Punishment and Bounty

It sometimes seems as if you’re going to be destroyed by the constant fitaa’in around you. It’s horrifying because these things tumble the smooth running of your Eeman.

“O you who believe! Answer Allâh (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he (SAW) calls you[] to that which will give you life,and know that Allâh comes in between a person and his heart (i.e. He prevents an evil person to decide anything). And verily to Him you shall (all) be gathered. (24) And fear the Fitnah (affliction and trial) which affects not in particular (only) those of you who do wrong (but it may afflict all the good and the bad people), and know that **Allâh is Severe in punishment**.” (25) [Surah Al Anfal]

But you have to get up and ignore all the vain talk. You may even get confused whether you were right or wrong…whether you’re becoming too ‘religious’ especially in your age, when people don’t worry if they laugh too much, talk too much, eat too much.

“O you who believe! If you obey and fear Allâh, He will grant you Furqân [(a criterion to judge between right and wrong), or (Makhraj, i.e. a way for you to get out from every difficulty)], and will expiate for you your sins, and forgive you; and **Allâh is the Owner of the Great Bounty**.” (29) [Surah Al Anfal]

Just have to obey Him no matter what. And what do we get by obeying Him?

-Furqan: ability to differentiate between the right and wrong so we’ll know what’s wrong even if it’s sugar-coated or hidden

-Makhraj: exit out of difficulty

-Covering of sins: expiation

-Forgiveness

But the key thing is to have Taqwa and not get stumped by the Fitna around because they are bound to affect even those who are on the Right Path. The whole idea is not be lured into ‘going with the flow’ and not doubting one’s road to hidaya.

Most importantly, one should remember and keep a balance in internalizing the two Atrributes of Allah SWT, that: Allah is Severe in punishment and He is the Owner of the Great Bounty.

And Allah SWT knows best.

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