May 20, 2008
wa rahmatullahi wa barakato,
Peace and blessings of Allah be upon you all.
I’d like to share a few words of reflection and rememberance with you brothers and sisters.
As a family member of mines has been suffering through deep illness these past few years, their pain never subsiding but only intensifying day by day, it is not easy to see them in such a state. It’s hard on everyone that must see her day by day, take to her side through the nights, and see to her survival on a daily, even hourly basis sometimes.
Her illnesses are many, her medical needs more, and her daily pills great in number. Her age although not too high either, but from the moment she had been struck with the first pains about 12 years ago, the diseases have only accumulated ever since.
Having seen her suffer through the days and nights, not knowing whether she will live to see the next sunrise or sunset, it hasn’t been easy. The decay upon her body, has led to her mental depression and spiritual highs and lows. May Allah have mercy upon her in her continuous struggle!
Throughout all of this, I only have one thing left to say, Alhamdulillah.
Alhamdulillah, that she is still with us, that although her pain is great, it could be greater. And although we have been perservering, we must continue to hold steadfast with sabr, for there is no other choice. The test has been put upon her, as well as upon her husband, upon her children. It is Allah’s Will, and we must accept this with humility and sincerity. We must be grateful.
Our hope is in His Rahma, and our fear in His Might.
The reason why I share this with you is not because I wish to share the burdens with anyone, but because I sincerely hope to convey a message. I hope we all realize how thankful we should be for our health. It is the most precious blessing we have been given, and the one we take most for granted.
Our true wealth lies only within our health!
Brothers and Sisters, do not underestimate the blessing of your bodies. The very fact that you can wake up in the morning, take a step out of bed, with eyes open, ears hearing, tongue talking, it is the most beautiful sight. The very fact that you can walk, using your own legs, and work, using your own arms, do you know how blessed you are?
These waves, blown by the winds of Qadr, are only a test. Good and bad are put in our paths to see how our ultimate Imaan will persevere through it, and in finality to teach us what Ihsan is.
The Sahabah (radiyallahu anhum wa radu’u An) were pleased with Allah azawajal at all times, no matter what. No matter if they were extremely rich or extremely poor, they were never fazed, never distracted, their prayers, their Imaan steadfast and stable!
Never forget, Allah wills only good for us. Therefore as we await our ultimate abode of Jannah, inshaa’Allah, we must learn to pass the test of dunya first.
Ya Insan! Reflect!
If ye reject (Allah), truly Allah hath no need of you; but He liketh not ingratitude from His servants: if ye are grateful, He is pleased with you. No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another. In the End to your Lord is your Return, when He will tell you the truth of all that ye did (in this life). For He knoweth well all that is in (men’s) hearts. When some trouble toucheth man he crieth unto his Lord, turning to Him in repentance: but when He bestoweth a favour upon him as from Himself, (man) doth forget what he cried and prayed for before, and he doth set up rivals unto Allah, thus misleading others from Allah’s Path.
Devote yourself to taking advantage of the opportunities that you know are being presented to you, yet you deny so passively. Through just the health we have been so blessed with, the world is in our hands.
Every single day is a new opportunity to go find a new treasure, a new opportunity to approach Allah! Thus, make your preparation everyday for a better today, and hence, a newer, greater tomorrow. Expend your energy on this, reflect, remember, and PLAN.