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Most Severely Tried

October 23, 2010

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was asked which people suffered the greatest affliction. He replied: “The prophets, then those who come next to them. A man is afflicted in keeping his religion. If he is firm in his religion his trial is severe, but if there is weakness in his religion it is made light for him. A man is continuously tried with an affliction till he walks on the earth having no sin.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

Aasia was crucified by Firawn – Pharoah [66th Surah Tahreem]. The people of the Ditch [85th Surah Buruj] dug trenches out, filled them with fire && then threw believers alive into them. The beautician of Firawn’s daughter && her children were thrown into fire. Zakariya (alaihis salam)’s body was cut in two by a saw. Yahya (alaihis salam) was killed for his head to be presented to a dancer. In their eyes they crucified Eesa (alaihis salam). Many attempts were made on the life of Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). Bilal – black abyssyinian slave && first mu’adhin (radi Allahu anhu) was dragged by a rope tied around his neck on burning hot sand. Khabbab bin Arat (radi Allahu anhu) was weighed down on burning coals so that the fat from his skin would sizzle on the coals. Sumayya – first martry in Islam (radi Allahu anha) was martyred by being repeatedly stabbed by a spear. Habeeb bin Zaid Ansari (radi Allahu anhu) was killed by having pieces of his body chopped off bit by bit. The list is endless && grows with each century. Allahu Akbar!!

All scholars have unanimously agreed that patience (Sabr) is obligatory. However, higher than patience is acceptance of && satisfaction (Rida) with Allah’s decree && judgement. Rida with Allah’s Al-Qadar means that there is no looking back, no moment of regret or feeling sorry. Only Allah decides && what He wills He does. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) pours tranquility (Sakeena) on the people who display Rida in excruciatingly difficult circumstances wherein they are helpless. Angels bring good news to them && show them their places in Jannah.

When Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) saw the family of Yasir bin Amir (radi Allahu anhu) who had been chained, whipped till blood flowed, bodies burnt by torches he wept & said: “Yasir’s family, be patient! Your reward will be Paradise!” When news of Habib bin Ansari’s death reached his mother, she simply said, “I bore him for these days. I ask God to reward him. As a child, he pledged loyalty to the Prophet on the night of Aqaba. As an adult, he fulfilled his pledge.”


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