Evils and Misfortunes

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Our bold claim of purity

A person complained about his problems and worries in a letter to a Hazrat. The Hazrat replied, “It is natural for a human to feel distressed but I see you writing in your letter that you never oppressed anyone or caused any harm to others. Why then I am facing such troubles?” This is our general state. We think we never betrayed others or oppressed anyone, then why do we face many troubles. Why am I the only one facing all the troubles from the affairs of my daughter to children and the business? This is the general thinking that why am I facing all sort of distress when I didn’t harm anyone. The person too wrote such a thing to the Hazrat. The Hazrat replied, “There are two things. The first thing is the man doesn’t realize his mistake. Claiming that I never betrayed anyone’s right or did any harm to others, I wish Allah ﷻ makes it so but it is a difficult thing to happen. Only Allah ﷻ knows how many times we would have hurt someone but the one who does mistake doesn’t realize his mistakes. Also a person has in his mind the picture of what is oppression and according to that, he feels he didn’t oppress anyone. This is what happens and thus the man doesn’t realize his mistakes thinking him to be very pure and free from such evils. So the Hazrat wrote let Allah ﷻ make it so that he didn’t harm anyone but one should never claim and think that he is free from evils or shortcomings. One should always keep seeking forgiveness and repent from deep heart before Allah ﷻ for the sins and evils one have. Never let any waswasa (whispering) or thought that a mistake can never happen from me.

The cause of misfortunes

It has been narrated that the Prophet ﷺ made duaa, “O Allah! Forgive me for whichever Muslim I harmed or abused or beat or cursed and make this in his favor a source of mercy, purity and a means of gaining proximity to You”. Allahu Akbar! When Allah’s ﷻ Prophet ﷺ is making such a duaa and seeking His ﷻ forgiveness, then how can we say that a mistake never happened from our side and I never transgressed against anyone? Also though the general rule is that the misfortunes befalling us are due to our own evil deeds as mentioned in the Quran, “Wamaa asaabakum min museebatin fabimaa kasabat aydeekum”- “Whatever misfortune happens to you, is because of the things your hands have wrought” (Al Quran: 41:30), but the rule is not necessarily be the same for every person that it is always because of his misdeeds that misfortunes are befalling him. If this is the general rule all the time, then the Prophets (peace be upon all of them) and awliya of Allah ﷻ wouldn’t have faced poverty and misfortunes because some of them were innocent and some of them were protected from sins. The Prophet ﷺ said, “The Prophets are the ones who face the worst trials, then those who excel after them and so on”. People like us should think that the troubles we are facing are due to our own misdeeds. Even if one is so sure that he didn’t commit any sin, even then he doesn’t have to be distressed for the misfortunes because even the Prophets (peace be on all of them), the Companions (let Allah ﷻ be pleased with them) and the awliya of Allah ﷻ faced it. So how can one say why he is facing all the misfortunes when he didn’t harm anyone or oppress anyone? A Companion of the Prophet ﷺ told the Prophet ﷺ, “Ya Rasoolullah! I love you”. The Prophet ﷺ said, “O dear! Watch out what you say?” The Sahabi said again, “Ya Rasoolullah! I love you”. The Prophet ﷺ repeated the same and so the Sahabi when the Prophet ﷺ said, “Be then ready to face the poverty because the poverty runs towards the person loving me just like water runs from top of the valley towards its bottom”. So thinking that misfortunes are always the cause of our misdeeds is not correct when the misfortunes can come because of our closeness to Allah ﷻ. Whatever be the case, the misfortunes are sure to come because this is dunya.

The sign of being close to Allah ﷻ and the sign of our sins

O honorable ones! Let Allah ﷻ grant us His ﷻ kurb (closeness or proximity) because if the misfortunes befall us based of the kurb, then the sign is our heart will remain tranquil and if the misfortunes come because of our sins, then our heart will remain restless and this is its sign. If a man faces trouble because of the kurb, then he will become more close to Allah ﷻ and if he faces problem because of misdeeds, then the complaints come on his tongue and a person abandons doing good deeds thinking negatively why he is facing troubles when he is doing righteous deeds. He thinks negatively that he is doing righteous deeds and still the diseases come into his house and thus gives up good deeds. My opinion is that a person should spend more time in seclusion with Allah ﷻ and keep making duas and he should never rely on his plan that it will fetch him success because a plan can result in some means of success but it is only Allah ﷻ who can make it effective. You should never rely on your plan. The trust should be placed only on Allah ﷻ. The plan is only a means and it is only Allah ﷻ Who puts effect in it. One should never think that his duaa is not accepted and he should make duaa with complete confidence and one should have the faith that the duaa is definitely accepted but keep in mind that sometimes a duaa is accepted with a different face. It has been mentioned many times in a hadith that the trials are a part of this dunya. So saying that I didn’t oppress anyone or transgressed against anyone, never earned haram money etc., doesn’t make sense though it is a big claim that one never hurt anyone when only Allah ﷻ knows how many we hurt day and night. One should always keep seeking forgiveness from Allah ﷻ. And whenever an evil befalls you, turn towards Allah ﷻ for forgiveness with deep regret and then seek Allah’s ﷻ help to save you from the trouble you are facing.

