By Umm Jannah
The son of Adam often finds himself in a state of worry, stress, or sorrow because of pre planning, hardship or an unanswered dua. He often forgets that ultimately, Allah (SWT) has a better plan for him, and that every event to occur up to the very last hour has been written by one of the first of Allah’s creations.
In a narration by Imam Ahmad, it was reported: “Verily, the first thing which Allah (SWT), Most High, created was the pen, and He said to it: “Write;” and in that very hour all what was to occur (was written) up to the Day of Resurrection.”
A believer’s faith becomes valid once he believes in all six pillars of Eeman, including al-qadr; the good and the bad. However to refer to qadr as bad does not mean Allah does bad, rather the believer perceives the qadr as such, despite it being an affliction sent to cleanse him of his sins, test him, or provide him with something better. Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) heard that some people were denying al-qadar. He said: “If I meet these people I will tell them that I have nothing to do with them and they have nothing to do with me. By the One by Whom ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar swore, if one of them had gold equivalent to Mount Uhud and he spent it, Allaah would not accept it from him unless he believed in al-qadar” Saheeh Muslim.
To believe in al-qadr is to accept that Allah (SWT) has written and has knowledge of all events prior to them taking place, that none can elude His qadr, and all that exists was created by Allah (SWT). In essence, the son of Adam must remember that placing oneself in a state of worry, stress, or sorrow is needless. When the answering to his dua is delayed, he must remember “…Allah is the best of planners” [Al-Anfal: 30], and everything will occur in it’s due time. When he is afflicted with hardship, he must remember that “Allaah does not want to place you in difficulty, but He wants to purify you” [al-Maa’idah 5:6]. He must remember that Allah will filter the believer from a hypocrite by testing the sincerity in his faith through hardship.
Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars. [Al-Ankabut: 2-3]
On the other hand, when a believer’s dua is answered, he must remember to be thankful to Allah. In fact, it is the characteristic of the believer to be thankful to Allah during both the good and the bad of qadr. As mentioned in the hadith:
“Amazing is the affair of the believer, verily all of his affair is good and this is not for no one except the believer. If something of good/happiness befalls him he is grateful and that is good for him. If something of harm befalls him he is patient and that is good for him” (Saheeh Muslim #2999)
Next time you prepare for an exam, look for a spouse, apply for a job, lose a loved one, or are confronted by hardship, relieve yourself of worry and stress and remember that whatever afflicts you would not have missed you, and whatever has missed you would never have come to you. Place your full trust in your Lord because “Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him]” [Al ‘imran: 159]. Allah knows what is best for his slave, so tie your camel and trust Him.