Hardship strengthens your heart, atones for your sins, and helps to suppress an inclination towards pride and haughtiness. You might remember that in times of hardship you abandoned senseless folly and you remembered Allah. When you were afflicted, others extended brotherly compassion to you, and you became the fortunate recipient of the supplications of the righteous. At such times, you willfully and humbly surrendered yourself to Allah’s will and resigned yourself to His decree. Affliction begets circumspection and provides the afflicted with an early warning against following the path of evil. The one upon whom calamity has fallen can display courage with patience; and his circumstances, unlike the one who is drunk with worldly pleasures, permit him to solemnly prepare for a meeting with his Lord. He is able to pass judgment on this world with an impartial ruling, and thus he will come to know it as something that is not worth pining for. Other points associated with the wisdom and benefits of sometimes facing hardship, though they might escape our comprehension, are definitely present and known to the Lord of all that exists.
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If you love that good should befall others, then you have a blessed gift from Allah.
Ibn `Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
“In me, are three qualities? The first is that whenever it rains, I praise and thank Allah. I feel happy for this blessing, even if I myself don’t own camels or sheep to benefit from the rain. The second is that whenever I hear of a just judge, I supplicate to Allah for him, even if I don’t have a case pending with him. The third is that whenever I gain knowledge of (the meaning of) a verse from the Qur’an, I long for others to learn what I know from it.” Read more ›
If you know that your trial is not in your religion, but is in worldly matters, then be content.
Know that no trick or artifice can be used to undo what has already taken place. A poet said:
“Do not use trickery to change the circumstance,
For the only trick is in leaving all trickery.”
Appreciate that the choice of what is good for you or not good for you belongs only with Allah:
…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you. (Qur ‘an 2: 216)
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‘Ashura’ commemorates the day that Allah saved the Children of Israel from Pharaoh.
Fasting on Muharram 10, known as the Day of ‘Ashura’, expiates for the sins of the past year. When the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) arrived in Madinah in 622 CE, he found that the Jews there fasted on Muharram 10 and asked them the reason for their fasting on this day. They said,” This is a blessed day. On this day Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy (in Egypt) and so Prophet Musa [Moses] fasted on this day giving thanks to Allah.” Read more ›
And never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy. Certainly no one despairs of Allah’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve. (Qur’an 12: 87)
And who despairs of the Mercy of his Lord except those who are astray? (Qur’an 15: 56)
Surely, Allah’s Mercy is [ever] near unto the good-doers. (Qur’an 7: 56)
You know not, it may be that Allah will afterward bring some new thing to pass.
(Qur’an 65: 1) Read more ›
Recite the last two chapters of the Qur’an, remember Allah, and supplicate to Him:
And from the evil of the envier when he envies. (Qur’an 113: 5)
Hide or keep secret your affairs from the jealous person:
‘O’ my sons! Do not enter by one gate, but enter by different gates… (Qur’an 12: 67)
Be generous to a person who attempts to harm you, for perhaps he will then desist:
Repel evil with that which is better. (Qur’an 23: 96)
The author of Ease after Difficuhy mentioned the story of a wise person who was afflicted by calamity. His brothers went to him and tried to console him over his loss. He answered, `I have put together a remedy that is composed of six ingredients.’ They asked him what those ingredients were, and he answered,
“The first is to have a firm trust in Allah, the Almighty. The second is resigning oneself to the inescapable fact that everything that is decreed will happen and will follow its unalterable course. The third is that patience has no substitute for the positive effect it has on the afflicted. The fourth is an unwavering belief in the implications of this phrase: Without showing forbearance, what will I accomplish? The fifth is to ask myself, `Why should I be a willful party to my own destruction? The sixth knows that from one hour to the next, circumstances are transformed and difficulties vanish.
Do not grieve if others inflict upon you harm or pain, nor should you grieve if you are oppressed or are the subject of envy.
Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) said:
“The believer does not seek quarrel or revenge; nor does he find blame or fault in others.”
Does not despair if you face obstacles or problems; rather, forbear and be patient.
O’time, if you have any of that leftover,
From which you bring down the worthy. Then let me have it.” Patience, as opposed to anxiety, bears the it of comfort; and the one who does not voluntarily show patience will have it forced upon him by circumstances.
Al-Mutanabbi said: Read more ›
And those who have been bestowed with knowledge and faith will say: `Indeed you have stayed according to the Decree of Allah, until the Day of Resurrection, but you knew not. (Qur’an 30: 56) Read more ›
When you wake up in the morning, do not expect to see the evening live as though today is all that you have. Yesterday has passed with its good and evil, while tomorrow has not yet arrived. Your life’s span is but one day, as if you were born in it and will die at the end of it. With this attitude, you will not be caught between an obsession over the past, with all its anxieties, and the hopes of the future, with all its uncertainty. Live for today: During this day you should pray with a wakeful heart, recite the Qur’an with understanding, and remember Allah with sincerity. In this day you should be balanced in your affairs, satisfied with your allotted portion, concerned with your appearance and health.
Organize the hours of this day, so that you make years out of minutes and months out of seconds. Seek forgiveness from your Lord, remember Him, prepare for the final parting from this world, and live today happily and at peace. Be content with your sustenance, your wife, your children, your work, your house and your station in life.
So hold that which I have given you and be of the grateful. (Qur’an 7: 144)
You must engrave onto your heart one phrase: Today is my only day. If you have eaten warm, fresh bread today, then what do yesterday’s dry, rotten bread and tomorrow’s anticipated bread matter?
If you are truthful with yourself and have a firm, solid resolve, you will undoubtedly convince yourself of the following: Today is my last day to live. When you achieve this attitude, you will profit from every moment of your day, by developing your personality, expanding your abilities, and purifying your deeds. Then you say to yourself:
Today I shall be refined in my speech and will utter neither evil speech nor obscenity. Also, I shall not backbite.
Today I shall organize my house and my office. They will not be disorderly and chaotic, but organized and neat.
Today I will be particular about my bodily cleanliness and appearance. I will be meticulous in my neatness and balanced in my walk, talk, and actions.
Today I will strive to be obedient to my Lord, pray in the best manner possible, do more voluntary acts of righteousness, recite the Qur’an, and read beneficial books. I will plant goodness into my heart and extract from it the roots of evil such as pride, jealousy, and hypocrisy. Read more ›
Thus we have made you a just nation. (Qur ‘an 2: 143)
Both your conscience and your Religion demand that you be just, which means that you should neither exaggerate nor understate, neither go into excess nor do too little. Whoever seeks happiness should be just, regardless of whether he is in an angry, a sad, or a joyful mood. Exaggeration in our dealings with others is unacceptable. The best course is the middle course. Whoever follows his desires will likely magnify the importance of any given situation, always making a big deal out of nothing. He will feel jealousy and malice toward others. Since he lives in a world of exaggeration and imagination, he will envisage everyone else to be against him, even to the extent that he feels others to be always conspiring to destroy him. Because of this, he lives under a dark cloud, constantly overcome by fear and apprehension. Read more ›