Life is an expedition filled with highs and lows. It’s easy to lose sight of the struggles of those who are enduring a difficult time while we’re basking in our success. Conversely, when we’re on the low side, we may find it challenging to understand how some people can be on top of the world. However, we must remember that everything is transient, and nothing lasts forever. The only certainty in life is death. That’s why during this holy month of fasting, we want to share this moving article that will undoubtedly tug at your heartstrings.
Surah Al Baqarah is like a familiar friend to Muslims worldwide, a beloved chapter that resonates with the faithful. It’s widely known that this chapter is not only the second in the Quran but also one of its most extensive, with a whopping 286 verses.
Verse 216 of Surah Al Baqarah discusses the concept of fighting in the way of Allah. The verse reads:
كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الْقِتَالُ وَهُوَ كُرْهٌ لَّكُمْ ۚ وَعَسٰٓى اَنْ تَكْرَهُوْا شَيْـًٔا وَّهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۚ وَعَسٰٓى اَنْ تُحِبُّوْا شَيْـًٔا وَّهُوَ شَرٌّ لَّكُمْ ۗ وَاللّٰهُ يَعْلَمُ وَاَنْتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُوْنَ
” Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not.”
The verse encourages us to understand that while fighting may not be their preferred option, it can be essential in certain circumstances. It stresses the significance of having faith in Allah’s wisdom and knowledge, as some things may not make sense to us but are ultimately for our own good.
Overall, this verse serves as a reminder to us to remain committed to their faith and to be willing to defend it when necessary, even if it is not always easy or pleasant. This verse teaches us that sometimes things may not seem to go as we would like them to, but Allah (SWT) knows what is best for us, and we should trust Him and have faith in His plans.
“Why am I always overlooked for promotion despite my hard work and dedication?”
“Why did fate choose to take my precious children away from me in a tragic accident?”
“Why did my husband betray me and engage in the act of adultery, causing me immense pain and heartbreak?”
Life is an unexpected journey. It has a lot of up and down. The statements gives some example of expression of disappointing scenario. Surah Al Baqarah reminds us to have faith and trust in Allah’s plan. It teaches us to be patient and have a positive attitude, even when things do not go our way.
Furthermore, this verse reminds us to always seek Allah’s guidance and to make decisions based on what is right and just, rather than based on our personal desires and inclinations. It encourages us to be humble and to recognize that we do not always know what is best for us, but Allah (SWT) does.
Don’t waste your time playing the blame game and instead cherish every moment you encounter. Each experience, whether good or bad, is an opportunity for growth and learning, as well as a test from Allah. Remember that Allah only challenges you with obstacles that you are capable of overcoming, and everything He does is ultimately for your own benefit. So, instead of feeling discouraged when faced with adversity, view it as a chance to show your strengths and appreciate the opportunity to prove yourself. You should take pride in being selected for such a significant test, as it is a sign of Allah’s trust in your abilities and potential.
In a hadith narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said regarding the verse 216 of Surah Al-Baqarah:
“Indeed, there is a deep wisdom in the order of Allah (SWT) regarding the timing of battles. If Allah knows that a battle will bring goodness and benefit to the Muslims, He orders them to engage in it. And if Allah knows that a battle will bring harm and evil to the Muslims, He forbids them from engaging in it.”
This hadith highlights the importance of trusting Allah’s wisdom and judgment in all matters, including decisions related to warfare. It also emphasizes the need to seek guidance from Allah before making any important decisions.
Once upon a time, in a small village, lived a pious and devoted Muslim named Ahmad. He was a hardworking farmer who dedicated his life to the service of Allah and always tried to follow the teachings of the Quran.
One day, Ahmad was reading the Quran when he came across Surah Al-Baqarah, specifically verse 216 which reads, “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not.”
This verse puzzled Ahmad, as he couldn’t understand why something he hated could be good for him, or why something he loved could be bad. He decided to seek the guidance of his local Imam, who explained that Allah’s wisdom was beyond human comprehension, and that sometimes the things we dislike or fear can actually be beneficial for us in the long run.
Ahmad was still skeptical, so the Imam told him a story from his own life. He explained how he once applied for a job that he desperately wanted, but was rejected. At the time, he was heartbroken and felt like his dreams had been shattered. But later, he realized that if he had gotten the job, he wouldn’t have been able to serve as an Imam and help his community in the way he does now.
The story resonated with Ahmad, and he began to see things from a different perspective. He started to trust in Allah’s plan, even when things didn’t go according to his own wishes. Ahmad also realized that sometimes the things we desire can be harmful to us, while the things we fear can actually protect us.
From that day on, Ahmad lived his life with a renewed faith and sense of purpose. He continued to work hard and serve Allah to the best of his abilities, knowing that Allah’s wisdom was far beyond his own understanding. Ahmad learned that everything that happens in our lives, whether good or bad, is ultimately for our own benefit, and that we should always trust in Allah’s plan for us.
Indulge in this story and allow it to rejuvenate your soul as you reflect on the message of verse 216 from Surah Al-Baqarah. Once you’ve understood its practical implications, the question arises: How can you start applying it to your life? With the arrival of the blessed month of fasting, here are some tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine to make the most of this opportunity for spiritual growth. Embrace these practices with sincerity and continue to strive towards consistency until they become a part of your daily routine – Istiqomah
To truly better ourselves, we must learn to trust in the divine plan of Allah, while also taking the time to reflect on our deepest desires and let go of attachments that do not serve us. And what better time to embark on this journey of self-transformation than during the holy month of fasting? So let us use this time to cultivate a stronger sense of faith and surrender to Allah’s will, while also exploring the depths of our own souls and discovering what truly matters to us. Let us release ourselves from the burdens of materialism and unhealthy attachments, and embrace a new way of living that is centered on love, gratitude, and service to others. By making these changes within ourselves during this sacred month, we can emerge as better, stronger, and more enlightened individuals, ready to face whatever challenges life may bring our way.
Author : Muhammad Afiq Abdul Rahman , Humanology