Silver lining behind trials, tribulations

Hakim Hayat

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday said that behind trials and tribulations lie wisdom and a silver lining, and that spiritual deeds such as increasing supplications to Allah the Almighty, form a virtuous effort.

Delivering a titah from Istana Nurul Iman yesterday to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the monarch said despite not being able to celebrate Maulidur Rasul together physically for the first time due to the coronavirus, we can still commemorate the occasion, relevant to the new normal.

“This (COVID-19) situation is certainly a tough test as it had never happened before,” His Majesty said.

“The faithful must see the wisdom behind it, though we don’t know its reality of it,” His Majesty said, because Allah the Almighty commanded in Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 216, extolled the position of wisdom, which translates to, “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah the Almighty knows, while you know not.”

The monarch said, “This must be grasped, because we cannot run away from Allah the Almighty’s will.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam delivers the titah. PHOTO: INFOFOTO

“Each lesson contains wisdom that requires us to oblige in good faith, because there is a purpose to all that is preordained by Him,” His Majesty said.

The monarch added, “Indeed, Allah the Almighty has never wronged anyone; if this (health crisis) is a test, it is not meant to punish, but rather serves as a lesson or a way to elevate one’s standing – if they pass the test.”

“Amid trials, we must not remain idle, instead we must take the initiative to gain from them. One fine way, in reference to Al-Quran and Hadith, is by maintaining supplications or prayers in both good or bad times.

“We are asked to pray in celebration so the good times can be preserved, and we pray in bad times for they can be eradicated,” the monarch said.

His Majesty added that Selawat or sending salutations to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is a “sharp” form of prayer or Zikir that can help us realise our intentions.

“In conjunction with the Maulidur Rasul, it is apt for us to increase our Selawat efforts upon Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to free us from the coronavirus,” His Majesty said.

The monarch expressed hopes that apart from ongoing activities, such as recitations of verses of Al-Quran and Zikir, more Selawat programmes will be held, particularly in the month of Rabiulawal, that may free the nation from the current calamity.