Talk to the best listener(DW# 760)

Our verse for reflection today is from Chapter 12, Sura Yusuf (Joseph).

When Prophet Yusuf (as) is separated from his father Prophet Yaqub (Job) (as), Yaqub (as) is so grief stricken that his other sons fear for his life and wellbeing. To them, he replies:

I complain of my anguish and grief only to Allah [Holy Quran 12:86]

There are times in our lives when we are so distraught that we do not know where to turn. If we are lucky, we have good friends, family and others who can listen to us for a bit, who provide the much needed support and guidance at times when we are unable to make it through on our own. But we sometimes get frustrated when, despite their best intentions, they fail to truly "get us". Or we may be wary of stretching the limits of people’s goodwill and support. We are concerned that their patience with us will run out well before our troubles or grief have run it’s course.

At times like this, let us remind ourselves that His door is always open. We can share with trust and comfort knowing that He will listen without tiring of us. That He has our best interests at heart and the power to change our outer circumstances and/or our inner capacity to deal with the challenges. That He understands us better than we understand ourselves.
At times of grief and trouble, let us pour the contents of our hearts and souls onto His willing ears.
To complain before Allah is not to question and complain against His decree. We can accept His decree for us and still be in pain about it. To complain to God means to share our pain, to open up our hearts, to talk to Him and find solace in communication with the Divine.

As Imam Ali (as) says in Nahjul Balagha; Invoke Him to grant you your heart’s desire, lay before Him the secrets of your heart, tell Him about all the calamities that have befallen you and misfortunes which face you, and beseech His help to overcome them.

And this brings us to the end of this years’ Ramadan Edition of Daily Wisdom. Alhamdullilah.

I pray that some of what we have discussed and reflected on will stay with us through the year and help us in living up to our values and to our full potential. Ameen.

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Eid. May we find ways to connect with Him and with each other in meaningful ways through these challenging times and still find plenty of reasons to be grateful and joyful inshallah.

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