Faith Friday: Allah, Your Plans are Better than My Dreams

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"The spiritual path is not linear. You will get what you need in the moment you need it but it’s not the way you expected. Everything that comes to you is in reality for your benefit. We accept the Qadr (Decree); not only accepting, but also knowing the lessons Allah has/is teaching us through that. We might learn through by being hurt, or through tribulations." - Shaykh Yahya Rhodus via Healing Hearts

If you're trying to make sense of your life (like the most of us), this might help. As Imam Al Ghazzali (ra) said: "Know that the key to the knowledge of God, may He be Exalted and Glorified, is knowledge of oneself, for it has been said, ‘He who knows himself knows his Lord."

Here's something else I'd like to share with you. It was taken from this beautiful piece:

The example of the Prophet ﷺ is a beautiful one. Imagine being 50 years old, having just lost both your wife of twenty-five years and your uncle who took care of you as a child. Imagine walking into a town in order to ask people for their protection, and instead have them throw stones at you until your feet bleed. How would you have felt? How exhausted, both spiritually and physically, would you have been? And yet, the Prophet ﷺ calls out to Allah in one of the most beautiful and heartfelt du`a’ (supplication): 

“O Allah! To you alone I complain my weakness, my scarcity of resources, and the humiliation I have been subjected to by people. O Most Merciful of those who have mercy! You are the Lord of the weak, and You are My Lord too. 
To whom have you entrusted me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy to whom you have granted authority over my affair? 
But as long as You are not angry with me, I do not care, except that Your favor is a more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your Face by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the next is set right, lest Your anger or Your displeasure descend upon me. Yours is the right to reproach until You are pleased. 
There is no power and no might except by You.” 

Read those words carefully. The du`a’ of the Prophet ﷺ was not “O Allah, please give me x and y.” It was literally the call of someone broken– complaining to Allah of his situation and expressing to Allah how he felt. What did Allah give him? A young boy by the name of Addaas saw the Prophet ﷺ, came to him with some grapes and kissed his bleeding feet. That is al-Jabbar. Imagine how the Prophet ﷺ must have felt after that, the relief he must have felt after the cruelty he was subjected to. And al-Jabbar healed the broken heart of the Prophet ﷺ in another way – He bestowed upon him the miraculous journey of al-Israa wal Mi’raaj (when the Prophet ﷺ traveled from Makkah to Jerusalem, and from Jerusalem to the Heavens in one night).


Anonymous said…
Thank you for this post coz I feel that I can relate to it. I have a son with autism. Some days are good and some days are well, they could be better. May Allah SWT grant us all patience in everything that we do. Insya-Allah.
Anonymous said…
Thank you..indeed life is a process. An ongoing work -in-progress. It is never done until akhirat. Don't forget to appreciate the little moments along this long journey. And..true..Allah may give guidance through anyone HE wants..A stranger or an enemy.It is so that through them..we could understand and appreciate the meaning better. Thats why we should treat anyone with care and openness.