Day 16 / Juzz 16
Maryam (as) was leaning against this tree, in severe severe pain and in dire need. The exruciating pains of labour was too much for her to bear and she needed help, some water, or perhaps a morsel of food to grant her some energy and some strength.
What did Allah tell her to do? He told her to shake the tree so that from it would fall fresh dates that would aid her in her pain.
“And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.”
Allah ordered Maryam to do her part by shaking the tree so that then the dates would fall.
SubhanAllah… even through the immense pain she was going through, Allah was teaching Maryam (as) and us all a beautiful lesson.
That is, that success lies in us working hard and putting in our effort. Success will not suddenly come to us if we sit on our bums doing nothing!
Allah could have easily let those dates drop without having told Maryam (as) to shake the tree! Yet, He wanted us to know that In our hardest, most difficult times, never give up. Sometimes you you may be at the peak of your test, but don’t give up, use all your strength you have left to do what you possibly can, and Allah will do the rest.
In other words, the dates will not fall unless we shake that tree and by the permission of Allah. Similarly, success cannot be earned without us working hard for It.
Sometimes we sit around *waiting* for things to happen. Yes, nothing can happen without Allah’s permission but what are we doing? Where’s our effort in it all? Are we really giving it our all? Remember, tie your camel and then put your trust in Allah. In other words, shake that tree and watch those dates fall. 🙂