And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.”
When we are in trouble or depressed or when we hit rock bottom our impulsive reaction as a human being is to panic, and to get worried and to despair and immediately slip into a state of helplessness and hopelessness. We lose our ability to think straight, to rationalize and to add to it we start visualizing all possible negative consequences of the situation. The fear and anxiety is so overwhelming that we almost see the worst playing out in front of us like a scene straight out of the movies. Our natural instincts start kicking in and we quickly transition into damage control or firefighting mode and suddenly start thinking about how we could escape from the current crisis and get our life back in order. All our senses get alerted and a myriad of emotions start playing out leaving us with very less clarity. For a moment we become extremely myopic and self-centered and start focusing on only how we could save ourselves or get ourselves out of this really uncomfortable disposition. We slowly get into a state of desperation and look for help from immediate family and friends. We frantically reach out to whoever or whatever could help us or we presume would help us. But in this moment of weakness, chaos and sometimes loneliness until the first responders arrive we forget to reach out to THE ONE, whom we should have cried out to in the first place, The Helper (An-Naseer), The Merciful (Ar-Raheem) and the only true Protector (Al-Haafidh). We all do it of course when it’s a life threatening situation, in which case even an atheist is left with no choice but to call upon the Lord!
As a believer and as a loyal follower of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) our true and obvious response to any calamity or setback should be “Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajooon -To Allah (SWT) we belong and to Him is our return”. This profound statement assures and reminds each of us, that everything that we ever owned was never really ours to begin with and that all of it, including us and our complete lives, always belonged to Allah (SWT).
Recollect the times when we got in trouble as a child, or got hurt or felt discouraged or restless, and would call out to our mothers and look for prompt attention and care from them. When we grew up, even as adults we longed for someone to just hold us lovingly and to comfort us. We not only craved for love and support from someone close but also wanted that someone to acknowledge how we feel. So the next time we are hit by an affliction or suffer a loss, we have to prepare ourselves to believe that we are not in control of our situations let alone life and that Allah the Almighty, alone controls our destiny. Whether our first distress call would go out to Allah (SWT) or to a close relative or friend solely depends on our faith and connection with Allah (SWT).
Every time the reality of life paralyzes us we need to constantly remind ourselves that we believe and trust in Allah (SWT) alone as He is the best Disposer of affairs and to Him alone we submit ourselves and call to. And of course our first response in every crisis should be to bow down in Sujood and beseech Allah (SWT) for only He knows what we are going through.
So fall down into prostration and pour down your hearts in front of Him, drown out those fears and insecurities with tears and seek only his help cause even if the whole world were to come to your rescue, it woulf not be possible without His will.
Lastly, we all need to cultivate coping mechanisms to help us navigate through the emotional upheavals in our lives and what better way to cope than to put our forehead to the ground and to feel humbled, only to be elevated by the Lord of the Worlds, as is mentioned in the Quran, [Surat Al-Haj, verse 77], “O you who believe, bow down and prostrate yourselves and serve your Lord, and do good that you may succeed.”