Some people think “religion” is nothing but a control method. It’s a waste of time, a waste of life… but one of the most amazing things about religion, is that it gradually teaches you to Trust in God and Rely on Him through your darkest moments.
Throughout our day to day life we don’t really feel the Tests… we know our tasks of the day, what needs to get done whether that’s going to work, caring for our family, going to school but out of the blue something happens, something out of the ordinary – a massive test by the Will of Allah – how are we going to deal with it?
As Muslims we understand that everything – from the leaf falling off a tree, to the earthquakes that shake our world, to a sudden death or calamity of a loved one – is at the Qadr of Allah. (The Will of God) Everything happens for a reason. With this in mind, it gives us the will-power to handle difficult situations and we have the strength to keep going, despite the odds.
We Praise God (Alhamdulillah) for the good times, the ordinary times, the bad times – through everything. To Allah we belong and to Allah we return.
If you’re not religious, you have no Faith and God is not in your life, how would you react at the news of a loved one suddenly getting sick or dying? Who would you turn to?
“You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help” – The very first chapter of the Qur’an and also what we recite in every single prayer.
He is As Samad – The Eternal Refuge – The Master who is relied upon in matters and reverted to in ones needs.
“Being grateful is not just an act of saying Alhamdulillah. Being grateful is an attitude. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a way of thinking. You’re constantly grateful.”
– Ali Khan.
What else can help you? What book, celebrity, sport, or person – or anything else we rely on and spend our time doing can benefit us when life gets hard?!
Islam is not about following charismatic leaders and scholars. It is to follow a message. This message is asking you to be intellectually, spiritually, socially, politically independent… and courageous.
As humans, we will always face problems. It’s how we deal with them that matters. The most important thing that people will remember about you is how you make them feel. Reach out, help more people, live more selflessly. It will come back to you tenfold.