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Reflections on Surah Ahzaab

he past month had been quite hectic for me. The things that would in general circumstances  come one by one, in the past month sort of came all at once; and I, juggling things and trying to give the haqq of each got so tired that by the end I was literally dragging myself getting things done. Though repeatedly I reminded myself that I am doing this for myself and nobody else but I guess it is natural to desire empathy. I was anxiously waiting for the eid holidays to catch up on my sleep and to sort things out, and with that came the last class before the holidays and the ayahs of Surah Ahzaab. Subhaan Allah, by the grace of the best Mudabbir, before each set of holidays we get such strict chunk of ayahs that the mind is at its utmost hight of consciousness in throughout the vacations. Once it was Surah Tauba, then Surah Nur and now Surah Ahzaab .

The ayahs of Surah Ahzaab were so beautiful and strong that it brought everything in perspective. I walked out from that class feeling so worthless like I never felt before ,I thought I was doing okay but at that moment nothing seemed enough.I tried recalling any ONE of my  deed that was perfect , that I could use as my evidence that O Allah I did this for u, but believe me I found none, not one salah, not one penny spent, not one fast met the required perfection. My mind panicking tried to think of strategies to do something that would give me something, something to stand upon. I went home, saying the absolute necessary salutations to the family I ran to my musallah to find the earliest time of salah and to find my peace. I felt that due to so much going on in my life, my Ibadah was the most neglected, the fard prayers  were lacking khushu and the azkaar were not regular. So I tried mentally going through my routine and deleting the unnecessary, I started comparing the ajar deferential and thought of deleting those which require a lot of work and less ajar, wasting time was a no no and things like writing or calligraphy or picnics with family or party planning ..even though all halaal, all had to go ,as such things I figured required a lot of work and it does deviate one from the original goal to an extent.

Everything was planned in my mind and all set for action, and in came Eid! Even though I did not go all crazy with the arrangements but the things which had to be done were done. The guests came and let’s face it; even the most religious friends don’t talk about religion ALL the time, is it ‘time lost’ then? Things don’t go by the book and it’s silly to expect they would.

So my learning from the whole ordeal was that circumstances don’t come with our choice and one has to deal with them in the most Ahsan way possible. One can’t shy away from the responsibilities be it Eid or any other ordinary day. When your child comes home traumatized about something that happened in school, you have to listen and caress and soothe him no matter how long it takes, their exams, their little problems how can we over look them?! If on one hand they are  متاع الحياة الدنياon the other hand they are our only chance, our only hope for being our صدقة الجارية. We can’t let them hang in the middle; the future is them, of us and our deen. And goes similarly for our relatives and the sick, the needy ,and the guests we can’t leave them for the perfection of our  homework , there is a requirement , and no matter what we do, once we start covering our head and be a student of Quran, it falls on our shoulder the responsibility of representing the deen. Like a friend of mine said “Your life might be the only Quran a person gets to read”, no matter how much you want to sit in the corner and enjoy doing your grammer tatbeek the responsibility requires more of you, even if it as little as sitting with a person and listening to her pouring her heart out, or being patient when you are not being understood in any circle of life.

Saying all this, by no means I am implying that one let go of the principles dictated to us by our religion. If all these things are having an effect on the quality of our salahs or are making us skip some ibadahs  like it happened in my case, then it means there is a problem, some corners have to be trimmed, some things have to be given up, be it your sleep or your time.

The requirement from us is on such a wide scale that one cant classify if this deed is important or that, it all depends on circumstances and the condition you are put in. Sometimes picking up a rock out of the way is the requirement and sometime giving up all you have as in the war of Ahzaab,but yes the vision should not be limited to moving rocks or picking up tissues, the vision has to be to serve as much as possible, and where ever possible.

But the question arises , how do we know what is the requirement? Really the wisdom comes from Allah, there are times it feels you have everything sorted out, and there are times you are totally blank. Its all a matter of the state of one’s khushu and the taufiq from Allah. It is one of those times when you realize how vulnerable and weak you are.

Also another point of learning for me was that it is a Deen of Perfection, of the Muhsineen. Whatever we do enslaved by the circumstances, we have to do it in the best way possible. We humans are not perfect and perfection in this duniya is impossible to attain, but I really think one has to give it the best. We might lose our patience, we might fall again, we might think when so many people are doing it,why me? Or  get so tired that it’s hard to go on, but we have to get up and try again and give it all,so that we say O Allah I tried..!! It’s easier said than done, and sometimes it is hard to walk the talk but again one has to try!

 رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلۡ مِنَّآ‌ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلۡعَلِيمُ

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