Movin’ On Up

1147442_smile_symbol_2Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

So as we grow older (and possibly wiser!), it is only natural that we go forth and move on with our lives.

Sometimes the move is towards things that are bigger, better and brighter and sometimes the change is a little more modest but something of an improvement from what was there previously.

I should say that I write this post at a time when the people whom I know and love are ‘movin’ on up’ as it were and I also write with a nod to my situation as well.  What I would start with is the question, isn’t it easy to forget what we left behind?

Not only with something physical like changing your place of employment or place of residence, but even when something amazing happens which changes the emotional landscape of our mind and takes you to a higher mental state of wellbeing, it is sometimes too easy to forget what we left behind – too easy to forget where we came from and what we were feeling before.

And therein lies the danger…..

It is when we forget what we came through and the difficult and humble times we experienced before, that we do a great disservice to ourselves and forget the Bounty that Allah the Most Magnificent has granted us in the here and now.  Because indeed, the progression and successes that we go through in our lives are all due to the limitless Mercy of Allah.

And surprisingly enough, an increased wage, a better job, marriage and relocation to better climes – all of which would put smiles on our faces – are actually another test from Allah to see where we turn and how we react.

Do we become proud and say that our step up is due to our amazing ability, hard work and effort?  Or do we look inward and humbly thank Allah, the Creator of all that exists, for what He has bestowed upon us?

Do we change our outlook, perspective and attitude to life and act in a haughty manner befitting our making it into the ‘big time’?  Or do we remember who we are, where we came from and do what we can to help those who are less fortunate or even those of of our peers who want to achieve the same things we have?

Whatever we do, and however we may react, one thing is for sure, and that is that Allah is constantly watching us, with His Gaze fixed on the thoughts that cross our hearts and the actions we do both openly and secretly…..

You see, it is all to easy for us to cry out in times of despair and ask Allah for help or even (and may Allah protect us from doing such a thing) cry out and ask, ‘why me?’

But it is when we’re flying high, when we are on top of the world, when everything is going our way, the way we planned it, the way we dreamed it, that we have to take a step back, take a moment and remember, that it is only through the Mercy of my Lord that I am here, and through His Will that things stand as they are and I am so happy and content.

Yes, it may be a difficult thing to do, but do we must!  That is the true test of a Mu’min (Believer) and that is the thing which pleases Allah.

So yeah, my Du’as (prayers) are with you all and may Allah give you all that is best in this world and the Akhirah (Hereafter), but through it all we’ve gotta remember who we are, where we came from and what we’ve been through to get there.  Never must we forget the times that we tried so hard and failed.  Never must we forget the pain we endured.  Never must we forget the tears that stung our faces – we must never forget, so that now, when things are better alhumdulillah (all Praise belongs to Allah), we thank Allah profusely so that we show Him that we humbly submit and acknowledge His favour and bounty upon us.

I dedicate this post to all my family and friends, to acquaintances I have left behind (but not forgotten!) and new ones that I have made along the way.  And of course, to all of my readers.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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One Response to “Movin’ On Up”

  1. Great post, can relate to it well.

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