The Theme of Three

After completing Surah Naml today I closed the mushaf and asked Allaah to give me an emaan boosting lesson from it by opening it three times at random and reflecting upon the ayaat & their meanings. SubhaanAllaah wa Alhamdulilah wa Allahu Akbar. Truly the Qur’an is sufficient as a cure for weaknesses in emaan.

The three stories or themes I landed on are truly a recipe for success. Namely: patience, du’aa & gratitude.

Patience was emphasised beautifully in the story of Musa ‘alayhi salaam & Khidr. Allaah plans in ways that we cannot understand but ultimately there is a wisdom behind it. Of knowledge we have been granted little but trust and faith in The Most Wise is enough for those who seek contentment. When it feels like things are not going your way or you are only being met with obstacles, rejections or trials – Allaah is planning behind the scenes and its only sometimes that we are given a glimpse of it. Be patient throughout all that befalls you and know that your understanding is truly deficient.

لوتعلمون كيف يدبر اموركم لذابت قلوبكم من محبته
“If you knew how Allah manages your affairs, your heart would melt out of love for Him.”

Patience does not mean that you give up seeking that which you believe is good for you in dunyaa and aakhirah. Du’aa is worship and Allaah loves those who ask of him continuously like a child pestering their parents. You remain patient until Allaah decrees what He decrees and you continue to humble yourself before Him & ask of His unlimited bounty. The du’aa of Musa ‘alayhi salaam when he was desperate for the help and blessings of Allaah to descend on him is a perfect example of humility and reliance upon the Most High as well as hope in Him.

رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِير
“My Lord I am in absolute need of the good you send me.
 
The last ayah I fell upon was in Surah Nahl. Allaah speaks to our sense on gratitude when He talks about the many blessings He has already bestowed upon us. Allaah mentions the alternation of night and day and how He has made it subject to us, the beauty that sounds us that is of varying colours. Fresh food, clothing and so much more that we take for granted everyday subhaanAllaah. May He forgive us all. Allaah increases the one who is grateful in good as a reward for His gratefulness but we wouldn’t be grateful unless He inspired us and we are grateful for what He blessed us with in the first place! How can we not spend every moment in our lives thanking The One who’s Mercy has no limits. 
لَئِنْ شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ 
 
“If you are grateful, I will surely give you more and more.”
 
Patience, du’aa and gratitude, I have only covered these briefly but they go so, so much deeper beyond this. They are the qualities of the righteous whom Allaah blesses with Gardens of tranquility and it is a life-long journey fine-honing them. May Allaah grant us steadfastness, ameen.  
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