You know I have been pretty fortunate, rather blessed my whole life. Masha’Allah. I think that right now is likely the lowest point I have ever been in, at least in my adult life, as a child I had it all but I’m sure my parents struggled. Many have expressed ‘condolences’ (?) for our situation, and many have us in their thoughts and prayers. I appreciate all of that. However, I honestly don’t think things are as bad as they may seem (but please keep us in your prayers). As a matter of fact, our test is pretty light compared to the test of others. Yet, the favors and blessings of Allah are many!

Right off hand, I can name two. 1. Neither my husband or I have seen our families in years (my husband 7 and me 10!). He got to spend about 3 months combined this year with them. 2. My mother recently retired and said for me to get her a visa and she will come help me out with the kids, cuz she doesn’t want her baby wearing herself out 🙂

So we just have to keep in mind that life is a test and that their are many benefits to being tested by Allah.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: ‘We believe,’ and will not be tested.

And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allaah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allaah knows all that before putting them to test)”

[al-‘Ankaboot 29:2-3] 

This is my family room. It’s empty. No AC. No furniture. However, I have my family and all the Praise is Due to Allah!

According to a saheeh hadeeth: “The greatest reward comes from the greatest trial. When Allaah loves people, He tests them, and whoever accepts it gains the pleasure of Allaah and whoever complains earns His wrath.” 

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2396; Ibn Maajah, 4031; classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani.

We don’t have a dining room in the new Villa (we had 2 dining rooms in the old one!), so we eat at this little table in the kitchen. Did you here that? We EAT! Who am I to complain? Masha’Allah!

“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Saabiroon (the patient).

Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: ‘Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.’

They are those on whom are the Salawaat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones”

[al-Baqarah 2:155-157] 

My girls don’t have their Fulla bedroom set anymore and since we only have this one little heater to share, we just all sleep in one room on the floor (we have 3 bedrooms but they are all empty). I could have been left homeless, but I have a roof over my head! Masha’Allah!

“Allaah has shared out your attitudes among you just as He has shared out your provisions. Allaah gives worldly provision to those whom He loves and those whom He does not love, but He gives religion only to those whom He loves. So whoever is given religion, Allaah loves him…” (Narrated by Ahmad, 3490; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 714).

Remember that BIG BEAUTIFUL Majlis that we had in the old Villa? We sure did enjoy it and were able to host many families there this past Ramadan for iftar. With this majlis, I’ve had to be more practical. No more parties for me. This is now my classroom/library/office. This is the room that Allah has given me the means to provide for my family in.

Allah has provided so well for my family, while my husband has been out of work, that we have not had to borrow since I have been working (mind you we borrowed often even when my husband was employed). I did not think much of it at first until recently, when I got two emails in the same day concerning two different sisters in Riyadh who were in need. The second thing that made me really ponder the fact that the provisions are from Allah, is the fact that since he has been back, he hasn’t found anyone willing to pay him the same rate that I get paid. Masha’Allah

I don’t make a whole lot of money. I haven’t been able to replace the toys we gave away (and if you know us then you know that our house was like a toy store…masha’Allah). However, the boys still find ways to entertain themselves, just by looking out of the window…and what do they see?

Men working…

…and worshipping! That’s what they see!

Wealth and children are a trial by means of which Allah tests His slaves, to know who will give thanks for them, and who will be distracted from Allah by them: 

“And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial and that surely, with Allaah is a mighty reward”

[al-Anfaal 8:28 – interpretation of the meaning] 

This is the very thing my husband is being tested with. I have all of my children and for the first time in many years, my own income – Masha’Allah. My husband on the other hand has to fight an unfair system set against him to get his daughter. As a result he has lost all of his wealth and can not accept a job as long as he is fighting this case. Do not feel sorry for him, because he doesn’t. his losing his job has actually been one of the best things that ever happened to us. Working in Saudi is not the same as working in America. We now are much mor flexible and able to pursue oter opportunities. Masha’Allah.

Remember the words of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):

 “How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.”(Narrated by Muslim, 2999).

So if calamity befalls a Muslim, he must say Inna Lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon (Verily to Allah we belong and unto Him is our return), and say the du’aa’s that have been narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

How wonderful are those moments in which a person turns to his Lord and knows that He alone is the One Who grants relief from distress. How great is the relief when it comes after hardship. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

 

“but give glad tidings to As‑ Saabiroon (the patient).

156. Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: ‘Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.’

157. They are those on whom are the Salawaat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones” [al-Baqarah 2:155-157]

 


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