One is Comforted at the Onset of Calamity and Hardship
One is faced with trials and difficulties in every moment of life, but having faith and certainty serves to comfort and console one of them. Strong faith, reliance upon Allaah, hope in the reward of Allaah and desire for His beneficence are the basic constituents that help bring this state about. The sweetness of the reward lessens the bitterness of patience. Allaah, Exalted is He says:
“If you feel pain, they too are feeling it just as you are, but you hope for something from Allaah which they cannot hope for“ [Soorah an-Nisaa, 4:104]
This is why you can find two people who have been afflicted with the same calamity, or almost the same calamity; one of these two having faith and the other not; and there is a huge difference between the states of the two and the way that it affects them, inwardly and outwardly.
Just as faith consoles one at the onset of calamities, it also consoles one when he does not attain, or loses what he desires. Therefore, if the believer loses his beloved, be it his family, son, property, close friend etc., he is comforted by the sweetness of faith. Faith is the best replacement that the believer has for anything he loses, and this is something clearly seen and experienced. In reality losing something beloved is counted amongst the calamities.
It was the faith of Jacob that allowed him to bear the losing of his son, Joseph, despite his immense love for him. When his brothers asked him to allow Joseph to come and play with them he said:
“It grieves me to let him go with you“ [Soorah Yusuf, 12:13]
thereby informing them that the cause of his grief, preventing him from letting him go, was that he would not be able to bear being away from him for even a mere hour. However they argued with him until they were able to convince him:
” …so that Allaah would settle a matter whose result was preordained” [Soorah al-Anfaal, 8:42]
So if this was his state, having this intense love that cannot be expressed in words, is it possible to imagine that he could have born this separation for so many years? Rather one would expect that the pain of parting with him would have soon rent asunder his liver! However it was the strength of his faith and his hope in Allaah that allowed him to restrain himself for all these years until Allaah brought about the relief that He has promised the believers.
- Excerpt: The Tree of Faith | Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee (rahimuhullaah) | Pages 71-72