Q: My brother in law has been trying to have children for 5 years but has not had a child. Now when does have a child, the child is suffering from severe leukemia, and now they are asking “Why is God doing this to me?” What advice can I give to them?
A: It’s always difficult to lose a child, especially when the child is so young. We always expect that the child will outlive us. God is al Hakeem. the all-Wise. He creates these experiences to develop us, to nurture us. My wife and I have had two children who passed away (miscarriages). Our understanding is that maybe God’s decree was for that child to only live for that amount of time.
In the Islamic understanding, life is not based on years, it’s based on breaths. Each person is allotted a given number of breaths. The life of the child itself is determined by Allah, but the gift of that life itself develops the child and the parents morally and spiritually. It gives the parents the opportunity to manifest sabr, steadfastness, and connect with God.
The child being sick is also a means for the parents to experience the depth of love and compassion and selfless service for that child that they may have never felt. All of these are learning experiences. Sometimes they’re very bitter, but when you look at the cosmic expanse of time, they are ultimately means of eternal happiness and joy.
A hadith states that a day with God is equivalent to 50,000 years. Suppose you live for 120 years. If 50,000 years is 24 hours, how long would 120 years be? It’d only be 2 to 3 minutes. This life is only about 2 to 3 minutes long in comparison to our time with God.
This question was answered by Shaykh Muhammad Mendes at a public lecture in 2016.
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Prophetic Parenting: Raising God-Conscious Children in the 21st Century
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Spiritual Awakening: Cultivating Positivity in Life
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The Way of Love: Joys and Realities of Marriage
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Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes embraced Islam at 17 years old and went to obtain a B.A. in Arabic Studies. Subsequently, he embarked on the study of traditional Islamic sciences for more than 20 years in Mauritania, Syria, and Nigeria, under the tutelage of scholars like Shaykh Murabit al Hajj, Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi, Shaykh Muhammad an Ninowy, Shaykh Khalil Abdur Rashid, and Shaykh Mustafa Turkmani. He holds ijazaat in Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic Spirituality, Theology, Prophetic Narrations, Qur’anic Exegesis, Logic, and Grammar.
Currently, aside from serving as the Founding Director of SacredService for Human Liberation, he also serves as the Imam of the Atlanta Masjid of al-Islam, and is a researcher and Lead Qur’anic Arabic Instructor at Fawakih Institute Atlanta.
He is a teacher, father, husband, servant of the community, and lifetime student of knowledge who devotes much of his time and energy to inviting people to live lives of spiritual and material significance, unite based on their shared humanity and appreciate their God-given diversity.