Today I was reflecting on endings and how we as human beings love neat endings. Whether it’s because of films or the books we love, we like things wrapped up and tied in a bow. But truthfully how often does that happen? Our life tends to be a series of events with different arcs and twists thrown in and it can get discouraging when the ending to the ‘story’ so to speak, isn’t clear. As I was thinking about this, I remembered a point from one of my favourite series: The Prophetic Dynasty where Brother Wisam Sharieff mentions that one of the first things Allah created was the pen. And Allah commanded it to write the decree of everything until the end of time.
So whilst we don’t know the neat endings to our stories, or why we are being tested with a particular challenge, the takeaway for me is to have an awareness that the best Writer is in control of my story. Think about the story of Yusuf in the Qur’an which is the only story that is presented in one surah. From our human understanding, the sequence of events that are narrated would seem to be leading to the exact opposite of Yusuf as’s destiny. Yet Allah as the best of planners, orders these events in such a way that it leads Yusuf directly to his destiny. To reiterate, the lesson for me is to let go of the obsession that every element of my story has to make sense right now. It is important that we all have belief and certainty in the knowledge that Allah wants good for us, after all, He is Al-Wadud, The Loving.
Know that Allah is guiding you to an even greater future and ending than you could have ever imagined for yourself because He is your Rabb, who nurtures and sustains you. Your job is to place your trust in Him and make choices that reflect that trust.
Continuing on that train of thought it got me thinking about Allah’s name as Al-Afuw, the one who forgives in such a way that he leaves no trace of the deeds. It is completely wiped off. As I mentioned in this morning’s post, I was scrolling through my diary and reading entries from three to five years ago and it was amazing to me how much I had forgotten. If I didn’t journal I would probably only remember 40% of my life experiences. Even if I wanted to record every single moment, it would not be possible. But guess who has a collection of every single thing that we do? Allah. He has it all. Everything we say, who we talked to, moments of joy, moments of sadness, everything that we do is being recorded in our book which will be presented to us on the Day of Judgement. Therefore we are all writers. With every action that we take, we are writing our life stories. And whilst you might not remember every moment, there is someone who does. Understanding this in the context of Allah’s name as Al-Afuw, isn’t it beautiful that when we turn to Allah and ask him for forgiveness, Allah not only forgives us but he erases the pages of our sins completely? It’s like tearing out a page from a book or blotting paragraphs.
But, the most humbling part for me is that every single moment that we are alive is an opportunity not only to write new stories but to completely change the stories that we wrote before. As long as we are alive, Allah reminds us through his attributes that nothing is off the table as long as we ask Him for forgiveness.
Ramadan is a couple of weeks away and it is indeed a month of transformation. It is a month where we get to write new chapters with Allah and new stories. As I mentioned earlier, everything was written before we were born, but guess what changes destiny? Dua. You have to listen to the Prophetic Dynasty series to fully appreciate the power of dua in our lives because that’s another post in itself.
May we be of those who witness this blessed month and who have the consciousness, every day to make choices and write stories that honour us and reflect our love for our creator, Ameen.
Join the conversation below by letting me know 1) An attribute of Allah that you’ve reflected on recently and 2) what your favourite Islamic books are. I’m looking for new recommendations.