Half of love lies within the realms of sacrifice. Be it your comfort, your free time, your bad habits; at some point, you need to let go of things for the sake of your most important relationships.
Let’s recall the story of `aṣḥāb ul-kahf (the youth in the cave). They chose discomfort over luxury-—the cold stone floors of the cave over the warmth of their cots. Their sharp vision helped them distinguish between fleeting agony and perpetual bliss, showing them how much reward lies within surrendering oneself to His pleasure. The youth supplicated to, believed in, and feared Allah, and so in return, He granted them the gift of firmness. He strengthened their hearts and increased them in guidance. “…and We made firm their hearts when they stood up and said, ‘Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. Never will we invoke any deity besides Him. We would have certainly spoken, then, an excessive transgression.” [18:13-14]
A few ayāt later [18:16], Allah says: “And when you forsake them [your people] and what they worship save Allah, then seek for refuge to the cave; your Lord will spread for you of His mercy, and make for you an easy way out of your ordeal.”
A (not-so-cliched) message from the pen of our Lord, perpetrating the beauty found within the depths of struggle. The ease given by Him when we place our misdirected desires to the side and hang on tightly to His rope.
Yanshur lakum [ يَنشُرْ لَكُمْ ] translates to, ”He will expand for you.”
When we give up something for His sake, our intentions and efforts don’t go unnoticed. He ensures here that He will provide for us a means of relaxation from our decision. Think about it: nature abandoned its usual ways for the youth in the cave. The sun shifted its course, beating its rays away from their faces as it rose and set-—an unexpected protection. So while the cave you face might feel tight, in reality, it is simply an opening for His mercy-—a spiritual reassurance and a physical protection.