I hope at certain point in our lives, we all have been reminded that Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear. This ayah teaches us that even if you thought at that time you could not bear the pain, He knows His plan and He knows it is within our limit and He is the Best Planner. I want to share a different take for (2:286) which focuses on our limit/capacity - how Prophet Moses AS set his own limit from Surah Al Kahf (18:60-82), this is the whole section of the story for Trial of Knowledge.
This was a letter which I sent to the HR when they asked to provide our feedback regarding opening of the office, either we should all come back to work as per normal or continue work from home. It was written early May and it might help some of you, if you'd like to request the same thing since I can see that Covid19 is still bad in most countries. I understand as much as we want to go out and be able to work, I am also working fine at home. I believe this is the right that I am fighting for, to go to the office only when required and not be forced to expose ourselves every day.
I've been following this Yaqeen Institute and find it so so so interesting and informative. I hope this would be useful for some people who are learning about Islam and you can go to their channel to watch more videos.
In that moment, I was tested - emotionally and physically, I was drained! I hold on to a dhikr which has been my mantra, "There is no power and strength, except with Allah". It is He who holds the heart of the evaluators, so let their heart be soften, so they speak nicely to me, so I could bear all the intense and stressful moment. And it is He who will give me strength and He knows my limit. I am so thankful to God because He give me strength and He give me patience to handle all these things and He give me blessings in my life, with people that are very very nice. I recap all of the good memories He gave, which is a lot more than the hardship I went through.
Do you remember that time when you said, "If I have time, surely, I will do that too"? InsyaAllah. Well, yes I do. And this is my personal reflection. But I think some of us might feel the same way. This is the reflection for this trial when Allah give us MORE time. Do we use it the way we intended to once upon a time? Allah is watching us, on how we manage our time, how we use it to do things that we said we wanted to do a long time ago, in another way, this is a blessing! We have more time to ourselves.
I learned the importance of saying ‘La Hawla wala Quwwata illa Billah’ after I learned Surah Al Kahf:
“And why did you, when you entered your garden, not say, ‘What Allah willed [has occurred]; there is no power except in Allah ‘? Although you see me less than you in wealth and children,”
This was when the ungrateful gardener started to became arrogant and forgot that Allah is the source of all power and sustenance.
Other than Alhamdulillah, this is what we can say to show our gratitude.
It meant, everything happens because Allah swt has willed it, because of His power. So, whatever that we get happens because of Him who has the strength and with His mercy, He gives. Everything comes from His blessings. And He is also the Most Listening, so if you want something, pray to Him. He is the Most Giving. InshaAllah.
May Allah ease the tests for us and give us strength.
Allah knows best.
May peace be upon you.
The Understanding of the Word ‘Hawqala’
Firstly: What is intended by the word ‘Hawqala’? It is a word that is summarised from the statement ‘La Hawla wala Quwwata illa Billah’. This shortening of a phrase in Arabic is done if it was heard (had a precedent) from the early Arabs. It is realised by taking a few letters from a statement to form a single word.
Shortening can also be done from two words, as was said in regards to a person attributed to the tribe of ‘Abd Qays: (which became known as) ‘Abqasi.
Or it can be from an entire sentence, such as the word ‘Basmalah’, which is a summary of the sentence ‘Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim’, or ‘hawqala’, the subject of this book, which means ‘La Hawla wala Quwwata illa Billah’. [Al-Tatbiq As-Sarfi of ‘Abdu al-Rajihi, p.29]
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Let's pray Allah answer our du'a that we want to have a good ending, to get His forgiveness and blessings before we die. And He would give us hidayah and make us feel like we want to do more ibadah, and we do it before we die.
Remember that Allah knows, He knows you tried your best. Seek guidance from Him. Ask for His mercy, ask for strength and success And if you have tried up until your limit, You think that it is already the end of the road, You feel like giving up Believe that Allah is the best planner. Have patience.
Sometimes we did too much in our worldly affairs that we forgot it is Him who we live for. We forgot that we should please Him and nothing else matter. Can you imagine how cool the world would be if we all don't have to please each other but only to please Allah? We don't have to follow the standards set by society, just by Allah. It is what it is, the world is full of temptation. Sometimes or most of the time, we don't use the time that He gives us wisely. Sometimes we forgot that our clock is ticking. Let's always remember and always seek forgiveness from God.