Allah knows what is best for us

Whatever Allaah Does …. It Is For Our Best

by Asma bint Shameem

When my daughter was 2 years old, she loved to play with the water in the commode. Yes, thats right….the commode.

Yuck!! That’s nasty ! You would say.

splash of water

But to her, that was the delight of the day! Splish…splash! To her there was nothing like it! And so when I would prevent her from it, she would scream and cry and wouldnt want to stop. She didnt understand how harmful that was for her. In her little mind, I took away something that she really enjoyed.

And when I would take her to the doctor to have her immunization shots, she didn’t understand either. She would howl at the top of her lungs at the first sight of the needle and would run the other way. It would take two of us just to hold her down! To her, frankly, it was plain torture! Her innocent little mind simply could not evenbegin to understand how, on earth, could being tortured by a needle, be good for you?!! She didn’t realize that this ‘needle’ will Insha Allaah protect her from certain illnesses and harm that is much more severe than the prick of this little needle.

So what’s the point here ?

The point I am trying to make is that we, as parents sometimes do things for our kids, out of our great love and concern for them, which they may not understand. They do not see the wisdom behind it, although we do, and so we carry out those things because we know it will be better for them.

And for Allah is the Highest example. (Surah Nahl:60)

So when Allaah Subhaanahu wa Taala , in His Infinite Wisdom, tests us with a situation that we think is  difficult or takes away something that in our mind was good for us, we need to remember that perhaps it may not be so. Perhaps if we had continued in our way, it might have been harmful for us and whateverAllah decreed for us is actually better for us, for He is All-Wise and All-Knowing.

Allaah says:

“…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allaah knows but you do not know.” (Surah Baqarah: 216)

Al-Hasan al-Basri said: “Do not resent the calamities that come and the disasters that occur, for perhaps in something that you dislike will be your salvation, and perhaps in something that you prefer will be your doom.”

Remember that we are dealing with the One who is Arham ar-Raahimeen, the Most Merciful of all that show mercy. All the mercy that we have in this world from Adam (Alaiyhi Salaam) to the Day of Judgment is only one hundredth of the Mercy of the Most Merciful. And He is Most Wise. He knows and we dont know.  So have faith in Him and trust in Him and although, sometimes we may not understand the reason behind certain things, know that as long as you obey Him, whatever He will do for you is, in fact for your betterment.

So if Allaah didnt give you that big house, or that nice car you wanted or that big raise you were hoping for, know in your mind and believe in your heart that it is actually better for you. Who knows…..maybe that big house, that car or that money would have become a source of fitnah for you….Perhaps you would have become arrogant and conceited because of it, and Allaah saved you from it.

Because, you know that the Prophet (sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“Any one in whose heart is even a mustard seed’s worth of pride will not enterParadise.” (Muslim)

And if you have been sick and suffering, sure it is not easy. But again, know in your mind and believe in your heart that it is indeed better for you. For, if you bear patiently, it will be a means of expiation for your sins and a source of great reward.

The Prophet (sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“There is nothing that befalls a believer, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allaah will record one good deed for him and will remove one bad deed from him.” (Muslim)

And: “On the Day of Resurrection, when people who had suffered affliction are given their reward, those who were healthy will wish their skins had been cut to pieces with scissors when they were in the world (when they see the immense rewards for the afflictions they suffered).” (Tirmidhi-Saheeh by al-Albaani)

If Allaah took away a dear, loved one, believe, from the bottom of your heart, that surely this was better. For, you never know, had the one who passed away lived longer, may be his life would have been one of sins and disobedience and Allaah, out of His Mercy, took him before that….in a state of Imaan.

And if life has been difficult, worries surround you and calamities after calamities befall you, hear the good news from the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam): “Trials will continue to befall the believing man and woman, with regard to themselves, their children and their wealth, until they meet Allaah with no sin on them.”

(Tirmidhi– saheeh by al-Albaani)

Subhaan Allaah! No sin ?!

