In the Context of Trials:’Worthlessness’ and Allah SWT’s Favourites

Know that as soon as you claim to love Allah SWT intensely, you’re going to be tested. You should also know it’s going to be severe. So severe that you may need to literally run around to seek any ‘window of air’ as to not suffocate yourself. And it’s going to come and hit you right from where you least expect it and right where it’d hurt the most. SubhanAllah! To Him belongs the most Continuous and Greatest Praise. A Praise that echoes through the forests, the seas, the seven skies and upto where His Throne is. A Praise so significant and heavy yet from a tongue of such insignificant creatures.

What is interesting is that the pain becomes the coolness of heart. People around may pity you and try to sympathize with you but you may not understand what they’re on about. Because you believe so firmly that He SWT will reward you and that the Most Merciful is Generous…what is there then to be upset about? Afterall didn’t He promise His Messenger and all the believers the following?

And indeed the Hereafter is better for you than the present (life of this world). And verily, your Lord will give you (all good) so that you shall be well-pleased. [Surah Ad-Duha, 93:4-5]

So dear believer! Let not what people say doubt your Rabb’s Promises.

Always remember:

Allâh increases the provision for whom He wills, and straitens (it for whom He wills), and they rejoice in the life of the world, whereas the life of this world as compared with the Hereafter is but a brief passing enjoyment. And those who disbelieve say: “Why is not a sign sent down to him (Muhammad SAW) from his Lord?” Say: “Verily, Allâh sends astray whom He wills and guides unto Himself those who turn to Him in repentance.” Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allâh – Islâmic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allâh, Verily, in the remembrance of Allâh do hearts find rest. Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allâh – Islâmic Monotheism), and work righteousness, Tûbâ (all kinds of happiness or name of a tree in Paradise) is for them and a beautiful place of (final) return. Thus have We sent you (O Muhammad SAW) to a community before whom other communities have passed away, in order that you might recite unto them what We have revealed to you, while they disbelieve in the Most Gracious (Allâh) Say: “He is my Lord! Lâ ilâha illâ Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He)! In Him is my trust, and to Him will be my return with repentance.” [Surah Al Rad, 13:26-30]

Muslims often label themselves as ‘worthless’ if they do not achieve what they aimed for. It’s nonsensical to define one’s worth according to what humans in this Dunia define. Who are these humans to dictate your value? Isn’t your Lord, who knows everything, a bigger authority of defining your worth or how special you are?

On the authority of Anas ibn Malik RA, it has been reported that Rasulalah SAW has said, ‘Indeed Allah has HIS kinds of people.’

He was asked,’Who are they, O Messenger of Allah?’

‘They are the ones who are always with the Quraan (Ahlul Quraan). They are Allah’s Ahl and His Favourites/Special (people).’ [recorded by Imam Ahmad in his Sunan]

The notion Ahl, which is used in this hadith, has several meanings: family, wife, household members. In the explanation of this hadith, Dr. Muhammad Ibn Abu Shahba has said:

‘Among His creatures, Allah has two categories of people whom He especially looks after and gives them honors. He esteems them extraordinarily and extends to them a special attention as a ruler looks after and esteems his family and close associates. Here we are being presented with an allegorical expression and figurative paradigm. The quoted hadith, as well as the other ahadith which relate to merits of memorizing the Quraan-does not refer to the people who memorize the Quraan but do not know its content and do not adhere to its injuctions. Those who are Ahl-al Quraan memorize it, understand it correctly and, of course, live according to its principles. That was the attitude of the companions and the first generations of this Ummah.’ [ Al Madkhal li dirasat Al-Quran,  pp.357]

Therefore if a Muslim feels worthless or dejected then open up a Quraan and memorize parts of it after understanding the meanings. He SWT deems you capable of being ‘special’ and His ‘favourite’ that’s why this hadith has been preserved. You’re not ‘born special’ or ‘born favourite’. You would have to put in the effort.

Do not limit your mind and just live in this dunia. Rather, camp in the tent of Akhira. Live there, reside there and chase away all the distractions and wolves/Shayateen with the strength of Quraan.

You said you love Allah SWT.

Now prove it!

“Alif-Laam-Meem. Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: ‘We believe’, and will not be tested? And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make known, those who are true, and will certainly make known those who are liars.” [Surah Al Ankaboot, 29:1-3]

-Explanation: “Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested?”. This is a rebuke in the form of a question, meaning that Allah will inevitably test His believing servants according to their level of faith. The stronger the religious commitment, the stronger the test.” [Tafsir ibn Kathir]

And Allah SWT knows best.

May Allah SWT let not Shayateen create doubts in our hearts and make us so strong that even if the whole nation tried to confuse us, we’d still stand upright under the Shade of His Promises. May He SWT make it easy for us to memorize the Quran and forgive us all for our ungratefulness and the mountains of sins. Ameen.

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3 Responses to “In the Context of Trials:’Worthlessness’ and Allah SWT’s Favourites”

  1. Ameen to your dua. I hope we can one day learn the Qu’ran, I have made the niyyah in my heart. x

    • Asalamoalaykum warahmatullah,

      Alhamdolilah you took the first step. Don’t forget to take the next, which is: opening up the Quraan and memorizing only one verse everyday! :) You’ll get addicted to it so much so that you wouldn’t want to stop memorizing.

      Best wishes,
      -UmmS.

  2. I like that, its very encouraging, I think I would like to start with Surah Yaseen first, I do love it and to know it off by heart would be an honour, but first I need to sort out my tajweed :O

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