Do they not see that they are put to test every year once or twice but then they do not repent nor do they remember? (Quran, 9:126)
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
In the name of the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful Allah.
Such is life. Sometimes there are occasions of joy ☀️, and sometimes occasions of grief 🌑.
يُقَلِّبُ اللَّهُ اللَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَعِبْرَةً لِّأُولِي الْأَبْصَارِ
Allah alternates the night and the day. Indeed in that is a lesson for those who have vision. (24:44)
Sometimes man is in euphoria and intense joy 🌅. His child is born. He is newly wed. He meets some dear to him after a prolonged absence 🛤️, etc.
But sometimes man is depressed and feeling greatly low . He receives bad news. Someone passes away 🪦. A gift He treasures dearly is lost. etc.
Sadness can become so intense a man loses interest in his spouse and life 🏠. Hilal bin Umayya, who was one of the “three” referenced in surah tawbah, was so saddened he lost his vigor in going to his wife. He spend days crying (Muslim 2769a, b). Later on Allah forgave him.
وَعَلَى الثَّلَاثَةِ الَّذِينَ خُلِّفُوا حَتَّىٰ إِذَا ضَاقَتْ عَلَيْهِمُ الْأَرْضُ بِمَا رَحُبَتْ وَضَاقَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ أَنفُسُهُمْ وَظَنُّوا أَن لَّا مَلْجَأَ مِنَ اللَّهِ إِلَّا إِلَيْهِ ثُمَّ تَابَ عَلَيْهِمْ لِيَتُوبُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ هُوَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ
And the three who were left behind to the point that the earth closed in on them in spite of its vastness and their souls confined them and they were certain that there is no refuge from Allah except in Him. Then He turned to them so they could repent. Indeed, Allah is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful. (9:118)
Sadness can cause health to decline, and one losing vision 🏞️. We see in the case of Ya'qub, peace be upon him:
وَتَوَلَّىٰ عَنْهُمْ وَقَالَ يَا أَسَفَىٰ عَلَىٰ يُوسُفَ وَابْيَضَّتْ عَيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْحُزْنِ فَهُوَ كَظِيمٌ
And he turned away from them and said, “Oh, my sorrow over Yusuf,” and his eyes became white from grief, for he was [of that] a suppressor. (12:84)
When there comes times of sadness and loss, man needs to utter some words. Words that will bring him blessings and mercy ❤️. Words that are said by the patient, and cherished by the ones at loss. Words of comfort, solace, peace, and truth.
الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ * أُولَٰئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ ۖ وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ
Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.” Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided. (2:156-157)
Say “Innaa lillaahi wa inna ilaihi rawjioon” - “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.”
Surely everything will pass. The loss will pass. Days will change 🌄. But Allah the exalted will remain.
وَيَبْقَىٰ وَجْهُ رَبِّكَ ذُو الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ
And there will remain the Face of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor. (55:27)
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