We all possess something which causes us excruciating bodily pain, it can be an ear ache, a tooth ache, or a sour throat. No doubt it’s minimal compared to the sufferings around the world, but to us, it’s incredibly painful. For me, it’s painful ear aches, which have pursued me throughout out my childhood, and now in my adulthood, causing me to reflect.
And one of the benefits of pain is reflecting over the state of others, here are a set of lessons which have given me hope, as I’m waiting for the pain to pass.
1) Trust the One that changes fate - One thing which always struck me was the care and concern my parents had, they’d worry, they would ensure I had taken my medicine and constantly ask if I’m okay, but that’s all they could do, because much as my parents and now my husband love me, when it comes to my ear aches, they are unable to change fate.
It is these moments of realisation you learn to turn to your Creator, Al Shafi’i as He is the Curer of Allah, He is the One and only whom we can put *all* our trust in, during our trials.
2) Everything is interlinked - I find it hard to function, to work, and to sleep and it’ll take a lot of effort to push myself to take action, because the pain is all encompassing. Similarly, the Prophet ﷺ said: “The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.” [Muslim]. The Ummah is one body, if they hurt, we hurt, and if the pain of oppressed isn’t affecting us, we need to question our own eman.
It must matter.
3) We feel loved - When my parents show me love, their care sends me a sign that I’m not neglected. Likewise, Allah is Al Wali, He is our Protecting Friend, and loves those who extend their loving, compassionate hands to others through mutual love and friendship. If you want to be loved during your time of need, then show love to others, it is what gives them hope in mankind, the lens which reminds them of Allah’s mercy.
4) Change what is in your control - If they’re hurting, the pain should motivate us change what is in *our* control. For instance, we’ll invest in a trip to the Doctors, take our medicine, because only a fool allows their illness to deteriorate, when they has the power to change their fate.
This occurs in various forms; du’a, a visit, advise, awareness, financial aid, and in the case of worldly sufferings, political participation through contacting influential figures and attending demonstrations.
If we stay silent it will catch up with us, in this life, or the next, and if we take action, His mercy will embrace us in so many ways, when we need Him most.
5) Don’t be angry - Have you ever been to the hospital and waited for over three hours to be taken in? Or had your phone stolen, informed the Police, and had rubbish service? It’s moments like this when our annoyance, anger, violence, bad language can hinder our progress, or worse defeat the purpose of our cause or visit. Allah is AlHakeem and He loves those who use wisdom.
The Prophet ﷺ said that patience is a light [Muslim]. During the darkness, our patience will guide us, and our vehemence will blind us.
Allah is AlMajid, The Illustrious, The Magnificent. We hold so much talent in our community that *needs* to be used effectively. We can alleviate the pain of others, by putting our unique skills into effective use. Our productivity sabotages the efforts of our oppressors, and our anger and violence fuels their corrupt goals. We possess the ability to be epic in our responses, rather than embarrassing ourselves and hindering our goals.
We have the choice, so, be epic!
6) “With difficulty comes ease,” [Qur’an 94:6] - It always ends, the pain that is, it’s a cycle of purification and reminder to be grateful, and have patience, because God knows best. He is As Sabur, and He is Ash Shakur, and when the world seems like it is crashing down upon us, know that this life is a test, what matters are our responses, because the next life awaits us all.
Discomfort in this life is inevitable, let embrace it and use it to gain closeness to Allah through our proactiveness in His cause. I end with a verse which gives me hope for all those suffering around the world, Allah says in the Qur’an: “Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account.” [Qur’an, 39:10]
Allah is Ar Raqeeb, The Watchful, He knows and this is one of the greatest comforts to us all.