Tested with both the good and the bad. Hence, being tested with polar opposites. Our wholesome health… or our ill health. Our wealth… or our poverty. Our barakah… or our burdens. Our gains… and our losses. All here to teach us the nearness of Allah and ultimately our roles on this temporary place called Earth, and to have ultimate dependency on him.
Fa Inni Qareeb. I am near. I respond to the call- Allah guarantees that he will respond to the one who calls.
وَاِذَا سَاَلَـكَ عِبَادِىۡ عَنِّىۡ فَاِنِّىۡ قَرِيۡبٌؕ اُجِيۡبُ دَعۡوَةَ الدَّاعِ اِذَا دَعَانِ فَلۡيَسۡتَجِيۡبُوۡا لِىۡ وَلۡيُؤۡمِنُوۡا بِىۡ لَعَلَّهُمۡ يَرۡشُدُوۡنَ
‘And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I
respond to ‘the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided’
This Ayah in the Quran encapsulates the relationship Allah yearns for us to have with him- he wants us to call to him, and to remind us that he is near. Allah- Al-Aziz, the magnificent one, Al-Khabeer, the great one, Al-Waali, the governor and Al-Muqsit, the just one- He, Al-Mujeeb, the responding one, states not if, but when you call- I will respond. Talk to him and pour your heart out, The Almighty is more merciful than a mother is to her child. So no matter what mistakes you’ve made the return to him. Put Allah first, and you will never be last. Allah hears you heart intention before your lips whisper your request.
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