La Tahzan

Not a single day that The Almighty does not test us. From the tiniest test to the biggest ones. How we respond and handle it shows how firm is our faith to Allah. Every single person (including myself) will find it hard sometimes almost impossible to just accept and move on with the varies obstacles that we face in this world. But again, we forget this “If Allah brings you to it, He will bring you through it”

Currently reading La Tahzan

Bought this book three years ago and reading it again and it never fails to give such comfort.

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Being sad is not encouraged in our religion – page 83

In the book of La Tahzan (Don’t Be Sad) by Dr A’id al-Qarni, he mentioned that, the heart benefits nothing through grief.

Why?

Well when feeling sad, it prevents one from action instead of compelling one towards it. The most beloved thing to the Devil (Shaytan) is to make the worshipper sad in order to prevent him from continuing his path. Mentioned in the Quran

Secret counseld (conspiracies) are only from Shaytan (Satan), in order that he may cause grief to the belivers – Quran [Al-Mujadila:10]

Prophet Muhammad (bpuh) said “O Allah, I seek refuge in you from anxiety and grief”

Grief is coupled with anxiety in this hadith. The difference between the two is that if a bad feeling is related to what is going to happen in the future, then one is feeling anxiety. And if the cause of the feeling concerns the past, then one is feeling grief. Both of them weaken the heart.

He added despite what has been mentioned above, grief may sometimes be both inevitable and necessary. Therefore, the good kind of grief is that which stems is missing out an opportunity to do a good deed or from performing a sin.

All praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has removed from us (all) grief, most surely our Lord is Forgiving, Multiplier or rewards – Quran [Fatir:34]

As for the hadith; Whatever befalls the believer in terms of anxiety, hardship or grief, Allah will make it an atonement for (some of) his sins  – it indicates that the grief is a trial with which the believer is afflicted, and through which some of his sins are atoned for. However, it does not indicate that grief is something to sort after thinking that it is an act of worship.

And if the worshipper is tested by trials and he is perseveres through patience, then Allah loves him.

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