A NEW HOPE…but only hope!

A NEW HOPE…but only hope!

Our country faces one of its worst droughts in history. Ulama have already told us the reasons for this catastrophe which is nothing but the floods of sin that have ravaged our lives. Not only have we been briefed on the causes but the Qur’aanic solution and prescription have also been provided viz: sincere taubah and returning to Allah Ta’ala again so that He can once again shower upon us His mercies in the form of much needed rain.

However many may feel that we’ve gone too far into the road of sin and turning back would be pointless or even futile. The following incident is one that refutes this and provides every sinful person with a renewed sense of hope in the mercy of Allah Ta’ala.

It is narrated that in the days when Nabi Musa Alaihis Salaam wandered with the Bani Israaeel (Children of Israel) in the desert, an intense drought befell them. Together, they raised their hands towards the heavens praying for the blessed rain to come. And then, to the astonishment and dismay of Nabi Musa Alaihis Salaam and all those watching, the few scattered clouds that were in the sky vanished, the heat poured down, and the drought intensified.

At this juncture it was revealed to Nabi Musa Alaihis Salaam that there was a sinner amongst the tribe of Bani Israaeel (Children of Israel) who had disobeyed Allah Ta’ala for more than forty years of his life. The divine instruction was:

"Let him separate himself from the congregation," Allah Ta’ala said to Nabi Musa Alaihis Salaam. "Only then shall I shower you all with rain."

Nabi Musa Alaihis Salaam gathered his people and addressed them saying: "There is a person amongst us who has constantly disobeyed Allah Ta’ala for forty years. Let him separate himself from the congregation and only then shall we be rescued from the drought."

The man who this instruction was directed to, fell into a state of shame and despondency. How could he leave the gathering un-noticed he thought to himself. He could not imagine the shame that would fall upon him if he were to be exposed. He scratched his head thinking of a plan and then looking left and right, hoping that someone else would step forward, but no one did. Sweat poured forth from his brow and he knew that he was the only one. The man knew that if he stayed amongst the congregation all would die of thirst and that if he stepped forward he would be humiliated for all eternity.

He raised his hands with a sincerity he had never known before, with humility he had never tasted, and as tears poured down on both cheeks he said, "O Allah, have mercy on me! O Allah, hide my sins! O Allah, forgive me!"

As Nabi Musa Alaihis Salaam and the people of Bani Israaeel (Children of Israel) patiently and anxiously waited for the sinner to step forward, the clouds hugged the sky and then in almost a flash the heavens opened up and the rain poured.

 Nabi Musa Alaihis Salaam and his people were somewhat dumbfounded. After all no one had left the gathering so how was it that Allah Ta’ala still sent the rains upon them.

 Nabi Musa Alaihis Salaam asked Allah Ta’ala, "O Allah, you have blessed us with rain even though the sinner did not come forward."

 Allah Ta’ala replied, "O Musa, it is for the repentance of that very person that I blessed all of Bani Israaeel (Children of Israel) with rain."

However Nabi Musa Alaihis Salaams curiosity did not end there. Now he was eager to know who this blessed man was and he  asked Allah Ta’ala to reveal to him the identity of this man who had sinned for forty years.

Allah Ta’ala replied, "O Musa, I hid his sins for forty years, do you think that after his repentance I shall expose him?" O Musa Alaihis Salaam do you think it is becoming of Me as your Rabb who is Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem to expose him to you?"

Today the ummah is plagued by hardships and difficulties of all sorts and at all levels. Globally it is millions of our brethren who are homeless, displaced and suffering abject poverty. On the home front it is the drought that has gripped the country. If we are going to be hopeful of a change in conditions then that hope can be one and only. In the form of Our Allah Ta’ala! No negotiations, peace talks, water conservation methods etc can do what Allah Ta’ala can do. In one of his Duaas our beloved Nabi Sallallaahu Alahi wa Sallam very beautifully highlighted this fact when he said, “There is no refuge nor sanctuary except with you O Allah”!

Today the heaviness of sins have weighed down on the Ummah and regardless of how much our Ulama are warning us of the disastrous consequences of sin we seem to have turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to these warnings. These sins are fast shaping our bleak destinies and continue to add to our miseries. Each new day it seems the Ummah faces another dark challenge. It is the promise of Allah Ta’ala that He will only change our conditions if we are to change ourselves. This too we all know fully but sadly the efforts to change are very little or almost non-existent. Everyone seems to be content with the lives they are leading. When we are faced by a problem then we harness our own energies and attempt to solve the problem. Little do we realise that our current situations could well be the direct consequence of turning away from Allah Ta’ala and the message of His beloved Nabi Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam.

The truth be told we are the architects of our own lamentable and pitiable situations. The governing law of Allah Ta’ala is simple and straight forward. Prosperity and prosperous conditions are for the pious. The impious reap nothing but misery and hardships.

In the end the call which will put an end to this absence of rain, is for nothing but Istighfaar (Repenting to Allah Ta’ala)-Naturally Istighfaar according to what Qur’aan and Sunnah dictates! This is the clear and unambiguous Qur’aanic solution to this predicament. Allah Ta’ala says in Surah Nuh, verses 10 and 11:

“Seek the pardon of your Rabb (Lord) for verily He is Oft-Forgiving. He will send down upon you the skies in torrents.”

Today it is a drought that has befallen us. Allah Ta’ala forbid that tomorrow we face the full might of an oppressive government like other countries. Our drought could well be the cloud with the silver lining-the silver lining is the wake-up call which we all need to heed. This message may be old news to some of us and may sound like a stuck record of the Ulama but then again this is the ultimate truth. There is no other angle or perspective to it!

May Allah Ta’ala first and foremost grant us all the taufeeq of turning to Him through the medium of Taubah and Istighfaar and May He with His power and might open up the skies once again upon us, Aameen.

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