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"O God, why did You do this to me?"
If anyone has a right to ask that question, it would be Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) - but he never did.
Even during the lowest point of his life i.e. the incident at Taif, what he said to God was simply, "If there is no anger from You on me, then I will forever be content."
And you were not at the side of the mount when We called [Moses] but [you were sent] as a mercy from your Lord to warn a people to whom no warner had come before you that they might be reminded.
And if (We had) not (sent you to the people of Makkah) in case a calamity should seize them for (the deeds) that their hands have sent forth, they would say: "Our Lord! Why did You not send us a Messenger? We should then have followed Your Ayat (Verses of the Quran) and should have been among the believers."
[Quran, Surah Al-Qasas, Verses 46 & 47]
The Prophet (peace be upon him) came to us to get rid of the excuses that we may have. His whole life was a testimony against any excuse that we can come up with, in any area of our lives.
In any good or bad situation that we may face, the minute we find an excuse, we should remember the Prophet (peace be upon him) and think about how he would react if he was in the same situation as us.
Amazing man he was. He provided an example for every situation mankind was facing, are facing, and will face. The examples are there, embedded in the stories of his life.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
“How amazing is the affair of the believer. There is good for him in everything and that is for no one but the believer. If good times come his way, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him, and if hardship comes his way, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.”
[Recorded by Imam Muslim]
Knowing this is therapeutic, because it shows us that there is good in any and every situation - good or bad, whether we see it or not. Whatever good we gain, he gained better, but he was more grateful. Whatever bad we suffer, he suffered worse, but he was more patient.
He is our ultimate example. An example we can follow, despite our shortcomings.
Wipe your tears, come what may,
You will be the one to say,
I'll be alright, I'll be okay,
Keeping all my worries at bay,
Finding the white within the grey.
We're not here to stay anyway,
It's a journey. Remember that everyday,
And that we'll arrive safely home one day,
And we work, we hope, and we pray,
That we'll be among those who obey.
You'll be alright, you'll be okay,
Allah is with you, you won't go astray.
In the end, it's all good.