Surah At-Taubah, Verse 51:
قُل لَّن يُصِيبَنَا إِلَّا مَا كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لَنَا هُوَ مَوْلَانَا وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
Say: “Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Maula (Lord, Helper and Protector).” And in Allah let the believers put their trust.
No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz), before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah. In order that you may not be sad over matters that you fail to get, nor rejoice because of that which has been given to you. And Allah likes not prideful boasters.[57:22-23]c
Verily, the heart finds comfort in knowing whatever befalls it, has already been ordained for it. However hard one tries to get or avoid something, it would only be as it has been decreed. And this by itself is great bounty from The Most Kind, alhamdulillah.
So when we face individual hardships, or we hear of the devastated state of the muslim ummah, or even when see our kinship facing so much difficulty, find ourselves in state that we can’t help, our hearts find rest that this it is but only a decreed test from Allah thereby making us patient & able to bear the hardship. And likewise its end has already been decreed as well, & with that Allah rekindles the fire of hope and dependance on Him, in us. And in that, is a great training for the soul.
“How amazing is the case of the believer; there is good for him in everything, and this characteristic is exclusively for him alone. If he experiences something pleasant, he is thankful, and that is good for him; and if he comes across some diversity, he is patient, and that is good for him.” [Muslim]
We implore Allah (swt) to gift us with more from His ‘Gems’ and make of those who live with the whole Qur’an, in heart and in mind, ameen.