I have to say, the start of 2020 has been an emotionally trying, and scary year for me and my family. While I can only imagine what other families are going through, I’m sure there has been an equal amount of worry and uncertainty. It’s draining, isn’t it? The worry over finances, your health, and physical safety, you begin to realize your on guard constantly.
What is your escape? Or did you think the ‘on’ button could just stay on? Faith is an essential thing people should always be on guard to protect and nourish. My faith as a Muslim has definitely helped me to not always be on guard against the uncertainty we are all finding ourselves in is the many ways in which a person (not just Muslims) can come close to God, have a personal relationship with Him and face uncertainty confident you are in good hands.
Most religions affirm that one of the most endearing of God’s attributes is love. So whether you are Muslim, Christian, or a member of the literally millions variations of spiritual faiths out there it’s an aspect of God or the Divine that is the most natural to people. Yet, how often do we stop to reflect on every manifestation of God’s love we’ve experienced in our own lives? What we form a habit of thinking about through the day affects our perspective of ourselves and the world around us. With all the chaos going on around us, it might seem strange for a person to stop and focus their mind on God’s love, not just in general, but also specifically for you.
Dhikr (Remembrance) as a Remedy for the Heart.
The term dhikr literally means “remembrance, reminder” or “mention, utterance”. For Muslims, it can be practiced in many forms. Reciting the Asma ul Husna (99 Beautiful names of God), for example; is a beautiful and rhythmic way for Muslims to keep in mind all of the attributes of God that bring ease to a person’s heart.
Remember we mentioned God’s Love earlier as an attribute of God. In Arabic, it is Al Wadud (The Exceedingly Loving). As with many of God’s attributes as they occur in the Qur’an. Al Wadud is mostly applied to people both specifically and generally.
“Ask pardon of your Lord and then turn unto Him (repentant). (saying) Surely, my Lord is Merciful, Loving.” Noble Qur’an 11:90
“How many of the prophets strived (in God’s way), and with them (also strived) large bands of godly men? But they never lost heart if they met with disaster in God’s way, nor did they weaken (in their will) nor give in. And God Loves those who are firm and steadfast.”. Noble Qur’an 3:149
This is definitely something to give our utmost attention too through our day. How Loving God truly is, even in the darkest moments of our lives. This is especially true in the world’s current circumstances where so many people are in fear of so many different things all stemming from something they may feel little control over. As a student of Islamic knowledge ( Talab al Maerifa) I’m often times sensitive to when people are in despair due to life’s occasional harshness – whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim. Sometimes I’m able to help them see the rainbow that lies hidden underneath all the grey clouds.
We’d like to know your thoughts, in what ways have you come closer to God during the most trying moments in your life. Feel free to share in the comments below.