Years ago, I didn’t know much about having faith. I don’t know how to read the Quran well nor understand what it means to have patience, trust or why was I in such difficulty. All I knew was that, He listens, though I didn’t have the knowledge of His power in answering back then. Therefore I was depressed, moody and feeling really low. I didn’t talk nor eat much either. I was alone.
In one of the nights in Ramadhan of that year, something in my heart urged me to download and open up the Quran app on my phone. I just quickly scrolled through the surahs and just randomly click on one, and my finger fell on surah Al-Sharh (The Relief), with some prefer calling it Al-Insyirah. I played the audio, listened and I found myself in tears without knowing what it meant, and for some reason I fell in love with it and replayed it multiple times and more tears keep on falling as I slowly understand what it meant. Remember, I knew less of the Quran, nor know the basics of hurufs or tajwid but through the help of Allah, I miraculously was able to memorise the whole surah in less than 3 days. I knew from that point, this was a direct answer of my prayers from Allah. From the moment where He urged my heart to download the app, guided my finger to scroll down to its page and then to click on it out of 114 surahs and afterwards made me listen. He then soften my heart to take it in, put me in tears and granted me the ability to memorise it when my knowledge of reading it was as if of a pea. He brought me ease. I felt ease, just like as He promised in that Surah itself. For that whole journey, it was as if I was living through from ayat 1 to ayat 8.
سم الله الرحمن الرحيم
1. “Have We not expanded for you your breast?”
2. “And We removed from you your burden,”
3. “Which weighed down your back?”
4. “And We exalted for you your reputation?”
5. “Then, surely with hardship comes ease:”
6. “Surely, with hardship comes ease,”
7. “So when you have finished (with your immediate task), still strive hard, (then toil),”
8. “And to your Lord turn (all) your attention.”
Surah 94: Al – Insyirah
For those who kept on asking me why do I always read this surah all the time when I led prayers, well, this is where it started. For this surah was the kick start of my change. This surah reminded me who I was, and where I am. This surah reminds me, that everything is going to be fine. This surah reminded me of that miraculous moment. In addition, I guess I can say, for whatever difficulties or troubles that you encounter, Allah will always provide a solution for a way out, to lead you to ease and happiness.
As I have once shared in a few of my previous post, Whatever difficulty you’re going through, it is not permanent, because you and I are not permanent. We are not permanent and that is because we are made for Jannah and not for this temporary world. Sometimes its just hard for us to understand what Allah really wants to make happen, but put your trust in Him because He plans and gives what is best for you and I. Be patient, for what was written for us was written by the greatest of All writers. It’s amazing how Allah’s words bring comfort to the heart. Ease is in the hardship itself but it manifests itself best, when the hardship is over. It is only then you realise you become a total different person with a higher level of faith on a higher level of conduct, as if he gave you chance to go into a higher level because He wants to see you in a higher Jannah.
If that isn’t enough for you then look at the prophets and the believers. They are where they are, because of difficulty.