Every Hardship Is Beneficial for a Muslim
Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Sahab Thanvi RA
I can prove logically that every hardship is beneficial for a Muslim. Whenever a Muslim faces a hardship in his life, there can only be 4 possibilities/scenarios in it:
First scenario: Allah Ta’ala benefits from the suffering of His servants. This, of course, is not possible because it would imply dependence of Allah Ta’ala on someone else.
Second scenario: There’s mutual benefit for both, the Muslim who is suffering and Allah Ta’ala Himself. That is again not possible since it also implies dependence of Allah Ta’ala on others.
Third scenario: There’s no benefit for anyone in this suffering. This is also not possible since this would make it a useless act and no act of Allah Ta’ala is useless.
Fourth scenario: The only scenario that stands valid, therefore, is that every calamity carries benefits for the Muslim who’s facing it.
(Ref: Mawaiz e Ashrafiya Vol 15 – Tasleem o Riza)
The Difference between Giving Up Sin and Being Made to Give Up Sin
Your corpse will not be able to cast lustful glances but that will not warrant one any reward from Allah Ta’ala, for the sacrifice of a corpse is not acceptable in His court. Allah Ta’ala wants us to become His, to sacrifice our desires, whims and fancies while hale and hearty,while still alive and able to commit those sins. Why are you waiting forthat time when death will reap your soul and you will be unable todisobey Allah? This will be termed, ‘being made to give up sins’ andnot ‘giving up sins’. Voluntarily giving up sins while the choice to commit them still exists within one will entail a lofty stage offriendship with Allah Ta’ala. Bear the burden of leaving sins. If onedesires to enjoy the pleasure of Allah’s pleasure, bear the burden andexperience that pleasure wherein the burden itself will no longer remain a burden.
Source: Patience and the Status of Siddiqueen (English) (Urdu)
Discourse: Aarif Billah Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahab Db