Glad tidings for those in hardship
*Summary of Iṣlāḥī Majlis by Shaykhul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlāna Ādam ibn Yūsuf Ṣāḥib دامت بركاته*
12th September 2021 | 5th Safar 1443AH
مولاي صل وسلم دائمًا أبدًا
على حبيبك خير الخلق كلهم
فمبلغ العلم فيه أنه بشر
وأنه خير خلق الله كلهم
*وَعَن أبي هُرَيْرَة وَأبي سَعِيدٍ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: «مَا يُصِيبُ الْمُسْلِمَ مِنْ نَصَبٍ وَلَا وَصَبٍ وَلَا هَمٍّ وَلَا حُزْنٍ وَلَا أَذًى وَلَا غَمٍّ حَتَّى الشَّوْكَةُ يُشَاكُهَا إِلَّا كَفَّرَ اللَّهُ بهَا من خطاياه»*
_Abu Hurayrah and Abu Sa'id رضي الله عنهما reported the Prophet ﷺ as saying, “No Muslim is afflicted by fatigue, continuous pain, worry, sadness, injury, grief, or even by a thorn with which he is pierced, without Allah thereby making an atonement for his sins.”_ (Bukhāri and Muslim)
*Glad tidings for those who are in any form of hardship*
In the above Hadīth, Rasullullah ﷺ has given us great gladtidings. The greater the hardship, the more sins that are forgiven. If a person is in difficulty until he passes away, that difficulty was infact a blessing from Allah ﷻ. Through this difficulty, his sins are being cleansed before he returns to Allah ﷻ.
We learn from other narration that when Allah ﷻ wants his servant to reach a great status (in ākhirah) but his deeds are not enough to gain this position, Allah ﷻ gives that person such illness or hardship which He writes as good deeds for the servant, and thereby grants him paradise without reckoning.
*Enduring with patience in times of difficulty*
There is one condition for the above mentioned glad tidings: we are not unhappy with Allah ﷻ due to the difficulty.
The Muhaddithīn have advised that whatever difficulty reaches us, we shouldn't complain about it.
When their child passes away, some women utter things like, “Why did my child pass away? Couldn’t another child have been taken away?" Na’uthubillah (We seek refuge in Allah from saying such things). Such statements are words of disbelief.
If one’s foot or back hurts and due to the pain ‘oooh’ or ‘aah’ emits from their mouth, it is not classed as complaining, as it is natural for those noises to come out. We shouldn’t use complaining words. We should be patient and make du'ā.
*Do Sabr and Shukr*
If a person has pain in their body all their life, even after taking medication their pain doesn’t ease, then that person will inshāAllah pass away free from sins. However, we should not ask for hardships.
One sahabi رضي الله عنه had a fever. The Prophet ﷺ went to visit him and made duā for him. The Prophet ﷺ asked him if he had made a certain duā. The sahabi رضي الله عنه said, “Yes. I made dua to Allah ﷻ to give me fever, in order to forgive my sins, until I pass away.”
We shouldn’t make such a duā. We should be happy with whatever condition Allah ﷻ has put us in.
Illness and health are both blessings from Allah ﷻ. We can gain rewards from both by being patient and grateful.
*The story of Ibrāhīm ibn Adham رحمه الله*
Ibrāhīm ibn Adham ؒ was once traveling in a boat. There were all types of people travelling with him. Ibrāhīm ibn Adham ؒ had shaved off all his hair. This was not the custom of the time. (Rasullullah ﷺ only shaved all his hair when coming out of Ihrām.)
The children on the boat found it amusing. So one child went and touched his head. On seeing this, the other children started to copy and touch his head. One child who was mischievous went and hit his head. Thereafter, all the children started doing that. Ibrāhīm ؒ endured it all with patience. The elders in the boat started laughing and mocking Ibrāhīm ibn Adham ؒ . They were unaware that he was a walī of Allah ﷻ.
Whilst travelling, we don’t know what kinds of people are travelling with us. Especially when we go for Hajj and Umrah, we don’t know who is a pious and close friend of Allah ﷻ.
There is a saying: don’t assume every jungle is empty, we don’t know in which corner a cheetah is sat.
When a friend of Allah ﷻ is troubled, Allah ﷻ gets angry. Ibrāhīm رحمه الله received ilhām (inspiration) that “You are in difficulty. If you make a duā against these people, it will be accepted. If you wish, I will drown them all.” Ibrāhīm ؒ lifted his hands and prayed instead of drowning this boat for change in the hearts of these people. “Their hearts are corrupt, they are making fun, correct their hearts.” Allah ﷻ accepted the duā and made their hearts pious. This is the wisdom of Allah ﷻ. All the people came to Ibrāhīm رحمه الله and asked for his forgiveness. And due to this du'ā Allah ﷻ made them all awliyā!
To sit in the company of the pious for one second is better than a 100 years of sincere worship.
```May Allah ﷻ grant us the ability to practise on everything that has been said. Āmīn```