وَمَا تَشَاءُونَ إِلَّا أَن يَشَاءَ اللَّـهُ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ
And you can not want (to follow the straight path) except if Allah wants; Lord of all the worlds
Often when I reach the above ayat in the end of Surah At-Takwir, I get such a feeling in my heart as if Allah is telling me the most important thing of all which is strongly linked to the concept of Hidayat.
It is our belief that the guidance to the right way of life is the most precious thing in life because without knowing where to go, you cannot expect to reach your destination.
And we know very well that this precious blessing is given only to those who ask for it.
But most of us don’t realize that this blessing can go away if we don’t take care of it.
How does it happen?
Well it is human weakness that we take things for granted.
Allah is so very compassionate and generous that when we ask for the true knowledge and guidance and make all the efforts to prove our sincerity, He not only gives us the guidance but also blesses us with a desire to do good deeds.
Now imagine someone who not only knows what to do to achieve success but also has a strong desire to do those things. How can such a person fail?
But sometimes this person does not realize that his desire is not something that he “owns”.
And so he acquires an attitude of superiority over other people assuming that just because he loves to make Allah happy then he is so much better than others. He thinks as if it is somehow his own achievement.
And then this arrogance makes him non-serious in his commitments with Allah so much that slowly and imperceptibly the desire of doing good begins to fade away… in the beginning he might not notice it but surely one day he will find himself empty and depressed because he would have lost the most precious blessing which Allah had given him.
So what should be done? How to regain the lost glory?
As with all sins… the first thing to do is to admit your mistake. And feel the guilt…
Next be extremely conscious of the fact that hidayat or guidance is not self generated. It is only Allah who puts this energy and desire in our hearts. So if we have it then we must work even more to show our gratitude to Allah and on the other hand be extremely gentle, polite and humble in our dealings with people. Never make the mistake of looking down on anyone because it may very well happen that Allah gives him an even greater status due to some goodness which might not be apparent to you and deprives you of your goodness because of your arrogance.
After this sincere Taubah, we must re-new our promise with Allah and work hard to please him so that he takes us in the shade of His Mercy and re-energizes our heart with fresh energy and desire for good deeds.
And always remember that the wisdom to choose the right way of life and the will to act upon it is the greatest blessing of Allah for which we should be grateful by sharing this treasure with as many people as we can… if we want Allah to keep us in the shade of his Mercy forever.