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*Summary of Iṣlāḥī Majlis by Shaykhul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlāna Ādam ibn Yūsuf Ṣāḥib دامت بركاته*

23rd August 2020 | 4th Muḥarram 1441AH

‎مولاي صل وسلم دائمًا أبدًا

‎على حبيبك خير الخلق كلهم

*عن سعد بن أبي وقاص رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: "من سعادةِ ابنِ آدمَ رضاهُ بما قضى اللهُ لهُ، ومن شقاوةِ ابنِ آدمَ تركُه استخارةَ اللهِ، ومن شقاوةِ ابنِ آدمَ سَخَطُه بما قضى اللهُ له"*

Sa'd (رضي الله عنه) narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: "From (the signs of) the son of Adam's prosperity is his satisfaction with what Allah ﷻ decreed for him, and from the son of Adam's misfortune is his avoiding to request guidance from Allah ﷻ , and from the son of Adam's misfortune is his anger with what Allah ﷻ decreed for him." (Tirmidhī 2304)

We learn from this ḥadīth that contentment with the decree of Allah ﷻ makes a believer flourish. Whether in a state of illness or health, poverty or affluence, a believer is always content. Our Īmān should be such that we are happy with whatever position Allah ﷻ places us in.

Remember that ‎خيره وشره من الله تعالي meaning:

"All good and bad (happenings) is from Allah ﷻ"

𝗜𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗮 𝗧𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝗣𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 *?*

When a believer is afflicted with trials, and the believer remains content, patiently enduring the trial, then this trial itself is a test and not a punishment. Another sign is that they do not complain for what has befallen them. Instead, they increase in good deeds and earn rewards. This increases the believer's connection with Allah ﷻ. Remember, Allahﷻ tests those whom He loves (because He wishes to increase them in rank).

When we are afflicted with any difficulty, we must avoid lamenting and complaining, and avoid utterances such as

"How awful is my fate!"

"Why me?"

"Why did this not happen to anyone else?"

Sadly, these are phrases commonly used by feeble-minded individuals. Such words must be avoided as they are severely detrimental to our Īmān. If our trials are distancing us from Allah ﷻ and we stop doing the good deeds we used to do, then this is a sign of it being a punishment from Allah ﷻ.

What should we do instead? The Qur'ān instructs us beautifully in being content with the decree of Allah ﷻ, to increase in Du'ā', and to also increase in acts of good. As Allah ﷻ says:

*{يَٰٓأَيَّتُهَا ٱلنَّفْسُ ٱلْمُطْمَئِنَّةُ ٱرْجِعِىٓ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكِ رَاضِيَةً مَّرْضِيَّةً}*

_"Oh Soul who is satisfied, return to Your Lord well pleased, and pleasing."_ (AlFajr, 27-28)

This verse explains that when a believer is pleased with Allah (راضية) then Allah ﷻ too is pleased with the servant (مرضية). And as a result, the believer is granted entry into Paradise.

𝗜𝗹𝗹𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗕𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴

The noble companion 'Imrān bin Huṣayn (رضي الله عنه ) suffered in illness for 38 years. During this duration he was seen smiling. Upon recovery (38 years later), other notable companions came to visit 'Imrān bin Huṣayn (رضي الله عنه) and noticed that he seemed more saddened now, than during the time of his illness. When asked about this strange situation, 'Imrān bin Huṣayn (رضي الله عنه) explained, "During my time of illness, I felt the company of the Angels. Now as I have recovered, I feel the emptiness, lacking the blessed company of the noble Angels that used to surround me."

An illness can be a blessing from Allah ﷻ. However, we must also bear in mind that since an illness can be a blessing. we do not deliberately ask to be afflicted by any such illness. In fact, a believer should never ask for any trial in the world assuming it will decrease the punishment of the Hereafter. Instead, we should ask Allah ﷻ for good in both this world and Hereafter. The reccomended Du'ā' for this is as follows:

*رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِى ٱلْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ*

_'O our Lord give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the Fire'_

𝗔𝘀𝗸 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝗕𝗼𝘁𝗵 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝗮𝗱 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀

Sometimes, we find that we only raise our hands to make Du'ā' when we have some need. Genereally, if our situation is well, we may not make effort for Du'ā'. If this is the case, the Angels in the Heavens will not recognize our voices when we call out to Allah ﷻ during the time of need. However, if we call onto Allah ﷻ in both times of goodness as well as difficulty, the Angels become familiar with our voices. Therefore in good times also, we should make Du'ā' to Allahﷻ, and in difficult times we should increase even more in Du'ā'. Who else other than Allah ﷻ can save us?

𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 - 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗵

Once there was a young disobedient boy who would never listen to his mother. After a long period of frustration, his mother removed him from the house and told him to never come back. The boy left and went to a nearby village trying to look for accommodation but could not find any. He then took the route back home and sat by the door of his mother's house without knocking. After a while, his mother came outside and saw him. She told him to go away, to which he emotionally responded, "Do I really have a place other than you, oh my mother!? I may find a job and place to live in the city but I will never receive the love which you have for me!" This made the mother emotional too and she hugged him and brought him back into her home.

Haḍrat, commenting on this, said, "Oh my respected brothers and sisters, Allah ﷻ is more loving than a mother is to her child! Try it and test it out. During difficult times cry to Allahﷻ and ask for ease. You will immediately feel the peace and contentment settle within your heart. This is because Allah ﷻ loves us."

𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀

In this world, there is no real (i.e. eternal) pain. It’s all temporary. The real pain is the pain of the Hereafter which inshā'Allah the believer will never face. Our suffering in this world is like an operation that we voluntarily undertake for our betterment. Sadly, very few people understand this. Even amongst the learned people, very few understand this.

For a believer, after every hardship there is ease. And if they pass away in the state of difficulties then they have assured entry into Jannah.

In conclusion: Hold onto the Rope of Allah ﷻ (i.e. Qur'ān and Sunnah). Connect to Allah ﷻ and make Du'ā', "Oh Allah ﷻ! I humbly approach You, holding the rope of Your beloved (ﷺ) which you never reject. Please ease my trials for me and grant me patience."

```May Allah ﷻ grant us the ability to practise on everything that has been said. Āmīn```

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