Life in this world is a journey towards that goal. Every action carried out, every deed performed is a step forward in that direction. Human beings have been given life in this world, as an opportunity to achieve the pleasure of Allah, to serve and worship Him and to achieve nearness to Him. Remember that your role in this life is to live your life according to how Allah asked you to do, seeking His pleasure, avoiding His anger. Allah says:
مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
“Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has Faith, verily, to him will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.” (Surah Al-Nahl, 16:97)
For whatever problem we have, whatever difficulty we find ourselves in, we have the most powerful weapon to ward off the pain that plagues us. It is the weapon of du`a’. We know with certainty that Allah is Al-Mujeeb (The Responsive). Our dua to be truly meaningful, we must accompany that du`a’ with certain brokenness in the heart. This brokenness is the feeling of utter need, submission and surrender to Allah, and realizing that truly it is only He who can get us out of our state. Allah says:
أَمَّن يُجِيبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكْشِفُ السُّوءَ وَيَجْعَلُكُمْ خُلَفَاءَ الْأَرْضِ أَ
“Or Who responds (to) the distressed one when he calls Him and He removes the evil and makes you inheritors (of) the earth? Is there any god with Allah? Little (is) what you remember.” (Surah An-Naml 27:62)
A strong believer is better and is more lovable to Allah than a weak believer. Reading and listening to the Quran will help refresh our hearts and our minds. Recite it out loud or in a low voice. Connecting to the Quran means connecting to God. Let it be a means to heal your heart of stress and worries. Invest in different recordings of the Quran and their translations. Allah says:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاءٌ لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
“O mankind! Verily has come to you instruction from your Lord, and a healing for what (is) in your breasts, and guidance and mercy for the believers.” (Surah Yunus 10:57)
Here are some ways how to ask Allah’s Help:
- Allah says He does not change men’s condition unless they change
- Allah says, O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you
- Allah says all of you are astray except for those I have guided
- Allah says He possesses this whole world and all that is in it
- Allah says, seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you
- Allah says you should regularly ask for God’s forgiveness
- Allah says you should seek all of your needs from Him
- Allah says remember Me, and I shall remember you
- Allah says, seek food of Me and I shall feed you
- Allah says to seek help through Sabr and Salat
- Allah says, do not oppress one another
- Allah says, that everything is from Him
- Allah says, do not make mischief on the earth
- Allah says I give you everything that you requested
- Allah says He is (always) near to those who do good
- Allah says, seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you
- Allah says, call on your Lord with humility and in private
- Allah says, seek the guidance of Me and I shall guide you
- Allah says, I listen and already knows what is in your heart
- Allah says, call for the mercy of Allah is (always) near to you
- Allah says, I angry with those who do not ask Him for anything
- Allah says He does not change men’s condition unless they change
Allah answers whoever calls upon Him, and He is All-Hearing and All-Seeing. He knows our heart’s deepest secrets, He knows us better than we know ourselves. However, if we are having trouble with a particular sin, that shouldn’t stop us from seeking Allah’s help. We just do the best we can and then ask Allah to help us overcome our desires and avoid that sin. Allah says:
إِن تَجْتَنِبُوا كَبَائِرَ مَا تُنْهَوْنَ عَنْهُ نُكَفِّرْ عَنكُمْ سَيِّئَاتِكُمْ وَنُدْخِلْكُم مُّدْخَلًا كَرِيمًا
“If you avoid great (sins) (of) what you are forbidden from [t], We from you your evil deeds and (to) an entrance noble.” (Surah An-Nisa` 4:31)
A true Muslim or Momin never becomes hopeless as he has strong faith in Allah. Who are the controller of the universe and everything happening around the in-universe? While reciting kalima, we put our trust in Allah altogether, and it’s a crucial part of faith (Imaan) to have an undoubted faith in Allah. Allah says:
وَكَأَيِّن مِّن دَابَّةٍ لَّا تَحْمِلُ رِزْقَهَا اللَّهُ يَرْزُقُهَا وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
“And how many of a creature (does) not carry its provision. Allah provides (for) it and (for) you. And He (is) the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.” (Surah Al-Ankabut 29:60)
