The Wonderful Case of a Believer
I hope you and your families are in the best of health and imaan.
A lot of people will be quick to mention this year about COVID-19 and the prospects of having a Ramadan in lockdown. It’s truly a time of reflection. As such, my main focus in this entry is on gratefulness.
It can be hard sometimes to practice gratefulness when circumstances are hard. COVID-19 can sometimes be a reminder of everything we’ve lost. It may then come as a much-needed reminder that when we open the Quran, the first chapter starts with ‘Alhamdulillah’ which is generally translated as “all praise is for God.” In reality, the word Alhamdulillah signifies gratitude in our everyday lives.
This reminds me of the hadith of the Prophet (PBUH), whereby he says “How wonderful is the case of a Believer! There is good for him in whatever happens to him -and none, apart from him, enjoys this blessing. If he receives some bounty, he is grateful to Allah and this bounty brings good to him. And if some adversity befalls him, he is patient, and this affliction, too, brings good to him” (Muslim).
The strength of our gratitude is tested in difficulties when we have to face a difficult time. This means after every difficulty there comes ease and those who stay patient and thankful to Allah in difficult times will get a great reward.
Throughout the Quran, Allah reminds us; “And whoever is grateful, he is only grateful for the benefit of his own self” (31:12) and furthermore “For surely if it was not for the grace of God on you and His mercy, you would have been among the losers” (2:64). Gratitude is not only the heart and essence of Islam; it is also the key to attracting abundance, prosperity, peace, and success in one’s life.
During this time, a lot of my friends had the opportunity to go home to spend lockdown as well as Ramadan with their families. I, unfortunately, did not have this opportunity due to extenuating circumstances and remained in my student flat – alone.
It feels too much like a dream. My friends who have now been home for over a month, complain of going crazy with their siblings – yet do so from the confinements of living at home again. Many of them fail to be grateful for what I currently do not have – people around them. Now in our daily lives, we all forget to be grateful of the things bestowed upon us such as food, health, wealth and a roof over our heads.
“For should you try to count Allah’s blessings, you could never compute them” (An-Nahl 16:17-19).
Only when this is removed do we understand gratefulness for having the provisions and people around us during this self-isolation period. We need to be amongst the ‘few’ who are grateful – as we know Shaytan’s primary goal is to make us ungrateful, always needing more and forgetting what we have.
Allah Subhahu wa Ta’ala said:
وَقَلِيلٌ مِّنْ عِبَادِىَ الشَّكُورُ
“And few of My servants are grateful.”
It’s so easy for me to fall into pitying myself and the fact that I’ve been alone for nearly two months and now facing the prospect of an entire Ramadan by myself. Yet, I must keep in mind, this isn’t forever. And once it is over, I can go home to my family. Many cannot.
We want to be amongst those who are grateful for having those basic necessities as well as the company of others. There are many aspects of our life right now that may not be ideal to be in our current situations but we need to remember that our families are alive and well – so hug your siblings a little closer and tell your parents how much you love them.
Rekindle the relationships you currently have, for tomorrow is not promised.
Alina Ali is General Secretary at MABY. By day she is a Criminology student at De Montfort University, by night she specialises in fine arts. You can check out her work on her instagram page artistic.affairss