In the light of the Holy Hadith
The Islamic Attitude
“All troubles, even if it is the pricking of a thorn, that befall a Muslim serve for his/her sins to be forgiven.”
(Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith no: 5640)
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
One day Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) saw a woman crying out loud by the grave of her deceased child. “Fear Allah and be patient!”, he advised the sorrowful mother. “Mind your own business! What has troubled me has not troubled you!”, said the woman, failing to recognize him because of her pain. A while later, when she realized that it was the Prophet Muhammad (saw) who advised her to do so, she went near him and expressed her apologies. Then came the following striking advice from him, “True patience is that which comes at the first blow.”
It is inevitable that all of us have troubles, pains, sorrows, and material and spiritual problems in life. This is the reason why this world is called “the world of trials”. In this respect, the Prophet Muhammad (saw) endured the worst of such trials that we strive to come through in our own lives. He lost his father before he was even born, and his mother when he was only six years old, and had to grow up without a father and mother. Moreover, he suffered the loss of his beloved wife and his six children. He, together with a handful of believers, had to endure the polytheists’ merciless pressures, tortures, restrictions, and exclusionary behaviour. Despite all these troubles and problems, he never lost his faith and hopes, always sought refuge in Allah, and asked only Him for help. He embraced mercy other than violence, and never resorted to solutions that Allah would disapprove.
The Almighty Allah (swt) states, “We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient!” None of us naturally would like to encounter hardships. But as Muslims, we all know that while there are good times in life, we also have bad times as a part of our trial in this world. Let us not turn our pains into rebellion and oppression.
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Istanbul, Turkey