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The Quran is full of gems. The verses, the passages, the chapters, the parables may differ in words and phrases, but they all essentially talk of the same concepts â that we must believe in Allah, rely on Him and follow His commands if we wish to live in peace and contentment.
At Baradari, we have taken some of these concepts, inspired by the Quran, written them in calligraphy, and neatly framed them. You can place these little frames as powerful reminders on your desk or shelf, home or office. Gift them to yourself, or your loved one.
If you believe in âqadrâ, you will be able to practise both âsabrâ and shukrâ
âQadrâ is an Arabic word for destiny, decree, or pre-ordainment. It implies that Allah decreed our destinies before we were born, according to which our lives unfold. Belief in âqadrâ is one of the six articles of faith for a Muslim.
âSabrâ is patience. Patience is a deep, profound concept linked to âqadrâ. It is practising restraint whether in distress or joy. When hardships visit us, being patient means not giving into anger or anxiety, being calm and practical, and trying our best to resolve our hardship, while placing our trust in Allah. When success or happiness visits us, being patient means not becoming arrogant or disobeying Allahâs command in expressing our joy. Being patient means not being overwhelmed by either sorrow or joy, and continuing to carry out our tasks in this world in the hope that Allah will reward us for them. Sabr is not easy to practise, which is why Allah rewards it highly. But certainly, belief in âQadrâ helps one in being patient, as a person learns to view his/her life in terms of Allahâs Decree and Plan for us. And Allah is, indeed, the Best of Planners.
âShukrâ is gratitude and gratefulness to Allah, and is rooted in the concept of âqadrâ. When we realise that Allah desires and plans the best for us, we feel a sense of gratitude, and thus optimism, even in distressing times. Allah has decreed the best for us, and even our seemingly âbad timesâ are good for us as they make us wiser, stronger and more compassionate human beings. Making us better people is all a part of Allahâs Qadr. Now isnât that something to feel grateful for?
âIlmâ and âAmalâ are two sides of the same coin, and one isnât complete without the other.
Without knowledge, how can we act upon it?
And what use is knowledge if it isnât followed by action?
The Quran exhorts us to âbelieve and go good deedsâ in order to taste success in this life and the next. Indeed, belief comes from knowledge. But belief alone is not enough for us to achieve success. Our deeds or acts must reflect our belief, which comes from knowledge.
Interestingly, âilmâ and âamalâ use the same letters of the Arabic alphabet â âaayeenâ, âlaamâ and âmeemâ. Thatâs even a further sign of how the two concepts of knowledge and action are linked.
Usr: Hardship, difficulty
Yusr: Ease, comfort
Allah says in the Quran (Chapter 94:5), âFa inna maâal usri Yusraâ (âFor verily with hardship comes ease.â)
When we encounter blockades in life, Allah also guides us on the way out. If we are facing stress, ease makes its way in too. Itâs important to understand that âeaseâ does not come after, but with, hardship. They donât exist sequentially, but together, even though one aspect may seem to overpower the other at some points. But eventually, difficulties do get eased out. Ease starts coming in, even though you donât realise it in the midst of hardship. In fact, your own courage and efforts to deal with the hardship is a sign of ease given by Allah. So, put your trust in Him and hope for the best.