And when it hit, I regained strength

Blessings and Calamities

Life dwells between these two. Underlying both is a test. The inevitable test, the promised test:

“[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving” Surah Al-Mulk, 67:2

With the atrocities going around in many Muslim lands today, this piece will focus on the test of trials of calamities rather than the test of blessings.

So, the other day I found myself dumbfounded on my chair, staring at the news in front of me. I could not believe my eyes. I wish I could deny it, but I could not. I wish I could stop feeling guilty, but I could not. Deep down inside I knew, I was responsible. I had not fulfilled the purpose I was created for. I had not worshipped.

The news of the calamities struck me hard. It struck me straight to the floor with my forehead on the ground, in sujood. I realized that feeling guilty was not going to solve my problem. Rather, I needed to step up to turn to Allah again by immersing myself into the Divine Knowledge and pure worship. And as I rose from the sujood, I realized something deep.

Though initially the news of the calamity caused me to be afraid, it triggered me to turn to Allah. It triggered me to re-focus on my relationship with Allah. And slowly, I started feeling that the calamity had a reason behind it and the reason was to make me come back to Allah – this time stronger. I started to see the calamity as a test, which demanded an action from me to pass it. And the action was the fulfillment of the purpose of my creation: worship of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

So my dear sisters and brothers, when a calamity strikes you, it is a means to push you back on the right track. However, you will only be pushed back when you take the right step. You need to realize that both life and death were created to test who amongst us are best in deed.

So, when a calamity strikes you, you need to do the best deed in order to pass the test. Do not let the nature of the calamity blur your insight and cause you to do something less than best.

You were created to worship Allahsubḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). And everything that happens to your life directs you to this purpose. It is you, who needs to understand this fact and take the right direction that leads to this purpose.

So, when a calamity strikes you -

  1. Turn to Allah immediately
  2. Ponder over your life and the shortcomings and make du’a to Allah for forgiveness
  3. Work on your shortcomings before a bigger calamity strikes (the terror of the Day of Judgment and the Hell-fire). Focus on your relationship with Allah and do every possible act to strengthen it.
  4. Spend at least some time of the day to learn about the beauty of Islam. Listen to tafseers of Quran, lectures about Allah and the Prophet sm which truly calms the heart and strengthens your heart to face the challenges better.

Remember, if it is meant to hit you, it is only to strengthen you. But, there always remains an ‘if’. If only you take the ‘right’ direction.

The Author

Faria Alam is a young aspiring student who seeks to help young females educate themselves. She is a freelance writer and loves to read books of different disciplines. She takes great interest in personal development.

5 Responses

  1. Alima March 4, 2013 / 10:56 pm

    Assalaamu ‘alaykum Faria,

    Jazakillahu khayrun for the beautiful lessons. :)

  2. Rashida March 7, 2013 / 10:18 am

    as-salaamu alaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatahu. absolutely lovely article…. reminds me that Allah tests those that HE loves.

    • Faria Alam March 7, 2013 / 5:02 pm

      Wa alaykum salam wr wb Sr. Rashida. The fact is Allah does test those whom He loves, but at the same time when a calamity strikes us we should be pondering over our actions to see whether we are going wrong anywhere. We can never say for sure that Allah loves me, because that is something to see in the hereafter, as Allah’s love is conditional. We need to *strive* for Allah’s love. And we need to make du’a to Allah to love us as taught by the Prophet sm. And we hope that Allah loves us. However during every test, we need to see where we are going wrong. That was an essential message that I wanted to give in this article.

  3. Saadiqah March 7, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    MashaAllaah.. BaarakAllaahu feek Sr. Faria! Such a beautiful coincidence that the same thing I was explaining to one of my clients in a counseling session yesterday. Whether in joy or in sorrow the truth is that we have forgotten our purpose and that is why we are living hollow lives and not able to come out of things around us. But for the success of both the worlds we need to return to fulfill the noble purpose for which we have been created and that is to worship ALLAH with Ihsaan. May ALLAH help us!

  4. sabiha tabassum March 10, 2013 / 9:14 am

    as-salamu alaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuhu, jazaakALLAHU khairun

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