These temporary setbacks are a sign from Him to turn back to Him, to steer our boat away from the typhoon and towards the light tower, seeking guidance from Him alone, repenting over our past unintentional sins. Allah is ever so kind, so forgiving, He will eventually send down His blessings, but we should remember the lessons learnt in this age of Corona pandemic. The virus may seem scary, but it has taught us the value of the missing pieces of our life’s puzzle.
Huquq Allah (Rights of God on Man)
Being humble in your prayers and supplications and trying to please Allah brings a feeling of contentment and peace in our hearts. When we know that we are doing everything in our power to please our Creator, then an environment of humility and serenity prevails. Of course, we are responsible for fulfilling our roles as a fellow being to ensure that no soul is hurt or harmed by us.
The best way to express one’s gratitude to Allah is; Being thankful in abundance and practicing patience in trial. True essence of gratitude lies in accepting every hurdle that comes your way, keeping expectations low, being content with whatever Allah blesses you with; may it be less or more, and adapting to all kinds of scenarios in life for the sake of gaining the pleasure of Allah. If Allah wills, a believer will gain rewards in this world and also in the next for his ways of practicing the Quran and the Sunnah, and believing in the immortality of this world and the reality of the ever so desirable, paradise.
The race to win the best of all things material will never come to an end. This will continue as long as we breathe our last forcing us to stay in tension, aspiring things we don’t have control over to bring in our possession. Being grateful to the Almighty for each and every thing we possess, for all His blessings can lead to a better and more enduring life ahead in the hereafter, in sha Allah. It shouldn’t matter if we don’t live the most favourite version of our lives in material terms, rather, accepting the mortality of this dunya being a temporary resting place while the afterlife being a place much desired should be the case.
The salah needs to be filled with our heart, mind and soul, being fearful of standing in front of Allah, while humbly praising Him and aiming for jannah in the hereafter, in sha Allah. The khushu and khudu, the humility, the devotion, the submissiveness, the humbleness of our limbs, the alertness of our body parts, these are the required elements of a salah which Allah almighty will accept in the akhirah. The true essence and spirit of salah revolves around the presence of khushu and khudu, meaning inward and outward submission and devotion respectively, praising Allah and communicating with Him with our deepest interest and love. The heart remaining free of any worldly worries and tensions while our body exhibits submission of even the tiniest body part.
A momin, when at salah, tries his best to gain an eternal connection with his Supreme Creator. This bonding of the creator and His creation is a desired state longed by a believer, for maintaining a sense of acceptance that he fears Allah and also accepts that He, undoubtedly is the most magnificent, the caretaker of us all. A sense of humility and calmness covers you while you stand in front of your Allah, conversing with him, bonding with him, establishing the soul of your prayers, reminding yourself of your insignificance and His magnificence.
No one is advised by Allah to just sit down and wait for fate to take its course. Allah says to us to have faith in His choices for us, to make effort and after a reasonable effort, lie down and reap what we have sown. In this life, there would be trials, blocking our vision, our faith, making us think how we would survive and from where sustenance would reach, assuming that we are ‘done’. But, behold oh forgetful creation of Almighty Allah, He says to us to have faith in Him, trust Him, and He will open doors for us which weren’t even there in the first place.