“..The things you mentioned couldn’t be more true. As the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salam said: “The people tested most are the Messengers, then those most alike, then those most alike; a man is tested in accordance with his deen, so if its strong, the rest is increased until he treads the earth and there is not a sin on him.” And he said, sallallahu ‘alayh, “People will wish that their bodies were sliced on the day of Judgement due to what they see of the reward of the people of tribulations” (or similar to what he said, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salam).
Always remember that ultimately you are nothing but a slave, and Allah is your Master. It is only out of His mercy that we ever have senses of relief… otherwise, why do we deserve it? And more often than not we fail to give our due thanks, nay, we fail even to recognize the mercy and kindness of Allah… Yet despite that, Allah says, as in the Qudsi hadeeth: “Beseech Me, and I will give you.” Allah loves to be asked, because it is a recognition of His ability and mastery and our weakness and need. So ask Allah, “And if My slaves ask you about Me, then inform them I am near. I respond to the caller if he calls upon Me. So let them repent to Me, and believe in Me, so that they may be guided.”
You are a slave. Your religion is Islam. Submission. Submission and acceptance and patience in good and bad, ease and hardship. Always knowing that whatever bad or evil befalls you is not a punishment, but a test, in other words – an opportunity. Prove yourself and I’ll give you high marks (rewards). Some tests are easy, others are hard.. but its always the hard ones that get you the good grades.
And the grades? Grades in Jannah. The method to attaining those grades is be adhering to and striving to live by the Quran.
You’re a slave. Your deen is Islam. Your route is the Quran.
Your destination – inshallahu ta’ala – is Jannah.”
GEEZUS. That was one good piece of advice, mashallah. I wait for you come back but you no return. I sad, maybe cry 😦
Assalamu alaikum ukhti
first, inshallah you had a good Eid?
As for your article, mashallah! But I don’t understand why it is called “To Umm Geezus.” Anyway, as for the contents, I obviously agree completely. Subhaan Allah, even with the difficult tests, whoever it is put on never breaks. Allah said in the quraan:
لا يكلف الله نفساً إلا وسعها
Allah will not put on a being more than it could take.
In other words, when Allah tests someone, he (swt) knows that that someone could pass the test and (correct me if I was wrong or walking on shaky ground) would always pass the test. This is why when we know a good brother or sister that always strive to please Allah (as far as we could see them do with our limited abilities), whatever hardship or tests they face, they always remain happy and never become depressed. Which is why suicide is haraam, because this life is not yours to take, it is for Allah. and to take it due to “unbearable” hardship means that Allah has made you take more than you could bare, which Allah said he will never do.
Therefor the tests, like you said, are according to your imaan and, as the above verse states, are never too difficult for the person it is placed upon.
Anyhow, barakallahu feeki and asalamu alaikum.
Eddy – Missed you on Eid. I hope you had fun inshaa’Allaah : )
Abdul Rahman Hilmi – wa`alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,
Alhamdulillaah, Eid was good.
The above post was an excerpt from a letter I had recently received. Since it was a beautiful piece of advice I decided to put it up on my blog.
Jazaakumullaahu khayran for your comment. But akhee, do you really think every person passes the test they’re tried with? I don’t.. because if that were true.. then there would be no tests. There would be no point to it if everyone were to pass their tests. Some people are weak and hasty which is why they end up taking their lives because they simply cannot bear the trial.
Then there are those who are strong and face whatever comes their way with gratitude and patience.
…I think I’m getting a brain freeze.
Jazaakumullaahu khairan (L)
I miss you too
where are you? 😦
assalamu alaikum ukhti
Yes, I guess I was wrong in that. Alhamdullilah, I was not very sure myself and thus I asked you to correct me. Ofcourse what you said was true, people who commit suicide are those who fail in their trials.
btw, I visited the forum you told me about and inshallah I will join sometime. Right now I’m really short of time.
Niqaabis – Wa Iyyaaki ukhtee. Um.. I’m in my cave.. heh. Kinda liking the solitude.
Love you : )
Abdul Rahman Hilmi – wa`alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullaah,
I was wondering, if people who shut themselves down and ignore (or atleast attempt to) the impact or effect of the trial they’re faced with, are also failing their test.
..Not making much sense am I?
I’m not a scholar but the following is my opinion for whatever it’s worth. Inshallah if I was wrong I would be corrected.
I don’t think it’s possible to ignore (or even attempt to) your trial. The whole point of the trial is that it effects you as a person. For example disease, or war, or poverty, or death of a loved one, or being in a society with Muslim minorities, etc. You simply cannot escape these things as they are a part of your experience and you will HAVE to react in a certain way with respect to that experience. You cannot ignore it, it happened and/or is happening to you and it is your reaction which determines the result of the test.
Unless I’m missing something? Can you give an example of where ignoring a trial is possible?
wa`alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullaah,
Sorry, I didn’t word that statement properly. What I was trying to say, was that sometimes when people are faced with a tough situation (lets say death of a loved one) they tend to distract themselves (from the pain) by using different means.
For example, keeping one’s mind off problems by playing video games or working, studying, etc. Its just like sedating yourself, your emotions until you think you’ve grown a shell or a barrier between yourself and your feelings. And maybe thats when being patient becomes easy.
I hope it makes sense now.
Umm khawlah, i don’t know who can really bury themselves completely in other distractions just so they don’t feel the pain…I mean, people try, almost everyone does that from time to time, to relieve themselves, but it never really works. The pain always comes back. I think as long as you are steadfast on your deen, you’re doing your best to pass the test. If somebody takes a U turn and gives up his deen, or gives up part of it, then yes, they MIGHT have failed the test, but no one can realy know for sure, as Allah is the Ultimate Judge.
No one out there acts like the Prophets before us and is able to withstand any trial that come their way. Everyone has their weakness when in comes to dealing with adversity. It’s the end that matters.
Its true you can’t bury yourself in other distractions completely but like you said yourself, people do that every once in a while. For some it becomes a habit, and in a weird way, it helps them become stronger and cope better with the problems they face.
There are times when you’re very close to a breakdown, but you pull yourself together and brush any negative thoughts. And to do that, you need to have been through that phase of “ignoring your pain”. I’ve tried that with physical pain. You ignore it, as difficult as it may be at first. But someone who goes through an almost constant form of physical pain, it is not hard to develop that wall. In the end, you don’t even need any pain-killers.
what does geezus mean? and the brothers trial started right, do you know anything about how it goes?
No.. his trial’s been delayed..
Cave time is nice, enjoy it while it lasts : )
ok subhanAllaah do you know till what date?
Niqaabis – Yeah.. its nice sometimes..
Solo – I dont know the exact date, but its been delayed till April 2007.
barakAllahu feeki please keep us updated and jazakillahu khayran for sharing the letters with the rest of us. wasalam
wa`alaykum asalaam wa rahmatullaah.