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The Most Severely Tested of People 4.

And the contemplator in the conditions of people will see the difference of their minds, concept, and the diversity of their morals and work, and the predominance of passions and lusts on many of them. He will see in them some of the lack of justice and fairness, honesty and sincerity,  soften in religion and the shallowness of jurisprudence, envy and arrogance, swaggering and stupidity, carelessness and suspicion, bad opinion, injustice and ignorance which show the extent of calamity with these creatures, and the severity of the plight in having relation with them, advising and counseling them, and what it may require from patience and contentment, altruism and sacrifice, indulgence and condoning, compassion and endurance, charity and restraining of anger, pacification and overlooking of mistakes, errors and lapses, and seeking the reward of Allah in advising and educating them, and getting sympathy with them and supporting them, and bearing of harm and ignorance of them.

And these luxury acts and qualities would not be earned except only by the people of pure souls, high desires, strong determination, and high ranks. And for this, Allah, the Almighty joined the act of advising each other to truth, patience, and enjoining what is good and forbidding what is bad together due to what the one who enjoins what is good and forbids what is bad may encounter from harm and difficulties. Allah says:

{إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ * إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ}.

{Indeed, mankind is in loss * Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience}. (Al-Asr:2-3).

He, the exalted says about Luqman while he was giving advice to his son:

{وَأْمُرْ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَانْهَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَاصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا أَصَابَكَ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ}.

{And be patient over what befalls you. Indeed, [all] that is of the matters [requiring] determination}. (Lukman:17).

I.e.: what Allah required and commanded it, and nobody would have strength to do it and be assisted to that except only the people of determination, and noble characters.

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said: "If it had not been for this affliction and the test, it would not have been possible to show the virtue patience, satisfaction, reliance on Allah, jihad, chastity, courage, forbearance, forgiveness and condonation. Allah loves to honor his close friends with these qualities, and He loves to their emergence upon them, so, He, the Most High and the angels praise them by that, and they will earn the best high honor, pleasure, and enjoyment for being characterized with it. Even if they very salty in the beginning, there is sweeter than its consequences, and the existence of obligated without its necessities is impossible".

 

To be continued, insha Allah…

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