With all the happiness and cheers which creates charm and magnetism with the first ray of sunlight, the very same light can be filled with trauma and tragedy. That gesture of happiness and bliss can be transformed into moment of sorrow and catastrophe. In the morning, while the soft subtle powdery snowflake refreshes your mind and soul, the whole world from snow covered trees, shrubs, twigs and leaves dance around you and sing the song of your choice, the day is filled with these precious memories of joy and delight, every moment spent in celebration of the first snowfall is cherished until a calamity struck which changes the whole outlook of the same day. The joy was transformed into a day of sorrow. The mind was unable to comprehend what happened. A minute ago the world was a place of pleasure and play the very next second it was no more than a dismay and distress. The shades of harshness and unjust overcome the surroundings. For a second it feels that life is so unfair. Why we can’t remain in the same state of happiness and joy forever, why the la laa land didn’t last forever. Why an unseen calamity had to shatter our hopes and dreams for the day but then ultimately something reminds me that we all are helpless in front of Almighty. The way he rotates day and night, the same way he rotates our good and bad times and we just have to obey him in the time of happiness and pain. Our rationale questions us why and why me but our believes correct us that Allah is Al Wise Al Hakeem. He can never be wrong. He do things for a purpose and as a slave we have to obey him no matter how unreasonable it seems to us, one has to understand that our moods and emotions are also in His hands. He can bless us bliss with the pure and sensational beauty of snowfall and He is the one whom we turned to when we are faced with intense agony and discomfort. The book remind us
Chapter (53) sūrah Najm (The Star)
And that it is He who makes [one] laugh and weep
It is important to remember that at these times we have a daily reminder, our guide our Book which hold us in the dire circumstances, which shows us how to hold Urwatul Wuskaa in both times. In the past, prophets have been crushed in the turmoil of crisis of their lifetime. Similarly we will also be crumbled and cut among the fierce waves of brutal moments.
From the story of Yusuf being alone in the well to Musa’s upbringing in the most cruel King’s palace, from Yunus cries in the utter darkness to Ibrahim’s severe trial of his son and father, life is a bumpy ride with its ups and down. When we are up, life is beautiful but when we are down, life is gloomy and dark. But if we remember that life is a test, and our tests are nothing as compare to the people of the past then this life will seem to be like a smooth and sleek ride. The Quran remind us:
Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said,”When is the help of Allah ?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.