As a practicing Muslim, I find great comfort in turning to the Qur’an during times of loss or adversity. The following two verses that I have chosen are both from the second chapter of the Qur’an, Surah Al-Baqarah. These verses are commonly heard during difficult times and are usually the first to appear when one searches for Quranic verses online. I believe this is because they touch on hardship and loss in a manner that encompasses the main idea found in Islam as well as other religions: God is always with us. I hope that whoever reads these, whether they are a Muslim, member of another faith group, or are not religious at all, can find some meaning and solace in the ideas that are expressed. During times of adversity and experiences of loss, it is easy to forget the strength that one possesses, therefore allowing these verses to be applicable in a nonreligious context as well.
اِنَّ اللّٰهَ مَعَ الصّٰبِرِيۡنَ
"Indeed, Allah is with those who are patient." (Qur'an 2:153)
This verse emphasizes the idea that in order to persevere through a hardship or loss, patience is essential. As we have discussed in class, it takes time for one to make meaning out of their loss. For others, patience is needed to get through the various stages and intense emotions even before making meaning. No matter the case, it is this virtue that allows us to live day by day and ultimately find peace. For those who are religious, this verse also incorporates the idea that Allah, or God, is the source of this patience as He carries us through these stages. The comfort of knowing that God is with you along every step of your affliction can bring great peace into one’s heart.
لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا
“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear.” (Qur’an 2:286)
Similar to the idea of patience, this verse encompasses a deeper Islamic idea, which is the fact that Allah sends all tests and trials to believers. While some may argue with or question this idea, Muslims and believers are resolute in their faith and know that a trial from God is an opportunity to show their faith in Him. Although the trial or loss is sent by Him, it is also He who will relieve us of this suffering. Additionally, God knows how much he can test a human being with. Think about this - you have made it through 100% of all the challenges and losses you have experienced. Whether or not the result was what you hoped for or not, you were still able to survive and are at a point where you can read this post today. For me, this is proof and a great comfort to know. Although I have and will continue to face losses by nature of being a human, I can find peace in knowing that any future loss will not be one that I cannot handle.