Hospital Waiting Rooms – A Place of Prayer

Hospital waiting rooms are interesting places. They are quiet and hushed, yet busy and forever in motion. The healthy waiting for the sick. The arrival of good news and bad news. A full range of emotions…from nerve-wracking anxiety to bitter sadness to exuberant joy.

Maybe it is this hanging in the middle, this teetering between what we most want and what we most fear that makes it a place where the remembrance of Allah comes so easily.

The tasbeeh slips of our tongues like water droplets. Silent duas constantly on our lips. Ya Allah, ya Allah is the mantra of our hearts.

Some may say that its a sign of the times…at our lowest we are most in remembrance of Allah. But I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s a sign of weak faith that we pray more when we are in need versus when we are seemingly satisfied.

To me, it’s a sign of strength. Of the strength of our emaan and our believe in Allah’s Power. Of our intentional choice to turn to Him for help and not away from Him in despair.

Yes, no doubt we must think of Him at all times. But do not feel guilty for praying even more at those times.

ليس لها من دون الله كاشفة (سورة النجم: أية ٥٨)
No one besides Allah can rescue a soul from hardship [53:58]

And the Prophet (peace be upon him) told us that the Dua for the sick or by the one in a calamity is of those duaas that are accepted.

It’s so easy when things seem to be going out of control or everything seems to be going wrong to lose our connection to Allah. Why? And why me? And why now? And the questions of doubt can go on forever.

But to push these questions aside and accept that Allah is the All-Wise, the Best of Planners, and the All-Capable takes true strength. To remember Him amidst the chaos of doctors and decisions and hardships is an accomplishment. To accept His Plan for us and that there is good in the worst situation.

Praise be to Allah for everything, good or bad. الحمد لله على كل حال