Today was a difficult day, which started off with an early morning visit to the doctor with one sick child, then moved on to a late morning visit to the dentist with another child in extreme pain. From that point on, everything that could go contrary to plan, pretty much did!
At one point, being very much sleep deprived, tired, feeling overworked, I moaned ‘Why now, why today, why me?’ But as soon as I said the words out loud, I realized how arrogant I sounded! What was so special about me? And that led me to ask myself ‘Why not me?’
According to the Urban Dictionary, arrogance is defined as an overbearing boastful pride evidenced towards others or to situations. And humilty is defined as a modest or low view of ones own importance. Islamically, I think I would add to those definitions and say that arrogance includes believing that one is above or superior to the life route that Allaah has laid out for them, and believing that their worldly success is by their own doing, while humility would be to acknowledge that every moment of our lives has already been pre-planned and whatever success we achieve is only as a blessing from Allaah, not because of anything we have done to deserve this barakah, but because Allaah is Most Giving, Most Kind! Difficulties can lead one to disillusionment, or allow you to place your hope and faith in Allaah’s grace.
لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا
“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…”(Qur’an, 2:286),