O Allah, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Is this not a beautiful prayer? It’s one of my favorites from my non muslim days, and something I still keep close to my heart. It reminds me of this hadith of the Prophet (saws) that was related to us by Abu al-Abbas Abdullah bin Abbas (ra):
“O young man, I shall teach you some words:
Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you.
If you (have need to) ask, ask of Allah; and if you seek help, seek help from Allah.
Know that even if the Nation were to gather together to benefit you with something, they would not benefit you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with something, they would not be able to harm you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded against you.
The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.”
Allah (swt) has already written what will happen to us. We seek His help and guidance to determine what it is that has been written, and to accept it. If it is meant for us to act, we should seek His help to act. If it is meant for us not to act, we should seek His help in that too. And in every action or non action, we should seek serenity to accept it.
It is hard, to accept the Qadr and Qada of Allah (swt). Our nafs are selfish. They want only what they think is best for themselves. They are short sighted, and do not see the bigger picture. That bigger picture is Allah (swt). He, who is without time or space, who exists in a reality that our feible little brains cannot even begin to comprehend. What we experience, what we suffer, what we revel in here in this world, is small potatoes compared to Allah (swt) and the akhira.
Our nafs wants to make the world in our image. We want to be able to change anything and everything simply because it is what we want.
But that’s not the way the world works. The world works according to the will of Allah (swt).
Oh Allah, grant me the serenity to know what I cannot change.
Oh Allah, grant me the strength to change what I must
Oh Allah, grant me the wisdom to submit to Your will.
The pictures are by KıRmıZı_(away). Absolutely beautiful.