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Blessings in Disguise- How to deal with Calamities??

by | Dec 21, 2016

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Yes!!! Some calamities are a blessing if one is patient enough to see the natural outcome of this blessing in disguise. One will need the patience to understand the meanings of these calamities. Just believe that every difficulty and calamity has a MESSAGE for you.

They say there’s beauty in the struggle, but no one understands what that means unless they go through it themselves. From an outsider’s point of view, there’s nothing beautiful about it. Maybe pitiful, but not beautiful. However, there is beauty as they say that calamities are a blessing in disguise.

See, the difference between knowing whether something we are going through is a punishment or a blessing is how we react to it. The patient ones who remember Allah whenever a calamity happens and say, “Inna Allaah wa Inna ilayhi Raji un are those who get the blessings of Allah and His mercy.

Allah says,

ٱلَّذِينَ إِذَآ أَصَٰبَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوٓا۟ إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّآ إِلَيْهِ رَٰجِعُونَ

“Who, when calamity befalls them, say, “Verily, unto God do we belong and, indeed, unto Him we shall return. 

أُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَٰتٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ ۖ وَأُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْمُهْتَدُونَ

They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance. 

(Qur’an: 2:156-157)

But then others begin to question why, why me? The ones that don’t be patient and fully accept the situation but rather start blaming. Regardless of what happens to a believer, it’s a WIN-WIN situation. On the authority of Suhaib (may Allaah be pleased with him), he said:

The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Amazing is the affair of the believer. Certainly, all of his affairs are good, and this is not for no one except the believer. If something of good/happiness befalls him, he is grateful, and that is good for him. If something of harm befalls him, he is patient, which is good for him.”

(Saheeh Muslim #2999)

There are benefits of calamities that happen to us. Suppose One handles them well and realizes it’s a test. First, one of them is that the person will turn back to Allah and call upon him. Even people who deny the existence of God, when caught in a tribulation, say, “Oh God” It’s a natural thing for people when they are in need to remember God, even the ones who don’t usually remember him. Take, for example, the ruler of Egypt in the time of Musa.

Allah says:

۞ وَجَٰوَزْنَا بِبَنِىٓ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ ٱلْبَحْرَ فَأَتْبَعَهُمْ فِرْعَوْنُ وَجُنُودُهُۥ بَغْيًا وَعَدْوًا ۖ حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَآ أَدْرَكَهُ ٱلْغَرَقُ قَالَ ءَامَنتُ أَنَّهُۥ لَآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلَّذِىٓ ءَامَنَتْ بِهِۦ بَنُوٓا۟ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ وَأَنَا۠ مِنَ ٱلْمُسْلِمِينَ

And We took the Children of Israel across the sea, and Pharaoh and his soldiers pursued them in tyranny and enmity until, when drowning overtook him, he said, “I believe that there is no deity except that in whom the Children of Israel believe, and I am of the Muslims.”

(Qur’an: 10:90)

Calamities Make Us Humble

They allow us to remind ourselves that we are human, have needs, and sometimes need help. Usually, in times of crisis, people get together, which is another good thing; maintaining ties, whether through family, friends, or the community. We come together when we are in need; we realize that we need each other. Perhaps in the past, before the calamities, we thought we did not need anyone. But when tough times hit, you find yourself calling that friend you abandoned long ago or the sister you haven’t talked to for weeks. And it’s all a humbling experience.Ibn Qayyim was noted to have said:

It should be noted that were it not for the trials and tribulations of this world, a person could develop arrogance, self-admiration, a pharaonic attitude, and hardheartedness, which would lead to his doom in this world and the Hereafter. It is a sign of the mercy of the Most Merciful that He checks on him from time to time with the remedy of calamity to protect him from these diseases, to keep his submission and servitude sound, and to eliminate all harmful elements that may lead to his doom. Glory be to the One Who shows mercy through testing, and tests through blessing, as it is said:

Even if that is hard, Allah may bless us with calamities, and Allah may test some people with blessings.

Ibn Al-Qayyim, Zad-al ma,ad

Trails keep us humble:

So Alhamdulillah, these trials keep us in check. Because sometimes, we get caught up in life, in our success and whatever things we thought we had under control, and sometimes we forget to be humble. But remember, there are always rewards for the patient ones. All you need is to stick to your IMAAN FIRMLY so when you get out of the calamity phase, you be a better person and a better Muslim INSHA ALLAH!

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