Imagine a society where success was defined by morality, where a person’s wealth, colour and lineage were irrelevant compared to their piety.
Allah states in the Quran: “Your wealth and your children are but a trial, and Allah has with Him a great reward.” (64:15). The trial of blessings is to measure the gratitude we show Allah ﷻ, calling upon us to remember and thank Him for what we have been given. On hearing this, it’s easy to assume such a trial would be easy, yet interestingly Allah ﷻ states “few of My servants are grateful.” (34:13) – something not said about patience in difficulties. The indication from this is that many of us indeed fail in this trial, lacking gratitude for the gifts Allah has shown us; a worrying thought indeed! But how so?
“God does not burden any soul with more than it can bear” (2:286)
Tribulations drain us, overwhelm us, soak up every ounce of energy within us. In the eye of the storm, it is difficult to see anything other than the chaos and misery that fills our lives. In this time, we find words of comfort within the Quran to help us through.
In the year of sorrow, the year which our beloved Prophet ﷺ lost his uncle and wife within 3 days of each other, and was humiliated and stoned out of the city of Ta’if, Allah ordained the 5 daily prayers. Coincidence?
Here we learn a number of lessons
As another year passes alhamdulillah, I’m overcome with a deep feeling of gratitude to God for giving me so many gifts these past years, whilst supporting me through the most trying periods of my life.
Few people know this, but the Quran Club began its journey through a group of 40 very special people. I call them the ‘Founding 40’ – 40 people who, with little more than an email I wrote, donated over £500 each to begin the first stage of development for the app, alhamdulillah. No one but…
You, ustadh, were the first embodiment I saw of a man connected to Allah ﷻ. In this moment of great difficulty, I remind you of this story to witness you testified to God’s oneness in your previous encounter with death so that you may stay strong in your latest one.