In the darkest of the darkness

As salaam alaykum,

many of us go through ups and downs. Many of us are attacked by Shaytan not on a physical level, or on a level with our nafs, but on even deeper levels. Sometimes Shaytan is so clever to go undetected that he tries to attack the very foundations of our belief, of our imaan. In our times of need when we call out to Allah we can become despondent and impatient. Sometimes, just sometimes we may feel Allah is not answering our duas when astagfirullah if we remain patient a little longer our duas will be answered or we will see the hikmah behind such a trial.

In running through a rough patch I spoke to someone who offered me a very good example and some good advice.

In the Quran the Prophet Yunus’s story is told. He awoke to find himself in the belly of a whale or fish. The digestive excretions within a fish’s stomach are so strong no physical breakdown of food is needed. No munching or chewing. The acid is so strong it will dissolve the skin and flesh off the bones. Such digestive juices ate away and attacked Prophet Yunus’s (AS) skin. He was in desperate need.

The Prophet Yunus AS was in the depth of a fish, in the darkness of the sea, in the darkness of the night. Our trials, afflictions and tests are darknesses. Yunus AS was in three types of darkness. Darkness cubed for mathematicians . Yet the Prophet Yunus AS called out to Allah and was saved.

Within the Quran we are given his (AS) dua, which is a highly powerful dhikr that anyone can use ( Quran 21:87-88).
وَذَا النُّونِ إِذ ذَّهَبَ مُغَاضِبًا فَظَنَّ أَن لَّن نَّقْدِرَ عَلَيْهِ
And Dhan-Nûn when he went off in anger, and imagined that We shall not punish him (i.e. the calamites which had befallen him)
فَنَادَى فِي الظُّلُمَاتِ
But he cried through the darkness
أَن لَّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ
Lâ ilâha illa Anta[none has the right to be worshipped but You (O Allâh)],[above all that (evil) they associate with You]Truly, I have been of the wrong-doers.”
فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ وَنَجَّيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْغَمِّ
So We answered his call, and delivered him from the distress.
وَكَذَلِكَ نُنجِي الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
And thus We do deliver the believers (who believe in the Oneness of Allâh, abstain from evil and work righteousness).

May Allah elevate us from the darkness of this dunya with the light of Allah’s mercy. Ameen

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