Reflections: Practicing Sabr

Sometimes we become so obsessed with planning our future that it hinders our perception of the reality of life. It’s kind of embedded into our psyche through society to “make sure to plan ahead!” We plan, and we plan, and we plan until we believe that we are completely in control of our future. Often times, we imagine events in our lives panning out a certain way. It’s as if we feel entitled and deserving of situations going in our favor simply because that’s the way we want it to be. This false sense of entitlement stems from some level of arrogance and forgetfulness that we truly do not know everything and we are not in control of the way our lives work. There is a Greater Source that handles all of our affairs.

Allah (SWT) has a destiny and a purpose for everyone. It can be difficult to remember this, but He is the One in control. Our duty is to work hard towards making a positive change within our life, while completely relying on Him and acknowledging that anything that comes to us is from Him. It’s important to understand that Allah (SWT) tests us in different ways. Some may have evident successes in their lives, but how much are they able to be thankful towards Allah (SWT) and follow the deen? Others may face hardship after hardship, but how much are they keeping their faith strong in Allah (SWT) that He will make things easier? We really cannot predict the future, regardless of how much we prepare and plan for it.

It all comes down to practicing sabr. Sabr is patience, but another level of patience. It is a beautiful, strong, faithful patience. It’s a patience that knows that Allah (SWT) would never bestow immense calamity upon an individual without a greater reason. It is knowing and trusting that Allah (SWT) is the best of planners and the One with the Greatest knowledge. Of course, it is easier said than done, but we must practice implementing this kind of patience in our every day lives first instead of getting frustrated that life isn’t going as we had initially planned it. Allah (SWT) could be saving you from something that is of great danger to you, and you wouldn’t even know it. There is a level of comfort in coming to terms with the fact that we don’t know and aren’t supposed to know everything There is great comfort in know that our lives are created by Allah (SWT), Whose Love is the Ultimate Love, and Whose Knowledge is superior to anything that we think we know or can imagine. We may think we have the best plans for our life, but Allah (SWT) is the Best Planner. Seek patience and remembrance through prayer and dua. Try your hardest to connect with Allah (SWT). He is the Ever Hearing and is always near.It all just comes down to us remembering His immense Love and trusting Him in all that we encounter in life.

“But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.” (Quran 8:30)

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