Faith is a very tricky entity. It requires complete trust and confidence over a diety, the Almighty : Allah (s.w.t). This becomes extremely tricky because of the concept of trust. As humans, we are very rarely trusting without reason.
Trust is a significant factor that requires successful efforts and results. Therefore how can we trust someone that we do not know, someone in which we cannot see or hear them. This is why faith is hard. But it does not have to be hard if you are willing to look beyond the worldly perception, and look into your heart and the environment around you.
Yes, it is true : we cannot see or hear Allah (s.w.t). But does that mean He is not around us? Absolutely not. Allah (s.w.t) is always with us, He is always watching us and protecting us.
We may not be able to see Him but we are able to sense His presence and His power all around us. That beautiful sunset that you see, the one where two colours merge into a soft shade of blue with orange and purple hues. That is Allah (s.w.t)’s doing. That split second on the road where you managed to divert from hitting a lamp-post : That is Allah (s.w.t)’s protection. The moment of comfort and ease that you receive after making genuine sujood in prayers : That is Allah (s.w.t)’s love.
To see and to hear something, to have tangible and tactile presence of something or someone does not rule out their existence. Logic and science has taught us many things, but that is merely the teachings of the world around us. But how does logic and science teach us about our own hearts, minds and souls?
They can explain them to a certain extent, but not completely. There is so much more to be learnt by mankind. There are so many unanswered questions out there, from the mere :how to cure a common cold to what is my true purpose on this Earth?. Our questions are natural, they are normal for any mere mortal.
But what we also need to consider is that for those questions in which we have no answer or cannot find an answer : that is where we need to turn to Allah (s.w.t). Turn to Allah (s.w.t) regardless if you know or not, because he is the All-Knowing. He has knowledge beyond what can be compared. He knows the past, present and future. He knows things in which we do not.
This is faith. Faith is being able to surrender your heart into trusting and having complete reliance over Allah (s.w.t). Faith is accepting your lack of control and letting it go. This is not to say, do not try anymore. Faith is being able to accept that you are merely a mortal, which is powerless against Allah (s.w.t) and His power and plans for you. Once you have accepted that, do your best in fighting for what you want, pray for it, make dua for it but then ultimately leaving it all up to Allah (s.w.t).
This is Tawwakul.
Therefore I say, never lose faith in Allah (s.w.t). This world is temporary, the pain and sufferings, the hardships and poverty are all temporary. His love and His compassion are infinite. They will last, but our Earth will not. Our home is not this Earth, our home is with our Almighty : Allah (s.w.t) in Jannah.
This world is merely a test of the strength of our faith, iman, taqwa and patience to Allah (s.w.t). Trials and tribulations are merely signs of Allah (s.w.t)’s love for us. We may not understand why, but believe that Allah (s.w.t) has a reason for everything and He is the best of planners.
In the meantime, never lose faith in Him and have patience (sabr), for we are all loved by Allah (s.w.t) and He knows our strength and He will protect us and grant us Jannah if we are devoted and never lose faith in Him.
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Fatin Najwa binti Daud, is a medical student studying at IMU Malaysia. She is a freelance writer of this blog at Zaahara. Interests include music, art, sports and travel.
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