REFLECTION AT FAJR 1& 2: Consequences of Choices and Utility of Adversity

Consequences of Choices

Let’s reason together. Every man is responsible for his action or inaction. For every of man’s choice, there are consequences, dire or dreamy. So, the man of faith, wisdom and courage, whatever choice he makes in life, has no business with regret or desperation.

He must masterfully adapt to his circumstance, wisely manage his situation and with prayer and patience, he will eventually overcome if his judgment on his choice was wrong in the first instance, either by such choice getting improved to become good and ideal or you getting an ideal alternative as consolation. In life, Patience is the height of courage.

Utility of Adversity

We do not pray for trials and tribulations. Yet adversity is a reality of existence. For some, it comes in torrents. So they hardly know happiness. For, others the only time they will ever face adversity will wipe off all the happiness they might have known in life.
For a few, we might see their entire life as a bed of roses, but in itself is a form of trial. For the Muslim however, he must ever be vigilant on trial and tribulations and understand how to deal with them to remain constant and strong in Eeman.
Go through the book of guidance and see in several places where Allah informed us about fitnah and adduwwun.
When a soul is lost, we take a fragment of the Quran to announce or publicize his or her death,   Inna lillahi wa Inna ilaehi raajiuuna. But do we always ponder over the beginning of the aayah from where that fragment was picked? The contents of Adversity according to the aayaat are fear, hunger, losses and destruction and death.
Do we not read where Allah explains the rationale of the trial as for the distinction of men of truth and liars in faith? Do we not understand the meaning of the extent of tribulations. that we will call on Allah when will your help come. Certainly, the help of Allah is certainly near.
Brothers and sisters on the noble path, know that adversity, trials or tribulations are for the confirmation of our faith in Allah, steadfastness in Islam and test of the premium or value we place in the materials and enjoyments of life. They test our spirit of sacrifice. They test our understanding of the love of Allah. They test our submissiveness to Him and acceptance of a cardinal pillar of faith, Qadar.
Do we really know or value why the affairs of the true believer are certainly wholesomely rich?
OK, we have heard of the good, the bad and the ugly, abi?
How should the Muslim behave in any of these circumstances?
Happily, we have been guided in the recommendations of the best of mankind. When we encounter the good, our attitude should be of gratitude. And when we suffer the ugly or the bard we should find succour in patience.
That is why the Most High says glad tidings are for the SAABIRIIN. those who when they encounter trials say or comfort themselves Inna lillahi wa Inna ilaehi raajiuuna.
They must not just express it. They must live it in their trying moments. This is where the term, acceptance with philosophical calmness comes from. This is the meaning of Stoicism when you are unfazed or unshaken by buffeting storms of life or the destructive and destabilising tides of existence.
So when death strikes taking away a beloved or pillar of the family, when there are job cuts and thrown in the unemployment market, when your marriage is in turmoil or your business is nosediving and your children are failing or accidents, destructions of means and pride of life assail, it is the weak or doubtful believer that is consumed by such tribulations.
As for the faithful Muslim, his vision becomes sharper, his mind or breast is expanded and he immediately begins to ask himself certain evaluation questions, have I been negligent? Have I been stupid and arrogant?
Have I been indulgent? Maybe Allah wants to give me something better or worthier…may be He wants to redirect my steps in life and so on.
So the truthful Muslim has no business with desperation or depression but he is ever composed, firm and vigilant living or conducting all his affairs between FEAR & HOPE IN ALLAH.
By Ustadth Abdulwaarith

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