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Memorise and practice a new hadeeth every week!
By Mawlana Junayd Makda Sahib
Every Condition for a Believer is Good
عَجَبًا لأَمْرِ الْمُؤْمِنِ إِنَّ أَمْرَهُ كُلَّهُ خَيْرٌ وَلَيْسَ ذَاكَ لأَحَدٍ إِلاَّ لِلْمُؤْمِنِ إِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ سَرَّاءُ شَكَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ ضَرَّاءُ صَبَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ
Amazing is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. if he has an occasion to feel happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him, and if he has an occasion to face hardship, then he shows patience and thus there is good for him.
In this world, we all face two types of situations. One are those, which are pleasing to us and therefore require us to express gratitude. The other are those which may be troublesome or unwanted, and therefore require us to be patient.
From this Hadeeth, we learn a very special and comforting lesson; for a believer, both conditions are equally good and full of benefits. But this is only if shukr (thankfulness) is offered through good and happy times and sabr (patience) is adopted through difficult times.
Amazing right? Our beloved Nabi ﷺ wants us to definitely be Amazed as the first words he uses in the Hadeeth are Ajaban (which have the meaning of something being amazing).
How to be grateful:
1) Read ‘Alhamdulillah’ and ‘Allahumma lakal hamdu walakashukr’ as often as possible and every time we think of or come across a blessing or good condition.
Don’t forget the rule of Allah Ta’aala which we find in the Glorious Qur’an: If you be grateful, I shall certainly give you more (Surah Ibrahim)
2) Remember it’s not enough to just express our gratefulness through words. With words, we should also:
a) Practically thank Allah Ta’aala by being obedient to him.
b) Use the blessing for good things which please Allah Ta’aala.
How to be patient:
1) Feeling upset is not against being patient. It is only natural for us to be sad. What we need to be careful of is not to complain about the affliction and not feel hard done by.
2) When we face difficulty take time to focus on the many blessings of Allah Ta’aala upon us. We will find more to be grateful for than to be patient upon
3) When faced with difficulties, read the following words while thinking of its meaning:
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Transliteration: Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.
Translation: Surely we belong to Allah and to him shall we return.
Remember that every blessing is from Allah Ta’aala, and he has taken it away from us.
4) Don’t forget this world is temporary. Conditions, good or bad, will swiftly pass by us in this world, however, the conditions of the afterlife will never end.
5) Study the seerah of our most beloved Nabi ﷺ and look at all of the tests and difficulties he underwent. In his amazing seerah, there will be comfort for everyone.
6) Any loss and difficulty is a way of Allah Ta’aala removing sins or elevating ranks in the afterlife.
Returning a Belonging to its Owner
In the time of the Banu Isra’eel, there lived a man who was very knowledgeable and pious too. He had a wife that he loved but she passed away. He was sad and overtaken by grief, so much so that he locked himself in his home. He refused to meet anyone and wanted to be left alone.
A woman from the village came to know of this and paid him a visit. When she arrived she found others standing outside trying to help him or convince him to come out. When she reached the door she said, “I have come for help, and I believe no-one can help me beside this man.” After waiting a while, everyone left, but she waited by his door and said, “I need to ask him something and I will not leave till I’ve spoken to him”
When this message reached him, he said, “Let her in.” She entered and said, “I have come to ask you a question in regards to an important matter.” He asked, “What is it?”
She said, “I borrowed a piece of jewellery from a neighbour of mine and I have worn it and used it for a long time. They now want it back. Should I give it back?” He said, “Yes, by Allah.” She said, “But I have had it for a long time.” He said. “All the more reason to return it to them, as they have been kind to let you use for this length of time.”
She said “Exactly! May Allah have mercy on you. Do you grieve over what Allah Ta’aala gave you and then has taken back from you when He has a greater right to it than you?”
This was an amazing lesson for him, and these words of this unknown woman helped him out of his situation.
We learn from this story that everything we have actually really belongs to Allah Ta’aala. He has been kind to let us use and benefit from all of these blessings. If at any time he wishes to take a blessing away from us, we have no reason to complain. The blessing Allah Ta’aala gave us to use has been taken back by Allah Ta’aala.
You are Always there, O Allah!
By (Mawlana) Junayd Makda
Through my moments of lost hope, I find You to be there,
Through dark and lonely nights, I find You full of care
O Allah! Where would I be without You?
Who would I turn to besides You?
In pain and sorrow, You are my only hope,
Through many times of hardship, when unable to cope,
It is You I turn to, always for help,
It is You I know, will always help.
In the moments when the world, has deserted me,
When around me there is no one, who wants to be,
I still am not alone, O Allah!
For I feel You are with me, always O Allah!
Through my many stages of ill health and sufferings,
When many lose hope and sit wondering,
Yet I find reason to carry me through,
For, O Allah! I am lucky to believe in You.
I am not sure if my suffering is ever a suffering,
For within it is always something so comforting,
The knowledge You are with me, O Allah!
The feeling You are beside me, O Allah!
When I think of the punishments which await for me,
For my evils in this life, which is sure to be,
I find hope these pains will help me,
For I believe, O Allah! You are forgiving me.
O Allah! I believe in You and all You have asked me to,
I believe every good and difficulty is indeed from You,
All I ask and ever ask is, you to stay with me,
For, O Allah! Without You, there is no hope for me.