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17 Benefits of Tribulation

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style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>? The English happened to be the most powerful people at the time so it was Greenwich. He could have been Istanbul. It is arbitrary. You do not know where you are in the universe, how do you know where God is? But this is the ignorance of man because man is in a delusional state and the problem with delusions, this is the most troubling thing for me as a person who understands this intellectually. The problem with delusion is nobody who is deluded sees their delusion. That is the problem of delusion you do not understand that you are deluded. Arrogant people are often completely oblivious to their ignorance. They do not realise that they are being arrogant but they see themselves as better than you and that is where the arrogance comes from and to see themselves as better than you is a delusional state because in reality they do not know whether they are better than you, they might be but they do not know.


See you did not ask me what were the other things, there was one thing that I left out of the three things. That just reminded me of that.


He has hidden his awliya amongst His servants and the frightening thing about this it might even be a non mulsim. That is the amazing thing about it because Imam Qurtabi said that Sayyidina Umar was beloved to God when he was in Makkah prostrating to idols. So you do not know, you could meet a person and he could be better than you.


That is why Habib Umar told one of the students that was in Yemen “when you go to America, if you want to call Americans to Islam never call anybody, talk to them about Islam except that you assume he is better than you”. Not that he is lower than you, that he is actually better than you. That methodology is what spread Islam all over the world because what he said was that you now know the truth and so any disobedience you do you have no excuse for whereas as long as he is in a state of ignorance it might be an excuse with his Lord until the message comes to him because we believe that people that have not been given a message are forgiven.


So then he says they admit they are His dominion and His servants and ultimately they must return to His judgment and decree and to His planning and management and to His fate and measuring out. They have no place of refuge from Him and no way out.


The third benefit of calamities is sincerity to Allah because one has no place of return in putting off or defending against the calamities except to Him. So it makes you sincere. The mukhlis is the one that calls on God without any shirk. So if you realise you have no other place. They realised that they had no place of refuge from Him except to Him. That state is a great gift from Allah because it puts you in a state of ikhlas. One of the ulema said that one moment of ikhlas in this world is enough to save a person, just to be in a state of ikhlas with Allah. So that is a great gift that calamity except upon Allah, Allah says “if Allah afflicts you with some harm there is no remover of that harm except Allah, except Him”.


When they get on a boat and there is turbulence and waves, suddenly they are calling Allah sincerely. These are people that are in a bad state but Allah is saying in that state they are mukhlisoon because when the calamities come….so that is a benefit of calamities.


How many times wAllahi you ask yourselves, everyone of you right now, you ask yourselves how many times has a calamity afflicted you and it led to the state where you really felt You are the only one who can help me in this. That is how I became Muslim wAllahi. I remember very clearly when I was 17 years old, I had an incredible tribulation and I remember the night. I was in a car and I will never forget that night where I know I called on Allah with absolute sincerity. I remember it very clearly and that prayer got answered. That is the beauty, because that is the ism’alam. If you call on Allah that is the ism’alam, the greatest name is the name that has no partnerships with it.


The fourth benefit is that he returns to Allah and is suddenly fervent in his desire of his Lord so that is a benefit. Allah says when a harm afflicts the human he calls on his Lord returning back to Him, to His Lord.


The fifth one that it leads to a humbled state before God and prayers that you are calling on Allah. When the harm afflicts a person, He calls on Us. There is a hadith that Allah afflicts the people He loves just to hear them call on Him. SubhanAllah. It is only a short time, if you keep it in perspective. It is just like the dentist, it is only going to hurt for a second but he is doing it for your benefit and that is why you let him do it. It is true or not true? Somebody when they are pulling out the sliver you know this is just going to hurt for a second, ok go ahead. It is over that is what you say when you do something to the child get a sliver out, it is just for a second and then they are crying crying. It is over, it is over then you hug them and everything is alright and that is the thing about dunya it is just…..we are getting the tooth pulled out. 70-80 years maximum but if you relate it to infinity, to infinity, it is cancelled our so stop complaining. Really, just sit back and relax.


You know what it is like, I have seen this with my own child and you can do this, don’t do this! Take the child, I do not want to be responsible, it is America, they sue you for stuff like this. If you take a child and you throw the child up there is a point where you see this, they go into this state of complete panic and then when they come back to your arms they are laughing. That is dunya, I guarantee you, that moment, that is your life, you came from God and you are going back to God and there is just a moment when you are in a complete state of panic but just relax, you are in good hands. Just relax.


