In Their Ranks

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When the going gets tough, here’s a little something to keep you going.

In Surat Baqarah, Verse 124, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says:  “And (remember) when Abraham was tried by his Lord with commands and he fulfilled them…”

In the ayah,  the word for  “to try”  is “ibtilaa’” in Arabi. It means to put someone in a difficult situation, in hardship, a test. It’s hard, not easy.

For example, when you’re writing a test or an exam – you’re under pressure and it’s difficult at times.

Why do you test someone or something?

To know the worth of the object or person. What do you do with a car when you test drive it? You want to see it’s worth – how well it runs.

But Allah – the one testing you – already knows your worth, so why does He test?

To show others your worth. He, subhanahu wa ta’ala, knows. He wants to show everyone else your worth, subhanAllah. It’s like He’s saying this is My slave, and see how he/she fulfills My tests?

When you think of the people Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tested, who were they? Prophets were tested the most. Then those under them in ranks like the Sahabah, and those under them, and so on.

Who are these people? People whom Allah loves…

Verily, He tests those whom He loves

So when we’re tested, who do we get compared with? The Prophets, and the righteous companions, so long as we are patient with the test, so long as we continue to obey Allah and do what is pleasing to Him. It’s like we’re in their ranks. SubhanAllah.

So the next time your hijab gets tough – or whatever command of Allah it may be, remember this. Fulfill your test and you will be in the ranks of the righteous companions, the Prophets, and others whom Allah loves. Don’t worry about what someone will say to you – because through this test, bi’idnillah, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will show your true worth to the masses to see.

What more do you need if you have your Rabb, your Creator, Lord of The Universe, on your side?