Tough Times


”And continue to remind, for surely the reminder profits the believers.” [Dhariyat: 55]

We are surrounded by a world which beautifies everything around us such that it leads to an eternity of misery and remorse. The above mentioned verse from the Qur’an is relevant to the lives that we are living today, not only because there is a decrease in the number of people who hold steadfast to the deen but also because this is the time when we as believers need to support each other. This is the time when our sisters can use that extra push, a time when reminders need not only benefit others but also ourselves.

When we notice the types of people around us, we should always be reminded of our Creator. Be it those who hold firm upon on the rope of this faith or those who have completely ignored this guidance. Those who hold firm on the rope of this faith, they should inspire us and help us to get our priorities straight, as we realize that this world is not our permanent abode. As for those who have completely ignored this guidance, pondering upon their state should remind us to be thankful to the One who has kept us upon the true path, and remind us to be mindful of our actions.

In the past few weeks, I have noticed the state of two sisters (may Allah rectify the affairs of both). Sister 1 started off by wearing an abaya, then it was reduced to only a Hijab, and eventually the Hijab was out of her life too. Sister 2 was going through the same phase, but the only difference was that I was a close friend to her, hence I could ask her regardiing what was creating a hindrance for her. She replied that it was because the people tease her. SubhanAllah, the following hadith is most relevant concerning the matter:

The Prophet (sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said :  But when you see niggardliness being obeyed, passion being followed, worldly interests being preferred, everyone being charmed with his opinion, then care for yourself, and leave alone what people in general are doing; for ahead of you are days which will require endurance, in which showing endurance will be like grasping live coals. The one who acts rightly during that period will have the reward of fifty men who act as he does.
Another version has:  (The hearers asked:) Apostle of Allah, the reward of fifty of them?
He replied: The reward of fifty of you (i.e. the Companions)
[Abu Dawud no. 4327]

We certainly cannot be judgmental about anyone, but the reason for mentioning these references is only so that we can reflect upon it and take account of ourselves and our actions. We should remind ourselves constantly about the reality of this life which we often end up forgetting by getting caught up in our daily affairs.

Pleasing the people around us may sometimes seem crucial to us but what good can we obtain from the pleasure of the creation if it is at the expense of the displeasure of our Creator? What good can those people do to us, those who ask us to abandon our religious duties because we might be perceived as a bit extreme? Those are the people who most likely would even mock at us behind our backs the minute we give in to their pressure at the weakness of our wills.

So, this is a reminder to all of us, including myself, that these times are hard and will get harder. Reminders will definitely benefit as well as the companionship of people who have the same goal in life like ourselves (i.e. attaining the pleasure of our Creator). If we do arrive at a breaking point, where we feel like it is all just so difficult and perhaps it would have been easier if we didn’t need to go through this inner turmoil, this worldly life and the plots of Shaytan, then lets remember the very purpose for which we have been created:

Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving; [Surah Mulk: 3]