whereas, the unskilled person aggravates his own predicament, often
making two disasters out of one.
Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam was compelled to leave Makkah, but
rather than quit his mission, he continued it in Madeenah - the city
that took its place in history with lightning speed.
Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal RA was severely tortured and flogged, and yet
he emerged triumphant from that ordeal, becoming the Imam of the
Sunnah. Imam Ibnu Taymiyah was put into prison; he later came out an
even more accomplished scholar than he was before. Imam As-Sarakhsi
was held as a prisoner, kept at the bottom of an unused well; he
managed therein to produce twenty volumes on Islamic jurisprudence.
Ibn Atheer became crippled, after which he wrote Jami al-Usool and
An-Nihayah, two of the most famous books in the Science of Hadith.
Imam Ibn al-Jawzi RA was banished from Baghdad. Then, through his
travels, he became proficient in the seven recitations of the
Qur'an. Maalik ibn ar-Rayb was on his deathbed when he recited his
most famous and beautiful poem, which is appreciated until this day.
When Abi Dhu 'aib al-Hadhali's children died before him, he
eulogized them with a poem that the world listened to and admired.
Therefore, if you are afflicted with a misfortune, look on the
bright side. If someone were to hand you a glass full of squeezed
lemons, add to it a handful of sugar. And if someone gives you a
snake as a gift, keep its precious skin and leave the rest. "It may
be that you dislike a thing that is good for you..." (Qur'an 2: 216)
Before its violent revolution, France imprisoned two brilliant
poets: one an optimist, the other a pessimist. They both squeezed
their heads through the bars of their cell windows. The optimist
then stared at the stars and laughed, while the pessimist looked at
the dirt of a neighbouring road and wept. Look at the other side of
a tragedy circumstance of pure evil does not exist, and in all
situations one can find goodness and profit and reward from Allah