They Were Shaken


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Lately, my articles have been Qur’an based and subhanAllah, I just cannot stop. It’s like every time I open my Juz to review a lesson, reminisce, or just for a read, I pick up a new lesson and just want to share. Here’s another one.

In Suraht al-Baqarah, verse 214, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,

Do you think that you will enter paradise (without any trials) while you have known the examples of those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with suffering and adversity and were so violently shaken up that even the Rasool and the Believers with him cried out “When will Allah’s help come?” (Then they were comforted with the words): Be aware! Allah’s help is ever close.

Sometimes the going gets tough. It is hard living in a society where the norm is to sin and the odd person out is the righteous. It gets hard to wear hijab, to pray at work or school, to say no to the friend inviting to disobedience, to maintain your chastity, and the list goes on. Alhamdulillah, most of us are blessed with living where there is no persecution for our faith. Just imagine that – the Prophets and the Companions were subjected to immense physical and mental torture just because they said “Laa ilaaha ill Allah!” Look at the imagery in this verse: ‘they were shaken…’ SubhanAllah, they were shaken inside out by the events they went through. It was so intense for them they were asking for the help of Allah.

That puts things into perspective for us. The Prophets and righteous Companions and others mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah – they will be in Jannah, insha’Allah, for the extreme hardships they went through, for the tests they passed. For us, we cannot expect to go to Jannah with a free ride. We will need to make the sacrifices – wear hijab, change those friends, pray at school, treat the family well. We will need to obey Allah and be firm in our faith. If you say you believe, you will be tested and those tests are only for you own good. The path to Jannah is not easy – that is what will make it sweeter and absolutely worth it, bi’idhnillah.

An interesting note is the word used for ‘close‘ in this verse and the one mentioned next is ‘Qareeb‘ in Arabic. It means that Allah is near to us through His ‘Ilm (knowledge) and in presence. It’s the same in both verses showing that Allah is indeed near to us – five times a day in our salah, in the Qur’an, in the blessings He gives us, in the tests, in every single move of our lives.

Be patient and remember what Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says in Surah Baqarah, verse 186:

And when My servants question you about Me, tell them that I am very close to them. I answer the prayer of every supplicant when he calls Me. Therefore, they should respond to Me and believe in Me so that they may be rightly guided.

Remember that the help of Allah is near – and if you put in the effort and patience needed, you will automatically be lifted.