If everything is a test from Allah, then who are you really angry at?
-Sheikh Hamza Yusuf
We fail to grasp this concept as Muslims or just believers in a higher being(s)… perhaps many of our problems and dilemmas are a result of this failure. Whether its people, places, events, days, thoughts, feelings, the past, present or the future; Its all been decided by الخالق (Al Khaliq/the creator) , so what do we gain from pursuing fits of rage? For those that recite the cliche: ‘everything happens for a reason’ – including myself- realistically these are just words that are said with the same ease as breathing with little to no thought in the seriousness of the phrase. Empty, meaningless and no substance. If we truly believed this, we wouldn’t end up in deep ditches in our minds that are dug in a trance by ourselves during our darkest moments. Its become a phrase used when exhaustion sets in and a new realisation dawns upon you, that there is nothing you can do. The nature of human beings is a state of anxiety, when we are faced with calamities we panic and when we are given blessings and happiness we become selfish.
Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri and Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.”حَدَّثَنِي عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْمَلِكِ بْنُ عَمْرٍو، حَدَّثَنَا زُهَيْرُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ حَلْحَلَةَ، عَنْ عَطَاءِ بْنِ يَسَارٍ، عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ، وَعَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ “ مَا يُصِيبُ الْمُسْلِمَ مِنْ نَصَبٍ وَلاَ وَصَبٍ وَلاَ هَمٍّ وَلاَ حُزْنٍ وَلاَ أَذًى وَلاَ غَمٍّ حَتَّى الشَّوْكَةِ يُشَاكُهَا، إِلاَّ كَفَّرَ اللَّهُ بِهَا مِنْ خَطَايَاهُ ”.
This statement is an expression of a servant’s humble submission to the power and glory of his Lord Almighty. It is a declaration announcing the reality of all realities: Everything happens only with the help of Allah alone.
Laa Hawla Wa Laa Quwwata Il-la Bil-laah in simple English means “There is neither might nor power except with Allah”.