And what is it from this world that you wouldnt give up, just to meet Allaah with no sin??!!

Remember that the One Who is testing you is the Most Wise, the Most Merciful and the Most Loving…..and that He did not send this calamity in order to destroy you….or cause you pain or finish you off. Rather, He is checking on you, testing your patience, acceptance and faith; it is so that He may hear your duaa and supplication, so that He may see you standing before Him….seeking His protection.. ..filled with humility and complaining to Him, alone.

The difficulties you face is a reminder for you to return to Allaah and ask for forgiveness from Him. Who knows… if He didnt give you the difficulty, maybe you would have strayed from Him far, far away….

Ibn Taymiyah said: “A calamity that makes you turn to Allaah is better for you than a blessing which makes you forget the remembrance of Allaah.”

Thus in our times of trouble, when we go through pain and suffering and in our times of loss, we need to trust Allaah. We need to keep in mind that as long as we fear Him and try our best to obey Him, He will never do us wrong. He will protect us and guide us and do the best for us, no matter what the situation apparently looks like. Allaah says in a hadeeth Qudsi:

“I am as my slave thinks of me and I am with him whenever he remembers me.” (Agreed Upon).

It is actually a sign of our weakness and shortsightedness, that we tend to focus on the calamities themselves, without paying much attention to the benefits that they may bring. We also forget to look at all other innumerable blessings that we enjoy and see around us.

Our minds, our logic and our senses cannot even begin to fathom the Wisdom, the Knowledge and the Hikmah behind Allaahs decisions and verdicts. It is He who is the Wise….it is He who is the Just and it is He who is the Knower of the unseen. If we trust in Allaah, He will suffice and it is He who will grant us goodness in any situation and under any circumstances.

“And when someone puts all his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him.” (Surah at-Talaaq:3)

The Prophet (sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“If you put your trust completely in Allah, He will arrange for your sustenance in the same way as He provides for the birds. They go out in the morning with their stomachs empty and return filled in the evening.” (Tirmidhi-saheeh) .

So trust Him….for, there is much reward intrusting Him… is Jannah. And there is sin in distrusting Him. Calamities and disasters are a test, and they are a sign of Allaahs love for a person. They are like medicine: even though it is bitter, yet, in spite of its bitterness you still give it to the one whom you love….

“The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When Allaah loves a people He tests them. Whoever accepts that wins His pleasure but whoever is discontent with that earns His wrath.” (Saheeh al-Tirmidhi)


14 Responses to Allah knows what is best for us

  1. Warrick Farah says:

    I definitley agree with the main point of your post. God is good, and his decisions for his children are always good, even if they were painful. I wish more followers of Jesus and Muslims knew this truth! Nice work.

    Could you please comment more on the quote above: “And if life has been difficult, worries surround you and calamities after calamities befall you, hear the good news from the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam): “Trials will continue to befall the believing man and woman, with regard to themselves, their children and their wealth, until they meet Allaah with no sin on them.””

    (Tirmidhi– saheeh by al-Albaani)

    Where do I find this exactly? Which collection exactly is it in?

    Is the correct interpretation of this quote that trails purify or atone for the sin within us?

    Also, where exactly is the quote: ““Any one in whose heart is even a mustard seed’s worth of pride will not enterParadise.” (Muslim)”? This is a very important truth.

  2. revo says:

    a beautifull, understandable, and true islamic explanation to events in life.

  3. Iram says:

    Jazak Allah,i really need this in my loss. I have compete faith in Allaha but this artical energizes me to face this crisis.May Allaha shower His bessing on you.

  4. Areena says:


  5. Ibrahim Nakhal says:

    I used to be furious at my mother, the Author of the site, when she took away some of my favored toys and whatnot, but thanks to this post i understand more than i ever understood. Thank you Mom

  6. Awwwwwwww you are so sweet, and I hope that you will gain so much more from what is in here and what is available to you at home and realize that parents who love their kids always try to do what is best for their health if its physical, mental or spiritual— parents are never perfect but we do the best we can…

    May Alllah Guide and protect you through your whole life.

