Preparing Ourselves for Testing Times

Difficult times are from Allah swt to test the believers if they would like to keep their promises under all circumstances.

But, one should always supplicate Allah swt to spare us from hardships. My Shaikh, Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb RA used to frequently supplicate that ‘O Allah, always bring us happiness and please let us not have to face any hardships and worries.’ He used to say golden words “اللہ تعالی سے مانگو تو بریانی اور راضی چٹنی روٹی پر بھی رہو” means one should supplicate to Allah swt for the best and should be delighted with whatever He bestows us from His Ultimate wisdom.

A hadith provides us clue as to what should one do in order to receive help from Allah swt in case of testing times. What else does a person need if he receives Devine help when he is worried and helpless.

تعرَّف إلى الله في الرَّخاء، يعرفكَ في الشِّدَّةِ

Don’t forget Allah swt in your peaceful and affluent days, He will remember you in your difficult times.

It is a common practice that we turn towards Allah swt when we are in misery and when all hopes are lost. And, we just forget Him when we are celebrating parties, casting evil glances and advances, illicit activities while on Internet and when no one else can see us, etc..

If we keep Him in our hearts and refrain from evils while we enjoy happy moments of our lives, He will come to our rescue when we will badly need Him.

Guarding Our Privacy

There has been a lot of concern about privacy nowadays and how to protect it. However, what is more important for a person is not to misuse it. Observing piety in our public as well as in private lives is among the three things that Prophet PBUH has termed as savior acts (منجیات).

Privacy and seclusion is sometimes admired by the pious people in order to enhance their relationship with their Creator. Salat and specifically salat e tahajjud enhances this relationship.

نمود جلوہ بے رنگ سے ہوش اس قدر گم ہیں

کہ پہچانی ہوئی صورت بھی پہچانی نہیں جاتی

Taqwa and piety tame the nafs of the pious people and this seclusion helps them spend sometime in private with their Lord. They have conversations that doesn’t need words and lips..

تم سا کوئی ہمدم کوئی دمساز 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

While seclusion has its benefits, my mentor Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb RA used to give a practical advise that a person who often finds himself or herself surrounded in the sins, and seclusion aggravates the urge for their evil desires, should refrain from observing seclusion. Such people, as most of us fall in this category, should involve themselves in any permissible activity or mingle up with good friends.

طبیعت کی رو زور پر ہو تو رک

وگرنہ یہ سر سے گزر جائے گی

ذرا دیر کو تو ہٹا لے خیال

یہ ندی چڑھی ہے اتر جائے گی

In essence, we must guard our private lives and refrain from evil deeds that are easier to commit when away from people’s eyes. But we must keep in mind that He is with us when nobody is with us.

هوا معكم أین ما کنتم

چوریاں آنکھوں کی اور سینوں کے راز

جانتا ہے تو سب کو تو اے بے نیاز

Allah’s Remembrance

Allah Taala’s remembrance is the lifeblood of the universe. The world will not be wrapped up until there exist a believer remembering Him. Man needs this fuel to withstand the whirlwinds of difficult conditions such as deprivation of health, fame, money, position, enjoyment and relationships.

الا بذکراللہ تطمئن القلوب

This remembrance gives birth to an unbreakable connection with Allah Taala which lights a candle in a believer’s heart. Once this candle is lit, the person starts feeling tranquility and contentment and starts abhorring acts of evil and starts admiring virtues.

وجعلنا لہ نور یمشی بہ فی الناس

Remembrance is a pre-requisite for love. And once love is attained you cannot afford to forget Him. Sins are committed just due to lack of love for Allah Taala. Love compels the lover to keep the Beloved happy and pleased. And then it is Love that guides the lover to find ways to please the Beloved. You do not need policing , you do not need vigilance. Love will itself teach how to get to the Beloved. We will start finding prayers absorbing, supplications answered, sobbing confessions soothing, admiration towards humbleness, honesty, modesty, and piety. And Love of Allah Taala keeps the person from all the sins, be it casting evil glances or meetups with girlfriends/boyfriends, any misuse of our body parts, or anything against honesty, modesty, humbleness or piety.

Remembrance of Allah creates Love of Allah Taala.

My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Sb used to say a couplet:
وہ گرمئ ہجراں وہ تیری یاد کی خنکی
جیسے کہ کہیں دھوپ میں سایہ نظر آیا

Try following daily after any prayer:
100 times La ilaha Illallah,
100 times Allah Allah,
100 times Durood, and
100 times Astaghfar
and start experiencing the fast track journey towards the Love of Allah Taala. May Allah Taala give His Love to everyone of us. Ameen.