“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient.” [2: 155]
Loss. A dark and bitter time that many of us have passed through and miraculously pulled through. Loss of wealth and life can be incredibly painful, sometimes for a lifetime. But losses in ‘fruit’ can be equally devastating. You may be toiling away at something, putting in so much energy, time, and focus, only for it to be taken away or ruined in moments.
Like the farmer who nurtures his fruit-fields and tends to them, but overnight freak weather takes them out. Devastated, he slowly picks up the pieces with tears in his eyes, wipes away the debris, and he learns to start again from scratch.
We are all this farmer at one point of our lives. And for some, we are this farmer more than once. A million questions pass through our mind. We replay scenes, conversations, decisions until we exhaust every scenario. How did we get here? How did we lose despite effort? Despite even du’a we made? We want to understand.
Allah knows and He sees. And He’s telling you that sometimes, you don’t need to understand everything. It’s liberating to simply accept, heal from it, and learn how to start from nothing – a skill of the Prophets which you can never learn without the test of deep loss. This is the station of the patient ones.