Emerge and see the Emergency

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلنَآ إِلَى أُمَمٍ مِّن قَبْلِكَ فَأَخَذْنَـهُمْ بِالْبَأْسَآءِ وَالضَّرَّآءِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَضَرَّعُونَ – فَلَوْلا إِذْ جَآءَهُمْ بَأْسُنَا تَضَرَّعُواْ وَلَـكِن قَسَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَزَيَّنَ لَهُمُ الشَّيْطَـنُ مَا كَانُواّ يَعْمَلُونَ – فَلَمَّا نَسُواْ مَا ذُكِّرُواْ بِهِ فَتَحْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ أَبْوَابَ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ حَتَّى إِذَا فَرِحُواْ بِمَآ أُوتُواْ أَخَذْنَـهُمْ بَغْتَةً فَإِذَا هُمْ مُّبْلِسُونَ

Verily, We sent (Messengers) to many nations before you. And we seized them with extreme poverty and loss of health so that they might believe with humility. When our torment reached them, why then did they not believe with humility but their hearts became hardened, and Shaytan made fair-seeming to them that which they used to do. So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded, We opened to them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which they were given, all of a sudden, We took them to punishment, and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets and sorrows. (Surah Anam: 42, 43, 44)

 Surah Anam was revealed 1 year before Hijra and we see that these ayah’s have severe warnings.

Most often, we get into a fundamentally unhealthy divide in our thinking about faith and life.  We abstract our faith, putting it in the “spiritual” box, and consider our labor as separate, it goes in the “actual real life” box. We become good and pious while we pray, visit the holy pilgrimage (Mecca) or local masjids and when we are out of it we draw a line so that the goodness ‘does’nt much’ or rather ‘does not at all’ enter the real life. I wouldn’t apologize for being brutally honest here.

However for a believer the world and deen/religion are not different but one.
Spiritual box and Real life box are one… intertwined into each other.

It is the mercy of Allah swt towards his creation that he “sent messengers” who trained us not just spiritually but emotionally and mentally as well? Just like when a person is alive you cannot separate the spirit from his body, you cannot separate the spiritual box from the real life box. Our actions, or behavior’s, are the consequences of our values and beliefs which affect the way we think and feel . We as human beings don’t live in only the physical / material world. We have three other dimensions that are called spiritual, emotional and mental beings. So how we are BEING spiritually affects us emotionally ,mentally and physically and vice versa holds true as well.

Getting in detail with the above ayah’s

As mentioned earlier in the above verses, as well as in several other places in the Quran {[Quran 64:6] [Quran 40:22] [Quran 40:83] [Quran 35:25] [Quran 10:13]}, Allah swt “sent to us messengers” with clear teachings and proofs. These teachings help us build/reform our spiritual being which in result appears on our physical form i.e to become humble, have Khushoo, Ijz, Khudoo et al. Obligation of showing Tadarra/humility is required.

STEP 1: Spiritual training given so that it reflects on physical being.

But when people rejected the spiritual teachings of the Prophet, Allah wanted to teach them in another way. He seized them with extreme poverty and loss of health, so that at least through these physical afflictions they humble themselves and turn to him.

           STEP 2: Physical affliction given to reform spiritual being.

Yet… when people did not believe with Tadarra /humility and forgot the very reason why their physical afflictions were sent, ‘their hearts became hardened’. Note the word ‘became’. Every person is on Fitra(human indisposition), and has a soft heart, which later hardens due to their disobedience. As a result of this hard heart ‘Shaytan/Satan made fair-seeming to them that which they used to do’. The disobedient acts/deeds seemed fine. Reflecting on this current structure a lady without hijab, intermingling with opposite sex, drinking, gambling all seems SO COOL today!!!! If one see himself swearing, liking something bad then he needs to seek refuge in Allah as certainly such a person has been influenced by Shaitaan/Satan who adorns sins for us. Allah uses reproach hereفَلَوْلا (So why not). The objective of sending a calamity is to make a person humble. A person who does not humble himself certainly has a hard heart, instead of humbling himsef he becomes angry, dejects and distances away from Allah. A soft heart when goes through difficulties becomes humble, starts to cry, prays.

The cure of a hard heart is:-

  1. Recite the Quran in abundance. Greater the recitation, softer the heart.
  2. Reflect on the Quran.
  3. Abundance in Zikr of Allah(Kasratul Zikrullah)
  4. Companionship of righteous people.
  5. Be affectionate to those smaller than you(health, wealth, age, status)

Before Allah sends big punishments he sends small ones.

Then when they نَسُواْ forgot, didn’t care, neglected the Prophets warnings all the doors of prosperity were opened. All kinds of blessings were sent in abundance and continuous. All that they were deprived of before was given.

SURPRISING, ISIN’T IT? Do you see an Emergency at all?

