بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
And indeed, for you in grazing livestock is a lesson. We give you drink from what is in their bellies – between excretion and blood – pure milk, palatable to drinkers. (Surat an-Nahl, 16:66)
There are amazing lessons in God’s creation, and this verse points us to one of them. Allah shows us how that sometimes beneficial things are hidden between things that are undesireable or cause harm. From the inside of an animal – where there is blood and things we would not think of touching or consuming in a raw state – we get something as pure as milk, that brings benefit to us. I want to reflect on two things here:
1) Allah shows us through this example that in the midst of discomfort or unwanted events, there can be benefit. But that benefit can only be brought about if one truly looks, reflects and takes the steps to extract it. Look for your ease within your hardship; your comfort in discomfort; your blessings in difficulty. God creates both things in one being.
2) There are lessons in how God has created this world. “Tafakkur” (pondering and reflecting) is considered one of the great acts of worship. It connects us to Allah and enables us to understand and use our minds, which we are commanded to do in the Qur’an. Through this, we can truly understand that Allah has created the world in a certain way and take comfort in that.