Stretch The Arrow
Our beloved Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) was born as an orphan, he didn’t get to see his father. He ﷺ was just a child, when his ﷺ dear mother Hazrat Aminah (peace be upon her) left the world. At the age of six or seven his grandfather took him (peace be upon him) under his custody.
Think about it, how he ﷺ would have felt when other children used to talk about their parents? When they would discuss that how their fathers are proud of them, how their mothers take care of them. Particularly when you don’t even get the chance to even feel the presence of your father. It’s certainly not a piece of cake to hear all of it and remain sane, let alone turns out to be the kindest man that has ever walked on the face of this earth.
“And We have not sent you but as a mercy to the worlds.”
-(Noble Qur’an, 21:107)
As if the loss of his ﷺ (peace be upon him) parents wasn’t enough, his (peace be upon him) beloved parental figure –his grandfather also left him vulnerable and alone. At that time, people teased him ﷺ, they tried to make our beloved ﷺ (peace be upon him) ‘s life more bitter. His ﷺ uncle AbuTalib, stepped in and took our prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) under his care. But the trials didn’t stop there. After the death of his ﷺ uncle, Mushrikeen came at him mercilessly.
Once while he ﷺ was praying, they poured down the dirt over his ﷺ (peace be upon him) blessed head. His ﷺ daughter Hazrat Fatimah (r.a) came running towards him and cleaned our Master’s ﷺ (peace be upon him) blessed face. Upon seeing the tearful face of his (peace be upon him) daughter(r.a), our commander ﷺ (peace be upon him) comforted her:
“Do not cry my daughter; Allah will protect your father.”
At one point in his ﷺ life, he (peace be upon him) became so suffocated by the behaviour of mushrikeen that he ﷺ said:
“Oh my uncle! how sudden I felt your absence!”
In the same year, he ﷺ (peace be upon him) lost his friend-supporter-partner, our mother Hazrat Khadija (r.a). In his (peace be upon him) life, our beloved ﷺ (peace be upon him) buried his sons with his own hands in the soil. His ﷺ friend and uncle, Hazrat Hamza (r.a) was martyred in Ghazw e Uhud.
If you look into it, you will find that his ﷺ (peace be upon him) life was filled with trials and tribulations since day one. But there was not a single place, where he ﷺ ( peace be upon him) didn’t set a perfect example for us.
For Me–For You:
He ﷺ (peace be upon him) with his constant patience, kindness, compassion and with fortitude and commitment to the cause, remained steadfast. If you think about it, he ﷺ (peace be upon him) did it for us. For our children. For us to grasp the concept of Islam, for us to stay away from Hellfire.
“Life is what happens to you while you were busy making other plans”
It can be pretty messy if you start to ignore all the goodness revolving around you. It’s easy to let go of faith– its actually very simple to think that we are done for and its always going to be difficult to cling on the last thread of hope left in you, to struggle even when you feel like drowning.
But trust me, when the time comes–you will be able to fight it.
“But perhaps you hate a thing but it’s good for you and perhaps you love a thing and it’s bad for you.”
Our prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) did. He went through unimaginable sufferings, kind of hardships that we can’t even think about and he ﷺ (peace be upon him) undoubtedly succeeded.
Tests and struggles can turn your life upside down but If like him ﷺ (peace be upon him), you put your faith on Allah Alone– you will find the strength in yourself that you have never seen before, kind of like a super power; patience.
You are not alone:
You will realize that there has always been people around you who went through the same tests or at least somewhat similar ones but you were so busy in your life that you never noticed their pain, the dark-circles under their eyes and the strained smiles. Here is one more positive point; tragedy/loss of loved ones/Bad experiences can open your eyes. They show you what you have been avoiding for long. Then it start to make sense, you begin to learn about this world and how you are here just like a student in an examination hall and there is never a single student in an examination hall. You aren’t the only one walking on this path.
When Allah chooses a nation or a person, HE Almighty strengthens them through a number of trials and allows for their resurrection once again. All of these sufferings are like stretching the bow to shoot an arrow. Because the more you stretch the arrow, the farther it would fly.