Published on January 23rd, 2019 | by Eaalim Institute | Views: 277
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The Purpose of Difficulties – Nouman Ali Khan
You know, in this life, we want certain things.
A young man wants to get married or a woman wants to get married,
you want to have a good job, you want to have a house,
you want your family to be okay, you want to provide for your children,
you want to give them a good education, you want to get your kids married off.
There are things we have priorities in our life.
Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ teaches us in His Book,
but there’s one thing, if you can get it in this life, it’s more valuable than everything else.
And that one thing is a closeness to Allah,
is being good with Allah,
and truly developing your connection and bond with Him.
The problem with people is when life is good and only good.
For a lot of people they get distracted.
You go from a video game, to a movie, to checking social media status,
to hanging out with friends, to a restaurant, to sleep, Allah is out of the pictures.
There’s no Allah left.
It’s a huge challenge. That’s all there is.
And then times get tough.
And the friends aren’t there, and the game doesn’t feel good anymore,
the car doesn’t look good because health is gone.
When the health is gone none of those things mean anything anymore.
All you care about is, “I just want to be out of the hospital bed.”
“I just want to walk and that be fine.”
People are bringing your favorite food, you don’t want to eat it,
people are want to show you a movie you want to watch it.
All these things that you lived for, everything that you went from a to b to c to d, all of these things are gone.
And you don’t care about none of them
because of one blessing that Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ diminished for you a little bit.
And then at that point, you have two options.
If you’re of these people that are on the cliff, on the edge, you could start complaining to Allah,
“Why do You do this to me?”
“You just didn’t like that I was so happy?”
Or you could earn the greatest treasure you and I can ever earn.
And that is a humility and a closeness to Allah,
to actually realize even when I was healthy, even when I was wealthy, even when I was doing well,
everything was fine, I didn’t realize even then that I was on life support.
Allah was actually providing for me every moment. I didn’t earn anything on my own.
None of it was something that I deserved.
This why Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ will say,
(QS. Al-Baqarah: 202) – أُولَٰئِكَ لَهُمْ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا كَسَبُوا
Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ will describe even (the word) fadl,
(QS. Al-Fath: 29) – يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلًا مِّنَ اللَّهِ
“Seeking bounty (favor) from Allah.”
not كَسَبُ مِّنَ اللَّهِ
(what you earn from Allah)
You don’t, you can’t earn something. It’s a favor from Allah whatever He’s giving you.
But you don’t realize it at the time cause it just comes easy.
But then you start begging Allah, asking Allah, and crying to Allah,
and praying to Allah like you’ve never prayed before,
feeling closer to Him like you’ve never felt before.
And then Allah heals you.
And you realizes those moment you had when nobody was in the hospital room,
you were just by yourself, crying to Allah, was the sweetest moments of your entire life.
Those are the few moments of your life that you actually had nothing between you and Allah.
And those might be the moments that save you in Akhira.
That might have been the biggest gift Allah ever gave you.
But for some people who are on the edge when times get tough,
(QS. Al-Hajj: 11) – وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ فِتْنَةٌ انقَلَبَ عَلَىٰ وَجْهِهِ
“But if he is struck by trial, he turns on his face (to the other direction).”
“Turns on his face,” He turns his face away.
What is that mean?
It means I want nothing to do with Allah.
“How can He abandoned me? How can He gave me a hard time?”
And this is actually very easy to understand in our times.
We live in a hyper consumer society.
So everything comes quickly.
You want to be entertained, just open up an app on your phone.
You want to buy something, just order in Amazon and it will show up at your door.
Everything’s become effortless and everything’s become instantaneous.
You want something? It will come to you. You don’t have to go and it will come to you.
Everything is quick, quick, quick, quick, quick. We used to getting served now.
And if one order of yours is two days late, three days late,
you’re going to give it one star, thumbs down, bad rating.
And now you make du’a to Allah.
You expect Allah to take care of some of your problem, but you’re so used to getting things done so quickly.
And immediately when it doesn’t happen, “Whoa, this is poor service!”
“I need better customer service!”
You know, “I’m not going to go to Allah again and place an order.”
Cause you’re a customer now, you’re entitled now.
He turns his face from Allah.
You know, “He didn’t even listen to me. He didn’t even solve my problem.”
Understand that Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ has a plan for everybody.
And just to give you a comparison,
in the case of Ya’qub ‘alaihissalam who lost his child.
Allah return his child to him after years, many-many years.
And in the case of Musa ‘alaihissalam, his mother also lost her child, she put him in the water.
And He returned that child after a few hours.
Because by the time that child got hungry, the next feeding was from the same mother,
cause he wouldn’t drink from anybody else.
What am I trying to get at?
In this world, sometimes Allah will answer that pain of yours, Allah will relieve it immediately,
sometimes He would relieve it after many many years, but in all of it there’s good.
I love this story of Musa ‘alaihissalam (Yusuf -red) particularly, because the khayr in it.
Think about the khayr in it.
All those years his father cried, yes?
His father almost lost his eyesight and eventually, وَابْيَضَّتْ عَيْنَاهُ Qur’an says (QS. Yusuf: 84)
Some of the ‘Ulama like Al-Alousi rahimahullah comment, you know, ‘amiya, and he become blind from crying.
But all these time where was Yusuf?
Yusuf is in a prison. Yusuf is being held in…
you know he was a child servant,
when he got older he got thrown into prison, he spend many of his years in jail.
So either he served as a servant, or he served as a prisoner inmate in jail.
Not a good life. That’s not a good life.
And but at the end of it all when he interprets a dream of the King,
and that dream means that the entire economy is going to collapse in 7 years,
and people are going to die of starvation,
the only one who knows how to handle that crisis was Yusuf.
Had he not be in jail, he would have never helped the King.
But now that Yusuf is there to interpret the dream and says,
(QS. Yusuf: 55) – إِنِّي حَفِيظٌ عَلِيمٌ
“I’m the one who can take care of this responsibility. Make me the Treasury Secretary.”
“Give me this responsibility.”
When he does that and he takes care of it,
what happens next is thousands, if not, hundreds of thousands of parents don’t have to cry that their children died of starvation.
One father cried for severely years.
But his tears Allah made them a way of saving thousands of families from crying.
Because if he didn’t save that economy and he didn’t save their crops,
the entire land would have been in drought and people would have died of starvation,
and war would have happened, all kind of crisis would have happened.
Sometimes the difficulty you go through isn’t just better for you,
maybe through your difficulties you’ll become a shadaqa jariya for so many others.
You don’t even know.
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