Remember Allah in Times of Prosperity, and He will Remember You in Times of Adversity
One of Islam’s notable distinctions is that it is a religion of justice. Allah lays the rules straight for men and sticks with them. He always keeps His promises. Whereas men, most of the time, do not keep theirs.
When adversity befalls, all eyes turn to Allah. At times like this it becomes clear that He is the only saviour one can count on. And yes, He will not let you down. What about the reciprocal promise we make to Allah? When trouble subsides, do we keep it?
“It is He who enables you to travel on land and sea until, when you are in ships and they sail with them by a good wind and they rejoice therein, there comes a storm wind and the waves come upon them from everywhere and they assume that they are surrounded, supplicating Allah, sincere to Him in religion, “If You should save us from this, we will surely be among the thankful.” But when He saves them, at once they commit injustice upon the earth without right. O mankind, your injustice is only against yourselves, being merely the enjoyment of worldly life. Then to Us is your return, and We will inform you of what you used to do.” (10:22-23)
By being ‘forgetful’ all we do is slight Allah in a most treacherous way. We wheedle a favour out of Him and contrary to all laws of Islam and all laws of elementary politeness we turn our backs on Him. What this will lead to is nothing but indignation and wrath from Allah. And who would like to bear Allah’s indignation and wrath? The worst thing is, there will be no deliverance this time. Once Allah promises retribution, He will make good on His promise.
The only way to win Allah’s good grace is to remember Him at all times. “Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. Recognize and acknowledge Allah in times of ease and prosperity, and He will remember you in times of adversity.” (40 Hadith Nawawi, 19)
The true merit and credit are not earned when you are compelled to show your reverence to Allah. The true merit and credit are earned when seemingly you don’t have to. There is nothing bad happening. All is quiet on all fronts. You can attend to your day-to-day matters and your mind is occupied with other things. At times like these do not forget that Allah is watching you and noting the behaviour of yourself and of your neighbour who does not forget to give time to worship and prayer and to expressing his love to Allah. Not because calamity bites but simply because he loves Allah. When the time comes to beg for deliverance from adversity, whom will Allah remember? And who will He ‘forget’?
“Whoever wishes that Allah would respond to him during hardship and grief, then let him supplicate plentifully when at ease.” (at-Tirmidhi, 3382) Let us not forget our Maker at any times, let us not forget to pray to Him, to love Him and to serve Him when the skies are blue and let us be sure that when three layers of darkness envelope us like they did to Prophet Yunus, Allah Almighty shall dispel any of those with ease. That is His promise.