The scale of earning rewards

Having hatred towards sins is praiseworthy and an excellent quality based on the rank and saving oneself from sin in spite of having strong desire for it is excellent based on the reward. If you worry when you will become buzurg (pious elder) and a single evil thought will never cross your mind, then this will never happen. But yes if you take courage and save yourself from sin in spite of having a strong affinity towards it, then inshaaAllah the strength to commit a sin will reduce and the power that drags you towards the sin will reduce. This will definitely happen but it won’t end completely for there will always be a struggle and more you struggle, more reward you will earn. So the struggle against committing a sin in spite of having strong affinity is great but so is the reward. A young man saving himself from an evil glance earns more reward than an old man saving from evil glance because the young man has more affinity towards that sin than the old man. He has the peak of youthfulness, strength and a strong desire and so he gets more reward than the old man when he saves himself from the sin. During young age, the environment of sinning is large; the ability to sin is high with regards to strength and voracity. That is why the difference between worshipping during young age and old age is like between the weight of gold and iron. And as far as the old man who was worshipping during his young age and also during his old age, he will get the reward as when he was young. For him is the weight of gold and not that of iron.
The season of wilaayat

If you take one “mun” (about 16 kgs) of gold and one “mun” of iron, both are of one “mun” but the difference in value is huge like between the heavens and the earth. Similarly the difference between the prostration of a young man and an old man is like that of the gold and iron. As far as the old man who kept pleasing Allah ﷻ even during his young age, he will have the value like that of the gold and not iron and he won’t see the difference when he attains his old age because when there is more strength and vigor and the man saves himself from the sin, then his reward too will be more. And that is why one gets wilaayat (the friendship of Allah ﷻ) soon during young age. The real season of becoming a wali is in the young age as it is attained soon. So let one save from sin taking courage. Definitely there will be a strong desire but take courage. The more one takes courage the more one will gain the noor. If one doesn’t get a certain thing in a place, then that thing has more value in that place. Where one doesn’t get mangoes, see how people relish the mangoes there and how much value it has. Here we get mangoes cheap but how many places are there on the earth where one won’t get mangoes easily and people yearn for it. I heard that a place doesn’t have much grapes and when the jamaat from that place went to Afghanistan, they found grapes much cheaper than the meat and so the people kept eating more grapes as they get meat in their place but not the grapes. Similarly, Allah ﷻ doesn’t have ijz-o-Inkasari (humility) for He ﷻ has only greatness and so when ijz-o-Inkasari comes from a slave towards Allah’s ﷻ court, it has greater value. There is no ijz-o-Inkasari with Allah ﷻ and no crying and pleading with Him ﷻ. And when these gifts of crying, pleading and tears go to Allah ﷻ, then it has much greater value. This is a rare thing in Allah’s ﷻ court for He ﷻ has only greatness and greatness. When the things like the humility, ijz-o-Inkasari, the broken heart, the painful and regretful heart that a sin has happened goes to the court of Allah ﷻ, they have a high value for these are the rare things of that place.

Know some difference

Frugality differs from miserliness. Once Uthman was disturbed about the lamp burning inside his house in vain. By this time a beggar came to his house and wondered what sort of house he ended up with where people are making issue all over a lamp. And when he begged in the name of Allah ﷻ, Uthman  came outside and gave him 500 gold coins. He was completely astonished and when he asked Uthman  about this, he  said, “As far as the lamp issue, I will be answerable to Allah ﷻ and it is also only Allah ﷻ Who will reward me for offering you. That is why there is frugality and here is liberality.” So frugality and miserliness both are different. Miserliness is to stop oneself from spending in good acts and frugality is to stop oneself from spending extravagantly and lavishly for one’s pleasure. Contentment is to remain pleased with whatever one gets and greed is to think if I also get such and such things, it would be nice. Each has its own definition. Once a person received a guest and he presented before him the barley bread with the best of his ability to offer. The guest said if there was salt with this bread, it would have been nice. The host didn’t have the salt and so he took a bowl with him and bought salt in exchange of that bowl and presented before the guest. After finishing the meal, the guest said, “O Allah! Praise to you for the food and for granting me the contentment over the food”. Hearing this, the host replied, “If you had contentment, my bowl would have been sparred”. So contentment is to remain content with whatever one gets.

