When we read the Qur’an, we come to know that Allah swt has mentioned in it the examples of two kinds of people: good and bad. The examples of good people, such as that of Prophets (a.s), guide us on how to successfully lead our lives. On the other hand, there are others, such as of Firaun: the evil tyrant, that teach us how exactly not to live our lives. Yes; you guessed it correct. This week we are going to learn something from the people who bad. To be more specific we are going to discover how we, as Muslims, should not adopt a certain type of attitude. And by now you must be wondering the ayah and Surah number, right? Well then, let’s get started.
The thirty third ayah belongs to the thirtieth chapter of the Qur’an which is Surah Ar-Rum. Allah swt begins this ayah by saying that when harm touches people, then they call on their Master by turning back towards Him. Then when He makes them taste some mercy from Him, then all of a sudden a group among them starts committing shirk again with their Master. The ayah ends over here. Primarily this verse is referring to the Makkans and then after them to all of us.
By Allah’s mercy we are all believers but unfortunately the behavior mentioned above is very common among most of us too. In this modern day and time we have grown to believe that we are all set. We think that we have everything in this life that is going to help us stay stable and secure. We are so used to the blessings of Allah swt that we have started to take them for granted. And with all the success at our disposal, we don’t have much time to humbly bow before the One who unleashed His favors upon us. We forget to show gratefulness to our Master because we are just too busy staying at the top. However one day the perfect life turns upside down. We could be the top notch student in high school. All prepared to go to medical college, so ready in fact that we must have already taken AP biology just to make sure we are a step ahead. But then, all of a sudden, we start getting rejected from almost everywhere we applied to. Does that ever happen? It does sometimes. The curtains draw open and then suddenly we are no longer who we think are: tough and independent. We turn desperate, more than helpless. It dawns upon us then, how much we really need Him. So we raise our hands towards Allah swt, calling out only to Him. And He listens to us. The Ar-Raheem accepts our prayers.
But does the trial we go through inspire us to become forever grateful to Allah swt? Well some among us do change for the better. However some don’t. As soon as the good days come back rolling in, we forget the immense mercy of our Lord. We close our eyes to the fact that He took away our sadness, our depression and our anxiety. All those promises we made to Him in times of difficulty, about taking our prayers seriously and reading the Qur’an more often, disappear into thin air. Moreover, instead of acknowledging Him first, we start giving credit to the teachers who might have filled an excellent evaluation form or ourselves because we were up all night studying for the last few months. Sadly there comes no mention of Allah swt who made the impossible possible for us. And as the time passes, we forget those days when no one except for Allah swt rescued us from the mess we were in.
What I want to remind myself and you is that our relationship with Allah swt should be a permanent one instead of being temporary. We shouldn’t just go to Him when we feel like we need Him and forget Him as soon as our needs are fulfilled. We can’t be like that. Good or bad: whatever situation we are in, we can’t ever forget to praise Allah swt. It’s His mercy upon us that He keeps on reminding us to turn back to Him, by testing us with trials. And this mercy of Allah swt extends when He narrates to us stories of those people who committed wrong; only so that one day we might grab guidance and realize that we should stay as far as possible from being like them. May Allah swt truly make us of those who learn from His examples.
by Safia Fatima