I am usually curious about the unknown area of my life. A bulk of questions emerges every now and then. Shall I lead a happy life till the end? Am I going to be a successful wife and mother? What about my beloved people; parents, brothers, family, friends, and others? Will they be with me whenever I need them, or will some of them pass on? And on top of all, what about my death moment and after death? Shall I survive or not?
Belief in Ever-Preserving Equals Ease
To begin with, Islam helps me to find the answer to the big questions I face; why am I here, and what will happen after death and others? However, like others, continuous issues are emerging in my everyday life that need detailed knowledge. One of the useful knowledge is knowing the Names and Attributes of Allah (only one God). He is The Ever Preserving. He preserves man’s provision, life, religion and deeds.
First of all, knowing that Allah arranges for the provision, life and death moment of everyone keeps the mind away from imagining different scenarios. Allah says in Qur’an (His book):
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.” [Quran: 13-11](1)
Hence, as a Muslim, I should adopt means to reach the desired end. At the same time, I have to believe in Allah’s Ability and Destiny. Indeed, a strong belief in this concept will lead me not to regret anything I lose or didn’t reach.
Secondly, Allah’s Preservation includes also a man’s deeds and words. There are two angels for every person to record his words and actions. Thus, this knowledge will help me to purify myself and to be patient if I face any kind of injustice in case I was not able to take my right here. To illustrate, when an oppressed person knows that everything is recorded and he will take his right in the Hereafter, this could bring hope and ease.
The Ever-Preserving: Unique Concept of God in Islam
Adding to the ease resulting from Allah’s way to control provisions and deeds, a concept of the Creator in Islam is rational and unique. Actually, I first reflected on this after hearing that from a new revert to Islam. Allah is out limited by time or place. He is characterized by noble attributes. To illustrate, He never oppresses any creature. He is never deceived or turned to be like any of His creation.
Indeed, none can describe Allah better than Himself. Allah the Almighty says in His book:
Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.” [Qur’an: 2-255] (2)
The Ever-Preserving & My Parents: Comparison & Contrast
In a simple way to understand Allah’s uniqueness, I chose the most sincere relation on earth: daughter and parents. I know that my parents truly love the best for me, even if they show something else. When I was a child, my parents provided me with everything they can to see my smile. However, my parents are humans; hence, they are limited, weak and needy. To illustrate, if I feel tired, they can sympathize with me, help me to go to a professional doctor, take care of me, and that’s it. They can’t cure me. Furthermore, if I can’t express myself they won’t help. Maybe they can guess, but nothing is guaranteed.
Also, my parents are not experts in everything. Sometimes they harm me out of inexperience. Adding to that, I can’t find them all the time. In general, nothing is guaranteed with a person, as he/she is just created.
On the other hand, Allah the Almighty is my Creator. He knows the secrets of my soul, intentions and deeds. Indeed, He knows my past, present and future. Not only is He a Creator, but also He is the Guide, the Gentle, and the Compassionate.
Allah says in Qur’an:
… And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.” [Qur’an: 65-3] (3)
To conclude, to be a Muslim is to be consistent with your common sense and reach true happiness. Keep in contact with your Creator directly and ask Him for what you need; serenity matters!
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