This life is a window through which we get glimpses of the Hereafter

This life is a window through which we get glimpses of the Hereafter

وَلَن أَذَقنَا ٱلإِنسَـنَ مِنَّا رَحمَةً ثُمَّ نَزَعنَـهَا مِنهُ إِنَّهُ  لَيَـُٔوسٌ فُورٌ (٩) وَلَن أَذَقنَـهُ نَعمَآءَ بَعدَ ضَرَّآءَ مَسَّتهُ لَيَقُولَنَّ ذَهَبَ ٱلسَّيِّـَٔاتُ عَنِّىٓ إِنَّهُ  لَفَرِحٌ فَخُورٌ (١٠) إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ صَبَرُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـلِحَـتِ أُوْلَـكَ لَهُم مَّغفِرَةٌ وَأَجرٌ بِيرٌ((١١

And if we cause man to taste some mercy from Us and afterward withdraw it from him, Lo! he is despairing, thankless. (9) And if We cause him to taste grace after some misfortune that had befallen him, he saith: The ills have gone from me. Lo! he is exultant, boastful; (10) Save those who persevere and do good works. Theirs will be forgiveness and a great reward. (11)

If we get a taste (fleeting) of the Mercy (naimah) in the form of some advantage of dunya from Allah, and then Allah takes it back, then the human being, man or womah becomes extremely disappointed, depressed and thankless. However the people of emaan do not become depressed or without hope.

Reference from Surah Yusuf 12: 87
يبَنِىَّ اذهَبُوا فَتَحَسَّسُوا مِن يُّوسُفَ وَاَخِيهِ وَلَا تَايــَٔسُوا مِن رَّوحِ اللّهِ اِنَّه لَا يَايــَٔسُ مِن رَّوحِ اللّهِ اِلَّا القَومُ الكفِرُونَ‏﴿۸۷﴾

“O my sons! Go ye and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah’s Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of Allah’s Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith.” (12:87)

Despondency, depression and despair are not in the vocabulary of the Momin:
In Surah Al QALAM (68) Allah Subhanawataala says:
عَسى رَبُّنَا اَن يُّبدِلَـنَا خَيرًا مِّنهَا اِنَّا اِلى رَبِّنَا رغِبُونَ‏ (۳۲)

It may be that our Lord will give us in exchange a better (garden) than this: for we do turn to Him (in repentance)!” (68:32)

Life itself is temporary, and thus the taste of Allah’s mercy in this dunya is also temporary. He Subhanawataala wants us to know what the Naimah of his mercy are like. He (Subhanawataala) also wants us to know the tempory nature of the naimah (by taking it away. This fleeting taste of his mercy is a reminder that this naimah was just a glimpse  (preview) of what is promised us in the Hereafter.

And if we are given or taste the Namah (defined as those gifts from Allah whose effect is apparent on the individual (e.g. when someone is given health after severe disease, affluence after poverty or relief after difficulties,) then Allah Subhanawataala observes in this ayah that the person becomes very boastful and shows off this naimah (without being thankful).
Allah Subhanawataala qualifies that ahle- emaan (Momin) are not boastful, and do Sabr and good deeds and will thus get forgiveness and a huge reward.

Rasool Allah PBUH said:

I swear by Him in whose hand is my life: Allah SWT does not make a decision for a Momin unless it is good for him or her.

If he or she (a Momin) gets some goodness or happiness he or she is thankful, and that is good for him and if he is faced with adversity he does Sabr and this is also good for him or her because it is a source of forgiveness.

This quality is only specific to a Momin that he or she has submitted to the will of Allah in all conditions of ease and adversity.

And in another Hadith Rasool Allah pbuh said:

I swear by Him in whose hand is my life: Any Momin with any kind of sadness, grief or pain even if it is as minor as a thorn that pricks him or her, Allah forgives his or her sins.

Such people (momins) are given forgiveness and a huge reward

Ahle- emaan i.e. those with emaan are not boastful on getting a Namah nor do they get depressed when the namah is taken from them.They have Sabr.

Thus Allah SWT says in the final section of the ayah that those who do sabr and good deeds will get forgiveness and an extremely huge reward.

End Tafseer

My take:

These ayahs symbolize the state of mind of a momin, no matter what the circumstances and that is:
1.  Total and complete submission to the will of Allah Subhanawataala

2.    Having Sabr and acceptance with submission to Him Subhanawataala in happiness and in sadness, in ease and in diversity and at all times remembering that in dunya all things, people and circumstances are transitory and that:

I too am struggling with this state,

Please keep me in your prayers.

