There is a story which Sayyidina Jalaluddin Rumi tells of an ant that’s creeping across the carpet in a mosque, and the ant complains to God saying, ‘What is this, these bumps and strange colours and patterns, this must have been created just as a meaningless obstacle course, what a futile thing to have made.’ But of course, the carpet maker, looking at it from above, can see the patterns and the purpose of it, and can see that the whole thing is perfect and is good. And Allah is often like that. We often can’t make sense of the misfortunes because we are two-dimensional, we are at ground level, we can’t see what it all means. But the Khalifa of Allah knows, even if he can’t always see, that this is a manifestation of Allah’s will, which is always good and always perfect and always beautiful.
Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad