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Things Are Not Always As They Seem

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem.

Things are not always as they seem. Let us analyse this statement from an Islamic perspective.

Noah started making his ark in a desert. His friends made fun of him saying, ‘where is water?’ ‘Are you going to sail the ship in the desert?’ He had to tolerate their taunting remarks. Who won ultimately?

Musa’s mother threw her infant son in the river. Did he die?

Yusuf’s jealous and scheming brothers threw him in a well. Was that the end of Yusuf?

Ibrahim was thrown in the fire. Did the fire harm him?

When Imran’s wife delivered the baby-girl, Maryam, she regretted for not having delivered a baby boy. Was she right? Is not Maryam one among the four great women of the world? Did she not become the blessed mother of Prophet Isa!

When Musa left Egypt along with Bani Israeel, he lost his way in the cover of darkness and had to face Red Sea, and no way to ‘escape’! Who realised that very moment that the apparent danger to Musa and his followers would turn out to be the end of the mighty Phir’oun!

Abrahah, the Christian governor, left Yemen with a huge army of men and elephants, with the evil intention of demolishing Ka’bah. Did he achieve success?

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions left everything behind in Makkah and migrated to Madinah. Was it an acceptance of his ‘defeat’ at the hands of the pagan Arabs?

At the Treaty of Hudaibiyyah, the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) were greatly upset because the Prophet agreed to all the terms of the Treaty dictated by the enemies of Truth and the terms were seemingly unfavourable to the Muslims. What happened later?

Abu Jandal was crying as he was captured during the Treaty of Hudaibiyyah and the enemies had put chains around him. He screamed: Help! Help!!  None helped. It appeared as if the Prophet was pushing his companion into the jaws of death. Who had the last laugh?

Many such situations are found in the stories of the past nations. The start of the situation might indicate the end would be unpleasing. But if you read the complete story, you will realise that Allah has a plan which brings out a fruitful result.

At times in our life we are faced with certain difficulties, it might seem that it is a punishment being given out but it actually turns out to be a blessing from Allah. Our duty is to stay patient and realize that He is the All-Knowing! Patience, courage, and determination can be gained by reading the numerous inspiring stories mentioned in the Qur’an and Hadeeth.

Let’s have a brief explanation to the three incidents quoted above.

Prophet Nuh faced taunting remarks from his nation. But he did not become discouraged. He kept on following the orders of Allah. He and his followers were saved from Allah’s punishment. As for the disbelievers among his nation, they were punished because of their arrogance. We learn from his story the importance of following the orders of Allah, making Him our priority, ignoring the pressure put by those who have a blindfold on their eyes!

Musa’s mother had faith in Allah, which gave her the courage to put her new born baby in a river. As a result Allah kept her baby safe and returned him to his mother. He also granted her son Prophethood. It is very difficult for a mother to give up her baby. Who could dare to put one’s baby in a river? But this mother did that. Her deep faith in Allah made it easier for her to accept Allah’s decision.

After Yusuf was thrown in the well by his brothers it seemed he would not have survived. But the result turned out to be different. He was afraid but then he recalled his father’s love and affection. Yusuf prayed to Allah for help. He was not afraid anymore. This incident instilled in him patience and courage.

Yunus was swallowed by a fish, Musa was puzzled at the acts of Khizer, Ja’far ibn Abi Talib had to confront Negus, Ali ibn Abi Talib had to sleep on the bed of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) risking his life on the night of migration, Prophet Muhammad had to surrender to Allah’s will when he lost his sons and consequently had to face the taunting remarks of the Quraysh calling him ‘Abtar’!

Yet look at how they turned out for them in the end. So do not despair of Allah’s Mercy!

Have patience especially during difficult times. Patience is a virtue and if conquered, its fruit will be sweet. Remember, after every difficulty there is ease. Allah does not want to hurt his beloved servants. All hard times teach a lesson or two. It makes one courageous to survive in the world. It teaches one to be fearless of everything except of Allah.

Allah has a plan for everything. He has a plan for you as well!

وَاللَّـهُ غَالِبٌ عَلَىٰ أَمْرِهِ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

“…And Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know.” Surah Yusuf 12:21

Sal-lal-laahu ‘Ala Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu ‘Alaihi WaSallam.

Jazakallaahu Khayra for reading this post.

December 11, 2011 - Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Jazak Allah Khair, that was very inspiring.

    Comment by Ahmed SAJ Ahmed | December 11, 2011 | Reply

    • Barakallah Feek, dear brother.

      Comment by MuQeet | December 11, 2011 | Reply

  2. Asalamu ‘alaykum,

    Akhee may Allaah the Most High reward you with good and bless you. Shukran for the beautiful reminder.


    Comment by Abu Fouzaan Qaasim | December 11, 2011 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam, brother. Jazakallah Khayr.

      Comment by MuQeet | December 12, 2011 | Reply

  3. salamu alaykum
    you are telling about the Quran and Sahih Hadith masha allah; why the lady picture in bottom of your blog?

    Comment by niymathulla | December 14, 2011 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam. What? A picture in my blog?
      Im shocked! I don’t know how it is shown; from where it has come.
      It is not showing here. Allah Kareem.

      Comment by MuQeet | December 14, 2011 | Reply

  4. Abu Jandal was crying as he was captured during the Treaty of Hudaibiyyah and the enemies had put chains around him. He screamed: Help! Help!! None helped. It appeared as if the Prophet was pushing his companion into the jaws of death. Who had the last laugh?
    Can you let me know more about this story? I have never heard about it before.
    By the way, the adverts did not appear on my screen.
    JazakAllah Akhi for the great post!
    Praise to Allah for giving you the idea and knowledge to write this post.

    Comment by Suhailah | December 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Dear sister, Wa alaikumus salam.

      I have read about the story of Abu Jandal (radhi allahu anhu) long back, in different books on seerah. And I mentioned this point while writing the article from my memory, alhamdulillah.

      Since you have asked for further reference, here it is:

      “It was during this time while the treaty was being written that Abu Jandal, Suhail’s son, appeared on the scene. He was brutally chained and was staggering with privation and fatigue. The Prophet [pbuh] and his Companions were moved to pity and tried to secure his release but Suhail was adamant and said: “To signify that you are faithful to your contract, an opportunity has just arrived.” The Prophet [pbuh] said: “But the treaty was not signed when your son entered the camp.” Upon this, he burst forth and said, “but the terms of the treaty were agreed upon.” It was indeed an anxious moment. On the one hand, Abu Jandal was lamenting at the top of his voice, “Am I to be returned to the polytheists that they might entice me from my religion, O Muslims!” but, on the other hand, the faithful engagement was also considered to be necessary, above all other considerations. The Prophet’s heart welled up with sympathy, but he wanted to honour his word at all costs. He consoled Abu Jandal and said, “Be patient, resign yourself to the Will of Allâh. Allâh is going to provide for you and your helpless companions relief and means of escape. We have concluded a treaty of peace with them and we have taken the pledge in the Name of Allâh. We are, therefore, under no circumstances prepared to break it.” ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab could not help giving vent to the deep-seated agony of his heart. He rose to his feet uttering words implying deep hatred and extreme indignation and requested Abu Jandal to take his sword and kill Suhail, but the son spared his father. However, in silent resignation, Abu Jandal was taken away with his chains.” (mentioned in Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtum, page 404, 405, published by Darussalam)


      Click to access the-sealed-nectar.pdf

      Jazakillah Khayr for your kind words, dear sister.

      Comment by MuQeet | December 15, 2011 | Reply

  5. Great great writing…lovely

    Comment by Kaniz Fathema | December 1, 2013 | Reply

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  7. Subhanallah,

    your posts are very inspiring especially for me who is facing difficulties in life.

    May Allah bless you and me and all the readers of this blog.

    Comment by fajar | May 26, 2015 | Reply

    • Aameen to your du’aa.
      Jazakillaahu khayra for your appreciation.
      All praise belongs to Allah alone.
      Baarakallahu feek.

      Comment by MuQeet | May 26, 2015 | Reply

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