He whom Allah wishes good
ALL praise is due to Allah, and may He render our
Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) safe from every derogatory thing, and
exalt his mention, and the mention of his household and Companions.
Allah tabarak wa ta'ala says:
"You shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in
yourselves, and you shall certainly hear much that will grieve you from
those who received the Book before you and from those who worship partners
besides Allah. But if you persevere patiently, and guard against evil, then
that indeed is a matter of great resolution." [al-Imran:186]
Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, when we face trials we need to remember
to keep hoping for Allah's bounties in the hereafter. We need to remind our
loved ones what rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that "He whom
Allah wishes good, shall be afflicted by Him," and that "No fatigue,
illness, distress, sorrow, injury or grief, afflicts a believer, but Allah
forgives for it [some] of his sins." [both agreed upon hadiths]
I remember someone making a comment saying that the brothers who are now in
Cuba are so unfortunate to be kept in a detention camp. But who are the
ones that are truly struck by misfortune? The one who witnesses the
oppression and does nothing but watch or turn the other cheek, or the one
being oppressed because he or she says "la' ilaha ilallah muhammad
Perhaps it is us that should be cried upon for Allah has not given us the
tawfeek to stand up against taghoot.
Likewise, I'm reminded of a sister who publicized her misfortunes to every
sister she met in the Saturday study group. Telling the one person who
could truly help her was not enough, the whole world had to know. Do we not
remember that this is a way of complaining about Allah's blessings?
One of the salaf [alfudayl ibn iyadh] said "He who complains of misfortune
afflicting him is as if he complains of Allah."
What could we ever lose if we instead humbly filled our thoughts of Allah's
blessings upon us?
It has been said "Four treasures are: concealment of misfortune, concealment
of charity, concealment of poverty, and concealment of pain."
May Allah give us tawfeeq to carry the banner of islam. Ameen.