  7. Thanks and May Allah continue to bless, guide and give you strength in all you do.

  8. tentang mira says:

    assalamualaikum …the content of this article are so beutiful….it make me realize the pain and the hardness allah give me actually the reward for me and it show allah still love me by giving me the test in my life

  9. Farah, the hadith you mentioned give the location i.e the first one is narrated in the collection of Tirmidhi and Sheikh Al Albaani classified it as saheeh or true in its chain of narrators. The second hadith is found in Muslim’s collection. Both of these scholars have sets of books which contain all the narrated hadith that they gathered. Hadith are sayings of the Prophet Mohammed, things he allowed or things he did himself. Narrators must be of impeccable character, and the chain of narration cannot be broken or have a person who is doubtful. If that occurs then the chain is classified as weak or doubted.

    You are correct in your understanding, the trials that we suffer in this life help to purify us from the minor sins that we commit so that on the Day of Resurection, we will not be tested as much. God tests those He loves. Here the word pride is use to mean arrogance.

    Thanks for your questions and comments!

  10. SARAH :D (nakhal) acorn says:

    hello (:
    im bored and baba wont go get my poster for my geography project. please tell him to go get it, even tho by the time you read this it will be a week. (:

  11. You should have more faith in ur Dad to go and get you what you need as much as he can, even he was sick. You see he went and got it for you the same day :) cus he loves you!!

  12. samakdevdas says:

    Quranic medicine to treat diabetes, cancer
    Saturday October 15 2005 14:10 IST
    KOZHIKODE: The seminar on diabetes which will be held at the Town Hall here on October 23 will be a different one.

    For, those who speak at the seminar will not be the practitioners of any known systems of medicine like allopathy, ayurveda or homeopathy.

    The seminar will be a forum to explain what Quranic or Prophetic Medicine is and how dreaded diseases like cancer or diabetes can be cured through this system.

    ‘‘Prophet Muhammad had, either personally or through his disciples, demonstrated unique methods of diagnosis and treatments,’’ says Dr Z A Zuhoori, principal of the Institute of Islamic Medical Science, at Kunnamangalam near here.

    Dr Zuhoori, who has a degree in homeopathy and diploma in Unani, has been treating patients at his clinic for the past eight years through the system.

    ‘‘There are seven verses (Aayaatu Shshifa) in the Holy Quran specifically on healing”.

    “Besides, there are references to healing throughout the holy book, which form the basis of Prophetic Medicine (Tibbu ul-Nabi),’’ he says.

    According to Dr Zuhoori, experts of Prophetic Medicines have declared that any serious ailments should be cured through 45 days of treatment and that cases like epilepsy and madness may take a maximum of four months.

    Quranic Medicine has its own pharmacology. ‘‘The medicines are drawn from plants and herbs, like in ayurveda and homeopathy. But the method is different”.

    “There are ten core medicines in Prophetic Medicine and medicine drawn from camel is a very important one,’’ he says.

    Faith is not an imperative to undergo treatment under Prophetic Medicine. ‘‘It would be fine if the patient is a believer in Islam.

    But even otherwise treatment under the system is found effective. Quranic Medicine is not faith healing. We can describe the scientific basis of the treatment to any one.’’

    Dr Zuhoori said that in Kerala the Prophetic Medicine was confined to mosques.

    This prevented others from knowing about it. But in countries like Iran and Malaysia there are institutions, which give degree in Quranic Medicine.

    The seminar on diabetes is the third one in the five-part series on Quranic Therapy for Incurable Diseases. Earlier ones were on asthma and cancer.

  13. faithful says:

    I love your facts.
    You inspire me and have helped open my eyes.

  14. faithful says:

    You are my role model and I will always respect and follow Allah with all my heart.

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