: Feb 03, 2016

Ibn al-Qayyim writes, “Were it not for the sufferings of this world, we would all come empty-handed in front of Allah on Judgment Day.”…

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Ibn al-Qayyim writes, “Were it not for the sufferings of this world, we would all come empty-handed in front of Allah on Judgment Day.”

Such a powerful and simple explanation. Our good deeds mean little; our sins are too many to count. What truly separates the righteous from the sinner is not just actions, but attitude.

Calamities befall everyone. How we cope and deal with those calamities demonstrates our faith in Allah. If we believe that Allah is testing us for a wisdom known to Him, and that He loves us and wishes what is best for us, we will resign our fate unto Allah, and ask Him for patience and relief. But if we are not strong in this certainty, we will complain of His treatment to others, and question His wisdom, or even worse: question His existence!

May Allah grant us the wisdom to understand that all that befalls us is for our own good. May He grant us the patience to accept His Decrees upon us. And may He avert from us calamities that we cannot bear.

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