Get the true understanding of deen by reading the lives of our pious elders

Let Allah ﷻ grant us the understanding of deen. By reading the lives of the people of Allah ﷻ, though without doubt if we cannot become like them, at least we will get the true understanding of deen that how much we lag behind in deen. O the dear ones! At least doesn’t this much realization occur in us? Without doubt, those were great people and let Allah ﷻ create in us some of their good qualities. Definitely we will get some estimation of the real face of deen that how far we are from deen and the idol inside us about our thinking that we have become buzurgs gets removed. We get the feeling of how inferior we are because of which we get the feeling of regret, shame and guilt and one gets the tawfeeq to repent which is a great thing. By reading the lives of people of Allah ﷻ and the Companions , these are the things that will be created in us. It is advised to go to such a deeni majlis (religious gathering) from where we will return with discontentment over our deeni state and not from where we think that we have become great buzurgs. Our state is that we want our religiousness to be praised and it is enough if someone makes us happy with that. While the case of the Companions (let Allah ﷻ be pleased with them) is so different that they go to such a gathering after which they cry like a Sahabi cried, “Hanzalah has become a munaafiq (hypocrite); Hanzalah has become a munaafiq”. They used to see such great faces of deen and picture of deen that when they compare themselves to such a scenario, they think themselves to be nothing. So these are the qualities that will be created in us on reading the lives of righteous slaves of Allah ﷻ.

The evil of jealousy
The hasad (jealousy) inclines one towards the lowliest of lowly acts and that is why in Surah Falaq, one seeks exclusive protection from hasad. If one becomes a haasid (jealous), he will even push his own brother into a well. If one becomes a haasid, we see that one of the sons of Adam  killed the other son. Hasad is a very dangerous thing. Let Allah ﷻ protect us from jealousy and also protect us from jealous people. Jealousy is a big disease and a man can do worst lowly acts because of this. The more one is inclined towards this dunya, the more one is prone to jealousy. If Allah ﷻ preserves one from worldly desires for wealth, praise, fame, honor and if he wishes only to become honored in the sight of Allah ﷻ in the akhirat, then Allah ﷻ will purify his heart from hasad and malice. The hasad is created based on worldly things and not on deeni aspect. As far as deeni aspect, one doesn’t get hasad but only gets gibta that is he desires that Allah ﷻ has made so and so righteous and let Allah ﷻ make him too righteous without wanting others to lose their blessings. This is something praiseworthy. Hasad is to yearn for something that the other has for his own self and even if he doesn’t get that thing he wants the thing to be snatched away from the other person. The mindset is, “If I get it or not, the other person should not have it”. It is a very dangerous disease. Let Allah ﷻ protect us all from that. Let Allah ﷻ remove this disease from our hearts and also protect us from the jealous people. Let Allah ﷻ grant us tawfeeq to act on what we hear, write and read. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis (7.7.2013)


4 Responses to “Evils and Misfortunes”

  1. 1 Haris Ahmed July 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Would you like to introduce yourself ?
    Since i live near to this masjid , and i would like to introduce this blog to Hazart Mualana Abdus Sattar Shahb . But for this i have to mention the person that who is doing this.?
    I would be highly appreciable for you for this act.

  2. 3 dervesh September 30, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Nice work Please pray for my forgiveness and that ALLAH ACCEPT MY REPENTENCE .
    Many Many Years ago as a young college student I used to visit Black Magicians to get Taweez for Love of a Girl I knew about Surah Al Baqrah Verse 102 etc and that it was Bad ..
    Many Years later now I am Mature Practising muslim but my problem is In last 8-9 years over 1 dozen Marriage proposals of mine have failed some at last minute for no reason ..Only I know it is because of my Grave Sin
    Allhamdollilah I am repenting for years , and praying with Hope I have tranquility and peace of heart now .
    But my prayers for marriage are still there and becoming Impossible now every passing day

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