Praise be to Allah and may Allah increase the honor and raise the rank of the best of the prophets, the purest creature, and the one who intercedes on the Day of Judgment; our Master Muhammad sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam.

 

Thereafter dear Muslims Allah told us in the honorable Qur’an that those who were patient in this world will get the greatest rewards in the hereafter.

Allah the Exalted said in surah az-Zumar, 10:

(قُلْ يَا عِبَادِ الَّذِينَ ءامَنُوا اتَّقُواْ رَبَّكُمْ لِلَّذِينَ أَحْسَنُواْ فِي هَذِهِ الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةٌ وَأَرْضُ اللهِ وَاسِعَةٌ إِنَّمَا يُوَفَّى الصَّابِرُونَ أَجْرَهُم بِغَيْرِ حِسَاب) الزمر/10 .

This verse means: say O Muhammad: O you slaves who are believers, be Godfearing; indeed those who do goodness in this world shall have a reward; and the Earth that belongs to Allah is spacious. Indeed the patient ones shall be generously recompensed.

فاتقوا الله عباد الله، وليكن قدوتكم محمّد صلوات ربِّي وسلامه عليه الذي علّم وأمر وأوذي وصبر.

So be God-fearing O slaves of Allah, and take heed of Muhammad, who taught people; who commanded; who was harmed and who was patient; may Allah raise his rank and protect his nation from that which he fears for it.

He is the one who was patient, suffered and endured for the sake of spreading this Great Religion, when his uncle Abu Talib died the blasphemers of his tribe Quraysh inflicted harm on the Prophet, sallallahu  alayhi wa sallam, which they were not able to do it before. Once an insolent from the insolents of Quraysh confronted the Prophet, sallallahu ^ alayhi wa sallam, and sprinkled soil on his head sallallahu  ^alayhi wa sallam. When the prophet, sallallahu  ^alayhi wa sallam, entered his house with the soil on his honorable head, one of his daughters rushed to him washing the soil off his head while crying and shedding tears. The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said to her:

O daughter do not cry for Allah is protecting your father.”

One day Abu Jahl said: Tomorrow I shall grab the heaviest rock which I can carry and then wait until Muhammad prostrates and smash his head with it. In the morning he grabbed a rock as he described and sat waiting for the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam. The Messenger of Allah went to Ka^bah as he used to do normally, when he sat, Abu Jahl approached him, and as he got closer to the best of the creations of Allah; he turned back defeated, lost the color of his face and his hands stiffened around that rock until he threw it off his hand.

The men of Quraysh came to him and said: What happened to you Aba al-Hakam? He said I charged towards him to throw the rock on his head while he was praying, as I got closer to him, a giant camel stood between me and him, I have not seen anything of its size before and it wanted to eat me. The Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said: “That was Jibril, had Abu Jahl gotten closer to me, he would have destroyed him.”

The Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, headed for at-Ta’if with only one Companion, Zayd Ibn Harith, seeking support. He spent there ten days and met all of its dignitaries, however, they did not support him, instead they directed at him their insolents and kids who sat in two rows in the street throwing stones at his feet until his feet bled.

Zayd shielded him with his body until his head was wounded, the Prophet then sat down; what do you think he said? Of course he did not object to Allah’s Decree, he said:

"اللهمّ إليك أشكو ضعف قوّتي وقلّة حيلتي وهواني على الناس يا أرحم الراحمين أنت ربّ المستضعفين ..." إلى أن قال صلّى الله عليه وسلم: "إن لم يكن بك غضب عليّ فلا أبالي " الحديث .

Which means: O Allah I complain only to You for the weakness of my strength, the lack of my resources, and the demeaning way people are treating me….If I am not among those whom You have willed for to be losers, then I do not care.”

Allah then sent him Jibril accompanied by the angel of the mountains, who said to him: “If you wish I would fold the two mountains on top of them.” The Prophet said: No, I hope that they will have off-springs among them who will worship Allah.”

ولَمّا مات ولده إبراهيم جعلت عيناه تذرفان فقال له عبد الرحمن بن عوف: وأنت يا رسول الله ؟ فقال: "يا ابن عوف إنها رحمة" ثم أتبعها بأخرى (أيْ بدمعةٍ أخرى) فقال رسول الله: "إن العينَ تدمعُ والقلبَ يحزنُ ولا نقول إلا ما يَرْضَى رَبُّنا وإنا بِفِرِاقِكَ يا إبراهيمُ لمحزونونَ ".

When his son Ibrahim died, tears came out of his eyes.

^Abdur-Rahman the son of ^Awf said: “Even you O Messenger of Allah are crying.” He said: “O son of ^Awf, it is a mercy.” He then followed it with another tear, the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, then said:

The eye sheds tears, the heart is saddened, but we do not say other than what is accepted by Allah; and we are saddened  for your departure of this world O Ibrahim.”

Brother Muslims, take Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, as your example, and if you were to be inflicted with a calamity, disaster, or a catastrophe, then be patient while seeking the reward from Allah only. Keep on mentioning the name of Allah and say: Hasbiyallahu la ilaha illa huwa ^alayhi tawakaltu wa huwa Rabul-^Arshil-^Adhim.

Hasbiyallahu means: “Allah’s support is enough for me, so every need of the person which is satisfied is fulfilled by Allah.”

La ilaha illa huwa means: “No one is God but Him.”  ^Alayhi tawakaltu means: “On Him I rely.”  Wa huwa Rabul-^Arshil-^Adhim: “And He is the Lord of the Grand ^Arsh.”

* ^Arsh: The throne, is the largest creation and is the ceiling of Paradise.

Beware of objecting to what Allah has preordained and Destined. For, what we get and what we lose in this world all is owned by Allah, so do not object to the Decree of Allah; because you are living within the Dominion of Allah; and you are eating from the sustenance provided by Allah.

اللهمّ إنا نسألك أن تجعلنا من الصابرين القانتين وأن تثبّتنا على الرضى بحكمك وقضائك ونسألك أن ترحمنا وتغفر لنا وتتوفّانا على كامل الإيمان.

O Allah, we ask You to make us among those who are patient, and to make us steadfast to accepting what You have Destined and preordained. We ask You also to endow Your mercy upon us and to make us die while engaged in complete Iman (Belief).

اللَّهُمَّ إنَّا دَعَونَاكَ فاستَجِبْ لَنَا دُعَاءنَا فاغْفِر اللَّهُمَّ لَنَا ذَنَوبَنَا وإسرَافَنَا في أمرِنَا، اللَّهُمَّ اغفِر لِلمؤمنينَ والمؤمِنَات الأحياءَ مِنْهُمْ والأموَاتْ، رَبَنَا ءاتِنَا في الدُنيَا حَسَنَةً وفي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَار، اللَّهُمَّ اجعَلنَا هُدَاةًً مُهتَدين غَيرَ ضَالينَ ولا مُضِّلين، اللَّهُمَّ استُر عَوراتِنا وءامِنْ رَوعَاتِنَا واكفِنا مَا أهَمَنَا وَقِنَا شَرَ مَا نَتَخوَف.