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June 10, 2012


Does this story sound familiar?

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Yes I’m back, as my intensive course is over, alhamdulillah. Judging by the wide smiles, my classmates and I could have won the award for “Happiest Bunnies on the Planet”.]

So, there I was listening to the recitation of the last page of Surah Fussilat so that I could start memorising it.

I use Tanzil so that I can also check the translation at the same time (to make sure that I didn’t misunderstand).

I was stunned to come across the following ayah (verse):

  وَإِذَا أَنْعَمْنَا عَلَى الْإِنسَانِ أَعْرَ‌ضَ وَنَأَىٰ بِجَانِبِهِ وَإِذَا مَسَّهُ الشَّرُّ‌ فَذُو دُعَاءٍ عَرِ‌يضٍ

“And when We bestow favor upon man, he turns away and distances himself; but when evil touches him, then he is full of extensive supplication.” [Surah Fussilat (41) : 51]

My eyes popped out because this story sounded…familiar. Very familiar.

In fact, I think that each of us knows somebody who behaves in this manner.

You know who I’m talking about, don’t you?

Of course you do.

This ayah pretty much summarises our life story. What’s amazing is that, despite it being mentioned in the Quran, we still don’t take heed.

So, what should we do? Well, we should also remember Allah in times of ease, not just in times of hardship, because the latter is very easy to do (hey, just ask the person in the mirror) but the former isn’t.

May Allah make us of those who are grateful for His Favours.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. hafsa
    Jun 10 2012

    Assalam alaikum!!!!
    Welcome back!!
    Missed your short reminders!
    Look 4ward 2 seeing more posts
    Hope all is well

    Jazkallah 4 the post! Unfortunately it is very true! Inshallah the reminder will benefit us

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Jun 20 2012

      Wa Alaikum Assalam.

      How are you?

      Yes, all is well, alhamdulillah (still lousy with replies as you can see).

      Wa iyyaaki.

      Yes, it’s sad but true.

      Baarakallahu feek.

  2. beingreader
    Jun 10 2012

    Welcome back Umm Muawaiyah,Happy to know that successfully you completed your course. Surah Fussilat, instructs a lot, but without doubt we humans are very ungrateful, even then HE answers our calls and accept us repentence again and again. No doubt He is above everything. Let us try to learn by our past-mistakes.
    I, would be looking forward for your mails.

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Jun 20 2012

      Assalamu Alaikum Sister.

      How are you?

      Subhan Allah, yes, Allah still answers our calls despite our ingratitude. Something for us to think about.

      Jazakillahu kheira for the point of benefit (and apologies for the late reply).

      Baarakallahu feek.

  3. Umm Musa
    Jun 10 2012

    Walaikum Assalaam warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu
    Nice to hear from you again. Congratulations on completing your course. May that which you have learnt benefit you and others.

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Jun 20 2012

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      How are you?

      Wa iyyaaki and ameen to your duas.

      [Sorry for always replying late.]

      Baarakallahu feek.


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