Pain is not always a negative force and it is not
something that you should always hate. At times a person benefits when he feels
You might remember that, at times when you felt a lot
of pain, you sincerely supplicated and remembered Allah. When he is studying,
the student often feels the pangs of heavy burden, sometimes perhaps the burden
of monotony, yet he eventually leaves this stage of life a scholar. He felt
burdened with pain at the beginning but he shined at the end. The aches and
pangs of passion, the poverty and the scorn of others, the frustration and
anger at injustices - these all cause the poet to write flowing and captivating
verses. This is because he himself feels pain in his heart, in his nerves, and
in his blood, and as a result, he is able to infuse the same emotions, via his
work, into the hearts of others. How many painful experiences did the best
writers have to undergo, experiences that inspired brilliant works, works that
posterity continues to enjoy and benefit from today.
The student who lives the life of comfort and repose
and who is not stung by hardships- or who has never been afflicted with
calamity will be an unproductive, lazy, and lethargic person.
Indeed, the poet who knows no pain and who has never
tasted bitter disappointment will invariably produce heaps upon heaps of cheap
words. This is because his words pour forth from his tongue and not from his
feelings or emotion, and though he may comprehend what he has written, his
heart and body have not lived the experience.
More worthy and relevant to the aforementioned
examples are the lives of the early believers, who lived during the period of revelation
and who took part in the most important religious revolution that mankind has
ever seen. Indeed, they had greater faith, nobler hearts, more truthful
tongues, and deeper knowledge than those that came after them: they had all of
these because they lived through pain and suffering, both of which are
necessary concomitants to great revolutions. They felt the pains of hunger, of
poverty, of rejection, of abuse, of banishment from home and country, of abandonment
of all pleasures, of the pains of wounds, and of death and torture. They were
in truth chosen ones, the elite of mankind.
They were models of purity, nobleness, and sacrifice.
That is because they suffer neither thirst nor fatigue,
nor hunger in the Cause of Allah, nor they take any step to raise the anger of disbelievers
nor inflict any injury upon an enemy, but is written to their credit as a deed
of righteousness. Surely, Allah wastes not the reward of the doers of good.)
(Qur'an 9: 120)
ln the history of the world there are those that have
produced their greatest works due to the pain and the suffering that they experienced.
Al-Mutanabbi, when afflicted with a severe fever, wrote some of his best
poetry. An-Nu'maan ibn Mundhir threatened An-Naabighah with death, and that is
when the latter produced some of his best poetry. The well-known line he spoke,
roughly translated is:
"Verily, you are the sun, and the other kings are
the stars: for when the sun rises, no star in the sky is visible."
ln fact there are many examples of those that
prospered and achieved as a result of the suffering they experienced.
Therefore, do not become excessively anxious when you
think of pain, and do not fear suffering. It might well be that through pain and
suffering you will become stronger. And furthermore, for you to live with a
burning and passionate heart that has been stung is purer and nobler than to
live the dispassionate existence of a person who has a cold heart and a
(But Allah was averse to their being sent forth, so He
made them lag behind, and it was said [to them], "Sit you among those who
sit [at home]." (Quran 9: 46)
The words of a passionate sermon can reach the innermost
depths of the heart and penetrate the deepest regions of the soul, usually
because the one who gives such sermons has himself experienced pain and
(He knew what was in their hearts, and He sent down
As-Sakeenah [calmness and tranquility] upon them, and He rewarded them with a near
victory) (Quran 48: 18)
I have read many books of poetry, and a high
percentage of them are passionless, without life or soul. This is because their
authors never endured hardship, and because they were composed among surroundings
of comfort. Hence the works of such authors were cold, like blocks of ice.
I have read books filled with sermons that do not
shake a hair on the body of the listener and that lack an atom's weight of
impact. The orator (whose sermons were put to print) is not speaking with
feeling and sentiment, or in other words, pain and suffering.
(They say with their mouths, that which is not in
(Quran 3: I67)
If you wish to affect and influence others, whether it
is with your speech or with your poetry, or even with your actions, you must
first feel the passion inside of you. You must be moved yourself by the meanings
of what you are trying to convey. Then, and then only, you will come to realize
that you have an influence upon others.
(But when we send down water [rain] on it, it is
stirred [to life], it swells and puts forth every lovely kind [of growth].) (Quran