Do you ever remember being desperate, depressed. Everything seemed blue and wretched. Your life was perhaps totally screwed up, and what you desired for or what you really wanted seemed to be too far fetched or impossible.
Your despondency shrouded you like a cloak of darkness and you craved for at least one ray of hope, one glimmer of light that might dispel away your anguish…
Perhaps, dear friends we don’t recall these terrible times, after all isn’t it typical of us to forget the favours that the Almighty has bestowed on us, but I suppose that each and every one of us has had our ups and downs in life, may be the intensity gradient may have differed, but nevertheless, we may have been through such turbulences.
When we do happen to be in such travails, isn’t it characteristic of us then to turn to our Lord, THIS is the time we start acknowledging the Might of The Almighty, we fall on our knees in submission, we lengthen our prayers, we hasten to do good deeds to please Him, we pray whilst sitting, standing even whilst we are laying, our distress haunts us and we turn then to our Creator.
And Subhan Allah when Allah cures us of our agony, then what do we do, dear brothers and sisters? Do we stick to our resolutions, our promises? Perhaps for a short interval of time we may, but don’t we then revert back to our old habits, our old ways?
Dear friends are we aware of the fact that this characteristic pattern of our nature has actually been recorded in the Holy Quran,
“And when harm touches man, he invokes Us, lying on his side, or sitting or standing. But when We have removed his harm from him, he passes on as if he had never invoked Us for a harm that touched him! Thus is made fair seeming to the wasteful that which they used to do.” (Surah Yunus 10:12)
Doesn’t it create a ripple of fear in our hearts, dear friends to actually realize that we too fall in the aforementioned criteria?
Allah the most Exalted condemns and criticizes those who behave in such an abhorrent way or those who have these qualities by saying:
“Thus is made fair seeming to the wasteful which they used to do.” (Surah Yunus 10:12)
I plead you all, dear friends, to repent to Al Ghafoor (the Most Forgiving) for all the ungrateful attitudes that we have indulged in, for indeed a true believer doesn’t fall in the aforementioned category and we should also always try to be grateful to The Most Merciful.
Moreover it is imperative that we try to remain firm in the resolutions that we make, I know, “Old Habit Die Hard” but they DO die. We have to work hard in order to completely annihilate them, please perceive that truly too much is at stake were we to behave in a way that results in criticism by the King of the Kings!
O Allah! I beg of you to forgive me, I beg of you to make me among those who are grateful to you, I beg of you to make me among the true believers, I beg of you to make me remember and acknowledge each and every favour that you have bestowed on me for verily each and every thing that we have is undoubtedly a blessing from You, I beg of you to strengthen and help me, I supplicate to You, Ya Rabb to protect me from anything that may result in obtaining YOUR criticism.
Indeed, You are the Al-Seeing, the All Hearing
Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen