I have not been feeling very well this weekend. Nothing serious but hmmmmmmmm very uncomfortable. I have been in considerable pain since Friday and everything has been too much of an effort.
I tried to take some antibiotics but they made me feel a 1000 times worst and an upset nauseous stomach developed :(
As the pain was relentless I still made myself get up and carry on as normal. If you have a family to look after even if the situation is bleak, it is rare to have the option and luxury to stay in bed and hide from the world.
When I feel like that, I never ask, " Why", " Why me", " If only" and so on.
Before Islam, I am afraid I would be very resentful of calamities and illnesses and I would be downright annoyed and impatient.
Islam has changed my views in all matters and matters of illness.
Allah might allow us to become ill so:
1) We can remember Him and ask Him to make us better.
“and when I am ill, it is He who cures me” (Holy Qur'an, 26:80)
"Your Lord says: "Call on Me and I will answer your call" (Quran 40:60).
2) Maybe Allah, wants to raise our status in the Hereafter by expiating some of our sins
3) As a warning that we might be doing something wrong and we need to look at ourselves and actions again and take heed.
4) To let us know that we need to look at the underlying causes of the illness and maybe take action.
5) To appreciate the times when we were in good health and thank Allah.
According to Imam Ghazali, illness increases faith and brings man closer to God. Knowing this nature, we are told by the Quran -
"O you who believe, seek help with patience and prayers, as God is with those who patiently persevere" (Quran 2:153).
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "The example of a believer is that of a fresh tender plant; from whatever direction the wind comes, it bends it, but when the wind becomes quiet, it becomes straight again. Similarly, a believer is afflicted with calamities (but he remains patient till Allah removes his difficulties.) And an impious wicked person is like a pine tree which keeps hard and straight till Allah cuts (breaks) it down when He wishes." (Book #70, Hadith #547)
If you are in best of health "Thank Allah" and if you are feeling poorly " Thank Allah for the times you was well and Ask Him to restore you to your former health ( Give you Shiffa).
Do you know of any other reasons why Allah, might allow various calamities to befall us?