Every person experiences occasions during his or her life
time where he or she is suffering, struggling, worrying or
mourning or is under pressure in some other way due to
circumstances. In most cases, the pressure starts at a point,
reaches its peak and then gradually starts to get lighter and
then perishes. If we consider the start of this process to be
point A and the end of it to be point B, what is really
happening is that the person is carrying this pressure along
from point A to point B. What we are trying to explain here
can be best described and illustrated with a typical example
of such a journey from point A to B:
Zayd is diagnosed with a disorder of his blood system on
Monday (this is point A). He has given a blood test and is now
waiting for the results that are expected in about a month’s
time (that will be point B). No matter what Zayd does and how
he takes this, he needs to take a journey from point A to
point B. Now, Zayd can do this in two ways:
1. Zayd has started the journey from A to B. He is
extremely worried. Every day, and in fact, every hour he
imagines being diagnosed with the most terrible disease that
could ruin his life and all his ambitions. He sometimes tries
to forget it and think positively but many times, he just
loses it. He sometimes thinks optimistically and sometimes
pessimistically but in both cases, the basis of his thoughts
and the evidence and assumptions he bases them on are not that
2. Zayd is smiling. He is happy and honoured to be given an
opportunity to challenge his soul and use the occasion to
become a stronger believer. He puts all his trust in God, not
meaning that he is sure that God will cause all the tests to
return negative (although he prays for that to happen), but
meaning that he is sure that whatever happens to him, God has
intended it for him and that, it is for his best, even if he
cannot fully understand it. He prays more, reads the Qur’an
more and tries to make his relationship with his Lord stronger
in these days where he needs more of His help and support. He
is using the opportunity to recognize the weaknesses in his
belief and personality and to try to tackle them with the help
of God. In the process he also becomes a role model of faith
for his closest ones.
Zayd in both the above scenarios will eventually reach
point B. However, what is important is not what he finds at
point B, but what he gained or lost in the journey from points
A to B.
Zayd in the first scenario is damaging his nerves, is
allowing himself to suffer more than he was supposed to suffer
and in the process, he also makes his near and dear ones
worried and nervous. When he reaches point B, from a spiritual
point of view, he is at best the same Zayd but one with less
energy and nerves. If the test comes back positive, that may
prove to be the breaking point for him.
Zayd in the second scenario has a totally different
perspective in his sight. To him, this is a journey that is
supposed to improve his spirit; the blood test and the wait is
only the outer face of this journey. When he reaches point B,
he is not the same Zayd; he is a better Zayd from a spiritual
point of view because he has successfully managed to complete
the challenge. If the test comes back positive, that will
simply be the start of a new challenge for him, and a new
journey from a point A to a point B.
Zayd in the first scenario is literally frustrating his
soul and nerves in each of the A to B journeys.
Zayd in the second scenario is using these A to B journeys
as a ladder for his spiritual advancement.
Zayd in the first scenario is a servant of his own emotions
that in turn are servants of ad hoc events and circumstances
Zayd in the second scenario is a servant of his Lord,
therefore, all events and circumstances serve him in his
endeavour to serve God.
Zayd in the first scenario has lost his way.
Zayd in the second scenario is on the path of spiritual
The above is only an example. As stated at the start of the
article, any type of pressure can be a journey from A to B.
Working hard to get good results for exams, going through a
period of unemployment, tolerating difficult family
circumstances, struggling to make ends meet, not knowing where
to live and settle and many other examples that we see in our
own lives or the lives of those around us, are all instances
of making a journey from point A to point B.
It is for us to decide how we make that journey.