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the first step: yaqeen and ridhaa

Source: Muhaadharaat; Shaykh Raslaan’s website
Asaheeha Translations 

“How does a Muslim deal with trials?”

Shaykh Muhammad Sa’eed Raslaan (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“The steps that the one whom Allaah, tabaarak wa ta’aala, is putting to trial with adversity must follow are summarized in this way:

The first step that a person must strive to take when he is put to trial with adversity is yaqeen (certainty) and ridhaa (being pleased with Allaah). So if something that the soul dislikes comes and if adversity comes, the first step that a Muslim must take when preparing himself to accept that trial of adversity is yaqeen and ridhaa. And it is upon a Muslim to believe firmly that there is another life that is better than this (worldly) life as Allaah, tabaarak wa ta’aala, said: {And the Hereafter is better and more lasting}, and as He, jallat qudratuh, said: {And the home of the Hereafter will be better, and excellent indeed will be the home of the Muttaqeen (the pious)}. So if a person is certain that there is another abode beyond this one that is better and more lasting, this means that this affliction that has come upon him and this adversity that is causing him pain and taking away his well-being, this affliction – no matter how long it lasts – it will eventually end. Because the dunyaa itself is fleeting, so whatever trials, calamities and adversities happen in it, they are fleeting all the more so.

This life is an abode of affliction and trial, thus all the adversities that happen in it will nothing but eventually end. And Allaah does not do anything except for a wisdom, and there isn’t anything in existence that happens without purpose, and Allaah puts a person to trial to test his patience and sincerity. Hence, when one reflects over these with yaqeen and ridhaa, the coolness of yaqeen descends over the fire of the calamity until it extinguishes it, and the coolness of yaqeen and ridhaa remains in the heart then takes away the heat of the calamity that was decreed for this slave.”

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