It’s strange, I rarely feel it’s pain, but today after many months it had returned. It had caused me to slow down a little, but still I continued, I had a goal in mind and I needed to submit. I need to give it my all. But sometimes you need to halt, you’re forced to halt. It’s when your body gives you signals that your mind doesn’t want to conceive, you fight on, until your system crashes causing you to steadily hit the ground. Painfully, left to wander on your own.
One time or another we all go through some form of pain, it may be emotion or physical. And this is when we learn that Allah is Ash-Shafi’i, the Healer. It is at this time when we learn to appreciate Allah and His strength. We learn to appreciate that He keeps you strong by one of His beautiful Names, by reminding you that without Him there is no cure and with Him on your side, you can hasten your freedom by calling upon Him as you stall.
When we recognise Allah as Ash-Shafi’i, we place our deep rooted trust in Him and ask Him to grant us Shifa (cure), as He is the Only one truly able to understand how we feel. How much we’re in need of His mercy, how much we need His help. And when we do this, our heart is screaming out that it is only our Rabb who can remove this pain, as He is the One who created it. He carefully placed it to teach us a lesson and we must learn. We must search out the lesson so we can move forward, once again.
We learn from ‘Ayyub at his time of pain, he turned to Allah completely, He put His full trust in him when he said
“Truly distress has seized me, but You are Most Merciful of those that are merciful.” Surah Al-Anbya :83
Through Ayyub ‘s ultimate trust, his understanding of the long term, Allah alleviated his illness. It was only through the mercy of Allah he achieved success.
I’m living the Name of Allah Ash-Shafi’i today, as I have been forced to rest and have seen my grandfather bed-ridden after so many years of energy. It is when I have come to truly appreciate that life is but a test and without His help, we’ll fail at every step.
This leads me to ask; how can you best live with the name of Allah Ash-Shafi’i?
Alima Ashfaq is the founder of I am Alima and hopes to transform it into the forefront of assisting women come closer to Allah (swt). She is the author of a number of publications, most notably Du’as of the Superstars.