As I watch the gruesome images of Muslim kids being beaten, men and women being burnt, murdered or tortured, my soul cries out with helplessness and extreme distress. I rush to the only thing that would calm it. The Qur’an! And just as I begin reading Allah’s Glorious words, I come across ayaat that seem like a light in a deep dark tunnel…ayaat that bring solace to a troubled heart…ayaat that promise me, promise us as an ummah that HE IS THERE…HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE AND HE WILL BRING US KHAIR SOON!
وَإِن يَمْسَسْكَ اللَّهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلاَ كَاشِفَ لَهُ إِلاَّ هُوَ وَإِن يَمْسَسْكَ بِخَيْرٍ فَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدُيرٌ
(And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He touches you with good, then He is able to do all things.) [Al An’aam 6:17]
SubhanAllah! Allah states that He Alone brings benefit or harm, and that He does what He wills with His creatures, none can resist His judgment or prevent what He decrees, SubhanAllah! We have to believe that Allah gives and takes but no one can take away our faith in Allah from our heart. It’s something no one can snatch from you. Even if we are to lose everything in this world, even if we go through the worst of all trials, diseases and sufferings…we should know that it’s His Decree, His Plan for us…if He has touched us with hardship today, we have to believe that it is ONLY HIM WHO has the power to remove it!
And this realization itself helps us navigate through all the bumps and roadblocks in our life. We have submitted to the One Who will never abandon us, never leave us.
It is recorded in the Sahih that the Messenger of Allah used to supplicate,
«اللَّهُمَّ لَا مَانِعَ لِمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَلَا مُعْطِيَ لِمَا مَنَعْتَ، وَلَا يَنْفَعُ ذَا الْجَدِّ مِنْكَ الْجَد»
(O Allah, there is none Who can avert what You grant or give what You deprive, and no fortune ever helps the fortunate against You.) This is why Allah further says in Al An’aam:
وَهُوَ الْقَاهِرُ فَوْقَ عِبَادِهِ
(And He is the Subjugator over His servants. ) [Al An’aam 6:18]
meaning, to Him the necks are subservient, the tyrants humble before Him and He has complete control over all things. The creatures have all bowed to Allah and are humbled before His grace, honor, pride, greatness, highness and ability over all things. The creatures are insignificant before Him, for they are all under His irresistible decision and power,
(and He is the All-Wise,) [Al An’aam 6:18] in all His actions,
الْخَبِيرُ (Well-Acquainted with all things.) [6:18]
Who places everything in its rightful place, grants and favors whomever deserves His favor.
So know O Muslim – Engulfed in pain and torture! Know that Allah is All Aware, All Wise, All Knowing, all-Seeing, the Just, the Loving, the Giver of all things, the One Who answers the call of his slaves. Allah will never abandon you, Allah will never withhold anything except to give something much greater. Allah’s plan is the best of all plans. So bear with patience for a little while more, for in this struggle you are not alone…!