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19 Aug 2012

The end result of having patience upon afflictions

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Patience upon afflictions

وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ    ﴿155﴾ الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّـهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ ﴿156﴾ أُولَـٰئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ ۖ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ﴿157

And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.). (Al-Baqarah 2:155)

Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” (Al-Baqarah 2:156)

They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. blessings, etc.) (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones. (Al-Baqarah 2:157)


Explanation of some of the words/phrases

  • Fear – That which is meant here specifically is the fear of the enemy in war.
  • Verily to Allah we belong – That we are the possessions of Allah and he does with us what ever He wills.
  • Those on whom are the salawat of their Lord – That which is meant here is His forgiveness for their sins.
  • Mercy – His blessings in this life and reward in the here-after.

Some clarity and explanation 

From a persons natural disposition is that when they are in a situation of ease, blessing and good health, they tend to busy themselves with these things. This many times causes them to be negligent of  numerous types of obedience that they should be carrying out and obligations to their Lord. This sometimes has a tendency to go deep into their desires and those things that they want of this world. They they find themselves from among those that are destroyed.

Because of this, we see that it is from Allah’s wisdom that He tries us with things that will bring us back to being aware after our situation of negligence and heedlessness. By doing this He saves the individual from destruction.

{And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear}

This is as we previously stated from the enemy, so that you may prepare yourselves for them.

{hunger}

For example by restricting rain, or water from the rivers so that you strive hard to obtain your provisions.

{loss of wealth}

Here we find it is talking about referring to its being taken away, either by being stolen or maybe even burned. Which will with out a doubt cause some trials because in most economies and places everything falls back on the wealth of that community.

{lives}

This is done by the death of loved ones and close family members, so that one does not become so busy with them that they leave off those things that is obligatory for  them in their lives.

{and fruits}

This is done either by decreasing its amounts, or even by its destruction in totality by some type of disaster. The end result of this is many times the people begin to remember the blessings of Allah that they had received by giving the due charity and thanking Allah for the bounty He has bestowed upon the people.

 {but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.) Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.}

These people are given glad tidings of three things;

  • Upon them is the forgiveness of their Lord for their sins
  • As well, the mercy from their Lord by way of the good in this life and in the here-after.
  • They will be guided to that which is correct from both statements and actions.

That which is understood from these verses

  • When ever Allah tests us with afflictions it is to aide us in having praiseworthy attributes that will assist us in living a good life. This is not because Allah is angry with us. There is a hadeeth that stats in it,  “Verily Allah gives the worldly life to whom He loves and to whom He does not love. But He only gives the religion to those whom He loves”.
  • It is upon mankind to be patient when it comes to those things they do not like. They should be glad because of what Allah has planned for them from the good that they do not know about. Allah said in the Quran {It may be that you all dislike something and it is good for you all}.
  • Those that are patient in hard times will have a great reward in the here-after.  Allah said, {Give glad tidings to the ones that are patient}. Also for them is guidance and success in this life. Allah said, {it is they who are the guided-ones}.
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