( Names of Allah / Asmaul Husna Al Muqtadir )
I happened to attend a lecture conducted by a sister who was sharing her story about the importance of prayer. She narrated how the five daily prayers helped her gain control over life.
She was suffering from a chronic illness and her life seemed to be slipping from her control. “Usually when things get tough, the first we tend to do is give up on our salah,” she highlighted. “During my illness I distanced from the obligatory prayers. I believed that managing them along with my pain wasn’t important. I thought I was burdening myself.”
However, after going through rough few months filled with depression, anxiety, and loneliness, she decided to take extra efforts and get back into a mild prayer routine. “I was physically exhausted and mentally lost. I couldn’t think clearly and that is when I decided to pray. At that time, my goal was to pray atleast few of the obligatory prayers, if not all.”
She recalls how her anxiety, worry and to some extent the intensity of her physical pain diminished as she stood attentively infront of the Lord of the worlds. “It felt like my heart was filled with some sort of an optimistic vibe. I felt alive after months and this feeling was more real than anything I had ever felt,” she added. “From then on, I only got better and brighter. With each passing day, my health improved and since then I have clung on to my 5 daily prayers, not missing even one, no matter what the occasion or situation.”
This amazing connection that Allah (swt) has kept open to us, the power of directly connecting and communicating with Him, fills a person’s life with miracles.
“So, remember Me; I will remember you. Be thankful to Me, and never ungrateful.” (Surah Al Baqarah, Verse 152)
It is important that people realise that it isn’t the difficulty that is affecting them severely, but rather the absence of communication with Allah (swt) that makes things difficult. Like this sister, she realized that it wasn’t her illness that was consuming her but rather her neglecting of ‘salah’, her lack of communication with the only one who can help her cure.
The creation is always in need of Allah (swt) while He is free of all need. I happened to come across a documentary ‘The year earth changed’ by Tom Beard. It narrated how the earth simply rejuvenated during the worldwide COVID 19 lockdown. Carbon content dropped by six percent for the first time, animals which were endangered reproduced to about 40 to 60 percent of their usual cycle. The deserted beaches and heavy reduction in air and noise pollution bought nature together and improved air quality by a far larger margin than what humans have been trying to achieve in years. All this just by Allah’s decree. All this due to no human interference.
“Everything in the heavens and earth belongs to Him; God alone is self-sufficient, worthy of all praise,” (Surah Al Hajj, Verse 64)
If this is compared to the immense efforts taken by those who are working to improve the quality of human life, one may realise how easy it is for Allah (swt) and how difficult it is for humans to run this planet. This planet is nothing but a small fraction of Allah’s creation. No doubt, every effort taken in a good direction will be rewarded and we shouldn’t become laid-back thinking that Allah (swt) will take care of everything. However, we have to realise that it is Him and it will always be Him who makes the necessary changes when they are needed. All we can do is try and prove that we are on the same side.