'Did you forget Allah, don't get sad, Allah is with you..., (He) won't let you down'
- Shaykh Musa Jibril حفظه الله
For some time I've wanted to address a matter, a matter which is not unknown to us - trials, tribulations and patience.
This short text from our beloved shaykh, though short in words, very similar to his other short statements it is gigantic when comprehended.
Till this day it is these words that echo in my ears when slapped in the face with a trial, and I swear by Allah these words are what allows you to duck and continue sprinting to get to Allah.
Know that when every door shuts and you are cornered to the floor, Allah will make a way out for you. Have you not seen those who remained truthful to Allah, those abandoned by the world and slandered by every tongue? Allah was sufficient for them and nothing was able to harm them despite all efforts.
So O blessed one with emaan in the heart, O you who have been stricken with calamity, know that they are an expiation for sins that have been committed; for no worry or anxiety or harm befalls a believer except that Al-Mighty Allah expiates sins through them [hardships], even if a thorn were to prick you. It is through patience and anticipation of reward one attains the level of the sabireen [patient ones], that high level which Allah, may He be exalted said, “And 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, who, when disaster strikes them, say ‘Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.’”
O you who desires ever lasting bliss, pour your heart before the turner of hearts, when He the Al-mighty comes down to answer you, whisper your cries to the ground and find Ar-Rahman listening from the skies above!
'When you ask Him with sincerity, with firm determination and ask Him so many times, Allah will say, 'This is for my slave and my slave must have what he asked for.'
- Shaykh Musa Jibril حفظه الله
Tell me O slave of Allah what more can your heart desire? I advise you O beautiful servant of Allah, O worker of the hereafter, continue to work for it with a beautiful patience and Allah will take care of your affairs with regards to this din and dunya.
Embed it within your heart that calamities and disasters in this temporary dunya are nothing but a test, they are a sign of Allah’s love for you, have you not seen the medicine, though it is bitter it is still given to the loved one – and for Allah is the highest description! We knew that the path of Tawheed was not one that guaranteed security, but it guaranteed much higher than that, Jannah!
Recall magnificent words of our most beloved, our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم:
‘how wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.’
Which moments can be more precious than those where you turn to your Lord and you know that He alone is the One who grants relief from distress, and how great is the relief when it comes after hardship.
وَاصْبِرْ وَمَا صَبْرُكَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ وَلَا تَحْزَنْ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا تَكُ فِي ضَيْقٍ مِّمَّا يَمْكُرُونَ
And be patient and your patience is not but by (the assistance of) Allah, and grieve not for them, and do not distress yourself at what they plan.