Our lives have become so complicated and so busy. With so many excuses at the tip of our tongue, it is easy to just put aside the Quran. This Ramadhan, I am reminded to read the holy Quran daily and reflect on the holy words.
"Those who were deniers were really enemies to themselves They were striking at themselves the blows that they struck An enemy is one who strikes at another's life Someone destroying his own life is not an enemy to others." - Rumi
I found this verse today - it got me thinking of many of the persons in my life......
"On no soul does God place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. Oh Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector; help us against those who stand against Faith." 2:286
The last few months have been unbelievably difficult. 5 years of caring for sickly difficult elderly in-laws (whose 8 other children & relatives, their own flesh & blood, have chosen to ignore & neglect) has had its toll on us (mentally, emotionally, physically and financially). One consolation to me is that Allah swt will give to these people what they deserve in the afterlife. I just cannot understand how people (the entire extended family) who have been brought up in the Faith, could turn out to be so bad. Do they not think of the consequences?! I used to say the above verse (& the 2 preceding ones) at least twice daily. What happened?! Too many distractions. I guess that is what these trials do - distract us from turning to Him often.