Pain is not without purpose.

وَإِن يَمْسَسْكَ ٱللَّهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلَا كَاشِفَ لَهُۥٓ إِلَّا هُوَ وَإِن يُرِدْكَ بِخَيْرٍ فَلَا رَآدَّ لِفَضْلِهِۦ يُصِيبُ بِهِۦ مَن يَشَآءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِۦ وَهُوَ ٱلْغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ (١٠٧) ١٠-يونس

Chapter 10 : Yunus, Verse: 107 and ‘If Allah touches you with harm, none can undo it except Him. And if He intends good for you, none can withhold His bounty. He grants it to whoever He wills of His servants. And He is the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’” (107) 10-Jonas

The difficulties, tests, road blocks, heartbreaks, debilitating situations … all ugly .. all unwanted. The tears, fears,shocked expressions.The why, the how … the missed warnings, the forgetfulness and in some cases the arrogant brush offs, all resulting as, falling to our knees, crumbling egos, a mirror to our nothingness. We can’t make sense of the pain, we can’t stop the test in the moment…

We all have to pass through it, live it,process it and learn something.

What we learn or unlearn was the purpose, what we become or change was the meaning of it all. What we will be rewarded for is the patience, endurance and even gratitude.

It astounds me that Yaqub Aleyhe Salam cried his eyes to blindness… due to grief .. he missed his son, Yusuf Aleyhe Salam. I often think he was a prophet, he must have known Yusuf Aleyhe Salam is safe, he must have known they will meet someday. He must have … and Allah mentions that he says he will patiently endure his grief… صبرٌ جمیل and yet he went blind … he grieved until his time was up .. until he smelled Yusuf Aleyhe Salam shirt. Until Allah had decreed.

Our pains, worries, griefs are decreed… and so is their relief.

Dear soul, exert your effort in building Sabr.. patience… for that is in your control, build your dua, that is in your control, build your trust in Allah, that definitely is in your control … it’s all temporary dear soul … it shall all pass. He is All forgiving, Most Merciful.

He knows what you and I cannot fathom. We aren’t made to control, we are made to endure.

If control was our purpose, we would have wiped out our species long time ago.

Greed, fear, corruption nothing would have let us survive.

But you and I are here …. still breathing, still procreating….our purpose….to live! Live to the fullest of our means, live to the fullest of our potential, live to the fullest of our God given senses.