The Moroccans say relax the mind and learn to swim, seriously relax the mind. Do you remember when you first learned to swim? I remember, I will never forget it. I got placed on my back, the person told me relax completely. I was scared to death. Relax completely? What are you talking about? I am going to drown. No you are going to float. Relax it was frightening in the beginning but once you learn to relax suddenly you are floating and everything is fine. That is dunya. You just have to relax, we are in the ocean of dunya and we need to just float, keep afloat, do not drown. They are all drowning out there because the person who drowns, they come up and they are in a state of….if they would just relax, they would not drown but the panic is causing them to drown and that is what is happening with all these people out there. It is the panic. “Human beings are created in a state of anxiety, when any harm afflicts they panic and when good comes they withhold, they do not want to share it with anybody except the people of prayer”. They are in a different state and that is the people we want to be from, the people who are exempted from that other state because that trust in Allah is what saves you.


Allah says they call to him, rather to Him may your call be and He will remove what you are calling him for, to remove the calamity if he desires. So that is one of the benefits. “Say who will save you from the darknesses of the land and the sea when you call Him, abased and humbled, in fear and in concealment”.


The sixth benefit is that you are forbearing to the One who has afflicted you. Allah says in the Quran “Ibrahim was someone who had compassion for other people, he felt compassion”. Halim is the gentleness. “We gave them good tidings of Ismail”. Young boy, a forbearing boy. The Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said “you have two qualities that Allah loves: forbearing and deliberation”. There is a difference in the rankings of forbearance based upon the differences of the calamities in their enormities and in their severity, whether they are great or small. A forbearance shown when there is a great calamity is much greater than any other type of forbearance so that is one of the great blessings is the ability to show forbearance because it is a gift from Allah.


The seventh one is that you can forgive them so it is not just having forbearance but you actually forgive them and you get one of the greatest rewards is forgiving people who have done you a wrong. Allah says “those who forgive people, Allah loves those people”. “The one who pardons and who rectifies, his reward is with Allah”. When you forgive people for great calamities, it is better than any other forgiveness. See if you have family members that cause you problems, you have to forgive them for the sake of Allah. Don’t do it for them, do it for Allah. See one of the things that people do, if you get angry and you leave, you run out of the room and then you do not talk to that person the more you delay that time the deeper it festers. It is like a boil. If you immediately go, seriously I got upset with somebody, I took a shower and then just went and asked their forgiveness and I was not the wrongdoer. The thing can be healed, if you do not do that, it becomes more and more difficult as times goes on, it festers. Then pride comes in. Shaytan says it is not your fault, you didn’t do it. He should be the one asking for forgiveness of you, who does he think he is? Don’t worry about who he thinks he is, worry about who you think you are, that is the problem. The problem with the world is who we think we are so asking forgiveness of people is a great blessing from Allah.


The eighth one is to be patient during the tribulation “Allah is with the patient ones” so when you show patience it is a great blessing. To wait for an opening from Allah is one of the greatest acts of ibadah. There are Muslims you see, if you tell them to be patient they say how long do we have to be patient. There is this kind of thing we have been patient, that is not patience. You cannot call a donkey patient in Arabic. It does not work because patience is based on understanding. You can bear things, they just bear it. Patience is difference. Patience has ihtisab which is where you actually reckon with your Lord a reward, you are believing there is a reward coming from being patient. This brings on the muhabbah of Allah, the love of Allah and also the abundant reward. Allah loves the patient ones, so by being patient you are incurring the love of Allah. Engendering the love of Allah. The sabiroon are given their rewards without any reckoning. Some rewards you get it is reckoned already whereas patience is without reckoning. No one was given a blessing better or more than patience.


The ninth one is to actually be happy, glad about what is happening because of these benefits. The Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said that in a hadith that Imam Ahmad relates about the people who went before, they used to be as happy during times of calamities and tribulations as you are during times of abundance. How wonderous those two distasteful things: death and poverty because in the akhirah, poverty in this world is a blessing because your hisab is much less if you are poor. That is what Imam Ali said about wealth “what is halal from it is a reckoning and what is prohibited from it is a punishment” and that is why the zuhad are called, the most intelligent people are the people or zuhad because they give up things because they do not want the problem that go with these things. That they were happy with it not because they happened but rather because of the rewards and the fruits that came from those tribulations.


