Blessings in Disguise - How to Deal With Calamities?

They say there’s beauty in the struggle. And no one really understand what that means unless they go through it themsleves. You see, from an outsiders point of view, there’s nothing beautiful about it. Maybe pitiful, but not beautiful. However, there is a beauty. As they say that calamities are a blessing in disguise. And yes!!!

Some calamities are a blessing. If ones patient; patient enough to see the full outcome of this blessing in disguise. As you will need patience sometimes to understand the meanings of these calamities. Just Believe that every difficulty and calamitity has a MESSAGE for you.

See the difference between knowing whether something we are going through is a punishment or a blessing is how we react to it. The patient ones who remember Allah whenever a calamity happens and say “Inna lillaah wa inna ilayhi raji’uun are those who get the blessings of Allah, His mercy.

Allah says,

“Who, when calamity befalls them, say, “Verily, unto God do we belong and, verily, unto Him we shall return. They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah and Mercy and they are the ones that receive guidance. “

(Qur’an: 2:156)

But then there are others who begin to question why, why me? The ones that don’t be patient and fully accept the situation but rather start blaming. Regardless what happens to a believer its a WIN-WIN situation. On the authority of Suhaib (may Allaah be pleased with him) he said:

The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam said:

“Amazing is the affair of the believer, verily all of his affair is good and this is not for no one except the believer. If something of good/happiness befalls him he is grateful and that is good for him. If something of harm befalls him he is patient and that is good for him”

(Saheeh Muslim #2999)

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There are benefits of calamities that happen to us. If one handles them well and realizes its a test. First of all one of them is that the person will turn back to Allah and call upon him. Even people who deny the existence of God, when caught in a tribulation say, “Oh God” It’s a natural thing for people when they are in need to remember God, even the ones who don't normally remember him. Take for example, the ruler of Egypt in the time of Musa.

Allah says:

“We took the Children of Israel across the sea: Pharaoh and his hosts followed them in insolence and spite. At length when overwhelmed with the flood he said: “I believe that there is no god except Him Whom the Children of Israel believe in: I am of those who submit (to Allah in Islam).”

(Qur’an: 10:90)

Calamities humble us. They allow us to remind that we are human, that we do have needs and that we do need help sometimes. Usually in times of crises people get together which is another good thing; maintaining ties. Whether it be through family, friends or the community. We come together when we are in need, we realize that we are in need of each other. Perhaps in the past before the calamities, we thought we are not in need of anyone. But when tough times hit, you find yourself calling that friend you abandoned long ago, or the sister you havent talked to for weeks. And its all a humbling experience. Ibn Qayyim, was noted to have said:

It should be noted that were it not for the trials and tribulations of this world, a person could develop arrogance, self-admiration, a pharaonic attitude and hardheartedness which would lead to his doom in this world and in the Hereafter.

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It is a sign of the mercy of the Most Merciful that He checks on him from time to time with the remedy of calamity so as to protect him from these diseases, to keep his submission and servitude sound, and to eliminate all bad elements that may lead to his doom. Glory be to the One Who shows mercy by means of testing, and tests by means of blessing, as it is said:

Allaah may bless us with calamities even if that is hard, and Allaah may test some people with blessings.

Ibn Al-Qayyim, Zad-al ma,ad

So Alhamdulillah these trials keep us in check. Because sometimes we get caught up in life, in our success and whatever things we thought we had under control and sometimes one forgets to be humble. But remember, there are always rewards for the patient ones. All you need is to stick to your IMAAN FIRMLY so when you get out of calamity phase; you be a better person and better muslim IN'SHA'ALLAH!

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