Understanding the issue of God’s tests takes a while to figure out, but the main rule is true. If you read about the lives of all of God’s Prophets, you will find that they all went through very difficult hardships. It is one of God’s consistent and universal laws that when God loves someone, He will test him/her with trials in this world. Allah says:
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ
“Those who believed and find satisfaction their hearts in the remembrance (of) Allah. No doubt, in the remembrance of Allah find satisfaction the hearts.” (Surah Al-Rad, 13:28)
Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:
- “And Allah loves the steadfast.” (Quran 3:146)
- “And Allah loves the doers of good.” (Quran 3:134)
- “If you are grateful, I will give you more.” (Quran 14:7)
- “Indeed, Allah loves the righteous [who fear Him].” (Quran 9:04)
- “Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him] on.” (Quran 3:159)
- “Indeed Allah loves those who are constantly repentant.” (Quran 2:222)
- “He is the Lord of the East and the West; there is no god but He; so take Him for a guardian.” (Quran 73:9)
- “… without a doubt in the remembrance (Zikr) of Allah do hearts find tranquillity” (Quran 13:28)
Always Seeking Help Of ALLAH:
- Begin the Day on a Positive Note: Get up early. Get up thanking God that He has given you another day. Begin with the name of Allah, with Whose name nothing in the heavens or the earth can hurt you. He is the Highest and the Greatest.
- Ask Him. He Listens DU`A: Turn each anxiety, each fear and each concern into a Dua (supplication). Look at it as another reason to submit to God. God listens and already knows what is in your heart, but He wants you to ask Him for what you want.
- Make the Quran your Partner: Reading and listening to the Quran help to refresh our hearts. Listen to it in the car. When you are praying Nafl or extra prayers, pick it up and use it to recite portions of the Quran you are not as familiar with.
- Relying on Allah and Tawakkul: Rely on Allah by constantly remembering Him throughout your day. Once you have established a plan you intend to follow through on to deal with a specific issue or problem in your life, put your trust in the wisest and the All-Knowing.
- Remember that human responsibility is limited: Once you have done your duty, leave the results to Allah. Regardless of the results of your efforts, you will be rewarded for the part you have played.
- Leave the world behind you Five Times A Day: Use the five daily prayers as a means to become more Hereafter-oriented and less attached to this temporary world.
- Seek help through SABR(Patient): This instruction from Allah provides us with two critical tools that can ease our worries and pain. Patience and prayer are two oft-neglected stressbusters. Being patient gives us control in situations where we feel we have little or no control.
- God controls Life and Death: If you fear for your physical safety and security, remember that only Allah gives life and takes it back and, that He has appointed the time for it. No one can harm you except if Allah will.
- Remember that life is short: We should remember that our life is short and temporary and that the everlasting life is in the Hereafter, this will put our worries in perspective.
- Always seek help: So in case of praying or seeking help, we must be cautious in order to pray to someone else in a time of need or distress.
- Do remembrance (Zikr), Allah, Allah: By remembering Allah in the way He has taught us to, we are more likely to gain acceptance of our prayers and His Mercy in times of difficulty.
- Be thankful to Allah: Being grateful for all we have helps us maintain a positive attitude in the face of worries and challenges we are facing almost daily.
We need to ask Him for His help, even if it is to get closer to Him or become better at worshipping Him. We need to seek refuge in Allah in everything. It could be negative thoughts we have, our lack of productivity or even our lack of faith. We need to ask Allah to help us and guide us to the Straight Path. Allah says:
قُلْ هُوَ الرَّحْمَٰنُ آمَنَّا بِهِ وَعَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْنَا فَسَتَعْلَمُونَ مَنْ هُوَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍ
Say, “He (is) the Most Gracious; we believe in Him, and upon Him, we put (our) trust. So you will know who (is) it (that is) in error clear.” (Surah Al-Mulk 67:29)
Make sure that you have done everything possible. Our success depends on our sincere efforts to the best of our abilities. It is the mercy of Allah that He does not demand results, Alhamdulillah. He is happy if He finds us making our best sincere effort.