Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,
Recently, I read somewhere that Allah سبحانہ وتعالی informed Hadhrat Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم that his ummah had been given one year, meaning one thousand years of this world. Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم begged Him for more and was at last granted 1.5 years. Just look at the Islamic date right now and guess when those 1500 years will be up. Scary is it not? But scarier is the thought that as we come closer to the End, we, the Muslims will be under great stress and subjected to trials that will come one after the other without pause; as the beads of a broken rosary fall down like rain from the sky.
So, this is something predestined… something we cannot do anything about per se. but as Islam is the religion for all times, this time was included in it too. Allah has not left us devoid of guidance in this period of our lives.
Allah سبحانہ وتعالی says, “Then, whoever follows My Guidance shall neither go astray, nor fall into distress and misery.” (Taa Haa: 123).
A hadith states:
“Great reward comes with great trials. When Allah loves a people, He tests them, and whoever accepts it attains His pleasure, whereas whoever shows discontent with it incurs His wrath. Tirmidhi (2396)
“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.” (Narrated by Muslim, 2999).
Al-Fadl ibn Sahl said: “There is a blessing in calamity that the wise man should not ignore, for it erases sins, gives one the opportunity to attain the reward for patience, dispels negligence, reminds one of blessings at the time of health, calls one to repent and encourages one to give charity.”
So, what are we to do at a time like this?
• Have patience, ask Allah for sabr through duas
• Remember that this was already written in your qismah.
• Remember that there was no person on earth who was exposed to more trials than Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم, despite all this he had a smiling face.
• Give sadaqah everyday, even a little bit so that the trials that hang over us are banished by its barakah.
• Say a big Alhamdulillah that the trial was not bigger than this.
• Say another, greater Alhamdulillah that the trial was in our dunya and not deen.
This Eid seems a sad one for Muslims, remember there have been sadder ones. But then remember that it is a sunnah of our Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم to smile on Eid even if you do not feel like smiling, wear good clothes, spread good cheer, and make dua for aafiyah for one and all.
Have a blessed Eid.