انا لله وانا اليه راجعون (To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return)
The previous day we heard the sad story of Mangalore disaster. I have been in Dubai with some of the bereaved family members who lost their dearest relatives in the plane crash including my three students who lost their dearest, their Everything, The Mother. Indeed this is a time of great tribulation and we say what our beloved Messenger said on the demise of His beloved son. Imam Bukhari reports:
إن العين تدمع والقلب يحزن ولا نقول إلا ما يرضى ربنا وانا لفراقك يا ابراهيم لمحزونون – بخاري
“The Eyes shed tears, the Heart is grieved and we won’t say except what pleases our Lord, O! Ibrahim Indeed we are grieved by your separation”
Here I feel quiet timely to introduce the excellent booklet written By ‘Sultan of Scholars’ Imam Izz Bin Abdul Salam about the benefits of tribulation we face in the worldly life.
الفتن والبلايا والمحن والرزايا
أو فوائد البلوى والمحن
لعزالدين بن عبدالسلام
رحمه الله رحمة واسعة
1. Helps to realize the Almighty’s strength and power
وَهُوَ الْقَاهِرُ فَوْقَ عِبَادِهِ ۚ وَهُوَ الْحَكِيمُ الْخَبِيرُ
And He is the Supreme, above His servants; and He is the Wise, the Aware.6-18
2. Helps To realize human weakness and state of resignation
الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّـهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”: 2-156
3. Helps to be sincere to almighty Allah as one understands that all help is only from Allah
وَإِن يَمْسَسْكَ اللَّـهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلَا كَاشِفَ لَهُ إِلَّا هُوَ
If Allah do touch thee with hurt, there is none can remove it but He:10-107
4. Helps to be humble and to pray solemnly.
وَإِذَا مَسَّ الْإِنسَانَ الضُّرُّ دَعَانَا لِجَنبِهِ أَوْ قَاعِدًا أَوْ قَائِمًا
When trouble toucheth a man, He crieth unto Us (in all postures)- lying down on his side, or sitting, or standing.10-12
5. Helps to purify self and sins to be forgiven.
:« ولا يصيب المؤمن وصب ولا نصب حتى الهم يهمه والشوكة يشاكها إلا كفر به عن سيئاته » رواه مسلم
No trouble comes to a believer even if it is the pricking of a thorn that it becomes (the means) whereby his sins are effaced or his sins are obliterated Muslim Book32-640
6. Leads to ease and well-off sate in the near future.
فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
So, verily, with every difficulty, there is ease: Verily, with every difficulty there is ease. (94-5-6)
7. Hope for Hidden benefits.
فَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَيَجْعَلَ اللَّـهُ فِيهِ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا
it may be that you dislike a thing while Allah has placed abundant good in it. (4-19)
Tribulation also erases pride and arrogance from the human mind and reminds the blessings of the past and leads to gratitude. Moreover they fetches for the patient Almighty’s affection and Pleasure until he become one of his best servants. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said reported by Imam Tirmidhi رحمه الله
أَشَدُّ النَّاسِ بَلاءً الأَنْبِيَاءُ، ثُمَّ الأَمْثَلُ فالأَمْثَلُ – الترمذي
The people who are tested the most severely are the Prophets, then the next best and the next best.
It is really significant to mention here that it doesn’t mean we need to yearn for tribulation but wellness only because it is more rewarding to thank for Allah’s blessings than to be patient upon his testing. Beloved messenger said:
قال صلى الله عليه وسلم لا تتمنوا لقاء العدو وسلوا الله العافية – البخاري
Do not wish to face the enemy, but ask Allah for wellbeing and protection. (Aaafiya) Reported by Imam Bukhari
اللهم انا نسئلك العفو والعافية والمعافاة الدائمة آمين
Oh Allah we beg you for forgiveness, well being and all time protection-Aameen