Do not be afraid

Muslim African woman fearing the worst, remembering Allah
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Fear is a natural feeling that we experience in different scenarios in our lives. We may feel as though we are lost, confused and with nowhere to turn for help because we think we have ran out of every available avenue. In those situations, it is vital that we turn to our Lord sincerely. We read in the Holy Qur’an that Allah said:

“Fear not. Indeed, I am with you both; I hear and I see.” (Qur’an 20:46)

It could be that we are scared of receiving bad news about our health. We may have felt unwell and gone for tests at the hospital. Waiting for the outcome could be so difficult for us that it may feel as though we can’t carry on with our daily routines in the way we normally would.

We should remind ourselves that Allah has power over all things and being whether in the state of good health or state of illness are both tests of faith for us. Do we use our good health in the right way? If we are ill, do we keep trust in Allah and truly believe that He is the ultimate Source of help for us? We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“Bur Allah is your Protector, and He is the best of helpers.” (Qur’an 3:150)

Perhaps we have a job that we fear losing. Maybe the company we work for has made a huge loss which has resulted in job cuts. We may fear what will happen next and how we will find another job. We might not be able to get out of our minds the worry of not being able to provide for ourselves or our families and the impact this will have on our future.

We must remind ourselves that Allah has already written what will happen tomorrow. Instead of worrying so much, we should make du’aa to our Lord to help us through our difficulties. It may be that we grew distant in our connection with Him because of work, so He is testing us in order for us to become better Muslims.

Ultimately, Allah knows what is best for us. We might not notice it, but all the extra prayers and du’aas we are making, due to our worries about our job, are pushing us to strengthen our Imaan. In the end, there is a meaning behind everything we go through in this life and we should be grateful for the difficulties that increase our remembrance of our Creator. We read in the Qur’an:

“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (Qur’an 2:216)

Therefore, whenever we are scared of something, whether that is fear of a person or fear of sitting an exam, we must remember what we read in the Holy Qur’an:

“Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light.” (Qur’an 2:257)