In Surah al-Hadid (57:23), Allah, Al-Ghani (The Self-Sufficient, The Independent One, The Supremely Wealthy), in the previous ayat (verse) tells us that there is no hardship, misfortune or disaster that strikes the Earth or ourselves that is not already written in the kitab (register of decrees) before it is brought into existence by Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, which is easy for Him. This ayat explains the reason for this: so we do not tasaw (grieve) over what has happened, what escaped, got away from us or we failed to get, and so we do not fariha (exult, rejoice) at what we have been given or has come to us. This means that everything is in Allah’s Control and Power and Allah is The One Upon Whom All Depend, while He depends upon no one and needs no help from anywhere. What meets us is ordained for us to meet and what misses us is ordained for us to miss. We are being advised to keep on the Middle Way, the Straight Path, and this includes emotionally. We must endeavour to control our sadness and grief in times of hardship and our elation and pride in times of bounty. We must not be stingy and withhold our wealth for fear of poverty nor tell others they should do the same. Nor should we fool ourselves into believing that it is our intelligence, work, skills, etc. that resulted in whatever we have received or achieved and behave boastfully, proudly and arrogantly about what Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala has provided to us. Allah’s Love is not for the self-deluded and proud boaster, the misers and those who encourage others in stinginess. Inshallah (Allah Willing), our asaa (sadness) must be tempered with patience and our farih (joy) must be tempered with gratitude to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. After all, such worldly possessions and achievements are not everlasting and we must not be attached to them as they can cause us to forget our Beloved. As well, the blessings of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala come with obligations which we will be accountable for on the Day of Judgement.Entanglements, problems and calamities are also not everlasting and rather serve as warnings of our neediness and dependence on our Creator and Sustainer and help us to ascend to elevated states where afflictions do not affect us negatively because we understand there’s a Divine purpose for them.
Writing in Very Dark Lavender; Design in Medium Lavender, Very Dark Lavender, Light Pistachio Green and Dark Pistachio Green; Border in Medium Lavender
6” X 9.3”