بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Though it has only been a few weeks since we began our ‘break’ from our regular Qur’an classes, the tests, and the lessons meant to be learnt from those tests don’t end. We are faced with things, both good and not so good, in order that we make the best possible choices. We may find it easier to go through our tests while we are in a ‘safe’ environment such as Qur’an classes, in which we are reminded of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) all the time. When we are given a ‘break’ does it really mean that we should take a break from the Qur’an? Ofcourse not, because our tests don’t stop coming. What does one do when faced with hard tests when difficult times come along?
1 – Never ‘disconnect’ yourself from the remembrance of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). Remind yourself from morning to evening of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) by reading the Qur’an, going over Tafseer notes, and staying in touch with religious friends. Try to better your salah, and tajweed.
2 – Keep busy. When we are extremely busy, we dream of having time off when we can lay back and relax. What I personally have learned is that when I do have a day of ‘relaxation’, I feel like I am completely wasting my time and need to do something pronto. We need to keep working, especially for deen, help out in classes that are still in session, help someone who has questions about deen, stay connected to those people who remind you of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). If you still have time on your hands, watch various Islamic lectures on Youtube to increase your knowledge.
لَهُ مُعَقِّبَاتٌ مِّن بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِ يَحْفَظُونَهُ مِنْ أَمْرِ اللّهِ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّى يُغَيِّرُواْ مَا بِأَنْفُسِهِمْ وَإِذَا أَرَادَ اللّهُ بِقَوْمٍ سُوءًا فَلاَ مَرَدَّ لَهُ وَمَا لَهُم مِّن دُونِهِ مِن وَالٍ
“For each one are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah . Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.”
[Al-Qur’an – Surat Ar-Ra`d (The Thunder): 11]
3 – Always remember death. We will be asked about how we spent our time in the dunya. Ofcourse we tend to grow lazy once in a while but the best thing to help you snap out of that is the remembrance of death. This will automatically get you to jump out of your chair and make you want to do something to better your akhirah (hereafter).
4 – Be positive. STAY positive. Fix relations with people who you may have wronged. Remember to give people seventy excuses when they hurt you in any way, because as humans we forget quite easily. Whenever doing anything from watching a lecture to facing a test, always keep in mind that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) wants nothing but the best from you. He has already blessed us with the knowledge of deen and the fact that we are Muslims. We must prove to Him that we are worthy of His mercy and a place in Jannah (Paradise).