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  • "Verily, After Hardship Comes Ease"

    Jul 10, 2009
    At a time in which the Muslims are beset with trials from every periphery, it is a time when Muslims should continue being Muslims, only better Muslims. I would say to my dear brothers and sisters in Islam "don’t be Sad"; if you are on the true religion – believing in One God and all the Messengers sent to mankind, then don’t be sad.

    "...Bear with patience whatever befalls you...." (Qur'an 31:17) and "Be not sad, surely Allah is with us." (Qur'an 9:40)

    Our Prophet (pbuh) said: "Verily, if Allah loves a people, He makes them go through trials. Whoever is satisfied, for him is contentment, and whoever is angry upon him is wrath." [Tirmidhi]

    Being sad is not encouraged in Islam

    "So do not become weak, nor be sad..." (Qur'an 3:139)
    "And grieve not over them, and be not distressed because of what they plot." (Qur'an 16:127)

    Sadness prevents one from action instead of compelling one towards it. The heart does not benefit through grief. The most beloved thing to the devil is to hinder the worshipper in the path of Allah. The Muslim must repel sadness and fight in any way that is permissible in Islam.

    Allah is sufficient for us

    "Allah is sufficient for us, and He is the best Disposer of affairs. So they returned with Grace and Bounty from Allah. No harm touched them; and they followed the good Pleasure of Allah. And Allah is the owner of Great Bounty." (Qur'an 3:173-174)

    "And put your trust in Allah if you are believers indeed..." (Qur'an 5:23)
    "O you who believe! Seek help in patience and the prayer..." (Qur'an 2:153)

    By leaving your affairs to Allah by depending on Him, by trusting in His promise, by being pleased with His decree, by thinking favourably of Him, and by waiting patiently for His help, you reap some of the greater fruits of faith. When you incorporate these qualities, you will be at peace concerning the future, because you will depend on your Lord for everything. As a result, you will find care, help, protection and victory.

    Pre-ordainment

    "No calamity befalls on earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees – before We bring it into existence." (Qur'an 57:22)

    The pen has dried, and the pages have been lifted: all events shall come to pass have already been written. Whatever has befallen you was not meant to escape you, and whatever has escaped you was not meant to befall you: if this belief were to be firmly ingrained in your heart, then all hardships and difficulty would become ease and comfort.

    The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Whoever Allah wishes good for, He inflicts him (with hardship)." [Bukhari]

    For those who are afflicted with disaster, glad tidings await them: so remain patient and happy with your Lord. "He cannot be questioned as to what He does, while they will be questioned." (Qur'an 21:23)

    Verily, with hardship, there is relief

    "Verily, with hardship there is relief" (Qur'an 94:6)
    "Perhaps Allah may bring victory or a decision according to His Will." (Qur'an 5:52)

    Prophet Ibrahim ('alayhissalam) did not feel its heat because of the help he received from Allah. "We (Allah) said : O' fire! Be you coolness and safety for Ibrahim." (Qur'an 21:69)

    The sea would not drown Prophet Moses ('alayhissalaam) because he uttered in confident, strong and truthful manner: "Nay verily! With me is my Lord, He will guide me." (Qur'an 26:62)
    And the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said to 'Abdullah bin 'Abbas (radiyallahu 'anhu): "..Be mindful of Allah, you will find Him before you. Get to know Allah in prosperity and He will know you in adversity... And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and ease with hardship." [Tirmidhi]

    Accept life as it is

    If you read the Qur'an you will see that all the Prophets went through trials and tribulations. Life is a test so let us learn from the best examples of our Prophets. "Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty, ailments and were shaken." (Qur'an 2:214)

    We should know that if we are pleased with our Lord, He will be pleased with us. And if you are pleased with your Lord no matter what the situation is, then you will find that you have earned your Lord's pleasure. On the other hand, there are hypocrites whom Allah rejects their deeds. They are displeased with what Allah sends down and they hate seeking His pleasure; thus their deeds are performed in vain.


    Your recompense is with Allah

    When Allah, the Exalted takes something away from you, He compensates it with something better, but only if you are patient and seek His reward.
    Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said, "Whoever loses a loved one from the people of this world and then seeks recompense with his Lord, will be compensated with Paradise."

