“Every soul shall taste death, and We will try you with bad and good in order to test you. Then, to Us will you be brought back.”
[The Holy Quran, Chapter 21 Verse 35]
I’m not asking for a thesis but I’ve been reading up on this for the last week on the basis of wanting to know what the answer is. Most texts I’ve read say that the believer shouldn’t be ungrateful for their life and I won’t dispute that what so ever cos life and time is a precious gift from Allah and as a result we’re accountable for it. But could it be that a person is striving to practise and yet has suicidal thoughts at the same time? To say the like of “I can’t take any more” whilst crying for help. What do people do in such situations? Where is our society heading and why would people have such thoughts?
This question keeps coming to mind time and time again, and I’m finding that I still have got some unanswered questions. In particular, is our society failing so much that we don’t recognise that people can be genuinely depressed or even upset about their situations though they are trying their best with their obedience to Allah? Is it really all down to being an ungrateful servant or is there something more to this that we need to look at? To what extent should sabr be practised before the believer finds themselves at “rock bottom” or were they already there but someone should have helped them get up earlier rather than later?
I look at the youngsters in my community and hear their upsetting news to add to this failing society we live in, and all I can think is Ya Latif! Be gentle with us and our families.
Rather than offering a helping hand here and there and listening, what else should we be doing?