The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “And with hardship comes ease.”
This is taken from Allaah’s (Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala) Statement in Surat At-Talaq (65:7):
سَيَجْعَلُ ٱللَّهُ بَعْدَ عُسْرٍ يُسْرًا
“Allaah will grant after hardship, ease.”
And His Statement in Surat Ash-Sharh (94:5-6):
فَإِنَّ مَعَ ٱلْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
“Verily, with every hardship, there is relief,”
إِنَّ مَعَ ٱلْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
“Verily, with the hardship, there is relief.”
Surat At-Talaq (called Surat An-Nisaa’ as-Sughra) is about the rulings pertaining to divorce, separation between husband and wife. Allaah (Ta’ala) mentions solutions because divorce consists of a lot of pain, duties, responsibilities, spending on the children or the wife. Allaah commanded man to spend according to one’s ability and one’s richness. Allaah will not overburden the poor with expenditure like the rich. Then Allaah gave glad tidings for both the one who is spending and the one who is spent on, that He will grant ease after hardship. This is a promise of Allaah for those who are believers, spending, complying with the command of Allaah; Allaah will change the hardship into ease. Read the rest of this entry
He (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
وأن الفَرَجَ مع الكَرْب
“And relief comes with distress.”
We need to understand this sentence of the Hadeeth. Although this sentence is brief, it is clear and eloquent. It is mentioned in detail in many texts of the Qur’an and Sunnah.
أن الفَرَجَ مع الكَرْب
The relief is joined with the distress – This is the Sunnah of Allaah (never changes).
If Allaah (Ta’ala) decrees a distress, relief comes along with it. Allaah decrees the distress because in it there is a great interest and benefit for the slave. Look at the Sunnah of Allaah dealing with His servants. This is mentioned in many verses, such as in Surat Ash-Shura (42:28). Allaah (Ta’ala) mentions His great grace and generosity to His Creation, saying:
وَهُوَ ٱلَّذِى يُنَزِّلُ ٱلْغَيْثَ مِنۢ بَعْدِ مَا قَنَطُوا۟ وَيَنشُرُ رَحْمَتَهُۥۚ وَهُوَ ٱلْوَلِىُّ ٱلْحَمِيدُ
“And He it is Who sends down the rain after they have despaired, and spreads abroad His Mercy. And He is the Waliyy (Helper, Supporter, Protector, etc.), Worthy of all Praise.”
That Ayah came after Allaah (Ta’ala) said:
وَلَوْ بَسَطَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلرِّزْقَ لِعِبَادِهِۦ لَبَغَوْا۟ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ وَلَٰكِن يُنَزِّلُ بِقَدَرٍ مَّا يَشَآءُۚ إِنَّهُۥ بِعِبَادِهِۦ خَبِيرٌۢ بَصِيرٌ
“And if Allaah were to enlarge the provision for His slaves, they would surely rebel in the earth, but He sends down by measure as He wills. Verily! He is in respect of His slaves, the Well-Aware, the All-Seer (of things that benefit them).” [Surat Ash-Shura (42:27)]
This clearly indicates His Wisdom. He is All-Aware (Khabeer) of the servants and All-Seer (Baseer). He Knows (Aleem) what suits them. Read the rest of this entry
He (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “…And know that victory comes with patience.”
What does this mean?
There are many verses and Ahadeeth that command us with patience when meeting or confronting the enemy. In that situation, what will help us stay firm, overcome our enemy and make us successful? Allaah (Ta’ala) says:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا لَقِيتُمْ فِئَةً فَاثْبُتُوا وَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
“O believers! When you face an enemy, stand firm and remember Allaah often so you may triumph.”
[Surat Al-Anfaal (8:45)]
الْآنَ خَفَّفَ اللَّهُ عَنْكُمْ وَعَلِمَ أَنَّ فِيكُمْ ضَعْفًا ۚ فَإِنْ يَكُنْ مِنْكُمْ مِائَةٌ صَابِرَةٌ يَغْلِبُوا مِائَتَيْنِ ۚ وَإِنْ يَكُنْ مِنْكُمْ أَلْفٌ يَغْلِبُوا أَلْفَيْنِ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ
“Now Allaah has lightened your burden, for He knows that there is weakness in you. So if there are a hundred steadfast among you, they will overcome two hundred. And if there be one thousand, they will overcome two thousand, by Allaah’s Will. And Allaah is with the steadfast.” [Surat Al-Anfaal (8:66)]
No matter how great an enemy is in forces or in numbers, if one shows patience in Jihaad when fighting the enemy, Allaah (Ta’ala) will be with him, supporting him, giving him success and victory and disgracing his enemy. Read the rest of this entry
Allaah (Ta’ala) says in the Qur’an:
“By the (passage of) time!
