The Station of Contentment

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Nazhim (q.s.) said, “Years ago, as I was walking with my Grand Shaykh in Damascus, a football that some boys were playing with hit me on the head and knocked my turban off.  I got very angry and turned around, shouting, “O you miserable brat!’

Grand Shaykh said, ‘Oh Nazhim Effendi, you have just lost your faith.  How can you claim to believe that everything comes from Allah Almighty when you are ready to blame someone for something that hits you on the head?  Do you not know that Allah is the Original Cause of that event?  So why are you blinded by secondary causes?  When that ball hit you why did you look to see which one threw it in order to quarrel with him?  Do you not know that it is from Allah?’  Then I recited the confession of faith to renew my faith.”

The level of faith that our Grand Shaykh was referring to is the level of prophets and saints.  We are trying to attain to that level and when men reach that level, peace will reign on earth.  The reason for all trouble on earth, for all wars and suffering is that people have lost sight of their Lord’s Will behind all events.  They have lost sight of the Hand of the One Who is Testing them through those events.  They have stopped seeing events as Tests from their Lord.  Therefore they continue failing those Tests.

Who is the happiest person in this life?  Who is the most satisfied?  He, who is satisfied with that station in life in which his Lord Put him.  It is the station of contentment to look at everything and see that it is most suitable for him, and also for all.  We must say: “This situation is most suitable for me because my Lord Put me in this situation.”  Were it not good for us, He would not have put us in it.  We must believe that Allah (s.w.t.) Desires Goodness for us always.

We must never be a teacher to Allah (s.w.t.).  He Knows best and we do not know anything.  We must not objection to anything; we are servants, we are slaves to Him and He is the Absolute Master of Creation.  We must realise that all actions, all events, are not going to happen as we like them to happen.  No one can be as we like them to be.  It is impossible.  When we realise this, we keep ourselves far away from anger because anger is the result of thinking that we have a say in everything as we want it to be.”


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