Life is full of highs and lows. Without exception, every person has a challenge or difficulty in their life. These difficulties can sometimes feel overwhelming to the point where one sees no way out and despairs. Those who lose all hope in life sometimes resort to taking their own life. And do not kill yourselves. Surely, God is Rahīm toward you (Qur’ān 4:29). The word raḥma, often mistranslated as mercy, conveys the meaning of love and compassion. The Qur’ān teaches that one should never lose hope of despair from God’s raḥma.
Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) was betrayed by his family, kidnapped, sold into slavery, falsely accused of adultery, and imprisoned. His father Yaqub (Jacob) was full of sorrow but never lost hope despite the fact that Joseph was gone for decades. O my sons (said Prophet Jacob)! Go you and enquire about Yusuf (Joseph) and his brother, and never give up hope of raḥma of Allah. Certainly no one despairs of Allah’s raḥma, except the people who disbelieve (Qur’ān 12:87). In the end, Joseph became the minister of Egypt and was reunited with his family. Until today people throughout the world read the story of Joseph with awe and inspiration. Had Joseph known this it would have made all of his difficulties much easier. This does not mean that Jacob and Joseph did not feel pain. In fact, Jacob was so sad even after decades that his children thought he was going to perish in sorrow: They said: “By God! You will never cease remembering Yusuf (Joseph) until you become weak with old age, or until you be of the dead.” “He said: ‘I only complain of my grief and sorrow to God.” (Quran 12:86-7). #islam #islamicteaching #quran #taqwah #prayer #dua #allahisgreat #mercy #prophetmohammad #taqwah #deen #taqwa #muslim #alhamdulillah #muslimah #forgiveness #tawbah #allahforgivesyou #reminder #rahma #eveningstar #lotr - 2 months ago