White flowers In memory of Tariq

White flowers In memory of Tariq

18 thoughts on “SABR IN ADVERSITY: SURAH HUD 11:9-11

  1. Dear Sister
    Its almost five years that I am following your blog. It will five years since I have lost my son, Nabeel.
    As i visited Nabeel’s grave over the years, I became familiar with the persons buried around him. There was this young girl of 13 years who died from cancer in 1994 and was buried close to Nabeel’s grave. I used to see an elderly lady praying intently in front of the grave. I assumed this was her mother. Few days back I saw that a fresh grave was dug in the old one. from the name plate could gather the mother has been buried in the same grave. it was after 20 years the mother has been buried with the daughter. i am sharing this with you just to acknowledge that , it is the reality. Nothing else matters.
    Pray for me sister.


    • Walaikum asalaam, Inshallah we are all going to go to the same good place where our children went inshallah! You and Nabeel and your family are in my duas. I am taking a class on Riyadh us Saliheen on the topic is Sabr…….do check it out and take the next one, it is heart warming and comforting as well as puts life in perspective.


  2. salamalaikum Dear Asma
    I was struggling with Allah (swt) decree this morning with some decisions/choices my loved ones are making. It seems like they are “playing with fire” but I seem to have no control over this except that in my heart I draw helplessly close to Allah and beg Him (swt) to help me and those He(swt) has made me responsible for. I can see Tariq’s blurred picture in the background of white flowers in your post and I think to myself that as blurred as some of my own loved one’s faces appear to me right now, Allah (swt) will bring out the purity of fitrah in them, if He(swt) wills, just like those white flowers….just like He(swt) held my hand through all the darkness I heedlessly plunged myself into and He (swt) did not abandon me.
    May Allah (swt) be with you and may He(swt) keep us together for His (swt) sake. May we live only for Him(swt) and die for Him(swt) .
    your friend!


    • Asalaam o alaikum my friend,
      Only when you let go of control, and let HIm lead you only then the doors open. Inshallah they will for you and me all those who are seeking Him! AMeen!


  3. assalamualaikum
    dear brother, i m suffering from chronic renal failure and am on dialysis twice a week……docter has adviced me kidney transplant so i wanted to knw wether it is permissible in islam or not…….please do help me with repl
    pleaze remember me in your precious dua’s


    • walaikum Asalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu,
      I am sorry to hear of your illness. I am not a Faqi and thus cannot give fatwas.

      However Prophet Muhammad pbuh said and I paraphrase “Allah Subhanawataala has created a treatment for every disease except old age”

      So in my humble opinion if you are fortunate enough to be able to get a kidney transplant, go ahead and do your best.

      May Allah heal you and give you some more time to be obedient and grateful to Him Subhanawataala. Inshallah!


      • assalamualaikum
        jazakkallahukhair for ur responce…..dear brother if u know any faqi who can give me a fatwa regarding this matter can u please give me his email address or any other wbsite which can help….


  4. Asalaamoalaikum CU,
    All the answers are in the Quran and how to implement them is in the Sunnah, inshallah as you search you shall find:)
    May Allah accept your prayers!


  5. beautiful sister…… 🙂

    Today I was in despair condition ad searching for answers, you gave me indirectly……

    I can read omens, and i got them today…JazakAllah khairan….. 🙂

    Allah may bless you and give you sabr and make you contented on Tawakul Allah…..Ameen


  6. Jazaaik Allah Khair my friends for your compassion and your duas! I am deeply grateful to Allah Subhanawataala for sending me such sincere caring friends!
    Thank you!


  7. Assalam w alaikum

    You already blessed with saber mashallah how Heswt opening the way of saber and sakina in you heart and inshallah Heswt will reward you for this on the day of judgment along with you beloved son it will not go waste Heswt is the source of love He loves you so He swt you to come to closer to Himswt Heswt is Al Baseer and AlSami Heswt is watching you and will listen to you inshallah

    I love for the sake of AllahSWT

    love and duas


  8. This is a comforting soothing reminder. May Allah (SWT) shower you and all loved ones with mercy, sabr and inner peace. Inshallah all prayers and duaa’s are accepted and answered.


  9. Dear Sister,
    Allah Has already given you the strength to have the sabr and as well as to show the path to the less fortunate. I swear by Allah, that your guidence has helped me to try to hold on to the rope even in my deepest despair.
    My prayers straight from my heart soaked in my tears. Inshallah Tariq will be there to welcome you. Please look out for me and my Nabeel on that day!!!!
    From a fellow traveler


  10. Salaams & may The Ar-Raheem shower His infinite Mercy upon you my dear sister. May you always be enveloped in His Sakeena , specially at this time of the year, when memories flash back. However, I am making dua for you & I am convinced it will i.A. be answered by The As-Saabir, The Al-Wadood.


  11. I needed to read this. JazakAllah Khairan. May Allah SWT give you sabr as well. Ameen! Do keep in my in your duas as well please.


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