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Lecture: Trials – Gifts from Allah

Assalamu Alaikum.

After the back-to-back article/audio double on the topic of Anger Management, someone asked me if I could do the same thing for the topic of trials.

So, after yesterday’s article on trials, today we have an audio on this topic.

Question to the readers: Would you like this to be a regular pattern? Should I try to post an audio on a topic and then post an article on the same topic the next day or vice versa?

Let me know your thoughts, insha-Allah.

So, here’s another reminder as to how beneficial trials are for us:

Trials – Gifts from Allah by Moutasem Al-Hameedy (Download)

[I only listened to a few minutes of the audio so I can’t comment but I generally enjoy all of Brother Moutasem’s lectures.]

A bonus: For all those of you who like this brother’s lectures, here’s his blog:


Article: Testing, Afflictions and Calamities

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

If one looks around these days, one will see lots of sad faces.

Apparently, everyone has a problem.

And you know what? It’s true. Everyone does have a problem.

Why is that? Well, it’s because this world is a place of tests, and the next world is the reward based on the results of these tests.

Those who pass get Paradise and those who fail get the Hellfire.

Too often, we forget these simple facts, which is why we need to keep reminding ourselves of the reality of these trials.

So, here’s another article to remind ourselves to be patient at these times. It’s really nice stuff – very simple but very heartwarming.

Testing, Afflictions and Calamities by Dr. Saleh As-Saleh (rahimahullah)



Seriously Short Reminder No. 8: Remember that you will get tested…

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, you will. It’s as simple as that.

“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test).” [Surah Al-Ankabut 29 : 2-3]

After all, one cannot expect to get a big prize for free.

“Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 214]

And these tests also show us who the cream of the crop are.

Saad ibn Abee Waqqas said: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, which people are most severely tested?’ He said: ‘The Prophets, then the next best and the next best. A person is tested according to his religious commitment. If he is steadfast in his religious commitment, he will be tested more severely, and if he is frail in his religious commitment, his test will be according to his commitment. Trials will continue to afflict a person until they leave him walking on the earth with no sin on him.’” [Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4023. Graded “Hasan Saheeh ” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4023.]

Abu Saeed Al-Khudri said: “I entered upon the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) when he was suffering from a fever, and I placed my hand on him and felt heat with my hand from above the blanket. I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, how hard it is for you!’ He said: ‘We (Prophets) are like that. The trial is multiplied for us and so is the reward.’ I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, which people are most severely tested?’ He said: ‘The Prophets.’ I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, then who?’ He said: ‘Then the righteous (as-Saalihoon), some of whom were tested with poverty until they could not find anything except a cloak to put around themselves. One of them will rejoice at calamity as one of you would rejoice at ease.’” [Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4024. Graded “Saheeh” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4024.]

So,  we shouldn’t worry about being tested, rather we should worrying about passing the test.

Article: Ruling on Becoming Angry when Afflictions occur

Assalamu Alaikum.

“Ruling”, you ask? There’s a “ruling” on becoming angry when one’s life is in shambles?

Actually, yes, there is.

I’ll talk a bit more about this in the Common (but Dangerous) Mistakes Series, insha-Allah.

For now, here’s the mind-blowing article: Ruling on Becoming Angry when Afflictions occur by Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen (rahimahullah).



Article: Patience in Times of Calamities

Assalamu Alaikum.

[For those of you who’ve subscribed to my Tafsir blog, I’ve already put up this article there a long time ago.]

A couple of weeks ago, at the beginning of Ramadan, I was really down in the dumps due to an ongoing problem. I really felt like I was at the end of the rope.

I remembered an article I had on patience so I decided to read through that. And subhan Allah, it really changed my outlook and gave me a lot of hope, alhamdulillah.

It was the tafsir (explanation) of a few ayaat (verses) of Surah Al-Baqarah:

“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Saabirin (the patient ones, etc.). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” They are those on whom are the Salawaat (i.e. blessings, etc.) (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) :155-157]

I thought perhaps someone out there might be down in the dumps today and might need cheering up, so I thought I would share this once more.

Here’s the article: Patience in Times of Calamities

I hope that it helps, insha-Allah.