    Those who are in this world and are close to Allah will be raised in the highest of heaven: "Peace be upon you, because you peresevered in patience! Excellent indeed is the final home!" (Qur'an 13:24)

    Truly, the life of this world is short and its treasures are few. O' afflicted ones, if you are patient you lose nothing; and though you may not perceive it, you are profiting.
    Extract honey but do not break the hive

    "Repel (the evil) with one which is better, then verily! He, between whom and you there was enmity (will become) as though he was a close friend." (Qur'an 41:34)
    "….and harm them not. And put your trust in Allah." (Qur'an 33:48)

    Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said, "Verily, Allah ordered me to keep relations with those that cut off, forgive the ones who does an injustice with me, and to give to those who withhold from me."

    "Those who repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allah loves the good-doers." (Qur'an 3-134)

    Remembrance of Allah

    "Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." (Qur'an 13:28)
    "Therefore remember Me and I will remember you…" (Qur'an 2:152)

    We should not be surprised when we hear that people who remember Allah are at peace. What is truly surprising is how the negligent and unmindful survive without remembering Him. Allah says in the Qur'an, "They are dead, lifeless and they know not when they will be raised up." (Qur'an 16: 21)

    Truly, He is near when supplicated: He hears when he is called and He answers when He is invoked, so humble yourself before Him and ask of Him sincerely. Repeat His beautiful names, and mention Him alone as worthy of worship. Mention His praises, supplicate to Him: you will find then – by the will of Allah – happiness, peace and illumination. “So Allah gave them the reward of this world and the excellent reward of the Hereafter.” (Qur’an 3:148)

    Loving Allah, knowing Him, remembering Him, seeking peace in Him, singling Him out for complete love, fear, hope and dependence – these qualities when combined in a person, constitute a sort of heaven on earth.

    These are qualities that bring peace to those who love Allah, a sort of peace that has no comparison in this world.It is important that a special relationship exists in the heart between the slave and his Lord, a relationship that allows the slave to feel so close to his Lord that he requires no other.

    Thus, he finds company when he is alone, and he tastes the sweetness of remembering Him and supplicating to Him. Allah's slave will continually face hardship and difficulty until he dies, but if he has a special relationship with his Lord, all of the hardships of life will become easy for him.

    The prayer….the prayer – we must return to our mosques

    "O' you who believe! Seek help in patience and the Prayer." (Qur'an 2:153)

    By earnestly performing the five daily prayers, we achieve the greatest of blessings: cleared off our sins and increase in rank with our Lord. Prayer is a potent remedy for our sickness, for it instills our faith in our souls.

    As for those that keep away from the mosque and away from prayer, for them is unhappiness, wretchedness and an embittered life.

    "For them is destruction and Allah will make their deeds vain." (Qur'an 47:8)

    Take a moment to reflect

    O whose mind has wandered in grief, O' you whose eyes are loaded with tears; relax and know that your Creator aids, and that His mercy will bring you peace. And know that your reward is secure with He Who doesn’t disappoint the one who seeks to please Him. Be at peace, for after poverty comes joyous meeting, and after sleeplessness comes sound rest. O you who are oppressed in the lands, who suffer from hunger, pain, sickness and poverty, rejoice in the knowledge that you will soon be satisfied with food and that you will be happy and in good health.

    Let us make these supplications, their purpose being to eliminate hardship, anxiety and grief:

    "There is no worthy of worship except Allah, the Ever Forbearing, the Most Great. There is none worthy of worship except Allah, the Lord of the Tremendous Throne. There is none worthy of worship One Who sustains and protects all that exists, there is none worthy of worship except You, and by Your Mercy do we seek Your aid."
    "So be patient, with a good patience..." (Qur'an 70:5)

    57 comments:

    1. Jamil said...:

      Thank you very much Mudassir for this beautiful post. I'm facing a big challenge in my life now & I needed some words like those you've quoted. May Allah's blessings be upon you for your good contributions.

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Same here!

    1. Anonymous said...:

      JazakAllah Khair

    1. Adeeb said...:

      Salam,

      This is a beautiful post, very poetically written with the verses of the Quran delicately spread through it at the right moments.

      May Allah swt bless whoever reads this and acts upon it, and please remember my family and I in your duas also.

      Ameen

    1. Hasan said...:

      Don't Be Sad by Dr A'id al-Qarni
      If you would like to read much more advice similar to this post then I highly recommend this book. Its available in many languages too.

    1. Anonymous said...:

      i never seen such a boosting words till date, All praise is for Allah (swt), and Peace be upon Prophet (saw).. may Allah showers his Mercy and Rahmat-e-saqeena on you brother, always and forever.. i m speechless.. Praise to Allah swt, May Allah Bless Mudassir..Ameen.

