With the Hardship there is Ease !

 

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

قال الله تعالى في سورة الشرح

إِنَّ مَعَ العُسرِ يُسرًا

 

“Undoubtedly, along with the hardship there is ease.” (Sūrah al Sharh: Verse 7)

 

While explaining this verse at a Jumu’ah lecture, Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (مد ظله) mentioned that this can have three meanings/possibilities :

1. Along with every hardship, there are numerous factors of ease as well (for example, while having a particular disease(s), a person is still saved from a thousand others).

2. Hardships are generally temporary and hence, after every hardship, there comes a period of ease.

3. Hardships allows us to gain huge rewards which we shall be able to reap in the Ākhirah (Hereafter). Hence, with every hardship in this life, there’s an increase in the ease and pleasure in the life after death.

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Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (رحمه الله) used to say that the hardships are also faced by the pious (Ahlullāh) and they may even appear to be concerned, anxious and/or grieved about it. However, that anxiety and grief doesn’t enter their “heart”, due to which, the core of their “heart” remains peaceful and content.

Hazrat would also say that one can experiences proximity with Allah the Most High during the times of trials and difficulties (and this “closeness to Allah” itself renders an immense and pleasurable “ease” while being in the “hardship”- Talhah).

– Adapted from a Jumu’ah discourse of Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani and published discourses and anecdotes of Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib.

A view of Darul ‘Uloom Karachi on a cloudy day
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Difficulties and Calamities – Win in a ‘No-Win’ Situation!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

At times Allah makes someone fall into a trouble so that he/she may get closer to Allah by means of:
1. Pardoning of sins – It’s mentioned in a narration that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و آله و سلم said: “There is no calamity that befalls a Muslim but Allah expiates (sin) thereby, even a thorn that pricks him.”

(Narrated by Imām al Bukhārī and Imām Muslim)

Note: For major sins, however, proper Tawbah (repentance) should be made (i.e. remorse should be present in the heart along with determination that it will not be repeated)

 

2. Gaining huge rewards by practicing Sabr – i.e. remaining satisfied with Allah’s decree and not getting lazy in fulfilling His commandments out of despair.

Allah Ta’ālā says “Give glad tidings to the Sābirūn (patient ones)” (Surah Al Baqarah: 155).

 

3. Making Du’aa – one becomes deeply attached with Allah by making Du’aa. Allah loves when an ‘Abd (slave of Allah) begs in front of Allah and shows his Ihtiyāj (destitute).

 

4. Undergoing Islāh (Reformation) – misfortunes and afflictions give person a chance to change him/her-self. If this change shall ensue in a positive way (i.e. one becomes more obedient towards Allah and leaves away sins) then this will rather turn out to be a great ‘fortune’.

So imagine you attaining attachment with Allah, The Most High, due to a trivial, worldly mishappening ! Thus some pious person said in a verse:

جو ساتھ تم بھی ہو تو غم کا کیا غم ہے

If one attains friendship of Allah then grief for the mishap, that enabled this to happen, will surely be replaced with joy and tranquility.

 

Sunnah: Upon getting any sort of affliction (be it a prick of a thorn), one should recite the following:

إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ اللَّهُمَّ أْجُرْنِي فِي مُصِيبَتِي وَأَخْلِفْ لِي خَيْرًا مِنْهَا

Translation: We belong to Allah and to Him shall we return; O Allah, reward me for my affliction and give me something better than it in exchange for it.

(Narrated by Imam Muslim)

 

Lastly, remember that any event that’s going to happen in our lives is either going to make us happy or make us sad. A believer utilizes both these opportunities to gain closeness with Allah – he does Shukr (offers gratitude) at that which makes him feel joyful and practices Sabr (patience) at that which makes him grief stricken. So thereby he gains benefit from both sort of situations! Thus a Hadith states ‘Amazing is the affair of believer’, and then it refers to the aforementioned phenomenon (Narrated in Sahih Muslim)

 

Adapted from various discourses by Ulama and Shuyukh

 

Sūrah al Baqarah, Verses: 155-157 (picture taken from the internet)

Hardship is Inevitable – So Direct it Rightly!

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

قال الله تبارك وتعالى: لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ فِي كَبد

(سورة البلد)

“Indeed, We have created man (to live) in hard struggle” (Surah al Balad: 4)

Sayyidi, Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani mentioned, while explaining this verse, that every person is in a sort of struggle in this life – be it a male or a female, be it a person from any age group, be it a poor or a rich, be it a religious or an irreligious person – each one of them is in some sort of struggle which can be physical, mental or both. Now, if one was to direct his struggle in such a manner that would make his Rabb to get pleased with him then, out of this struggle, he’ll get an everlasting reward (and he’ll be at peace in this life and the hereafter). On the other hand, if this shall not be done, then the person will ultimately land himself in to an everlasting torment. So, we need to ponder over this reality that we all have to face the struggle of this life (without which nothing can be achieved in this world). However, if done in a proper direction – as ordained by Allah Ta’ālā (i.e. we shall fulfill the commandments, abstain from prohibitions and carry out our worldly affairs as instructed by Allah) – we can bear the proper fruit. On the contrary, our struggles will render fruitless – rather, lead us to a path of destruction (May Allah protect us all).

– Adapted from a discourse by Shaikh Mufti Taqi Usmani.

We all face hardships and struggles in our daily affairs. By keeping the above mentioned reality in mind, we can strive to keep ourselves on the right track while feeling content in anticipation of the upcoming ease in the Ākhirah. Talhah

A view of Jāmi’ Masjid, Darul’Uloom Karachi