There is No Ally Except Allah

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Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmaani ‘r-Raheem,

With the name of Allah, the most loving & caring, the always loving and caring,

Truly, there is no ally other than Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Every other human being – parent, friend, teacher, spouse – is not you ally. Yes, they may help you in all sort of things in countless ways. But on the one day that matters the most, they will disappear. On that Day, they will turn their backs on you, and their only concern will be themselves. And so will yours.

Our entire life in this world is simply preparation for that Day. Thus how can someone who will turn your back on you on the most important day of your existence ever be your ally?

People may give you assistance, money, knowledge, companionship — but just like your life in this world, they are a test. We must reflect on our own situation to find how others are a trial upon us; your mother took care of you for years and loves you, but how you treat her when you get in an argument, or how you take care of her when she is senile and in need are the real test.

Worldly sources may give aid, but along with it they carry countless tests straight from our Creator; and benefiting from them while failing the trials they bring does us immeasurably more harm than good. We must always be on guard for truly everything and everyone in this life is a test; if something bad, then the test is how far we try to stay away from it, and if something good, the test is how much we try to benefit from it.

But, there is only one being who we can trust unconditionally. One who loves us more than anyone, whether we do anything for Him or not. One who is All-Powerful and only has our best interests in mind.

Whether we have nothing, or the whole world in our hands is irrelevant; it means nothing to Him — He weighs only our sincerity, and He does so most Justly. In Him we find relief when we feel there can exist no relief. Upon Him only, we can trust absolutely. With Him, we can find solace. With Him, is ultimate success.

 

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi, wa barakaatuh

May peace of every aspect be upon you, along with the mercy of God and also His blessing.

On the Spreading of Evil


On my drive home I was minding my own business, sitting next to the window. Then the bright sunny day was blocked out and I looked outside. Smoke.

Smoke blocked the horizon. Thick, dense and opaque as it shot out of the exhaust of an old truck. As the seconds went by, the smoke trailed behind and started to spread, and one could finallay see through it. The carbon monoxide dispersed more and more; it gradually vanished into the air, and one could not distinguish it from the rest of the atmosphere.

Evil, when it is newly bred and foreign to a society, is sharp and distinct from the rest. It is noticed by all, and they dislike it. They wish it would stop, but few if any at all, take action against its spreading.

Soon, it has reared its ugly head everywhere you look — in fact, it’s so far spread that you cannot distinguish it from justice and truth, and they all look the same.

Truly, in the spreading of ugly, black thick smoke is a metaphor of how evil spreads everywhere, and makes itself indistinguishable from the good.

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.