Sunday, 4 May 2008

Everything happens for the better

Follow up on Isbah's post Sin City.

It’s sad to see the amount of violence, oppression and injustice happening on an individual level, national level and globally. Ruthless people are inflicting crimes against their fellow beings. It feels as if the sense of mercy is rapidly depreciating. I often wonder why innocent people are suffering and going through such hardy trials. It appears as if they are facing penalty of crimes committed by other people. It doesn’t seem fair. Some unfortunate ones are sunk into poverty and deprived of the basic necessities of life such as food, shelter and even adequate clothing. What’s their fault? Some are simply born into it. Who to blame in such a case? Fate?

My knowledge is too limited to see any good coming out of such apparent unfortunate happenings. Perhaps if we look into the life of each individual we’ll get better insight. Regardless, I strongly believe that (for a good person) there is good in everything i.e. everything happens for the better and if one is righteously patient and awaits God's mercy surely he will witness the good. (InshahAllah and Allahu alam)

Consider the following hadith: “The affair of the believer is amazing! The whole of his life is beneficial, and that is only in the case of the believer. When good times come to him, he is thankful and it is good for him, and when bad times befall him, he is patient and it is also good for him” (narrated by Muslim). Another version of the same hadith is “Amazing is the believer, for whatever Allah decrees for him, it is better for him! If he is tested with a bounty, he is grateful for it and this is better for him; and if he is afflicted with a hardship, he is patient with it and this is better for him.”

Being patient in hard times, and grateful in good times is the catch here.

We all get hit by misfortune, fall sick, get into accidents, and are saddened at times of despair. Everybody faces problems in life. It’s natural and humanely to feel gloomy. However, the believer easily overcomes such hardships since there is good to derive from it.

As a kid when I would fall sick my mama would console me by saying that there is good to derive from illness. She would say and that since I am in pain Allah mian will compensate it for something pleasant for me. With that thought in mind I would instantly become peaceful. As I grew up I came across this saying of The Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) “When the believer is afflicted with pain, even that of a prick of a thorn or more, God forgives his sins” (narrated by Bukhari). Isn't it better that our sins get washed in this life rather than face punishment in the next? Indeed it is.

It is reported that Abu Hurayrah, the companion of the Prophet, had a favorite illness! He is reported to have said, “There is no illness that afflicts me more beloved to me than fever; it enters every part of me and [because of it] Allah the Mighty and Sublime gives every part of me its share of reward” (narrated by Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad).SubhanAllah, if only we could look at the positive side when we got sick or some misfortune occurs.

As long as we are honest and sincere in our affairs, we need not worry of the outcome. InshahAllah events will unfold for the better. Human knowledge is limited and sometimes we fail to see the potential harm and get depressed when we don't get what we want. Allah (s.w.t) says in his book “but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knoweth, ye know not” (2:216). Therefore, we shouldn't lose heart, rather be optimistic and respond with shukar i.e gratefulness.

May Allah bless us with hearts that are patient and grateful in times of hardship and otherwise, and May Allah knock out any hardship that beholds us with his plentiful mercy. Ameen.

14 comments:

Rabbi Lars Shalom said...

i am a guy that works with religious aliens!! please enter this saacred domain!! thank you!

Farhan Hafeez said...

MASHALLAH .... excellent piece of writing :) ....

Saira Andleeb said...

This has become my favorite most piece of writing from your blog.
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:)

hadi said...

very well written

M. Hassan M. said...

Jazak-Allah ...

bilal said...

great writeup!
patience! if one is patient and strong in faith, one can face whatever life throws at an individual...

Syra said...

everybody, thanks for appreciating =).

Isbahz said...

Glad to know that my skepticism triggered optimism :)

U know once, during the dark ages of my life, someone asked me, "what did u learn from life?" and the first thing that came to my mind was injustice and the hatred i had bred for it. i wrote those lines as my petition to skepticism :)

Understanding skepticism is not something that they teach you in the books. It is something that is practiced by the effectees of life in general :) [ im sure sak would agree ;)]

I understood the power of it when i read the Satan's speech in 'The Paradise Lost'. At first, I could barely comprehend it, but then one of my teachers, a literature expert explained the Satan's point of view to me.

My point is that we all believe in destiny, the good and the greater good too. But sometimes, somethings are written in your dark moments when u see no light. It is important to me because it reminds me how much i have grown and how far i have come :)

Saira Andleeb said...

*sak agreeing*

but as far as learning is concerned, to me, so far, it has only made me update the the count of growing Hemorrhoids !

:P :)

Isbahz said...

u should definitely read the satan's speech then...

Syra said...

I agree, we got to learn from the dark too and drive ourselves out of the darkness by wearing the spectacles of faith and illuminating the inner self with light.
The key here is not to absorb into the darkness and become all negative and bitter towards life. Rather find a way out of it and appreciate the light more.

Only belief in the greater good and the thought of an eventual justice and a land of paradise kept me going in the dark stages of my life, and continues to do so Alhamdulilah.

Saira Andleeb said...

"dark stage" is a very relative word ... and the word "darker" is always there :P ... but then whatever gives one peace ! :)

Syra said...

:) there is good in everything..it's for the blessed ones to seek the light in the darkness, the positivity in all the negativity and the diamond in the coal mine :)

Syra said...

A Relevant Hadith:

Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon him) said:

"There is nothing that befalls a believer, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allah will record one good deed for him and will remove one bad deed from him."
Muslim