Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Be thankful, always.

This is what I was thinking at 4am in the morning.

We deserve everything that we've been given in life. 
Both good and bad.

You failed your exam. You deserved it.
Allah (swt) is teaching you not to give up hope. to keep going until you finish. to try harder. 

You had a car accident and lost a body part. You deserved it.
Allah (swt) is telling you not to take your life for granted. to remember Him always. to fear Him. fear death. 

You are just really happy. for no reason. You deserve it. 
Allah (swt) is showing you that He loves his slaves. that He is pleased with you and wants you to thank Him. He is giving you a beautiful gift, a gift of happiness. 

Everything in life is a lesson for us all. You just have to look harder. Think deep.

Anything that befalls on us, be it pleasure or hardship, happens so that we remember Allah (swt). 

The next time you break your expensive watch, your $2000 camera, your iphone; or your handbag, shoes, clothes decide that it's time for you to move on; or someone accidentally bumps into you on the street or steps on your foot; or you simply forgot to take the rubbish out after being told countless times by your Mum; or you left the lights on after leaving home...Instead of saying:

S&*^%!

say,

ALHAMDULILAH!

Say for instance you have a baby. The baby is your heart and soul. It's all you think about, night and day. One small thing happens to your child, you become frantic. You go nuts. You are so attached to the baby, you forget that the baby does not belong to you. It belongs to Allah (swt). and He can take it away from you any time He wants. Nothing in this world belongs to us. I mean, NOTHING - except our emaan.

Ok, so maybe it's not a baby, but your brand new car.  Or the new job that you just started. Or your Husband, the love of your life. You love it so much that you can't sleep at night. Ask yourselves this, do you love these things more than you love Allah (swt)? These things are all dunya things. Yes, even babies. Think about it.

Be in this world as though you are a stranger. Cause you will never know when you're going to leave it.
Are you ready?

4 comments:

  1. my mother thinks I'm crazy anytime I say alhamdulilah when something bad happens to me. Or when I tell her or my sisters to Say Alhamdulilah... But may allah always let us remember to thank him during hard times or good times. We tend to forget ourselves during such an event.

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  2. I just lost my very expensive phone... :( and didn't say Alhamdolillah as yet...
    Alhamdolillah that you reminded me...
    Now I'll say Alhamdolillah :)

    Yay!

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  3. woah u right we often forget that evthin here in dis world belongs to allah
    thanks for rem us tc

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  4. i get what your saying although i dont necessarily agree some people spend their lives happy and carefree but they spend their time in haram is allah pleased with such a person?
    while another person although with flaws like all of us is devoted to deen but is faced with many hardships in life that were out of their controll.
    its that kind of attitude that leaves people with genuine problems alone in the dark because others believe that we shouldn't grieve Allah's choices.

    When the Prophet's infant son Ibrahim was ill Mariyah, radi Allahu 'anha, called for Allah's Messenger to come quickly.
    When Allah's Messenger, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, arrived, baby Ibrahim was in his final breaths of life.
    ... Now think for a moment, May Allah protect you and your family.
    Imagine your son's infant body in your arms.
    And the emotions that rush through you as you watch your child dying in your hands.
    And there is nothing you can do...
    Except surrender to your creators will
    This is what Allah's Messenger, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, experienced, this is what i have also experienced.
    Tears spilled down Allah's Messenger's cheeks. The Sahabah, asked the Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, about the tears. With the tears streaming down his cheeks wetting his beard, he said "I have not commanded against sadness, but against raising one's voice in lamentation. What you see in me is the effect of the love and compassion in my heart for my lost one. Whoever feels no compassion toward others will not receive any compassion."

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