The following words are
ascribed to Anusherwan:
"Calamity in this life
is of two kinds. The first kind allows for a way out: worrying is its remedy.
The second kind permits for no solution or way out: patience is its cure."
It is also said that,
"Whoever follows patience, success will follow him."
It has also been said:
"Strive to remain alive
by seeking out death. For how many have remained because they sought out death
and how many have perished who preferred to stay! And safety most often comes
after treading the path of uncertainty."
The Arabs would say:
"Verily, even in evil,
there are degrees of better and worse.’ Abu ‘Ubaydah explained the meaning of
this expression, saying, “lf you are afflicted with a hardship, know that you could
have been hit with far worse. If you have such an outlook, you will be better
able to deal with the hardship."
A way out of difficulty most
often comes when hope is lost:
(They are those from whom we
shall accept the best of their deeds and overlook their evil deeds. [They shall
be] among the dwellers of Paradise, a promise of truth, which their have been
promised.) (Qur’an 46: 16)
(They were reprieved] until,
when the Messengers gave up hope and thought that they were denied [by their
people], then came to them Our Helps…) (Qur’an
(Truly! Allah is with the
patient ones.) (Qur’an 2: 153)
(Only those who are patient
shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning) (Qur’an
Sometimes Allah brings
success and relief when hope is lost and all seems dark. This is in order to
encourage us to turn our hopes to Him, to trust completely in Him, and to never
lose hope of His help at any time. Also, when afflicted, one should be
satisfied with the knowledge that he was afflicted with something minor and was
saved from what could have been worse.
"Perhaps Allah tests a
slave with a calamity but then saves him from destruction. Thus, the calamity
is really a great blessing (in disguise)?
It has been said that
whoever forbears a hardship, and is content with Allah’s decree by being
patient, then some hidden benefit or blessing will come about for him through
It has been related from
some Christians that one of their prophets said:
"Calamities are a
disciplining from Allah; disciplining is not something that is continuous. So
glad tidings to whoever is patient when disciplined. Such a person should be
crowned with the crown that symbolizes both overcoming and victory --- the
victory that Allah promised to the ones who love Him and obey Him."
lshaaq also said:
"Beware of complaining
if you are caught in the sharp claws of a hardship, for the way to safety is a difficult
path to tread."