An intelligent and skillful person transforms losses
into profits; whereas, the unskilled person aggravates his own predicament,
often making two disasters out of one.
The Prophet (bpuh) was compelled to leave Makkah, but
rather than quit his mission, he continued it in Madeenah - the city that took
its place in history with lightning speed.
Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal was severely tortured and
flogged, and yet he emerged triumphant from that ordeal, becoming the Imam of the
Sunnah. Imam Ibn Taymiyah was put into prison; he later came out an even more
accomplished scholar than he was before. Imam As-Sarakhsi was held as a
prisoner, kept at the bottom of an unused well; he managed therein to produce
twenty volumes on Islamic jurisprudence. Ibn Atheer became crippled, after
which he wrote Jam'ey al-Usool and An-Nihoyoh, two of the most famous books in the
Science of Hadith. Imam Ibn al-Jawzi was banished from Baghdad. Then, through
his travels, he became proficient in the seven recitations of the Quran. Maalik
ibn ar-Rayb was on his deathbed when he recited his most famous and beautiful
poem, which is appreciated until this day. When Abi Dhu'aib al-Hadhali's
children died before him, he eulogized them with a poem that the world listened
to and admired.
Therefore, if you are afflicted with a misfortune,
look on the bright side. If someone were to hand you a glass full of squeezed lemons,
add to it a handful of sugar. And if someone gives you a snake as a gift, keep
its precious skin and leave the rest.
(And it may be that you dislike a thing that is good
(Qur'an 2: 216)
Before its violent revolution, France imprisoned two
brilliant poets: one an optimist, the other a pessimist. They both squeezed their
heads through the bars of their cell windows. The optimist then stared at the
stars and laughed, while the pessimist looked at the dirt of a neighboring road
and wept. Look at the other side of a tragedy ---- a circumstance of pure evil
does not exist, and in all situations one can find goodness and profit and
reward from Allah.