Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Four Empowering Beliefs from ibn Al-Khattab

Bismillahi walhamdulillahi 'alaa rasulillah,

Brothers and sisters rahimakumullah,

'Umar ibn al-Khattab RA, the second khalifa, had four beliefs that made it easier for him to bear calamities:

1. The situation could have been worse.
2. It didn’t strike him in his religion.
3. Allah will reward him with Jannah in return inshallah.
4. When he remembered the hardship of losing the Prophet sallalahu 'alaihi wassalam everything else faded away.

Subhanallah, these are profound beliefs from the second khalifa that we can all benefit from! Reflect on them often inshallah in times of ease and hardship, until they spring to mind automatically.

One more thing that might relate to the story of ibn Al-Khattab above, just try to take a look around you, we can see that all people on Earth seek happiness--whether it's through wealth, or love, or piety. Few realize that perfect happiness does not exist in the dunya.

When you think about it, you'll find that hardship and pain exist with moments of great happiness. For example, you ate your favourite meal after a long time, but you feel over-full and you become tired and lazy. Or, you enjoy a wonderful hike through the woods, minus the insect bites and that bee that flew into your ear.

So be aware, and aim for higher than dunya happiness.

This is a mercy of Allah, if you found the perfect happiness, and subhanallah, someone talked to you about paradise, you might say "who cares? I've found the perfect happiness here."

Brothers and sisters rahimakumullah, true happiness exists ONLY in Jannah.

May Allah unite us all in Jannah and grant us all al-Firdaus, out of His mercy...ameen ya rabbal 'alameen ;-)

ps : the picture above, was my beloved 'umar... may he be like 'umar ibn al khattab RA, inshaAllah ameen ..:)

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