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« on: Feb 05, 2008 03:31 PM »


An excerpt from The Heart of Islam by Timothy Freke

Islam teaches that everything that happens to us occurs by the Will of Allah Ta'ala, so fighting our fate is futile. 

The Sufis convey these teachings in an amusing story about a nobleman who ran up to Prophet Sulaiman a.s. one day calling out, "Please help me, great sage.  I have seen Azrael, the Angel of Death, staring at me with a menacing look.  Use your magic to transport me far from here to India where I will be safe."  Prophet Sulaiman a.s. said, "Very well, if you are sure that is what you want," and commanded the wind to carry the man to India.  The next day Prophet Sulaiman a.s. met Azrael and asked him, "What sort of menacing look did you give that poor man to drive him from his home in such a hurry?"  Azrael replied, "I didn't give him a menacing look at all.  In fact, I was looking at him because I was puzzled.  Allah had commanded me to take this man's soul while he was in India, but he was here in your palace, and I had no idea how I was going to obey Allah's wishes."

We cannot alter our God-given fate, so the best policy is to trust in the goodness of Allah and accept whatever befalls us.

Focus for contemplation:
  Experiment with accepting what is happening in your life as the Will of Allah and surrendering to your fate instead of fighting it.  This doesn't mean passive resignation or abdicating responsibility for what you do.  It means accepting that you are exactly where Allah wants you to be.  The challenges and opportunities you are facing are precisely the challenges and opportunities you are ready to face. Give up complaining about your predicament as if it were a chance event in a random universe, and embrace all that occurs as a gift from God meant personally for you.  What lesson is your present situation designed to teach you? 

(Saaima:  Remember, my dear brothers and sisters, Allah says in Sura al Baqarah 2, ayat 247:

"Allah cares for all, and He knows all things.")
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 05, 2008 08:11 PM »

 peace be upon you

I love that story.

Speaking from a personal point of view, I was recently at a complete dead end (metaphorically), and sitting there staring at what looked like defeat, I said the shadah to myself, and said to Allah that even as I am a muslim I completely and utterly submit to your will, and if this is your will, then this is mine too, and I accept it gladly.....and do you know what, even before I had finished my duaa, the merciful turned it around for me and honestly truly I never felt more protected in my life......


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And when My servants question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So let them hear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright. Surah 2  Verse 186
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 10, 2008 04:45 PM »

JazakAllah Khair for sharing that with us, Fozia.  flowersis
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 14, 2008 06:52 AM »

"Say: Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us:He is our
 Protector: and on Allah let the Believers put their trust."

I was just listening to contemplations around this aya not long ago. Every letter, every
 word in the Glorious Quraan is there for a reason and hides and unfolds lots of worlds
 and wisdoms.

It is so beautiful that Allah in this aya is reminding us to SAY that Nothing will happen
 to us except that which Allah has decreed. It is even more beautiful that He did not
 stop the aya there. It ends with 'for us'.  Not 'upon us' which is how lots of
 people misunderstand and sense the aya, . However, if we truly look at it anything Allah has
 decreed upon us is inshaAllah in our favor. Even if it is a bite that fell before it
 reached our mouths, not a prick of a needle except that it is a good thing for a believer.
  Not only should we remind ourselves of this but to share its joy with others. So rejoice in
 thankfulness even in calamities.

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