Feel Ramadan – They are not forsaken!
Below are few lines engraved on the wall of a Rehabilitation Center for Disabled, in New York.
“I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.”
What an exquisite lines that inscribe the soul of prayers; the principles that yield insights about life!
Quite a few around us often whine that Allah did not give whatever they asked for; who break their hearts for things they were not given despite their hard toils and strong cravings; who relinquish their prayers halfway and bid adieu! These lines interrogate all such.
Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to supplicate “I’m not worried about whether my prayer (dua) is being answered or not, but I’m worried about not making prayers (duas).”
Only those who have surrendered wholly to the Lord of Worlds, can supplicate in this manner. Our Lord is the One who always guards us, in some or other way. He is the Most Compassionate, who would open at least a small vent for us even if all the doors are closed. He is the One who provides us everything that we need and beyond our imaginations. Through Surah Talaq, Verse 3, Allah gives this happy tiding. He says that if we put our trust upon Him, He will suffice us.
“And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.” (65:3)
He has put forth only one condition for us to accomplish such a blessing, i.e. to keep piety in the real sense. Piety (Taqwa) means bowing down to the Commandments that Allah has bestowed upon us, regardless of how deeply we endure or how much we lose! Allah is with such; He answers the supplications of those who surrender to Him wholly. Often, He gives better than what has been asked for; assures that He will not forsake them and covenants that they won’t be failed anywhere.
Often, Allah might test those who plead, but never will he forsake them.
English rendering of article written by Abdul Wadud