There is good news for those who intend to act on their Sabr. Allah promised them three things: His prayer for them, His Mercy, and their guidance.
“Who, when afflicted with calamity say, ‘Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.’ They are those on whom the salawat (the blessing and forgiveness) of their Lord is upon them, and who shall receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones.” [Al-Qur’an2:157]
“And We made from among them leaders, giving guidance under Our Command, when they were patient.” [Al-Qur’an 32:24]
As you and I travel though life we find ourselves in one of two situations. Either something good is happening in our lives and in which case – as Muslims – our role is have shukr (to thank Allah for the blessing). Or something bad is happening to us, something we dislike and our role here is to have sabr (patience). This is the formula for a happy life, a life cruising towards the pleasure of Allah. Sabr or shukr, the worry stops here.
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Strange is the affair of the mu’min (the believer), verily all his affairs are good for him. If something pleasing befalls him he thanks (Allah) and it becomes better for him. And if something harmful befalls him he is patient (sabir) and it becomes better for him. And this is only for the mu’min.”
Ibn al-Jawzi said, “If this dunya was not a station of tests it would not be filled with sicknesses and filth. If life was not about hardship, then the Prophets and the pious would have lived the most comfortable of lives. Nay, Adam suffered test after test until he left the dunya. Nuh (Noah) cried for 300 years. Ibrahim (Abraham) was thrown into a pit of fire and later told to slaughter his son. Ya’qub (Jacob) cried until he became blind. Musa (Moses) challenged Fir’aun and was tested by his people. Isa (Jesus) had no provision except the morsels his disciples provided him with. And Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam met poverty with patience, his uncle – one of the most beloved relatives to him – was slain and mutilated and his people disbelieved in him … and the list of Prophets and the pious goes on and on.”
What happens to us happens by the will of Allah. It is an article of our iman in qada’ and qadr that we are pleased with Allah’s choice, Good or seemingly bad it is all the test of this dunya. How could we imagine that we shall not be tested when those who were better than us suffered what they suffered? They however came away with the pleasure of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala (how far from imperfection is He and He is the Most High).
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