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“Sufficient for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.” (Surah Al Imran, Verse 173)
It was 4am and the world outside was still dark. As Asiya woke up and walked towards the alarm clock ringing at the end of the room, she knew it was time to hurry. With merely 15 minutes remaining for ‘Fajr’ prayer, Asiya had to rush her ablution and focus on praying ‘tahajjud’.
Once she had completed her prayer, she raised her hand and began asking Allah (swt) to shower His blessings, guidance and mercy on her and her family. She made supplication with all dedication, knowing very well that Allah (swt) was witnessing this moment. She knew He was a part of it more than anyone can imagine.
She also thanked Him for the previous day and all the blessings He sent her way earlier.
“I know it was you who made it happen. That gift, the one my friend got me, how is it possible that she knew what I needed. Obviously it was you,” she whispered. She had made a supplication the previous day during ‘tahajjud’ and she received what she wanted the same evening.
It wasn’t something new for her. This was probably the 100th time her supplication was answered but somehow it still felt magical and eccentric. ‘It makes me feel special you know, even though there are many like me out there,’ she added in her supplication. ‘You are what everyone needs. If only people knew.’
‘Fajr’ prayer started echoing from mosques, near and far. Asiya paused her conversation to listen and repeat it. Once done with ‘Fajr’, she sat to recite a portion of the Quran. Before she began, she decided to resume the conversation she was having with Allah (swt). ‘Maybe you can say something, something that will make me feel you are listening. Not out of doubt, off course. Just want to feel you listening to me,’ she requested. She opened the Quran which was in her hands and the verse she came across was:
“…..Surely, my Lord is near, and responsive to prayers.” (Surah Hud, Verse 61)
Her heart was filled with joy and ecstasy. Though not new to her, this reassurance that He was hearing and seeing her endeavours was what she needed. It was always the best part of her day. Her light that guided her and assured her success in this world and the next.
Later that evening as she sat to have her evening coffee, a memory not so distant in time, came back to her – Days of distress and relief. Few years back, when Asiya was looking for a job, she was distressed. She was trying to land an internship in a corporation which would strengthen her resume. She tried every possible way of getting in but they weren’t pleasant to freshers. She had almost given up when she received a message from a friend. They hadn’t met in a long time and she wanted to catch up.
When they met, Asiya told her about how she was trying to get this internship. “I happen to know someone who might be able to provide their HR department number,” informed her friend. Asiya couldn’t believe what she was hearing. She knew at that very moment that this was Allah’s plan. His miraculous ways of getting things done. She knew this internship wasn’t just her desire, it was what Allah (swt) wanted for her too. Asiya didn’t just get the internship, she learnt immensely during this period and she managed to create a strong resume.
As Asiya relived this memory, she felt short of ways to thank Allah (swt) for His immense guidance. What she had learned during that internship, she still applies at work. Thanks to that opportunity, she managed to start a business of her own. She smiled at the thought of that and sipped the remaining coffee. Looking out her window into the busy street, she gazed at the number of people pacing up and down.
‘So many people and yet Allah (swt) has a way of making every single one of us feel special,’ she thought. It made her smile, as she continued her work with His remembrance.
اللَّهُـمَّ أَعِـنِّي عَلـَى ذِكْـرِكَ وَشُكْـرِكَ وَحُسْـنِ عِبَـادَتِـكَ
‘O Allah, help me remember You, be grateful to You, and worship You in an excellent manner’
(Abu Dawud Book 16, Hadith 15)