YOU WILL LOVE ME LATER
Once a little girl went shopping with her dad to a local store. After having picked up the necessities they needed the father and daughter made their way to the till point. As they passed through the aisles of the supermarket a doll in the toy aisle caught the little girl’s attention. She ran to the doll and clutching it tightly asked her dad to buy it for her. The little girl pleaded with her Dad to buy her the doll but the Dad in a gentle but firm tone said No explaining to the little girl that he couldn’t afford it right now. The little girl burst into tears and angrily shouted, “I hate you Dad!”
Normally a parent would be annoyed at such an outburst from a child but here the father kept his composure and was not moved at all. All he did was just smile at the little girl, put his hand on her head and gently patting her said, “That’s alright dear. You’ll love me later”.
The above incident can be so perfectly related to our relationship with our Creator!
How often in our lives have we cried and thrown a fit when we didn’t get what we wanted or when things did not turn out the way we expected them to be no matter how hard we tried. How often have we become disappointed and angry at Allah Ta’ala when we felt that our fervent supplications weren’t being answered? How many of us sometimes question His will when we are deeply hurt? These are nothing but our outbursts resulting from disappointment which changes us and our attitudes towards Allah Ta’ala. However, through them all, Allah Ta’ala never changes His attitude towards us in the least bit. He still remains patient, loving, and kind with us despite the fact that He could punish us instantly for such insolent behaviour. Allah Ta’ala knows that we don’t really understand why certain things happen the way they did. He knows that our anger and outbursts is the stepping stones to our spiritual growth in this world. And he also knows that we will love Him later, when we understand better, just like the little girl in the story above.
Allah Ta’ala loves us all so much and so dearly. He will never treat us unjustly or burden us with that which we cannot bear.
Hadrat Umar Bin Khattab Radiyallaahu Anhu relates that some prisoners were brought before Allah’s Messenger Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam and amongst them was a woman who was frantically searching for someone in the crowd. When she found a baby amongst the prisoners, she took it in her arms, cradled it next to her chest and suckled it. On seeing this affection of the woman towards the infant the Messenger of Allah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam said: “Do you think that this woman would ever throw her child into the fire?” We (the companions) said: ‘By Allah, Never!’ He Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam then said: “Allah is more merciful to His believing servants than that mother could ever be to her child.” [Bukhari & Muslim]
We are all Allah Ta’ala’s children and His love for every one of us is deep and profound regardless of how rebellious we become at times. And because in spiritual growth we are still lacking and need to grow we don’t know all the answers. This is why we need to trust and believe in Our Allah Ta’ala’s Love and give Him ours as well in the form of being obedient to Him at all times-even when He says no to some of our wants! This denial now is only because He knows what is good for us and what is not at that particular point in time. Only when our Imaan reaches the levels of complete faith and trust in Him we will understand and accept fully His decisions! In the meantime we need to love Him unconditionally! This is a sign of true and pure belief.