Just like after every night
Comes the day with it’s sunlight
Outside every dark door
Awaits something bright
You may not see it at first
But you gotta believe
That it’s there
Waiting to be discovered
You’d have to walk miles
Or swim against the current
But in the end it will all be worth it
Because you will find what you seek.
In life we are faced with many situations which cannot be avoided; some easy, others difficult. I think of these situations like closed doors. We won’t know what’s behind them unless we open them. But, these doors cannot be left unopened. The only way out is through them.
Sometimes we doubt ourselves. We’re afraid to even try. Will I be able to do it? What if I can’t? Thoughts like these make the situation appear more overwhelming than it really is. We might think otherwise but the truth is that we all have it in us.
The power to overcome these situations. Because,
“Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity…” (2:286)
We have been gifted with the ability to stand up to these difficult situations. It is none but Allah who empowers us and gives us the strength to face them. We have to believe that we can do it because Allah will not charge us beyond our capacities. Tests in life are ordained for various reasons like purification from sins, reward, increase in status, a reminder of Allah’s power and Lordship, or sometimes even as punishments (May Allah protect us from all evil. Ameen). I know it’s not always easy but we should try to stay strong and place our complete trust in Allah. Remember,
There is no might nor power except with Allah.
Abu Hurairah said:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to me: ‘Be frequent in saying: “There is no might or power except by Allah, (Lā ḥawla wa lā quwwata illā billāh).” For verily, it is a treasure from the treasures of Paradise.’” (Sunan At-Tirmidhi)
And Allah is never unjust.
Bitterness that seems to come to us easily in times of difficulty results from not being able to understand the purpose behind the test. Why me? Why does she have “such and such a thing” and I don’t? We start seeing life from a flawed perspective. We think that God’s being unfair to us (nauthubillah) and that we deserve better. But in reality, what has been decreed for us is what’s best for us because Allah knows and we do not. No matter how grim the situations seem, we should remember that Allah is never unjust.
“…And your Lord does injustice to no one.” (18:49)
“And We are not unjust to them…” (43:76)
“The word will not be changed with Me, and never will I be unjust to the servants.” (50:29)
Allah alone has the power to fulfill our needs and answer our prayers.
We should keep praying to Allah, both in good and bad times. When nothing makes sense and everything seems to be out of control, we should remember that our prayers will never go unanswered. Our Creator asks us to pray to Him, call upon Him, remember Him. He says He will answer our prayers. We don’t fully know the ways in which He works. Sometimes we want something so badly, we even pray for it, but we still don’t get it. Does that mean our prayers are not being answered? No, definitely not. Rather, only Allah knows when is the best time to grant us what we asked for. It could be later in life or maybe the next. We should trust in Allah’s decree and know that He listens to our prayers.
“And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.”…” (40:60)
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” (2:186)
With hardship there is ease.
“For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” (94:4-5)
I pray to Allah’ azza wa jal to not burden us beyond our capabilities; and set right all our affairs and grant us success both in this world and the next. Ameen!
Indeed Allah is the One who answers prayers.
Remember me in your du’as.