Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.“ Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.
– Surah 2 Verse 156-157; Holy Qur’an.
Seriously, who? Who do you know when faced with tragedy, when given the news that their loved one has been in an accident or worse, died would fall into sujood and Thank Allah?
Does this sound like a crazy person to you? Probably. But to me, it sounds like a Muslim.
Here’s a story of a husband and wife whose daughter was desperately ill. Every time they came to the hospital, the doctors would tell them more reasons why she was not going to make it. And, at every visit, the father would turn to his wife and said, ‘Don’t forget.’
This continued for several days, the doctors predicting the worst, and the husband reminding his wife not to forget, until the day they arrived and were given the news that would break any parent’s heart: their daughter had died.
Upon hearing the news, the husband turned to his wife and said to her, ‘Now,’ and they both fell into sujood of shukr. (They both Thanked God from the heart)
The hospital staff were amazed, some of them even horrified. Surely this was a terribly sad event, one to be wept over, to be mourned, not to be celebrated with sujood?
They asked the couple why, why had they done this?
And the couple told the staff at that hospital how they had taken the decision to give thanks for their daughter’s life, for the joy she had brought them, for the love they had shared with her. Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) had allowed them to love and care for her for all those years: should they not give thanks for this?
This story taught me that as Muslims, we believe, we believe in Miracles, we believe in Hope and we believe in Destiny. Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) promises that He will never burden a soul more than it can well bear – that gives every believer the courage and confidence to meet the numerous challenges of life head-on. Allah, does not test us to break us, but rather, to purify us, to lift us up.
What has happened in your life, up ’till now was already written. What’s going to happen is already pre-ordained… “Not a leaf falls but He knows it” Surah 6 verse 59 Holy Qur’an.