Reason for Title: Sakeenah in Arabic means Tranquility/Peace of Mind. Where as, Sakeen means knife. Its beautiful how one arabic alphabet changes the entire word.
4 years, i did something right. I dont know what I did(although I suspect it has something to do with me giving something up for the sake of Allah). But I know it was right because enjoying good and forbidding evil came natural to me like a reflex action. My every dua was answered and if it wasn’t then Allah would replaced it with something better and show me another way. For the first time in my life, I was grateful for the small things in life. For the first time in my life, I was overcome by a feeling I never felt before. I suspect I felt Tranquility.
Surah Al Mulk to me was very dear alongside Surah Yasin.
I remember reading the virtues of specific surahs and I would spend my day learning how to read it fluently without pauses or errors. That very night, I was ready to implement reading it for I truly understood that the ultimate reward lies with Allah.
Before today, I hadn’t read this Chapter(Surah Al Mulk) for a while but a few years ago, I read it every night because I truly grasped and accepted that Allah is the Taker of Life(not that I’m dont’t now, its just I was more content about it before), so I chose to invest in reading this surah because of the following.
Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (radhiAllahu ‘anhu) said:
“Whoever reads ‘al-Mulk’ every night, Allaah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), we used to call it al-mani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah, there is a chapter [and] whoever recites it every night has done very well.”
Quite frankly, I think it was the best sleep I’ve had in my life because I believed in Qadr and Allah’s promise. I believed in my grave security. Another investment I aligned with this was one of my sujood dua “May Allah make the last of my deeds, the best of my deeds”. My heart was at ease.
On a side note: I remember an incident in which a friend approached me and vented a misfortune that befell her. The I’m sorrys flowed but as much as I wanted to comprehend, as much I wanted to understand her pain, I was unable to do so. I clearly remember telling her in a beautiful manner that Allah solely understood her pain for he chose it for her. I remember instructing her to consult Allah for only he would put her heart at ease, he alone will make this calamity a way for her to strengthen her bond with him.
I will conclude with this, sakeenah isn’t just a feeling. Its your wording, its your action, its the way you walk, the way you talk. Your before and after will be evident to the masses. They wont know its sakeenah. But they will know its something profound. For those who feel it or felt it, share your stories with the masses so they may benefit. Everyone is different but what may have worked for you may work for them and Allah knows best
Inshallah!! I will live to witness sheer tranquility once again. & May Allah make the last of our deeds, the best of our deeds. Allahuma Ameen.