    1. tanveer said...:

      i never seen such a boosting words till date, All praise is for Allah (swt), and Peace be upon Prophet (saw).. may Allah showers his Mercy and Rahmat-e-saqeena on you brother, always and forever.. i m speechless.. Praise to Allah swt, May Allah Bless Mudassir..Ameen.

    1. Anonymous said...:

      SALAAMU ALAYKUM MUDASSIR

      MAY ALLAH THE SUPREME ALLOW YOU EXTREME PEACE AND MERCY MY BROTHER MUDASSIR - MAY ALLAH BESTOW HEALTH AND SAFETY UPON YOU AND YOU MOTHER, FATHER AND ALL YOU FAMILY AND FRIENDS and all muslims who have a mosel of good in them

      AAAAAMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNN

      WA SALAAMU ALAYKUM WA RAHMATULLAHI WA BARAKATUHOO

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Salam! I had tears in my eyes after readng this post! As i am going through a very hard time at the moment. Thanks alot and may Allah reward you brother

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Verily, with hardship there is relief" (Qur'an 94:6) Is my favourite ayah from the quran, tahnk u for giving it a better meaning

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Salam..
      I would just like to say Jazakallahu Khayran for this post because it truly helped put me at ease, for I've been facing alot of hardships lately.
      May Allah (SWT) shower you with blessings. Ameen :)

    1. salman said...:

      Asalamu Alaikum,

      Awesome article MashaAllah. Could I use some of this material for another article that I am writing and perhaps speech/khutbahs?

      Jazakallah Khair

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Asalam walikum Akhi:

      I would like to thank you for this. You have obviously helped alot and continuing to do so. Jazakhallah khair. May Allah Azwajull bless you continually inshallah. Ameen.

    1. Amena said...:

      Very beautiful article mashAllah..
      may Allah bless u for this..
      remember me in ur prayers..

    1. Hanin said...:

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    1. Anonymous said...:

      JazakAllah khair !

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Thank you for this. Just what I needed to read. May Allah reward you!

    1. Anonymous said...:

      May Allah bless you and your family for this. Ameen.

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Thank you for your enlightening article. May Allah bless you and your family, insha'Allah!

    1. Anonymous said...:

      I am lost in words brother to explain how much satisfied i felt with this post. I am so sad and i was enlightend from thsi post how sadness spoils a person. Jazak Allah, May ALlah bless you with his choicest blessings - Ameen

    1. Anonymous said...:

      i just lost my job and i need some guidance i feel like crap right now but thank you for the post really its helped

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Great article brother.... thanks for sharing... May Allah bless you and your family and may He make it easy for us to follow the right path, Ameen !!

    1. Anonymous said...:

      I love everything you post, thank you very much. You enlightened me for all the things i thought i cant hold on.

    1. Mujahid said...:

      May Allah bless you with peace and knowledge for writing such beautiful verses and explaining them.

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Masha Allah!!! Allahu Akbar!!! excellent post, jakumULLAHu khairan....

    1. Anonymous said...:

      magnificient...............!!!
      great post.. :)
      jazakALLAHU khairan..

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Jazakahllah khayran

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Almost 3 years after you shared Allah(swt) directions to us, they are still a Blessing to others, including myself. Insha'Allah
      May Allah reward you for this Blessing Insha'Allah

    1. Anonymous said...:

      ASALAMOLAKUM,
      Thankyou very much for this post May Allah bestow his blessing s upon you and your family AMEN

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Asalamualaykum,

      Your post is very encouraging/enlightening , thank you very much. May Allah bless you and your family.

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Jazakallah I needed this. May Allah bless you and your family ameen.

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Salaam. I don't know how i came across this but i did so at a very good time, the words felt like they were written especially for me. Im surrounded by people yet i am so alone, a huge family yet i feel like an orphan, enough money but as they say it doesn't buy happiness. My family have become such a test for me and it is only my faith that keeps me going and timely reminders like the one posted above that prevent me from doing anything drastic. I feel overwhelmed with sadness when i experience injustice at the hands of my own flesh & blood. I feel powerless leading to hopeless to sadness - its a constant battle.
      A string of words across a page can be so powerful providing they are sincere and meaningful, the brother who wrote the above article has achieved both mashaAllah.

    1. sags12 said...:

      Jazak Allahu Khair, thankyou for such a helpful article

    1. Anonymous said...:

      I am humbled...

    1. Anonymous said...:

      Thank you so much :)

    1. mohamed said...:

      Jazakallahu khairan brother, I am really going through a tough depression lately and your post with related quran ayats makes me feel relaxed.. All praise to Allah SWT.

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