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Friday, February 18, 2005

When Trouble Troubles You........

An intelligent and skilful person transforms losses into profits; whereas the unwise and unskilled aggravates his own predicament making two disasters out of one. The Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon him) was compelled to quit Makkah and he stayed at Madinah. Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal was imprisoned, severely tortured and flogged, yet he emerged triumphant, becoming the Imam of the Sunnah. Imam As-Sarakhsi was kept as a prisoner at the bottom of a deserted well and he managed therein to produce twenty volumes on Islamic jurisprudence. So if you are afflicted with a misfortune, look on the bright side. From whom do the weak and the oppressed seek victory? Who does everyone beseech? He is Allah. No one has the right to be worshipped except He. Therefore it is most expedient for you to supplicate to Him during times of hardship and of ease, to seek shelter with Him in difficult times, and to plead at His doorstep with tears of repentance. Is not He [the best] Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls on Him. Surah An-Naml - Ayah 62. If you are constant and sincere in your supplication, you will achieve freedom from worry and anxiety . ..Invoke Me, I will respond to your (invocation). Surah Ghafir - Ayah 60. So if you are surrounded by affliction, remember Him, call out His name, ask Him for help, and seek from Him victory. Cling to His door, have good thoughts about Him, and wait for His help! You will find true happiness and success. Extract from Dont Be Sad by Shaykh Aaidh Al-Qarni.

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