Have you ever felt happy? Like pure, unadulterated, nothing-could-possibly-go-wrong-because-life-is-bright-and-I’m-all-right happiness? Sometimes I find myself grinning and content for no determinable reason. No, I didn’t win the lottery, and no, I am not about to embark on an adventure, and yet here I-am- still grossly content and tiring my cheeks inordinately.
I believe moments like this can come to fruition in one of two ways; the first one being that this person naturally possesses such a sunny disposition and happy character that his/her life is made up solely of moments like this. Don’t we all wish we lived lives like that? For those of us however, who aren’t so fortunate as to have 24/7 access to happiness, this feeling of pure content is usually the result of our negative and melancholy emotions.
But how is that possibly, you ask? Well if you were to examine the fabric of your life; if you were to look over the different moments when you felt pain, anger, sadness and hurt, you would find to your astonishment that those moments are followed by vibrant moments of vivacious joy.
“So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief. Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.” [94:5-6]
Islam is a beautiful religion, and let me explain to you why. Islam is a religion that offers its most depressed and disheartened followers that one pinnacle of hope that they need to go on. When a Muslim finds himself in a deep hole of despair; when he finds that life is too hard and he does not have the strength of mind or of heart to continue on; when he feels that he is alone in the world and no one cares for his predicament; when he feels that the help of Allah is nowhere to be found, that is when he realizes that everything he feels and believes is wrong.
When the believer looks to the Quran, to the Holy Book, the Revelation and the Words of Allah, he finds the most touching, beautiful, and spiritually emancipating words that could ever strike hope and faith into the heart of a Muslim. He finds that
“On no soul does Allah place a burden greater than it can bear…” [2:286].
He finds that Allah has made him strong enough to endure all that he faces, simply because Allah is Merciful and would not test someone with a difficulty that is greater than his/her ability. He finds that he is able to overcome his problems, simply because he has been tested with them.
The believer finds that
“…Verily the help of Allah is (always) near!” [2:214].
He finds that no matter how tough his adversities are, Allah will help him if he patiently perseveres.
“And We shall try you until We test those among you who strive their utmost and persevere in patience…” [47:31].
And he finds that if he is patient and perseveres in the face of his trials and tribulations, Allah will help him, reward him, and hold him in high esteem.
Truly the Muslim is the most fortunate and blessed of all mankind. While those without faith are prescribed anti-depressants and sleeping pills, the Muslim takes the medicine for his soul from the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. The Muslim, through his hardship and adversity, receives a spiritual cleansing and a rejuvenation of his faith. The Muslim strengthens his tie to Allah SWT, and leaves the battlefield stronger than ever. Subhanallah; and we are blessed enough to be Muslims.
“Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden (of Bliss) without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those of faith who were with him cried: ‘When (will come) the help of Allah?’ Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near!” [2:214]