Allaah knows and you do not…

Allaah, the Most Wise, said:

“Jihad (holy fighting in Allah’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” {2:216}

Ibn Kathir commented:

“This Ayah is general in meaning. Hence, one might covet something, yet in reality it is not good or beneficial for him, such as refraining from joining the Jihad, for it might lead to the enemy taking over the land and the government.”

This ayah, therefore, can be applied to various other situations, other than the Jihad which is specified. The Muslim may seek something in this life which Allaah knows is detrimental for his well-being, his happiness and most dangerously, his religion. Allaah is Wise, and may decree that the slave does not attain this desire in this life as it is in actuality better for him not to.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

Inversely, it may be that the slave is afflicted with something that appears to be bad for him/her but in reality it is a means of increasing his faith and elevating his rank in this life and the Hereafter.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

It is imperative for the Muslim to accept the decree of Allaah and be pleased with it even if their hearts are overcome by emotion. The Muslim should not let emotion hinder him from saying and acting in a way that is pleasing to Allaah. If it is a Shari’ah ruling his heart should be content and fulfilled in hearing and obeying, even if he may not understand the wisdom behind it.

Allaah said:

“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.” {33:36}

Allaah is Most Just and Most Wise and though we may not understand the wisdom behind a specific ruling, there most certainly is a great wisdom behind it.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

If it is an ailment or affliction, he/she should be patient and know that everything is good for the believer and this may be a means of erasing sins and earning good deeds.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

 If it is a particular trial with a husband, wives, family, health, property or wealth, he/she is comforted that everything is decreed by the One who is merciful, kind to His slaves and fully able to relieve this trial for him/her. So tawakkul (trust) and patience are what is required and the trial will soon be alleviated by the permission of Allaah.

“Allah knows but you do not know.”

 May Allaah make it easy for the Muslimeen to rely on Him alone and to keep firm in His obedience. May the Salaah and Salaam of Allaah be upon the Messenger, his wives, companions and all those that follow them in righteousness until the Day of Resurrection.


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