Abu Habiba

Lesson In Satisfaction and Good Pleasure.

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As-Salaam alaikum,

 It was once said to Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph, may Allah be pleased with him, (during an illness), "Shall we call a physician for you"?  to which he replied: "He has already seen me".

It was then said to him, "What did He say to you?"  He replied: "...Verily, I do as I please".

And Uthman, may Allah be pleased with him, asked Abdullahi Ibn Mas'ud in his sickness, "What is your complaint?"  He replied: "The Mercy of Allah". It was then said to him, "Shall we not call a physician for you?" to which he replied: "the physician is the one who made me sick."

All this is explained in the Light of Ayat 119 of Surat Ma'eda of the Holy Qur'an: "Allah is pleasured with them and they are pleased with Him". (5:119) Thus when we are contented, satisfied with Allah Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala, we relinquish all choices and should anticipate Decrees of Allah Almighty with joy... especially noting that He is the Arranger of all affairs (mudabbir amr).

One must never respond to Allah's bitter Decrees with either stoic indifference or dejectedness and despair. We must realize that the choice of Allah Ta'ala is better than our choice for ourselves, since there are consequences for events which we do not anticipate in our short-sightedness.

 

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