test.

Indeed the purpose and wisdom behind this life is that it is a test and trial. Allah says: 

“Verily, We have created man from Nutfah (drops) of mixed semen (sexual discharge of man and woman), in order to try him, so We made him hearer and seer” [al-Insaan 76:2] 

If he understands this fact, then he should surrender in his heart to his Lord and accept it, but if he does not understand that, then he will not be able to surrender in his heart to his Lord, even if he seems to have surrendered outwardly. Hence it was narrated that some of the salaf said:

“If the kings and sons of kings knew what joy we experience, they would fight us for it with their swords.” 

What joy could be referred to here? It is the joy of the heart that has certain faith in its Lord, may He be exalted, and the joy of obeying Him and the happiness of drawing closer to Him, even if they were going through hardships. This is the measure of a good life, as Allah says in Qur'an: 

“Whoever works righteousness — whether male or female — while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter)” [al-Nahl 16:97]

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmaan al-Sa’di (may Allah have mercy on him) said: 

The one who combines faith and good deeds, “to him We will give a good life” by giving him tranquillity in his heart and peace of mind, and by causing him not to pay any attention to that which could disturb his heart. Allah will grant him a goodly provision from sources he could not imagine, and “We shall pay them certainly” in the Hereafter “a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do”, all kinds of delight such as no eye has seen, no ear has heard and it has not crossed the mind of any man. So Allah will give him good in this world and good in the Hereafter. Tafseer al-Sa’di (p. 448). 

May the ummah hold strong to the rope of Allah, so we can understand what we don't and worship Allah, fear Him and love Him and die as Muslims. May Allah accept. ameen


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Zahia said...

My family and I were just talking about this today. SubhanAllah. JzakAllah for this post.

The Black Jubah said...

Assalamualaikum Claudia,
Allah is testing me everyday, everytime all the time and it is only with Allah's grace that everything went well...Alhamdulillah...

Claudia Simoes said...

@ Zahia

wa eyiaki sis

@ The Black Jubah

wa aleikom al salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

alhamdulilah sis. Patience is one of the greatest achievements of a believer and it's one characteristic that will give a great reward. Allah hears us and sees us. He knows us more than we know ourselves. So whatever grief and complaint we have should be for Him and He is The Best of Listeners, alhamdulilah!

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