Seeing Allah (s.w.t.) in Ease & Hardship

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Abu al-Jannab Najm ad-Din ibn ‘Umar al-Kubra’ (q.s.) said that the salik should always have repentance, tawbah, and penitence, inabah, before Allah (s.w.t.) in all conditions of hardship and affluence, comfort and calamity.  Referring to the prophet, Sulayman (a.s.), Allah (s.w.t.) Says

سُوۡرَةُ صٓ
وَوَهَبۡنَا لِدَاوُ ۥدَ سُلَيۡمَـٰنَ‌ۚ نِعۡمَ ٱلۡعَبۡدُ‌ۖ إِنَّهُ ۥۤ أَوَّابٌ (٣٠)

To David, We Gave Solomon (for a son) ― how excellent in servant!  Ever did he turn (to Us)! (Surah Swad:30)

Allah (s.w.t.) Says the same thing about Ayyub (a.s.), for Sulayman (a.s.) saw his Benefactor in His Bounties, ni’mah, and Ayyub (a.s.) saw the One who tries in His Trials.

سُوۡرَةُ الاٴنبیَاء
۞ وَأَيُّوبَ إِذۡ نَادَىٰ رَبَّهُ ۥۤ أَنِّى مَسَّنِىَ ٱلضُّرُّ وَأَنتَ أَرۡحَمُ ٱلرَّٲحِمِينَ (٨٣) فَٱسۡتَجَبۡنَا لَهُ ۥ فَكَشَفۡنَا مَا بِهِۦ مِن ضُرٍّ۬‌ۖ وَءَاتَيۡنَـٰهُ أَهۡلَهُ ۥ وَمِثۡلَهُم مَّعَهُمۡ رَحۡمَةً۬ مِّنۡ عِندِنَا وَذِڪۡرَىٰ لِلۡعَـٰبِدِينَ (٨٤)

And (remember) Job, when he cried to his Lord, “Truly distress has seized me, but Thou art the Most Merciful of those that are merciful.”  So, We Listened to him: We Removed the distress that was on him, and We Restored his people to him, and doubled their number ― as a Grace from Ourselves, and a thing for commemoration, for all who serve Us. (Surah al-Anbiya’:83-84)

Neither did the bounties enjoyed by the former blur his vision of the Provider nor the hardship and tribulations of the latter veil his sight from seeing the Hand of their Sender.  In both the cases they attributed all that happened to the Lord.


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