Ibn 'Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
"If Allah removes the light from my eyes,
My tongue and ears still have in them light.
My heart is intelligent and my mind is not crooked,
And my tongue is sharp like a warrior's sword."
When harm befalls you, perhaps there is a benefit that
comes with it, a benefit that you cannot perceive.
(And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good
(Qur'an 2: 216)
Bashhar ibn Burd said:
"My enemies disparage me, and the defect is in
It is not a disgrace to be called defective.
If a person can see gallantry and truth,
Blindness in the eyes will not be a hindrance.
In blindness I see rewards, savings, and protection,
And for these three, I am most needy."
Observe the difference between what Ibn 'Abbaas or
Bashhar said and what Saaleh ibn 'Abdul Quddoos said when he became blind:
"Farewell to the world; the old man who is blind
Has no share whatsoever of this life.
He dies and people consider him to be of the living,
False hopes have betrayed him from the beginning?
All Divine decrees will come to pass, both upon the
one who accepts them and upon the one who rejects them. The difference is that
the former will rind reward and happiness while the latter will find only sin
'Umar ibn 'Abdul-'Aziz wrote to Maymoon ibn Mehran:
"You have written to console me for losing 'Abdul-Malik.
For this matter I had been in waiting, and when it finally came to pass, I had
no misgivings about it."