The Gift of Loss


Have you ever lost something or someone very dear to you? Have you felt pain because what you wanted really bad was ripped away from you? Have you worked yourself to the bone, only to lose the fruits of your labour? What was your response?

For me, I sometimes find myself muttering, “Ah… It’s just not my rezeki”.

There is nothing wrong with this statement. When we define rezeki only as something tangible like money, property or a person, losing that that is manifest and apparent is being deprived of rezeki.

However, I ask you gently to take a moment to think.  What if a loss pushes us to realise our humble state before Allah? What if it causes us submit to His will in the best way we know how? What if losing reminds us how temporal this world is, motivates us to be patient and nudges us to prioritise the true riches? Is that loss then not rezeki too?

My fellow seekers,  rezeki is all that which benefits you. It includes the gift of compassion in our hearts. It encompasses the reward of calmness to our soul. It also comprises of knowledge that allows us to understand. Practise husnuzon towards Allah. Allah is Ar-Razzaq. He is the Provider. Through depriving, He may actually be giving. Our minds can only grasp so much. Losing something only hurts us because of our incomprehension of Allah’s wisdom.

“And if you were to count Allah’s favors, you would not be able to number them; most surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”(Sūrah al-Nahl: 18)

Wallahu a’lam.


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