As the servants and slaves of Allah Ta’ala we should understand that our Master will grant to us only that which is good for us. Our duty and endeavour is that we supplicate and ask of Allah Ta’ala, then make the correct effort (tadbeer) and thereafter leave the final decision to Allah Ta’ala. This brings peace, contentment and happiness into our hearts.
Allah Ta’ala grants the sweetness of Imaan, together with all the accompanying conditions of peace, tranquillity, happiness, etc., to those who are faithful and sincere servants. And if the Kings of this world knew of this condition of the heart, they would go to great lengths to snatch it away. However, this is something which Allah Ta’ala gives to whomsoever He chooses to.
Whilst this in itself is not difficult to attain, effort is a precondition. The effort is directed more in suppressing the nafs from Haraam because, in comparison, finding enjoyment in Ibaadat is a little easy. We sometimes derive enjoyment in Zikr (Praise of Allah Ta'ala), Tilawat, Haj, etc. The real test is in suppressing the nafs from Haraam. On doing this, Allah Ta’ala will ignite our hearts with the Noor of Imaan.
My sheikh mentions an example : he says that that area which is struck by a flood, earthquake or any other disaster, then due to the damage, the government declares it a disaster area and supplies the material - the sand, cement, etc. - for the reconstruction of those homes and buildings destroyed in such a disaster.
In a similar vein, when evil desires make their way into our hearts and we smash and destroy them for the pleasure of Allah, then this fragile building of our heart is shattered into thousands of fragments. On the pain and grief experienced at this destruction, Allah Ta’ala will reconstruct our hearts with the sweetness and the Noor of Imaan.
When a person experiences this, he will then really know and understand what it is ... It will be as if he is here but not here; eating, drinking, laughing and joking, talking to his friends, etc. but his heart will always be connected to Allah Ta’ala ...
“ Whilst occupied in the world, he is still with Allah.
And in spite of being with everyone,
he is still away from everyone.”