Accepting that Allah knows best can free us of many burdens and false notions. The ‘What If’ mentality opens the way for Shaytan to enter our lives and thoughts, as the Prophet said:

“Seek out that which benefits you, seek help only from Allah and never say you can’t do it. If any adversity comes to you do not say: ‘If I had only acted in such-and-such a way, it would have been such-and-such;’ but instead, say: ‘Allah has decreed (it) and what He willed, He has done,’ for verily, (the word) ‘if’ opens the way for the work of Satan.” (Muslim)

It is sinful to be unhappy with the decisions of her creator. Why? Because, that very belief comes from an assumption that we know better than the creator what we deserve and should have got in life. Our need for control in every detail of life oppresses and pressurises our own soul. We can make a decision to dispose of that need. We may have had other plans but the way life was steered was in fact for the best — in the long run. That acceptance gives comfort and makes our faith stronger. Trusting Allah and being happy for what is decreed for us can be the crux of complete submission that many of us lack. Our lord knows best.

Allah (SWT) tells us, “it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allâh knows but you do not know.” (Quran 2:216)


Only Allah can heal and alleviate our suffering, and provide inner peace. Everything is easy for him and he promises us ease after hardship:

 He comforts us with the promise that “Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.” (Quran, 94:5)

We should be hopeful and relax in the knowledge that Allah loves us. His mercy and wisdom is unimaginably vast, and far beyond our comprehension. In hardship we should turn to him, and be hopeful that he will relieve us. By his mercy he can grant us ease and restore our happiness. We belong to him. He controls everything in the universe, including our hearts and minds, and he knows us better than we do. Believing in him and his mercy; knowing he hears, sees and knows all can give us the strength and courage to be patient and persevere.

to be continued…

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