Recently, I received a text from a Muslim friend. I thought I'd share it with you:
ReflectionsSometimes, Allah breaks our spirit to save our soul.
- He breaks our heart to make us whole.
- He sends us pain so we can be stronger.
- He sends us failure so we can be humble.
- He sends us illness so we can take better care of
- He takes something away from us so we can learn the value of everything we have.Trust Allah, love Allah, Allah is the greatest.
Subhan'Allah! This text makes me smile so much! I take a lot of meaning from this, and I'm sure you will too.
Before reverting, I was involved in a relationship that ended on the worst possible terms. I felt broken, and emotions were cluttering my head, but looking back, I realised that if the emotions had not flowed from my tears, and if my "spirit," as it were, had not been broken, then I would be so detached from the world, and emotionally impassive.
The emotional pain I felt after the break up made me into such a stronger person. I have learnt a lot and I have become more determined and resolute in ambitions, as opposed to drifting along, not knowing what to do.
Physical pain, too, features in my interpretation of this poem. When I first started playing guitar, my fretting fingers would be in constant pain, but I was steadfast. The calluses that have built up over months and months of playing not only has made sure that I no longer feel pain when I play guitar, but I can now also hold hot cups without feeling much pain. Masha'Allah!
Failure in one of my exams has definitely put me back on humble ground, and I am glad that Allah has sent me failure; I would have grown proud and not only lost friends, but lost my relationship with Allah (swt).
Illness - been there, done that. I've had heart disease, tuberculosis, sinusitis, etc. Allah, if I don't know how to take care of myself by now, keep them coming. Notice the sarcasm there... I wonder if being funny or sarcastic in a funny way towards Allah is haraam. I mean, I'm sure He knows what I mean. ;) But that's besides the point.
Allahu Akbar! :)