Struggles So Small…
“Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, ‘When (will come) the Help of Allaah?’ Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” [al-Baqarah 2:214]
You know how you can almost tell exactly when Allah is testing you? Like He’ll get your parents to say something about the past and out of the blue just to see if you have patience with them and not go ‘ugh’. Like He’ll put you in situations where friends are eating/drinking haraam just to see if you’ll fall into the pressure. Like He’ll let a person of the opposite gender call you cute and flirt – just to se if you fall for that trap. Like He’ll make something bad happen, perhaps a sickness in your family, just to see if you’ll got straight to Him or if you’ll say “why me? why aren’t you helping me?”
Allah tested the people before us with severe hardship. Think about their hardships in comparison to your own? Some of them suffered in extreme poverty where getting water to do wudu was a struggle – a long walk to the lake. Some of them were outcasted by their society, forced away from their family. Some traveled to far ends of the world just to seek knowledge. And you?
You with your bathroom sink giving both hot water and cold water yet you don’t rush to make wudu and pray. You with three meals (sometimes more) a day but forget to thank Allah for the food and don’t want to do extra fasts. You with an iPod/iPhone but don’t listen to the Quran on a daily basis. You with internet connection and youtube but don’t seek out lectures trying to observe in knowledge.
Think about the struggles they faced and how minimal yours are compared to theirs. And think about the little steps you can take to become better. Get one step closer. Need a step?
Step One: Before you eat say Bismillah, and thank Allah for the food.
Step Two: Don’t take headphones to school. I don’t. I have an iPad, I get work done on the train. I get reading done, homework done, extra studying. And when I don’t have work to do, and I don’t have headphones, I do dhikr. Saying ‘Astaghfirullah’ or ‘SubhanAllah’ and just repeating it in your head until you go to school/college/university/office. Just imagine how many sins you can wipe away just in ONE day. And mind you, I have plenty of sins I need wiped out – so that 1 hour travel time reciting ‘Astaghfirullah’ over and over insha Allah wipes them out.