Another tragedy has occurred in the world, adding to the already overflowing list. It seems like our news feeds are dominated by heartbreaking news to the point where we have become desensitized. In our minds, I know we are guilty of weighing events against each other making one less serious, less catastrophic, and thus devoting less focus and attention to it. This is our reality. Even so, it isn’t a new reality, these trials and tragedies were experienced tenfold by previous generations. This isn’t stated to belittle what we are going through but rather to put things into perspective and to remind us that with Allaah we can make it through any difficulty. Reflect on the following hadith:
Khabbaab ibn alAratt (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “We complained to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when he was reclining on his cloak in the shade of the Ka’bah. We said to him: ‘Why do you not ask Allaah to help us (grant us victory)? Why do you not pray to Allaah for us?’ He said, ‘A man from the people before you would be placed in a hole dug for him, then they would bring a saw and cut his head in two, yet that would not make him renounce his faith. They would use an iron comb to drag the flesh and nerves from his bones, yet that would not make him renounce his faith. By Allaah, this matter will be completed (i.e. Islam will be perfected and will prevail) until a rider travelling from Sana’aa’ to Hadramawt will fear nobody but Allaah or the attack of a wolf on his sheep, but you are too impatient.’ [Sahih al-Bukhari]
This world is a cycle of good and bad events, of blessings and hardships, of riches and poverty. We cannot expect it to always be rosy and beautiful because it is not our final abode, it’s a temporary home filled with tribulations.
On the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar (ra), who said: The Messenger of Allah (saw) took me by the shoulder and said, “Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.”
And Ibn Umar (ra) used to say, “In the evening do not expect [to live until] the morning, and in the morning, do not expect [to live until] the evening. Take [advantage of] your health before times of sickness, and [take advantage of] your life before your death.” [Bukhari]
Jannah is our final destination, inshaAllaah.
In Jannah: there will be no grief, no tears, no sadness – only everlasting delights and comfort.
No tragedies – only bliss and satisfaction.
No shame or guilt – only rewards for past good deeds and forgiveness for transgressions.
No trauma or pain – only joy and contentment.
Imagine that life? It cannot be purchased, we can only strive for it with faith, good deeds, patience, and perseverance.
So, Brothers and Sisters, let’s keep ourselves Jannah-focused – Jannah-oriented despite whatever tragedy befalls us next. Let’s keep the bigger goal in mind and patiently preserve through the difficulties of this dunya.
May Allaah grant increase us in sabr and imaan, ameen.
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