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the second step: sabr and ihtisaab

Source: Muhaadharaat; Shaykh Raslaan’s website
Asaheeha Translations 

“How does a Muslim deal with trials?”

Shaykh Muhammad Sa’eed Raslaan (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“The second step is: sabr (patience) and ihtisaab (hoping for the reward of Allaah).

This patience will place the slave in the ma’eeyah of Allaah, subhaanah (i.e., Allaah will be with him), as confirmed by Allaah’s, jallat qudratuh, statement: {Allaah is with those who are patient}. This is a special ma’eeyah, one of support, help, and it is more special than the general ma’eeyah: {He is with you wherever you are}. This is the general ma’eeyah, as for the special ma’eeyah, it is: {Allaah is with those who are patient}. Likewise, along with this (special) ma’eeyah, Allaah, tabaarak wa ta’aala, has made (the patient one) from those whom He loves: {Allaah loves those who are patient}.

And a person should be certain that with hardship comes ease and that with hardship comes relief, and that Allaah, subhaanahu wa ta’aala, is the One who removes his adversity and distress – {if Allaah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him} – and (a person should be certain) that Allaah’s, tabaarak wa ta’aala, Mercy will encompass him as He, subhaanah, is {the One who sends down the rain after they had despaired and spreads His Mercy}. And He, subhaanah, said: {Allaah will bring ease after hardship}. And He, jallat qudratuh, said: {Indeed with hardship comes ease. Indeed with hardship comes ease}. So the One who brings ease after hardship, removes the hardship, and lifts the distress, it is Allaah, subhaanahu wa ta’aala.

And from His, subhaanah, Absolute Mercy is that He expiates the previous sins from the one who is afflicted with this trial. So a person should know that this trial is only for expiating his sins. And he should know that the reward of the one who is patient is the attainment of Allaah’s Pleasure and Paradise: {Indeed, I have rewarded them this Day for their patience – that they are the ones who are successful}. So Allaah, tabaarak wa ta’aala, has made the reward for patience to be the attainment of Paradise and eternal life in everlasting delight.”


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  1. Jazakum Allah Khair for this reminder that there is nothing that Allah doesn’t hAve control over; there is great benefit in bearing hardships, for the believer, with patience i.e. Allah being pleased with us. May He continue to give you clarity in explanations & may you share in the blessings from all those who benefit from your gift from Allah.


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