“How amazing is the affair of the believer. There is good for him in everything and that is for no one but the believer. If good times come his way, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him, and if hardship comes his way, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.” (Muslim)
This is one of my favorite hadiths, simply because it reveals so much about our Prophet, our religion and most of all, our Allah. It shows us how much Allah cares about us, how He is always doing whats best for us, how He always helps us. If we applied this level of thinking to our lives we would honestly not have anything to complain about, anything to cry about. We wouldn’t feel depressed, or sad, or angry, or frustrated, or stressed to the point we feel like we might explode. No, if we truly understand what our Prophet is telling us we would live a life of happiness.
‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) Allah’s Apostle narrated that our Prophet said, “No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn.”
SubhanAllah. Both these hadith build on each other. If we look at the last hadith we know that even if things are not going our way we are to be happy, patient, because it is from Allah and it is better for us. The second hadith tells us one of the benifits of calamities, the expulsion of our sins. This is why the life of the beleiver is amazing. When we are doing good we are happy because everything is good, we are enjoying life, but when things go bad we must understand that this is also good. When we are put into a tribulation and we face it with patience we actually benfit immensly from it. We want our sins forgiven, expelled, even punished for them in this world. By losing something, or not attaining what we had planned and hoped for we put our faith in Allah and we reap in immense reward for it. This is why no matter what happens in our lives, we can never be sad. The sahabas used to be more happy in tribulation, because they knew, they knew that it was a test from Allah. It was through His love, and that they were being forgiven of their sins and getting a clossness to Allah.
I hope that we can start to put our lives into perspective and understand that nothing is in our control, that our lives have been written by Allah and He is our Creator so who better to trust?
This is a very deep and vast topic which I will continue to cover iA.