The Heart Breaks but Love Survives

Ocean wave sparkling in the sun

Wael Abdelgawad | Reprinted from WaelAbdelgawad.com

An ocean wave is born.  In that instant it is glorious and unafraid. Sunlight shines through it as through emerald glass, and sparkles on the foam. The water crests high, the wall of blue as solid as any mountain. It knows its purpose and does not hesitate. That is its moment of worship and praise. All things glorify God in their way, even if we do not understand the manner of their speech. In this case, however, it is easy to behold.

A moment later the wave crashes upon the rocks, and the resulting streams of water retreat.

So it is with love.

Another wave comes. But is it another, or the same wave reforming itself? Surely some of the same water molecules that made up the previous wave are in this one too? And does it matter? The wave is not separate from the ocean, which is vast and unknowable. Each wave is an expression of the whole. This cannot be truly understood. It simply is, coming and going yet persisting, constantly changing but quiet and deep beyond the eyes of others.

So it is with the human heart. The heart breaks on the rocks of rejection or loss, but love survives.

Because love is faithful and innate it comes again and again, renewing itself, taking different forms, sometimes breaking apart in a tragic and beautiful rush, and in that moment feeling like a little death – and yet at the deepest level remaining pure and sincere, and as immortal as anything on earth.

So it is with life itself, I think.

– From the journal of Wael Abdelgawad, July 13, 2017

Give Me Something Better

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By Wael Abdelgawad | IslamicSunrays.com

The Messenger of Allah (sws) said: “There is no calamity that befalls one of the Muslims and he responds ‘Inna Lillahi wa inna ilahi raaji’oun, Allahumma ujurni fi museebati w’ukhluf li khayran minha,’ (Truly to Allah we belong & truly to Him we shall return, O Allah reward me in this calamity & compensate me with something better than it), but Allah will compensate him with something better than it.” (Muslim 918)

In other words, if you’ve lost something precious, or if disaster has hit you, and you respond with faith in Allah, asking Him to replace your loss with something better, then Allah will surely respond and give you something better.

SubhanAllah! What more could we ask? Allah is the only one who does this. If your house is destroyed, the insurance company will try to find a way to deny your claim, and if they finally pay then they will pay less than it’s worth.

The crucial thing is that the dua’ must be said in that moment of pain and loss, when you are really hurting. You can’t respond at first by saying, “Why did you do this to me Allah, I didn’t deserve this!” then months later when you’ve recovered somewhat, think you can say this dua’ and it will work for you.

The whole point is that in those moments when life is most difficult and you are totally thrown for a loop, you respond by turning to Allah. That’s the test. Those moments are the proving ground of your soul. If you can face Allah in those moments of agony and say – I trust You, all things return to You, I know you will give me something better – then indeed Allah will give you more than you can imagine.

May Allah give us the strength to remember Him and turn to Him instinctively in times of calamity and times of joy as well.

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