Two solutions to overcome hurdles

We often find ourselves cornered and helpless after we have exhausted all possible solutions to our difficulties and hurdles in our lives. The worldly life is designed by its Creator in such a way that a man witnesses both joys and miseries. And this is natural for this world. Nobody enjoys happiness for all of his life and nobody remains tragic forever. When Allah’s Rasool (SallallahoAlaihi wassalam) had to face miseries, divorce of his daughters, death of his only son, death of daughter and beloved companions, who could be closer to Allah SWT than His prophet. The pious people find the tragic events of the life a means of getting closer to the Allah Taala and they feel the gentle comforting touch they get directly in their hearts in those testing times.

There are two solutions which our Creator has given us to use and guarantees that whoever uses these solutions will surely start witnessing that showstoppers and roadblocks no longer remain hurdles in his/her life. The hurdles are either removed or their existence does not harm us anymore.

First solution is to observe piety. My shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Akhtar Sb used to define a pious person as either the one who leaves the sins altogether or the one who repents his bad deeds. Both are pious inshaAllah.
(  وَمَنۡ یَّتَّقِ اللّٰہَ یَجۡعَلۡ لَّہٗ مَخۡرَجًا ۙ )
[Surah At-Talaq 2] Whoever fears Allah, He brings forth a way out for him

Second solution is to frequently ask Allah Taala for forgiveness.

من لَزِمَ الاستغفار جعل الله له من كل ضِيقٍ مخرجًا، ومن كل هَمٍّ فرجًا، وَرَزَقَهُ من حيث لا يحتسب

The one who makes it mandatory to do repentance, Allah taala opens door for him in every difficult situation and He keeps him away from the sorrow and grief and provides sustenance from where he cannot think of it.

Another, worldly benefit of observing piety and repentance is that the person starts to discover his livelihoods from unimaginable ways. The above worldly benefits are apart from the fact that pious are the real beneficiary of the most luxurious life hereafter. والعاقبۃ للمتقین۔

The Divine Pull

As soon as a person turns towards Allah taala and commits himself/herself to His wishes, Allah taala takes his/her hand and steers him/ her through the thick and thin of their lives. It is that Divine Pull which saves the person from all the evil attractions of the world.

The creator of the gravitational pull knows very well when His servants and lovers are in need of His help. And does not leave him/her alone. The feelings are overwhelming yet discrete.

تم سا کوئی ہمدم کوئی دم ساز نہیں ہے

باتیں تو ہیں ہر دم مگر آواز نہیں ہے

ہم تم ہی بس آگاہ ہیں اس ربط خفی سے

معلوم کسی اور کو یہ راز نہیں ہے

My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Sb RA used to stress that a person, trying to practice deen, faces opposition from three quarters; his own self (nafs), Satan, and the society. Together, they employ every possible means to drag a person off-track.

The pull force of this private connection with Allah swt is so strong that it gives the person strength to turn down the demands of Satan, our own nafs, and all evils of the society together. It is a connection similar to the one mentioned about Ashaab Kahf وربطنا على قلوبهم.

He is very near and ready to pull. Let’s grab the chance!

4 Actions to achieve Allah Taala’s Companionship

Allah Taala has bestowed His blessings and gifts to each one of us. These worldly gifts are, no doubt, a source of temporary pleasure and joy. But we can turn this into real happiness and success only if He is with us and only if He is on our side. This companionship with Allah Taala is something which we can find in the gatherings of His pious people, the people who have already become His companion.

ہرکہ خواہد ہمنشینی با خدا
او نشیند با حضور اولیاء
If you want to become God’s companion then stay in the company of pious people

مولانا رومی رح

Quran has also explained this companionship and how to attain it in the following verse

(اِنَّ اللّٰہَ مَعَ الَّذِیۡنَ اتَّقَوۡا وَّالَّذِیۡنَ ہُمۡ مُّحۡسِنُوۡنَ )
Surely, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are good in their deeds

[Surah An-Nahl 128]

The God-fearing people are the pious people who do not displease their Lord in the fear of loosing their real Love.

In order to attain this companionship, a person should regularly visit pious people and take their suggestions on how to get cured of a particular spiritual condition and start performing following tasks:

  • First, start making duas. A lot of duas! 10 mins, 15 mins, 20 mins, 30 mins, whatever one can afford everyday. Don’t shy discussing anything with Allah taala and then request His guidance and intervention. My shaikh Hazrat Hakim Akhtar sb RA used to say that worldly affluent people become frustrated when a needy comes to them repeatedly, but Allah Taala is so loving and caring that He becomes displeased when a person does not supplicate Him. ادْعُوْنِیْۤ اَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ
  • Second, make strongest intention and promise with Allah taala that I will avoid sins, come-what-may! This will help us in offering prayers even at our workplaces, observing hijab, return of inheritance to sisters and other siblings, wearing a beard, abstaining evil glances, avoiding back-biting, throwing away illicit relationships, offering obligatory hajj, avoiding drugs and alcohol, etc. The strongest intention is what results in Divine intervention.( وَیَہۡدِیۡۤ اِلَیۡہِ مَنۡ یُّنِیۡبُ )
  • Third, despite all efforts, in case of indulgence in a sin (due to human weakness), upon realization, start repenting and start doing Istaghfaar without wasting a moment. اِنَّ اللہَ یُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِیۡنَ. After repentance the person will not only be forgiven, rather Allah swt will start loving him/her. And his misdeeds will be washed away as a hadith of Rasoolullah ﷺ is reported that التَّائِبُ مِنْ الذَّنْبِ كَمَنْ لَا ذَنْبَ لَهُ which means that a persons who repents is just like the one who has not committed the sin.
  • Fourth, start doing zikr, remembering Allah swt every day, which includes zikr, duas for every occasion, Quran recitation,

Inshallah, the person following above will start feeling Allah taala’s companionship and soon will start a new life where it will become difficult for him/her to displease Him.

Happy Journey!

دھوپ کی خوشی لے کر غم کی چاندنی بخشی
دل میں تیری آمد نے زندگی نئی بخشی

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