The very special people we hear about, the sainty, holy, who have the special gifts of Allah, who receive special privileges from Allah, who Allah chose among many? Who are praised in the Quran like Moses’ mother or are held akin to the highest of the Sahabahs (companions of the Prophet, may peace be upon them all) like Abu Bakr and Umar? They are not only ordinary, Jane/John Doe believers, they are also flawed, just like you and me. They skip prayers, they lie, they do improper acts, show ingratitude, lets just say pretty flawed people. But still Allah gives them gifts which sometimes the very righteous worshippers dont get.
I used to think for Allah to send His Divine inspiration in the heart of a “mumin”(true believer” like mother of Moses ( her name is Yokabeth in the Hebrew Scriptures, which means tough hearted), the person has to have the higest of piety and extreme level of spirituality. I was wrong. I saw it happen exact same way , but to someone who was anything but that when it happened. In fact even long after Allah inspired her to do something like throwing her baby in the water, she had no idea what happened. Because she cant remember.(Details of the story are withheld for the sake of privacy). This person was nowhere close to a believer, committed lots of crimes her whole life, I cant even say she had a clean heart. None. But Allah turned her whole life upside down with just that Ilham.
In another case, someone who was battling a rough time in her life attempted to take her life. The exact moment when she attempted, one person’s thought came to her mind so her hand stopped. That very moment, that person, just knew it, felt that she was in danger. Yet, none of them were any pious. “We just knew it in our heart, felt it”- they say.
Another person I know, pretty much similar. “Sinner” as she describes herself. But has a gift where she can feel certain things in her heart, about people. People she doesnt know too well, but Allah tells her that they need help, or that something is happening to them, even when she is battling her own crisis. Sahabas like Abu Bakr and Ali, along with some of the supreme scholars of Islam had these abilities.
Another person, struggling to hold onto basic faith, every other day her faith trumps down (just like most of us), yet she says Allah gave her “Inner Vision” (Bassirah) so she gets intuition about people. She uses them to avoid risky dealings with people.
Then you have people who have dreams of the Prophets- someone who is struggling to hold onto basic belief in Allah, yet gets such dreams wheras people practicing all their lives dont get them sometimes.
Allah chooses special people in many ways- ways which are above and beyond praying 5times a day, doing hijab, having the right belief. We think the blessed, righteous lived during the times of the prophets and in today’s time, we probably wont meet any because such saintly people wont ever come in the gatherings where we go. You see its never about us being particularly good or worthy. In Surah Kahf Allah says Quran is timeless, so in a way that means these miraculous legacies that Allah gives people, are also timeless. Just because today’s world is corrupted does not mean Allah stops sending His Wonders among us. Allah is Extraordinary, and will always be; we are not and we will never be.
So just because you and I are not a good believers, does NOT mean we are exempted from special treatment from Allah. Sometimes we toss away our blessings because its too good to be true. Because we are NOT good enough for Allah’s special attention.
Allah is Al Waasi (The All Encompassing). He encompasses our limitations with His Greatness.
Its not about how imperfect we are.
Its about how Absolute Allah is.
It always is, has been, and will be.