.بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
There is a sister whose videos I found on YouTube, who really inspires me, Maa Shaa Allah . Born to a Jewish family, she embraced Islam.
Yesterday, I had come across a video of hers in which she talks about Allah having guided her to open the Qur’an to, specifically, (2:214). Maybe: when she had been going through a period of personal acute struggle.
“Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you?
They were touched by poverty and hardship and were [violently] shaken, until [even their] Messenger and those who believed with him said, “When is the help of Allah?”
Unquestionably, the Help of Allah is near.”
And, another verse that I have stumbled upon, today, from Surah Baqarah (which is named after the golden cow, from the story of Banī Isra’il and Moosa (AS)) is the following:
“This worldly life has been made to seem very charming and alluring for those who have adopted the way of disbelief [covering, within themselves, the Truth].
So they mock at those who have adopted the way of (adherent) belief, but the pious people will rank above them on the Day of Resurrection.
And Allah provides without measure to whomever He wills.”
— Qur’an, (2:212).
‘This worldly life’, i.e. al-Hayātud-Dunya, consists of, according to what Allah tells us in Surah Hadīd:
- Play and amusement. Entertainment etc.
- Beautification. Presumably: of ourselves, our homes, and so on. ‘Aesthetics’.
- Boasting to one another
- Competition in increase, in terms of wealth, and children.
So if we find ourselves, at any point, indulging too much in the above things, and/or mocking at those who adherently believe: it really, all in all, isn’t a good sign for us.
These things can be distractions, and altogether, if we choose them instead of adherent faith, then… we are wilfully being led into the waters of nothing but delusion and loss. And that’s the truth.
And, at points, as a Believer: we may find ourselves aching. Violently shaking, from within.
Everything might seem like it is crumbling; you might not know how to feel, and it might seem too… severe, too challenging, too overwhelming for words, sometimes.
In these moments, to draw on that beautiful line from the Psalms:
Be still, and know:
That He is Allah
He is Al-Lateef (the Subtle) and He will guide and help you, as He always has done, before.
[The Bible really is a beautiful book.
We accept the Torah and the Injeel, but we reject the parts that have been altered by human hands over time. And we thus reject the notion that Isa (AS) had been ‘God’.]
In these moments, when things seem just… ‘impossible’. You’re in the middle of some flood, and where can you find dry land, or at least… a raft, to carry you?
Be still, for:
Often, this is when Allah shows us, really, how incapable over our own selves and lives and destinies we really are. He is the Powerful, the Capable one.
And Subhaan Allah : Glory is His alone. Dear Reader:
Unquestionably, the Help of Allah is
- The aforementioned sister’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC73klk6A6aZ74VRO9iu0JXw.
“Indeed, Allah will admit those who believe and do righteous deeds to gardens beneath which rivers flow. Indeed, Allah does what He intends.”
— Qur’an, (22:14).