As Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
Why Bad Things Happen
وَأَمَّا الْغُلَامُ فَكَانَ أَبَوَاهُ مُؤْمِنَيْنِ فَخَشِينَا أَن يُرْهِقَهُمَا طُغْيَانًا وَكُفْرًا
فَأَرَدْنَا أَن يُبْدِلَهُمَا رَبُّهُمَا خَيْرًا مِّنْهُ زَكَاةً وَأَقْرَبَ رُحْمًا
“As for the boy, his parents were believers and we feared that he would oppress
them by rebellion and disbelief, so we intended that their Lord replaces him for
them with one who is righteous and closer to kindness,”
(Surah Al-Kahf 18:80-81)
In the story of the prophet Moosa and Khidhr meeting each other, we have a very important example of Allah’s wisdom in allowing bad things to happen to us. The death of this young boy would have been devastating to his parents yet they would probably never realize that his death was a blessing in disguise, as Allah knew that he would grow up to make life difficult for his parents and Allah wanted to protect them from this.
This is a vital lesson for all of us. Too often we react negatively when afflicted with a tragedy or test but as believers we must trust in Allah’s plan, accept that He knows best and be patient. If we are patient, Allah will reward us and replace what we have lost with that which is better, just as in this story He replaced the rebellious son with a righteous one.
Source: Verse of the Day Collection by Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar