Being a Muslim

In Writing (all kinds) on January 5, 2017 at 11:03 PM

By Saad Zafar

I’m a devout Muslim. And I do feel that having a belief in a higher power makes getting through tough times just a little bit easier. If you believe in an All-Powerful Being who is in complete control of every aspect of the Universe, then you realize that your entire life is planned to unfold in a way that is best for you.

Mind you, such an acknowledgement necessitates that the Supreme Being that you believe in is infinitely kind as well. And this belief makes you have less fear in life. And less regrets about the decisions you may have taken in your life. Less fear because you eventually reach an understanding that what is meant to hit you (in terms of joy or grief) will never miss you. And in the same way, what is meant to miss you will never hit you. It’s comforting.

And this naturally leads to one avoiding being consumed by regret because the outcomes of our decisions are not brought by us. And if one truly believes in a Supreme Being, then it follows that not only would He be the Most Kind but also the Most Wise. So if we look at our lives, we see that we get enjoy moments of bliss as well as endure times of sadness and pain.

So what purpose does pain serve? Well, pain (whether physical, emotional, or mental) makes us stronger and oftentimes more compassionate people. When we look back at certain events in our lives — that at the time we deemed major setbacks — we realize that whatever occurred helped us in some way or perhaps benefited us in some way. And each of those moments of the past (whether good or bad) brought us to where we are today.

If you’re lucky, then you’re content with where you are right now in life. But if you’re not content, then it’s important to keep in mind that every bad phase in life is just that: a phase. It has a beginning and an end. And while we’re in the midst of such phases, they may seem like they’re going to last forever. But they seldom do. Joy is followed by pain which is followed by joy again.

And a belief in a God that is the Most Kind and the Most Wise necessitates the belief that none of the trials and tribulations and indignities that we have to go through in our lives will ever be beyond what we are capable of enduring (whether physically, emotionally, etc.) And sometimes, we don’t get what we want in life. And that can be a good thing.

There have been times when I got what I wanted only to regret it later. And there have been times when my life took a course that I was not all that happy with only to realize later on that whatever happened really was for the best.

They say that the happiest people are those that count their blessings. And I would agree with that. But I would also add a postscript to that the most content people are those that can look back at their lives and acknowledge that all the not-so-great experiences that they had made them better people and led them to live better lives.

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