 When people are happy, do they ever think distress will strike them? NO. They start to enjoy the temporary benefits thinking they have a long life ahead. Also they have a misconception that Allah is happy with them, and hence all this prosperity. At this peak stage of life when all seems fine and they lay amidst luxuries and comforts Allah put them to punishment, and they ‘plunged into destruction’ with ‘deep regrets and sorrows’ A poor person afflicted by calamity is less likely to suffer as compared to a rich person, due to the person’s body being adjusted to the comforts of the worldly life.

A believer on the contrary is never despaired of the mercy of Allah. If hardships fall on him, he becomes more humble and gets closer to Allah swt as he knows that it is a test from his Master which help to expiate his sins and raise his ranks.

Abu Sa’id and Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with them) reported that the Prophet SAW said: Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience.
[Al Bukhari & Muslim]

Until we emerge and see the emergency we will be washed
by the tide of prosperity……


Ways to stay humble

  1. See those who live tiers below you and still give generously of themselves. Humility redefines struggle and strength.
  2. Go without comforts and convenience for one day or better yet one week. Those who make life easier come into full view. Humility magnifies appreciation of others.
  3. Help someone with a physical challenge. Their tenacity is inspirational as it places struggle in a new light. Seeing the challenges of others inspires humility.
  4. Once a week, have someone teach you something they do well that you don’t. Knowing that you don’t know helps you stay humble.
  5. Become and stay curious with others. Ask one question each day to expand the mind and humbly learn from different views. Humility can be intensely interesting and enjoyable. Curiosity sparks humility.
  6. Ask for help from others who live humility in success. They will help you to overcome the fears and live the truth about humility. Humility is a shared journey.
  7. Observe the wonder of babies as they courageously learn EVERYTHING. They are humble not humiliated. Humility reveals what there is to learn

What has life taught you about staying humble? Will you share it here?

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5 Responses to Emerge and see the Emergency

  1. alkalaamblog says:

    Ma sha Allah, very well composed and written Tabassum.
    May Allah swt bless you with his love, rehma and mercy.



    Up until now I wasn’t sure what “humility” actually meant, the understanding I thought I had (until my tafseer classes) seems foreign to me especially due to our current lifestyle.Because being humble is portrayed as a weakness, a sure way of not making it in the world today.

    Maybe there had been many situations or opportunities where my life gave me lessons to make me humble, but being ignorant towards the precise meaning of it clouded my perspective of all those lessons thrown my way.…
    So being humble for me was having a clear perspective and the right understanding of what I am learning,by being prepared to set aside the old notions and be taught by someone who is more knowledgeable without letting my pride come in my way.

    To challenge myself against all the obstacles was something I have always been reminded of in my growing years by my family.The obstacles may have been tests from Allah. People who have accepted these challenges that visited them in pursuit of their goals are consistent in their practice of humility. How?It wasn’t something I knew up until now.
    Whenever I commit to going through any challenge or test in life, I am being reminded of my vulnerability as a human. What I had assumed was that displaying this vulnerability, weakness and need lowers me when it comes to people, but what I learnt was that it’s just the opposite that is true with Allah.
    Being vulnerable ,sharing my deepest thoughts, my worries and concerns, my scars and wounds, my needs and wants with Allah will only bring me more closer to him and makes me more humble.Cause its ONLY HE who has the power to answer my ever prayer that I’ve made to him and HE WILL….it’s not a matter of “if”, it’s just a matter of “when”.

    So may allah help us to be humble and better muslims.


  3. lamiya huda says:

    assalamunalikum.humbleness comes with the belief that there are people who are lesser in stature or ilm..anything..life has taught me humbleness when i go to classes,with my peers,friends.wherever i become proud i remind myself thst there are many people who are better at whatever i am doing.i have also realised that arrogance will never teach us new things..humbleness opens doors to learning and teaching.


  4. Iffath Fathima says:

    Humility opens the doors of rehmath from Allah swt.Humility is liked by one and all.. When learned people are debating a topic,we should b patient enuf to lizn wot dey are speaking about,by doing this,we gain knowledge and being humble by asking questions never makes one small. I myself hav experienced it in my school,college,in my Arabic classes.


  5. Sameena says:

    Honestly, do we read anything without understanding ? Please, let’s answer this sincerely to our own selves.
    My answer is we do not read anything without understanding EXCEPT ALLAH’S WORD-the Quran. This is the Greatest Tragedy of our generation. When we don’t understand, we are heedless to the Divine Guidance and so there is no change in our daily life nor our attitudes as there is no understanding of the Guidance from our Own Creator. We all must aim and strive hard to understand, let’s use all our resources especially the internet (that we spend hours on) let’s spend few hours as an obligation to understand the WORD of GOD. If we are sincere we shall have the honor as students of the Quran when we meet Him.


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