Bismillahi ‘rahmani ‘raheem
I came across this verse from Surat Al-Baqrah and I was truly pleased.
- “…But God would never let your faith go to waste. God is Kind towards the people, Merciful.
- We have seen your face turned towards the heaven. So We will turn you towards a direction that will satisfy you…”
The Lord of the Worlds actually desires to satisfy me! Mashallah!
This verse has given me comfort and confidence in approaching Allah. I used to think that He doesn’t really care about the efforts I make in my spirituality and my worldly affairs. I was mistaken. My perception of God was faulty.
Islam is teaching me that God is Appreciative. He rewards every little effort I make to be better and do better. The more I believe this, the more I see it happening in my life.
What we fail to see at times is that our perception can work for us or against us. We have been given the gift of a free will. It is this free will that gives us the opportunity to be Muslims; submissive. If we didn’t have a free will, we would not have any choices to make. The beauty of having a free will is that we get rewarded for using it in the way of submission and servitude to God. One of the ways we do so is choosing what perspective to have of God.
What do you do when things go really well for you? Do you brag about how much you did to get your fortune, or do you remember Allah’s mercy and give thanks for the bounties you have received?
What do you do when you face a tribulation? Do you run away from Allah, or do you rush to Him?
The difference between the individual that turns to Allah and the one that turns away from Him is their perspective of Him. Every type of life situation imaginable provides an opportunity to reflect and turn to God. It is neither the goodness nor the inconvenience of situations that determine one’s attitude towards God. A true servant of God can obtain nearness to God in any situation, because she knows that God is the ultimate centre of focus.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah the Most High said, ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am. I am with him when he mentions Me. If he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly greater than it. If he draws near to Me a hand’s length, I draw near to him an arm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’”
So who do you think Allah is? Could this be the secret to getting your duas answered?
May Allah’s words remain rooted within us. Ameen.