We ask : Why am I being tested?
The Quran answers : “Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, “We believe”, and that they will not be tested? We did test those before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false.” [Al-Ankabut: 2-3].
We ask : Why am I not getting what my heart desires?
The Quran answers: “But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” [Al-Baqarah: 216].
We ask : Why is this test too hard for me?
The Quran answers : “On no soul doth Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear.” [Al-Baqarah: 286]
We ask : Why do I feel so low?
The Quran answers : “So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For ye must gain mastery if ye are true in Faith.” [Ali-Imran: 139].
We ask : How do I get through this?
The Quran answers : “Nay, seek ((Allah)’s) help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is indeed hard, except to those who bring a lowly spirit- Who bear in mind the certainty that they are to meet their Lord, and that they are to return to Him.” [Al-Baqarah: 45-46].
We ask: What good will come out of all this suffering?
The Quran answers : “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise)…”[At-Taubah: 111].
We ask : To whom do we turn for help?
The Quran answers: “(Allah) sufficeth me: there is no god but He: On Him is my trust…” [At-Taubah: 129].
We whine : I can’t stand it any longer!
The Quran says : “…and never give up hope of Allah’s Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of Allah’s Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith.”
(Translated from an email.)
Subhanallah! It is all right here, right here in our Holy Book! We spend our resources looking for self-help books, motivation and even shrinks; we take up hobbies because we think by preoccupying our idleness we can beat the blues. I used to think likewise. Unfortunately, I have to say that we have been looking in the wrong places.
Hobbies, retail therapy and every worldly remedy that we think can cure our depressions work only to some extend. They are all nothing more than a mirage. When we reach a certain point where we thought we could find the answer, it is not there, and we’ll discover that we’ll have to keep looking. It becomes very tiring. In the end, instead of being truly happy, fulfilled and content, we feel even more lost and empty. I am sorry but people who are convinced they are happy with those superficial “therapies” have been sadly deluded. How many times have we chased after or battle our “demons” and yet those “demons” have never really left us? If anything, they keep coming back, bigger and more menacing than ever.
Let us step out of our current selves for a moment, and look in from an outsider’s point of view. Why is it that we still fall into bouts of depressions when in fact we have reached our life goals? What is it that we should actually be looking for?
It should not take much to acknowledge that our over-attachment to the world is our demons! The question is whether we want to admit it or not. We can never find contentment until we successfully sever ourselves from being too attached. We spend everything we can for this life, as if it will never end. Unfortunately, it definitely will, and the saddest thing is, we have no idea when that will happen.
“What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But best is the home in the hereafter, for those who are righteous.” [Al-Anam: 32]
Allah has prescribed the antidote for our miseries, and it is right here staring back at us. The Quran. It has all the answers.
So, my beloved brothers and sisters, let’s make a habit of reading it everyday, understand its meaning and practise what it preaches. InsyaAllah.