When our loved ones are catching a flight we get worried, worried about what? Sometimes we’re hoping and praying to Allah subhanahu wata’ala that they are safe, we say loving words as we leave them. We pray for them and subhanAllah we have to lay our trust in Allah.
If anything does happen it was always from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala but Allah will protect you generally from the hardship of the journey, the difficulty of the journey. The dua from surah Hud regarding travelling is in the following:
وَقَالَ ارْكَبُوا فِيهَا بِسْمِ اللَّهِ مَجْرَاهَا وَمُرْسَاهَا ۚ إِنَّ رَبِّي لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ – 11:41
And [Noah] said, “Embark therein; in the name of Allah is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.” (11:41)
Wa qaalar kaboo feehaa bismil laahi majraihaa wa mursaahaa; inna Rabbee la Ghafoorur Raheem
Remember whenever you are travelling, no matter what conveyance you’re on even if it is an animal that you’re riding, remember to say the name of Allah and then lay your trust in Allah be confident.
But don’t break the road rules thinking I’ve made my duaa nothing’s going to happen. I can drive at 250 kilometres an hour, no, you’re being foolish. You need to take the necessary precautions as a human being and what you were taught.
Allah (swt) speaks of another very very powerful method of achieving contentment and that is to protect your prayer and to establish prayer,
And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember. And be patient, for indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good. (11:114&115)
Do you know there are signs we commit that we are not even conscious of because of the environment, because of so many other factors but Allah says you do good deeds we will wipe out those bad deeds by virtue of your good deeds.
While you are establishing your prayer, there is one very important fact that you need to be conscious of what is it? It is that your character and conduct should improve because that is a reflection of the acceptance of your prayer.
When you pray and you’re in your prayer is not accepted in the holistic way it would never reflect in your character and conduct, your character, your manner of speech and all of that would become worse or it would stay as abusive as it is. But if you were truly a pious person and you pray your character your conduct will definitely become much much better.
In surat Hud, Allah (swt) says that the stories of the prophets that we’ve mentioned to you O Muhammad peace be upon him, We are mentioning them in order to strengthen you, in order to strengthen your heart.
And each [story] we relate to you from the news of the messengers is that by which we make firm your heart. And there has come to you, in this, the truth and an instruction and a reminder for the believers. (11:120)
It’s important to go through these stories and to understand that in order to achieve contentment, it’s not
About smiling at how great the story sounded but rather it’s to look into those stories for lessons.
One of the best stories in the Quran, the best in fact the story of Yusuf alayhi salatu was-salam
He said, “O my son, do not relate your vision to your brothers or they will contrive against you a plan. Indeed Satan, to man, is a manifest enemy. (12:5)
Wow! When good things happen to you you don’t need to tell the whole world, some people may not be happy, subhanAllah. – Mufti Menk