Tranquility Unlimited and Quick Fix Meals, Last Episode
August 29, 2014
Calligraphy by Zahra Tariq
“So verily, with every hardship there is relief
Verily with every hardship there is relief”
A Quranic ayah (94:5-6) which you might have read and heard plenty a times. An ayah that is often quoted during difficult times – indicating a measure of strength and as a reminder of faith.
As night follows the day, satiety comes after hunger, relief sets in after misery and sleep comes after exhaustion, in the same way the Almighty has told us that despair not, for the difficulties that seem to have surrounded us will be eased out.
However, what is interesting to note is that Allah insists upon us that with every hardship there is relief. The tranquility and peace does not come after the difficult time – it happens to be there simultaneously – waiting for us to find it. A seriously unwell person might be suffering physically – however what our naked eye and illiterate heart does not seem to fathom is that simultaneously he is being cleansed spiritually. A cleansing far more important – than the comfort in this short-lived world!
A set of parents who lose a young child is no doubt one of the biggest human challenges – however what Allah insists upon us during this stupendously heartbreaking test is that we hold our heads up high and accept HIS will. And HIS will is to put us through this test so that we achieve higher grades in the hereafter.
Excruciating pain – whether it is physical, mental or emotional – on the flipside is a blessing for us. Essential for all of us to keep reminding ourselves at all times (not only during harsh times) that Allah knows best and HE will not put us through any situation that we cannot endure. We should not wait for easy situations to arrive, yet be fully confident and aware that they are there – consistently present - Like an unbreakable backbone!
Amongst many other strapping lessons that the Quran teaches us, I reckon a staunch belief in this verse encompasses, to a large extent, one’s complete reliance, submission and belief in God.
Leaving you with this thought, and arriving at some food for the last episode of Quick Fix Meals, I made these crustless quiche for my daughters’ school snack. Using items from the refrigerator, like milk, egg, cheese and some left over mince meat, the batter came together in one pot. I then poured it out in a greased muffin tin, baked for half an hour – and they were ready. While the baking time might be long – assembling it together does not take very long, so can conveniently be prepped up for snacks or lunch meals.