Thursday 23 June 2022

Allah creates doors that did not exist before

In one's life there come many a occasion when one feels hit against a wall and nothing seems to be working out in his favour. Every corner from where he could expect help seems to be obscured and all the supposed help hands gradually retract, leave one all alone, depressed, dejected and demoralized. 

Under such trying times, many lose hope of any help and may even end their lives in sheer desperation. But men of faith never ever lose hope for they know that no matter what, there shall be help from Allah for He is the Creator of everything that exists and He never shirk from patronizing His creations and takes care of them, though in His own way. So He "CREATES" doors that never existed before. Taken metaphorically one may see avenues opening and pulling him into  one of them and opening other vistas for him. But spiritually, it is Allah Who injects ideas and guided tips into one's otherwise puzzled mind that open knots and help in clearing the thought process so that one can work on options he would have never thought before.

This creating and opening of doors is one of the many attributes of Allah: Al Fattah " الْفَتَّاحُ ", the Opener, the Revealer and the Informer. Thus when does not find any ray of hope to take him of his hard times, and he really believes that Allah will come to his help, Allah opens up his mind and lets him see things and ideas that were hitherto obscured from him.
The word for "Fattah" comes from the root word fataha (فتاحة). Fataha means to open, grant, explain, disclose, to make victorious or let out. The name of first surah of the Quran, Al-Fatiha, is based on this same root, and is generally translated as The Opener, or The Opening. The Arabic word miftâhî, translated as key, means that which opens or unlocks, is also based on this same root.
And when help or mercy of Allah is accorded to the people, none can withhold it. That is once a door of opportunity has been created, none other than Allah can close it. It will remain opened so long a man believes and has firm faith in Allah. The 2nd verse of Surah 35. Al Fatir explains:

مَا يَفۡتَحِ اللّٰهُ لِلنَّاسِ مِنۡ رَّحۡمَةٍ فَلَا مُمۡسِكَ لَهَا ۚ وَمَا يُمۡسِكۡ ۙ فَلَا مُرۡسِلَ لَهٗ مِنۡۢ بَعۡدِه ؕ وَهُوَ الۡعَزِيۡزُ الۡحَكِيۡمُ‏ 
(35:2) Whatever Mercy Allah accords to people, none can withhold; and whatever He withholds, no other will be able to release after Him. He is Most Mighty, Most Wise.
This is also meant to remove the misunderstanding of the polytheists, who believed that from among the servants of Allah, someone gave them the provision, someone the children and someone health to their patients. All these superstitions of shirk are baseless, and the pure truth is just that whatever of mercy reaches the people, reaches to them only through Allah Almighty’s bounty and grace. No one else has the power either to bestow it or to withhold it. This theme has been expressed at many places in the Quran and the Ahadith in different ways so that man may avoid the humiliation of begging at every door and at every shrine and may realize that making or marring of his destiny is in the power of One Allah alone and of none else.
“He is the All-Mighty”: He is dominant and the owner of Sovereignty: none can stop His judgments from being enforced. Also “He is All-Wise”: every act of His is based on wisdom. When He gives somebody something He gives because it is demanded by wisdom, and when He withholds something from somebody, He withholds it because it would be against wisdom to give it.
That means one can only rely on Divine help in testing times and when in distress one should never lose sight of Divine Help which is always at hand provided one invokes Allah's mercy and having form faith in getting out of his miseries.

Allah, the Al Fattah, also unties the knots of a confused mind when one is pitched against two ways: The Right One and the one of the one of those who were wretched and despite knowing the truth chose the way to blazing fire of hell. A mind which has openness and fertility, will certainly chose the Sirat al Mustaqeem, the straight guiding path and is always blessed.  

May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others life miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so  that they are able to discuss issues with Non Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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