More often than not, when adversity barges through the door of our hearts and sadness overtakes our emotions, we start to question why Allah would do this to us. We come up with conclusions like, ‘Allah doesn’t love me’, ‘Allah has abandoned me’, or, ‘Allah has forgotten about me’. Allah (SWT) addresses this issue in the Quraan by stating the fact that He hasn’t abandoned us, nor has He forgotten about us, and the hardships we’re facing. He is assuring us that Oh My Slave, I’m still here, I haven’t gone anywhere, and I haven’t forgotten about you either. For a Lord that loves His slaves more than a mother loves her child, would it be befitting of Him to abandon and forget you when He’s already promised that He hasn’t? For a Lord that runs towards you while you’re walking towards Him, would it be befitting of Him to abandon and forget about you when He’s already promised that He hasn’t? Of course not! During a test, the teacher usually makes their presence known, but doesn’t give the answers to the test. Similarly, in life, we go through trials and tribulations that can sometimes completely crush our faith in Allah, and the greater good. It is during these times especially when we’re supposed to notice the presence of our Lord; for He hasn’t abandoned us, nor has He forgotten. When the tests of the dunya bring us to our knees, we’re in the perfect position to pray to Him, to call upon Him for strength and to stand up one more time. To ask for help in fighting the demons in our heads, and the evils of life which surround us. Most importantly, we should know with full conviction that He hasn’t abandoned us, nor has He forgotten, simply because He said so. And it is not befitting of my Lord to utter anything but the truth. Indeed, He is The Greatest manager of all affairs. ☝
Allahu Akbar. How many a times do we hear those words in a day? Allahu Akbar. How many a times do we utter those words in a day? Allahu Akbar. Do these words resonate through our throats without going past the vessels and chambers of our hearts? The same words which have the ability to humble mountains and trees, the birds and the bees, the skies and the seas.. has no effect on us. Us humans, the only specimen which Allah the Al-Mighty, in His infinite wisdom and might, gave sound logical judgement to, we don’t ponder on those very words which give further confirmation of our helplessness and dire need of Him. When we say Allahu Akbar, we’re not only saying that He, Allah, is The Greatest. We’re completely submitting ourselves to Him and to His will and decree. We’re saying that He is greater than anyone and anything that we face. We’re saying that He knows what is better for us than we know for ourselves. He is THE Greatest. There is nothing that is greater than He, subhanahu wa ta3alaa. We’re saying that nothing in His care can ever be lost. When we raise our hands in prayer whilst saying Allahu Akbar, we’re acknowledging the fact that we are mere servants of a King who is in no need of us. We are nothing without Him, and we can achieve nothing without His help and guidance.
So next time you’re standing before your Lord, before proclaiming His greatness, take a minute to ponder on the weight of your words and everything it entails with it. Let those words completely overtake your mind, body and soul. Let those words course through your veins and through every corner and crevice of your heart before leaving the security of your lips. The whole dynamic of your prayer will change once those words resonate deep within your core. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. There is no power greater than He ❤