The Promise of Bliss 5

Returning back to the second issue [the belief that the lot of the believers in this world is humiliation and subjugation and disregard for Allah’s promise to aid His religion and His servants] Allah the Exalted says,

“Why is it when calamity happens to you, when you have already afflicted twice as much, you say, ‘How could this possibly happen?’ Say, ‘It has come from your own selves.'” (Ali Imran 3:165)

“Those of you who turned their backs on the day the two armies clashed – it was Satan who made them slip for what they had done.” (Ali Imran 3:155)

“Any disaster that strikes you is through what your own hands have earned and He pardons much.” (ash-Shura 42:30)

“Corruption has appeared in both land and sea because of what people’s own hands have brought about so that they may taste something of what they have done so that hopefully they will turn back.” (ar-Rum 30:41)

“When We let man taste mercy from Us he exults in it. But if something bad strikes him for what he had done, he is ungrateful.” (as-Shura 42:48)

“Any good thing that happens to you is from Allah. Any bad thing that happens to you comes from yourself.” (an-Nisa 4:79)

This is why Allah, Glorious is He, ordered His Messenger and the believers with following what is revealed to them, which is to obey Him and to await His promise. He ordered them to ask forgiveness and to have sabr, for the servant will always fall into some type of deficiency or extremism. Therefore he must await the promise with sabr and perfect his worship through asking forgiveness. Moreover through sabr does a person increase in certainty about the promise. Allah, Exalted is He, has mentioned both of these in His saying,

“So remain steadfast. Allah’s promise is true. Ask forgiveness for your wrong action and glorify your Lord with praise in the evening and the early morning.” (al-Ghafir 40:55)

Allah, Glorious is He, has mentioned the stories of His Prophets and their followers and how they were victorious through sabr and obedience to His Book,

“There is instruction in their stories for people of intelligence.” (Yusuf 12:111)

Trials and Tribulations: Wisdom and Benefits (Note that this extract is taken from Aid for the Yearning One in Resisting Shaytan) Imam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah Pages 38-41