So just as somebody who is happy who has great diseases when he drinks that bitter cure that will remove that disease, he is drinking it and he is happy about it because he is thinking not about the bitterness and the difficult of the remedy but he is thinking about the benefits that will come from taking the bitter remedy so this is the way people are of Allah with the tribulations.


The tenth is to be grateful for it because of what are contained in there of the benefits as a sick person would be grateful to the doctor who is severing one of his limbs or preventing him from his desires because he believes that is a cure for him. You go to the surgeon, the surgeon cut your hand off because there is gangrene, what do they say to the surgeon afterwards? Thank you so much doctor. He just cut off your hand. Why are you thanking him? Because you realise he was doing you a benefit even thought outwardly he harmed you so in the same way those people who have tribulation from Allah know that Allah only does those things to benefit them to make them grow and so they actually say alhamdulillah.


The eleventh one, the purification that these calamities have towards their wrongs and their sins. Allah said that anything that afflicts you is from what your own hands have wrought and He pardons much of what you have done in other words what you are being afflicted with is actually much less than what you deserve and in that, one of the things that Imam Nasafi in his tafsir and his tafsir, it is a beautiful tafsir, one of the things he says in that, he said if you reflect on the meaning of that you will show gratitude for your calamities because you will realise that it is a blessing that they are much less than what they are, that is the secret of that ayah. That is why Allah followed that up, that you are afflicted with your wrong actions, you can feel bad about that when you realise that He has pardoned so much, it actually makes you feel grateful that Allah has overlooked so much of your shortcomings.


That the believer is not afflicted with any difficulty, exhaustion, fatigue, anxiety that concerns him or even a thorn that punctures him except that Allah removes with it, that he steps on a thorn that he steps on except that Allah removes with it his wrong actions so those are all blessings. So no disease, no exhaustion, fatigue anything like that at all comes as a removal of wrong actions, subhanAllah.


The twelfth blessing is the compassion that Allah enables you to show to people that are in tribulation and to help them. “Whoever relieves a quorba, one of the calamities of this world for a believer, Allah will relieve a calamity for him on the yaum ul qiyammah” so people in tribulation become an opportunity. One of the things that Imam Muhammad al Hasan one of the things that he says in his commentary on the Mudhara, he said there are two conditions that people have:


  1. Where you have the afiyah, you have the wellbeing in yourself, in your family but you get problems of other people
  2. You have these problems


If you do not help people who have problems then Allah will give you those problems. That is the nature of the world it is to test you. So you are either tested in yourself or with others but you have to respond appropriately so avoiding those things is a danger and that is why the tribulations of others are actually a blessing if they come to you for help or something, it is an opportunity to earn some closeness to Allah.


In the Muwatta of Imam Malik, Isa (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) was reported to have said “people are of two types, people of wellbeing and people of tribulation so have compassion for the people of tribulation and show gratitude for well being”. That is why if you are in good shape, do not complain, tell somebody to punch you if you complain or something because you do not want, if you complain and you do not have anything to complain about, Allah will give you things to complain about and then you will think about how good things were. Remember we used to complain about that, what were we thinking? There are people that say that when real calamities hit them they think what was I complaining about before? The truth is well stop complaining now because it could get worse, that is the whole point. It could get worse and one of the poets said


“The only people that really feel sorry for people in passionate love are the people who have been in passionate love”


So when you see people in tribulation you should remember I have been there, I should remember what that was like and show compassion to them.


The thirteenth one. Tribulations give you the blessing of having true knowledge of the extent of blessing of well being so when tribulations come you really appreciate what well being is. So it is better to appreciate it when you have got it. The nature of blessings is that nobody realises the extent of them until they have lost them. That is a human being. He is just oppressive of himself and constantly denying the blessings of Allah.


The fourteenth. What Allah has prepared from the blessings of the reward of the akhirah based on these varying ranks so this is also a blessing that Allah has prepared rewards for the calamities that you bear patiently or with contentment based on different ranks. There are people that are content that will have a higher station in paradise than people that were simply patient and patience is the lowest maqam in the maqamat of the tawbahs actually the first one.


