Monday, July 18, 2011

Counting my blessings

Looking from a different perspective

Just saw a comment that we should avoid comparison with others. It does not have to be a bad thing. In Islam we are supposed to look at those who have less than us, the less privileged, the ones who are suffering from illness, financial woes and family discord. Do not attempt to compare ourselves with those who have more than us in every way.

We are always never satisfied! True or False?

We can never be satisfied even if we can outdo them all. The nafs in us, all the vain desires will never let us be contented. Do not even blame shaitan for this weakness. Its inherent in us and it is only knowledge, wisdom and guidance from Allah that often saves the day.

If we look towards the suffering, the poor and downtrodden, we are indeed so blessed. We take so much for granted and yet are never satisfied.

Naturally we want to improve in our living standards, to be healthier, to be more secure and comfortable. We cannot deny these natural needs and aspirations. Without that we would never improve ourselves or excel in our interests and careers.

We can never have everything as our
keep changing with time

What I am trying to say is we must know we can never have everything. Everyday there will be new challenges, new delights, new sorrow. Life is full of ups and downs and we never know what Allah plans for us. Whether we like it or not, be certain He wants good for us.

How do we achieve goodly rewards?

The way we achieve good may be through great rewards and recognition. It can also be through trials and tribulations, suddenly our lives being turned upside down! It is part of a purification and reward process. A life's journey.

Alhamdulillah for everything

What can we say except Alhamdulillah! Everything must bow to the will of Allah SWT. When some calamity befalls us, some of us will say "Why me?" "I had always been a good person, why do I have to suffer this difficulty? Why not my neighbour who is such an evil person?".

When something wonderful and happy happens to us, do we ever say "Why me?" "Actually I think my friend deserves this reward or moment more than me". However we may just grab the moment and savour it with joy, forgetting everyone spontaneously.

Never question the will of Allah

The point is, we do not have much choice actually. Everything is as Allah wills, and sometimes we ourselves made some mistake along the way but did not realise it. Many things happened because of what we had done.

Wake up! Wake up!

We can however consider it a wake up call from Allah. As long as he grants us another day to live, we can still try to make the best of the situation and take a lesson from it. Out of every hardship will come relief. That is a promise from Allah.

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