إِنَّ ٱلْإِنسَـٰنَ لَفِى خُسْرٍ
Surely humanity is in (grave) loss,
وَتَوَاصَوْا۟ بِٱلْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا۟ بِٱلصَّبْرِإِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ
except those who have faith, do good, and urge each other to the truth, and urge each other to perseverance.” [Surat Al-‘Asr (1-3)]
Ibraheem At-Taymee, one of the Salaf used to say: “There is no slave to whom Allaah (Ta’ala) has granted patience upon being harmed, patience upon being afflicted, and patience upon calamities that befall him, except that he has been granted the best of what is granted after belief in Allaah.”
It is a great gift of Allaah (Ta’ala) to be from the patient ones, i.e. to be able to withhold and discipline oneself from impatience, discontent, uttering words of discomfort and complaining.
Allaah (Ta’ala) says in Surat Al-Baqarah (2:177):
لَـٰكِنَّ ٱلْبِرَّ مَنْ ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلْـَٔاخِرِ وَٱلْمَلَـٰٓئِكَةِ لَّيْسَ ٱلْبِرَّ أَن تُوَلُّوا۟ وُجُوهَكُمْ قِبَلَ ٱلْمَشْرِقِ وَٱلْمَغْرِبِ وَ وَٱلسَّآئِلِينَ وَفِى ـٰبِ وَٱلنَّبِيِّـۧنَ وَءَاتَى ٱلْمَالَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِۦ ذَوِى ٱلْقُرْبَىٰ وَٱلْيَتَـٰمَىٰ وَٱلْمَسَـٰكِينَ وَٱبْنَ ٱلسَّبِيلِوَٱلْكِتَٱلضَّرَّآءِ وَحِينَ أَقَامَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتَى ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَٱلْمُوفُونَ بِعَهْدِهِمْ إِذَا عَـٰهَدُوا۟ ۖ وَٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ فِى ٱلْبَأْسَآءِ وَٱلرِّقَابِ وَٱلْبَأْسِ ۗ أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ ٱلَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا۟ ۖ وَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْمُتَّقُونَ
“Righteousness is not in turning your faces towards the east or the west. Rather, the righteous are those who believe in Allaah, the Last Day, the angels, the Books, and the Prophets; those who give charity out of their cherished wealth to relatives, orphans, the poor (needy), travelers, beggars, and for freeing captives, and who establish prayer, pay alms tax, and keep the pledges they make, and who are patient in times of suffering, adversity, and in (the heat of) battle. It is they who are true (in faith), and it is they who are mindful (of Allaah).” [Surat Al-Baqarah (2:177)]
Ridha (contentment), is a higher degree than Sabr (patience). Ridha is recommended, while Sabr is obligatory. There is an important note on the matter.
A content person doesn’t wish to change the state of his affairs. He is content with whatever (of worldly matters) Allaah (Ta’ala) decreed for him. Allaah (Ta’ala) might decree sickness, death of a loved one, financial problems or job problems, but the content person doesn’t wish for a change of these states because he knows Allaah (Ta’ala) has decreed it for him for a good reason.
However, it is not a condition of contentment for a person to not dislike or feel pain in his heart about the decree. For example, if Allaah (Ta’ala) decrees sickness, it is okay to hate the sickness, or if a person is in a financial crisis, it is okay to hate the situation, etc. It doesn’t contradict Ridha because these are natural human feelings. It is our natural Fitrah; the way Allaah (Ta’ala) created us.
So, a sick person who must take medication might hate the medication, but he takes it and is content to take it, like the fasting person who is content with his hunger during long hours in the hot summer. It is like the Mujahid who is fighting for the Cause of Allaah (Ta’ala) and he incurs pain and injury. The pain doesn’t oppose the contentment of the person. Read the rest of this entry