By Hafiz Dr. Eyad Qunaibi – Professor of Pharmacology with a PhD from the University of Houston, USA, ranking first in his graduating class. He did his PhD research at Texas Medical Center.
18 Dec 2023
Please be aware that contentment arises after an event and is influenced by actions taken prior to the event. A common query is posed: “If contentment is a matter of the heart that can be influenced by one’s actions, how can it be expected of us?” The response lies in conditioning oneself to find contentment in Allah’s Decrees and to adhere obediently.
Abide by His Commandments, and in return, Allah will bestow upon you contentment when it is most needed. Therefore, whenever you encounter uncertainty, reaffirm your dedication, embracing contentment, gratitude, and patience. Have faith that Allah will provide assistance. By doing so, the future, once shrouded in uncertainty, becomes transparent. Why? Because, with this resolve, you recognize that whatever unfolds will ultimately be for your benefit. Did not the Prophet, Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him, express:
“Strange is the affair of a believer, for there is good in every affair of his, and this is only for the believer; if prosperity befalls him, he thanks Allah, and this will be good for him, and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently, and this will be good for him.” [Muslim]
After committing to expressing gratitude to Allah in favorable times and practicing patience during challenging periods, refrain from saying, “I am uncertain about what the future holds for me.” As per the teachings of our Prophet, the future brings nothing but goodness for a believer.
The beauty of this perspective lies in no longer anxiously awaiting unpredictable decrees that may toss you in various directions. The external appearances lose significance—whether it involves prosperity or adversity, well-being or illness, the company or absence of loved ones—because you have the ability to turn any circumstance to your advantage, by the will of Allah. All that is required is the decision to remain thankful and patient, regardless of the circumstances that may unfold.
Refrain from saying, “Even if I choose to be patient, Allah may not grant me patience.” Instead, recall the words of Allah Almighty, the essence of which can be translated as:
“No calamity befalls except with Allah’s permission. Whoever believes in Allah, He will guide his heart. And Allah is All-Knowing of everything.” (Qur’an 64:11)
This verse carries profound meanings: anyone who entrusts their affairs to Allah with sincere belief will find that Allah Almighty guides their heart and provides assistance. Contentment and patience stem from a heart replete with faith in Allah and submission to Him. This apprehension is also addressed by the Prophet, Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him, who stated:
“Whoever strives to be patient, Allah will grant him patience.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Take the initiative and make a decisive choice. Avoid saying, “Allah may have decreed that I would not be patient even if I sincerely seek patience,” for Allah’s mercy and forbearance far exceed such thoughts. Allah has established means and methods that, when followed, lead to rewards of patience, contentment, and tranquillity. Your actions make you eligible to receive patience from Allah, and it is within your capacity to achieve.
If you find yourself saying, “I am striving for contentment but feel insincere, as the trial may exceed my ability to bear,” we will address and dispel such concerns together as we explore various aspects of Allah’s wisdom and support in the upcoming pages, Allah willing.
You might express, “I can decide now because I love Allah Almighty, but I fear that if the trial becomes too challenging, it could affect my love for Him.” Together, we will also strive, with Allah’s will, to fortify our love for Allah on firm and unwavering foundations, ensuring confidence in His support and companionship, regardless of the challenges we may face.
To attain contentment, all that’s required is to place trust in Allah’s wisdom and mercy. By contentment, we mean a thorough surrender and satisfaction, free from any impurities like discontent or objection to Allah’s decrees and wisdom. This doesn’t imply being untouched by tribulations or loving them, as that would go against human nature. It’s natural to feel sadness and pain when faced with the loss of a loved one, but there should be no resentment toward Allah’s decree or objections such as, “Why me?” or “What did I do to deserve this?” Instead, express gratitude to Allah Almighty and endure with patience to be rewarded, experiencing the emotions of contentment and tranquillity. One of the prayers of the Prophet was:
“I ask You to make me pleased with that which You have decreed.” [Related by An-Nasa’i]
When you rest your head to sleep and recite the prayer taught by our Prophet:
“O Allah, I submit myself to You, entrust my affairs to You…”
Recite it with absolute certainty and wholehearted submission, ensuring that you place yourself among those under Allah’s watchful gaze:
“Be patient with your Lord’s decree, for indeed you are under Our [watchful] Eyes…” (Qur’an 52:48)
Meaning: Do not fear. You are under the watchful eye and protection of Allah, enveloped by His mercy and compassion.
Make the choice to be content with your Lord, regardless of what unfolds, allowing yourself to permanently dispel the fear of the unknown, Allah willing.
link to article : Be Content with the Decree of Allah Almighty, Whatever it May Be!