The fifteenth: What is hidden inside in the folds of these calamities are blessings. That is another benefit. Maybe you dislike a thing and Allah will put in it much good. You don’t know, there are things hidden in blessings so I will give you an example. I missed a flight once and alhamdulillah I have never been upset about missing a flight I guarantee you because I always think if the plane goes down I am going to feel like such a fool for having run to catch the plane or something like that. So I just relax, never want to be in a plane that you ran to catch and then it goes down. What was I running for? So if you miss it, you miss it. But I missed a plane, they ended up giving me $500 back because they had to re-route the ticket and things like that and the difference was nothing in time and things like that. There are always benefits that are hidden in what you think is a trouble. The thing about the world is that if you enter into a state with your experience of the world in which whenever these things happen you just accept them you will always find the benefit, you will see them always, Allah will show them, you will know there is a benefit. In every delay there is God’s choice in it and that is part of what the mumin does, he submits to it.


The sixteenth one is that tribulations prevent you from arrogance and from evil, pride, tyranny, doing all these things like Nimrud. Had Nimrud been a poor sickly person deaf and dumb he would have never had done all those horrible things that he did. The same with the tyrants of the world, had they been born impoverished and this and that but it is those things that make them arrogant.


The seventeenth one is contentment, ridha because tribulations afflict the good and evil and whosoever does not like it then it is just on him and he has lost the dunya and the akhirah and whoever is pleased with it he is pleased because he knows that paradise is better than anything in this world and if those are the tribulations that it takes to get him into paradise then he is content with it.



So these are some of the blessings I mean there are many blessings but these are the ones that Sultan al Ulema Abdul Aziz Salaam enumerated and they are good to remember in these times.


But I will end by saying read history. These are not bad times. Muslims should not be so negative, there has been much worse times I mean there are aspects that are bad about this time and certainly one of the greatest calamities of the rime is that we do not have a lot of people of knowledge any more and we do not have the levels of deen and things like this but just in terms of outward dunya calamities, this period is nothing if you read history, this period is nothing.


The real calamities of this age are spiritual calamities, they are not worldly calamities so if we are going to weep over the calamities of this age we should be weeping about the lack of religion, about the lack of spirituality, we should not be weeping about all this stuff we see out there because it is just not that bad. I am sorry and if you think it is you have not read history. Things have been much worse, read about earlier wars and how many people died and plagues that afflicted people, a third of Europe was wiped out by the black plague.


There are too many blessings, the blessings we have overwhelming. That is why inshaAllah we will ask Allah to put us in a state of gratitude with Allah and make us from the shaakireen really make us from the shaakirneen and just not complain. The thing about complainers is that even complainers do not like complainers really. They want to complain but they do not want to listen to anybody who complains. So insha’Allah we will stop whining. It is the maqam of the tifil is to whine. It is what I always tell my boys, nobody likes a whiner even a whiner and they laugh because they know it is true. So whining is a maqam, it is the maqam of the tifil, that is what a whiner is. The rijaal in haqiqah it does not mean male, the rujul is male and female it is the one who has reached the maqam of the adult, it is the mature one, that is what it means, the mature one. Rujula is maturity.


So insha’Allah Allah make us all mature.




Summary of the 17 Benefits of Tribulation



1. You realise the power of Lordship over you


2: You realise your abject servanthood and your complete state of resignation and brokenness before the will and power of Allah


3: Sincerity to Allah


4. You return to Allah and are suddenly fervent in your desire of your Lord


5. It leads to a humbled state before God


6. You are forbearing to the One who has afflicted you.


7. You can actually forgive them


8. To be patient during the tribulation


9. To actually be happy, glad about what is happening because of these benefits


10. To be grateful for it because of what are contained in there of the benefits


11. The purification that these calamities have towards your wrongs and your sins


12. Allah enables you to show to people that are in tribulation and to help them


13. Tribulations give you the blessing of having true knowledge of the extent of blessing


14.  What Allah has prepared from the blessings of the reward of the akhirah based on these varying ranks


15.  What is hidden inside in the folds of these calamities are blessings


16.  Tribulations prevent you from arrogance and from evil, pride, tyranny


17. Contentment