There is something so beautiful about children that can’t be put into words- their thoughts, questions, curiosities, small innocent worries, careless, blissful play- it’s beautiful. The progression of thought and character as they get older is so fascinating and so is the progression of worries. I found myself thinking the other day after spending time with someone younger than myself, how our worries never stop, they just take different forms, they become bigger, the tests become greater, the difficulties become more heavy. I found myself rambling to her about how life only gets more difficult but upon seeing her worried face, I reassured her that it also becomes more beautiful. In struggle there is beauty. In struggle there is strength. Through worries, you learn to submit and let go. Through worries, you learn to trust Him.
Around the same time as I was thinking this, I came across a very powerful ayah in Surah Balad where Allah says, “We have certainly created man into hardship (kabadan).” [90:4] Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan describes how the word kabad means exhausting, endless struggle. Human beings are created in intense struggle. No matter where you come from, no matter your status in society, no matter the money in your bank account- the richest person and the poorest person still have worries. We sometimes think that when we have money, all our inconveniences will go away and we finally won’t have to worry all the time. But that’s far from the truth. The worries remain, they just change shape. You have worries as a kid, even though they may seem petty and silly to us later on, and you have more and more worries as your get older. The troubles don’t come to an end, the struggle doesn’t end.
But during the struggle, during this life there are two paths that we can take- we can either choose Allah’s path during this life or we can choose to follow our own path, rejecting the deen. Both paths are hard- becoming Muslim and choosing Allah’s path doesn’t magically make our life worry-free or struggle free. No, it’s still hard but why not struggle for something where you will actually get something in the end, as promised by Allah? The troubles will come and go but for the person who rejects Allah, their troubles burden them but for the person that accepts and follows the path of Allah with patience, their troubles elevate them.
May Allah make us people that are steadfast on His path, make our struggle in this dunya a means of elevation for us, and help us work for a place that’s promised for the people who were patient- a place where there is no fatigue, no worry, no pain!