Although life is complicated, Alhamdulillah, contemplation is not. It is so easy to get caught up in daily life. Distractions are constant and ever present – our kids, finances and homes to name only a few. We fail to take a moment every once in a while to reflect.
We forget about the bounties Allah has bestowed on us; from the basics of our child learning to tie their shoelaces, or the everyday blessings of our health, home and family to even the most complex blessings, such as the opportunity to be Muslim. We often neglect to remind ourselves that everything we have and everything we do is a blessing but it is our choice to acknowledge or overlook them.
Allah, subhanna wa ta’ ala, says: “I am just as My slave thinks I am (i.e., Able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him)…” What do you think Allah can do for you? What has He done for you already? Think of one thing right now that Allah, swt, has done for you today. For one, you are gifted with vision if you’re reading this article. The blessing of sight is something that not everyone has been given, and once given, not everyone keeps. Pointing out our gift of sight may sound-like an overused cliché, but rather than dismiss it, thinking nothing about it; instead be daring and challenge yourself to a serious, yet simple, interactive project:
For exactly 15 minutes today, blindfold yourself and then proceed with your daily routine. While you are blindfolded, think about the things you are no longer able to do. Think about the things you are unable to see: your husband, your children, your grandchildren, anything and everything. Most of us do not truly appreciate anything until it is lost. Being thankful for the blessings you have while you are able to enjoy them is the best time to be grateful.
Allah, swt, reminds us: “If he remembers Me in himself I too, remember him…” Allah is telling us how we can be remembered by Him simply, easily and effortlessly, by just remembering Him. Not by saying, “lnshaAllah” at the end of every sentence without thought but really thinking about Him. Reflecting on our Creator, the Lord of the Universe and all that exists. The One who has given us every single thing we have and every single thing we will ever have in our life and the Hereafter. Think about The One who has given life to every inch of the earth and every thing in it. He is The One who deserves to be remembered.
He, SWT, is more deserving of our remembrance than our job, our family or ourselves. In return for this effortless action on our part, He, in all the Greatness that He is, tells us that He will remember us. Who are we to be remembered in comparison to Him? What have we done for the Earth, our family or even ourselves? Yet He will remember us. SubhanAllah, He is the Most Merciful. He, subhanna wa ta’ ala, goes on further to tell US: “If he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.. .”
Take the first step, and Allah will come to you running. It is the easiest thing in your life you will ever do- totally without complication, to remember and to reflect. Remembrance, introspection, and contemplation do not take any type of real exertion, and even take much time. You can do it walking, driving, working, cooking and cleaning. There is never a time when it would be impossible to spend a few seconds to remember Allah and be thankful for all He has done for you. Make it a daily habit, and you will never regret it.
“I am just as My slave thinks I am (i.e., Able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people I remember him in a group that is better than them; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to Him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.” (Bukhari)
Although many may be very familiar with this well-known Qudsi Hadeeth, you may not have thought deeply about what it is saying to you. That is Allah, communicating to you, by way of the Prophet, SAW. Every time you read the Quran or a Qudsi Hadeeth, stop and think about the fact that Allah, in His Infinite Wisdom has picked you out of all mankind to become a Muslim. You, not the guy down the street, You. He gave you that opportunity to receive the blessings of this life and the opportunity to spend eternity in Jannah.
So remember Him and He will remember you.
*Note: The above article was provided by a friend (May Allah bless its author and bless us all to remember Him often, in hardship and ease-Ameen).