Sometimes we get so caught up in our busy, messed up, confused and somewhat sad lives that we ignore the many miracles in our life. We become so annoyed by tiny mishaps, hurdles and sudden changes of plan that we ignore the purpose of our entire situation as a whole and realize that it is one big miracle due to all the intense planning and care that is given by Allah. Every detail of our entire anatomy and biology, whatever situations we encounter, the ups and downs in our lives, the people we face and the surroundings we are present in; everything is planned to perfection that if we look at them deeply and critically. Every creation in our surroundings is created in such a beautifully complex design that while studying and knowing so much about them, we are still oblivious to so much about them.
This Eid, I went with my family to a resort in Kashmir called Jhagran Resort. Although it was a long journey of nine hours, all our legs were cramped, we were told every few hours by people on the way that the resort was three hours away, the songs in our USB were ‘break-ups related’ sad songs 😛 the road was bumpy and as soon as we reached the resort we slept like we’d never slept in our life, the journey was very beautiful and soothing. In addition, a couple of Coke Studio songs from my mother’s USB allowed us to breathe 😛
The road we travelled on after crossing Lower Topa, Murree was always along a plush, green valley overlooking a rushing, gushing River Jhelum whose soothing loud sound would echo all over the valley. Whenever we whined about the long and aching journey, the river and the mountains would always give us comfort. We occasionally stopped along the way just to dip our feet into the icy, cold water. And by icy cold, I mean as cold as your feet being surrounded in a gigantic blob of ice with no place for them to breathe. Exciting, right?! An occasional trip to natural sites in your country or out of your country is essential for you in order to be free from the hustle bustle of the noises of the city.
In addition, it was adorable seeing tiny people walking along the nearly invisible paths along the mountains and my parents, especially my mother, questioning how and why people would bother to live so high up in the mountains, how difficult it must be to transport heavy loads up and down the mountain and whether their living there is due to them not having enough wealth to move into the city and seek good employment elsewhere. These are a lot of questions but I just think to myself, “Sure, it is true but who knows? Maybe they enjoy the peace and are content with the calmness emitted from the mountains. Maybe the city life is too uncomfortable from them. Aren’t many health issues in urban areas due to extensive pollution common in those areas? If I lived in the mountains perhaps I would enjoy its serenity, running along the hills, playing along the river, climbing to the top and grow some muscles in my legs instead of fat, and focus on nature rather than my electronic devices. In the end, Allah knows what these people go through and whether they enjoy it or not. May Allah bless them all in either situations.”
As we travelled onwards, River Neelum became our companion similar to Jhelum and followed us to Jhagran. Our stay there was wonderful, Alhamdulillah. Accommodation was not perfect but it was at a glorious location. When you looked at the West and the East of the resort, you could see two mountains folding together and then one mountain folding after the other in a continuous pattern. The clouds would either reveal clear blue skies or would create a woolen layer over the sky and release refreshing rain all over us. On the first day of Eid, it rained quite a lot.
As I describe my trip to Kashmir, I highlight an important aspect. Whenever you enter a point in your life where you think God has abandoned you or God is dead ( Na Aazubillah) because you don’t see your life improving in any way, or that when you hear about Islam and think that if God split the ocean to let Hazrat Musa (A.S) to pass through, if He made the fire cold when Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) was thrown into it, then why can He not show similar phenomena to you as well?
Well then this is where you are not thankful. Think about it, if you were told to free a large army of slaves and wait by the ocean for Allah’s command to create a path for you, would you be able to do it? If you were spending dear time with your son and you were ordered to slaughter him, would you be able to do so? If you were orphaned at a young age, beaten up and stoned so much that your shoes would be full of blood, lost your wife, uncle, grandfather, sons and a few daughters whom you loved dearly, would you still be able to exercise extreme patience, persevere, kindness, generosity, fairness and tolerance in the most perfect manner?
These prophets were given the harshest of trials, ones which we are unable to perform within our capacity to those who were able to face them with courage and vigor. Whereas we are tested at a much lower than these beloved prophets yet we still complain that it is too much. When something doesn’t go in our favor, we scream about it to others and we beat ourselves up thinking that the world has ended and God is absent. If you’re looking for miracles then open your eyes! Isn’t everything in the world, every atom of creation, a miracle in itself?
The seven Heavens and the earth were created by Allah alone. All the beauty that you see on earth, the plush green hills and the gushing rivers I saw on my trip, the cool breeze that pushes away the heat, the many kind of colourful trees, animals, flowers you see in the world…..were these created by ordinary men? Can men create something out of nothing? Can you control the rain and cause it to fall in a different place away from its current path, or in the opposite direction to its course? If men were given control of the universe, they would be unable to hold that tremendous responsibility and would fight over it.
Apart from this, aren’t simple random acts of kindness miracles? A poor man able to get a job is a miracle. A woman showing countless days of rage who learns to control it so much that she always has a smile on her face is a miracle. A person whose heart has been broken so many times yet he still sees good in that person and forgives him dearly is a miracle. A shining light of justice in a world full of disgrace, dishonor, evil and corruption is a miracle. These common acts in our daily life, these acts of overcoming simple tests of faith are wonderful if seen in a different way.
So when you think that your life has no purpose and that there is no God to help you, look around, inside your house, outside your house, at simple things such as birds flying together in harmony and remember that the One responsible in maintaining the natural order of the Universe, the One who is expanding the Universe, the One responsible for all the beautiful creations and miracles in the world, is closer to you than your vein. He knows the hardships you face and loves you so much that He wants to help you so accept His help. Make an effort to be worthy of His Help. Believe in Him that everything happens for a reason, that what you are facing will not last forever and once it is gone, you will wonder why you ever worried in the first place when you had Allah with you all the time. So be patient during hardships and be thankful and humble during your good times.
Eid is a time to be thankful for all the blessings and joys Allah has granted us so let us make the most of them. If you do not feel thankful, then travel. Explore. Go to different places and learn different things. Last year I also went to the Northern Areas, Murree in Eid-ul-Fitr and Bhanjosa Lake in Kashmir in Eid-ul-Azha and honestly, it feels really good seeing nature at its brilliance during my trips to the Northern Areas. While you are travelling, focus on how everything is created, how a leaf produces food, how a butterfly emerges from a pupa, how people talk in different languages yet are united as brothers. Study every intricate detail you can and wonder how it is all possible. Then ask yourself:
“Is there no God but Allah?”😍
And see what response you hear.
Here are a few ayats in the Holy Quran from Surah Baqarah relevant to this:
“And to Allah belongs the east and the west, so wherever you turn, there is the Face of Allah. Surely! Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knowing (2:115)”
“And those who have no knowledge say: “Why does not Allah speak to us or why does not a sign come to us?” So said the people before them words of similar import. Their hearts are alike, We have indeed made plain the signs for a people who believe with certainty.” (2:118)
May you all stay happy, blessed, hopeful, and joyful always and never despair of God’s Mercy and Grace.
SubhanAllah Wa Alhamdulillah Wa La Ilaha Ilallahu Wa Allah hu Akbar 😁