“And indeed We have created man, and We know whatever thoughts his inner self-develops, and We are closer to him than (his) jugular vein.” (Quran 50:16).
There was a particular day earlier this month where I was really anxious, and at the time, I knew that I needed to find comfort and soothing in something. Over the years journalling has been a great way for me to find clarity and understand my emotions better. So typically I picked up my phone and started writing. Before I knew it, I had written down the ayah above, and it was perfect. Exactly what I needed. Lately, I’ve been having similar moments, moments where I’m writing, or in situations where I’m reminded of a particular Ayah or Surah that gives me the solution that I need, Surah Yusuf being the latest one!
In his mercy, Allah SWT inspires us with what we need when we need it. It is important that we turn our hearts towards him because his knowledge encompasses everything that happens in our mind, heart, and soul. The ayah above was a reminder of the fact that Allah SWT is the only one that we can ever truly be vulnerable to. The one from whom there is no hiding place because even our inner thoughts are exposed to him. The internalisation of his closeness brought with it love, gratitude, tranquility and the understanding that truly there is no greater refuge than Allah SWT.
Whatever it is that you are going through, whatever you are experiencing, whatever it is that you need, know that Allah SWT has never left you and He will never leave you. His protection over you never ceases. And he takes care of your affairs in ways you cannot fathom. Even in the midst of the storm, he never stops pulling you close to him. So live life with the knowledge that he is always near and he has given you the best of gifts, testaments of his love for you: Dua, Salah and the Qur’an.
“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad SAW) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.”