Worry and sadness are part of human condition and life. Our life consists of series of moments and emotions. There are two extreme moments the joy, happiness that fills our heart with smile and other peak is series of darkness that plunge us in worry and sadness. In between all this is real life:the highs, the lows, the mundane and boring, the sweetness, and light. It is in these times that the believer must try to establish a connection to God.
The believer must be honest and strong in his/her faith. When the happiness and joy of life fills our mind and heart we must not forget that is a blessing from Allah, equally when we are faced with worry and sadness we must understand that this too from God, even though at first glance we may not see the blessing.
ALLAH is the Most Wise and the Most Just. Whatever condition we faced, and no matter what we are forced to confront, it is imperative that we open our eyes to the fact that God knows the best that what is good for us. Though we shy away from facing our worries and fear, it may be that we hate a thing that is good for us and desire something that can only lead to ruin and damnation.
“…and it may be that you dislike a thing that is good for you and that you like a thing that is bad for you. God knows but you do not know.” (Quran 2:216)
The life of this world was planned by our Creator to maximize our chances of living a blissful life in the Hereafter. When we face trials, they help us grow and mature into human beings who are able to function effortlessly in this transient world.
In times of sorrow and stress, contemplating the names of God can bring great relief. It can also help us focus on being calm and patient. It is important to understand that although the believer is encouraged not to thrash about in grief and anguish or to complain about the stresses and problems, he is allowed to turn to God and supplicate to Him and to ask Him for relief.
Human beings are frail. Our tears fall, our hearts break and the pain is sometimes almost intolerable. Even the prophets, whose connection to ALLAH was unbreakable, felt their hearts constrict in fear or pain. They too turned their faces to God and begged for relief. However, their complaints were surrounded with pure patience and pure acceptance of whatever fate God had decreed.
When Prophet Jacob despaired of ever seeing his sons he turned to God, asked for his help and. He knew very well that God loves those who are patient.
“He said: ‘I only complain of my grief and sorrow to God, and I know from God that which you know not.’” (Quran 12:86)
Patience means accepting what is not in our control. In times of stress and difficulty surrender yourselves to the will of God then you will find relief beyond measure.
This does not mean that we sit back and let life pass by. No! It means that we struggle to please God in all matters of our life.
However, when things don’t go the way we wanted, even when it seems that fears and worries are pushing us down, we accept what God has decreed and continue to strive to please Him. Being patient is hard work; it does not always come naturally or easily. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), said, “Whoever tries to be patient then God will help him to be patient”
Patience is a key to Paradise. So we should practice patience at times when everything seems impossible because it is the only way of relief and happiness. No one in this world can help us except God so we should try our best to please God.