The little things

Isn’t it amazing the gifts that Allah has blessed us with. The ability to see, hear, talk, smell, feel physically, spiritually and emotionally. SubhanAllah when things get tough in life, we tend to forget how much Allah has blessed us with, although we would never be able to count them. 

Allah SWT says in the Qur’an; “And He gave you from all you asked of Him. And if you should count the favor of Allah , you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful.” (14:34)

It is so easy to feel overwhelmed by sadness when something doesn’t go our way. We forget all the good that we have. And before that issue/trial came about, were we grateful for the current state we were in? We often take for granted the ‘small’ and ‘simple’ things. We have clean drinking water, fresh food and a roof over our head. But we still feel ungrateful sometimes, SubhanAllah. 

The Messenger SAW said; “Whoever among you wakes up secure in his property, healthy in his body, and he has his food for the day, it is as if he were given the entire world.

This morning I woke up in an usually agitated mood. I was a little grumpy and worried about my financial status and whether I would have enough money to last me for the next couple of weeks (I recently left my job). Anyway, I went outside into the sunshine, and read a couple of chapters of a small book that I’m reading which is based on the life of the Prophet Muhammad SAW (not a full seerah rather his characteristics moreso). What I read on one of the first few pages changed my mood and attitude completely. “…He trusted Allah so much that he did not fear poverty.” (Referring to Muhammad SAW). And on the next page the author wrote how much the Prophet SAW was focused on the hereafter, and how he refused to take from this world anything that was beyond his basic needs. How often we forget our purpose in this life… SubhanAllah, no wonder he was sent as a mercy to all mankind. And I posed the question to myself, and encourage everyone to also think about this; how much do we really strive to follow our Prophet SAW? It’s as if we’re in a constant state of take take take (from the dunya) yet there is a hole in our heart that can only filled by the remembrance of Allah SWT. We’re always running after this life and everything in it, forgetting that life is temporary. The Prophet SAW said: “Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.”
We need to detach ourselves from the dunya, detach ourselves from anything that gets in the way of our relationship with Allah SWT. May Allah make it easy for us to always remember the reason we are here in the first place, so that we may be among the righteous and among the ones who have Allah’s shade on the day of Judgement, so that we may be in the highest level of Jannah. Ameen. 

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