Thursday, April 17, 2014

Al-ikhtimal | Test of patience


A day is made when I get to learn a new word, be it English or Arabic or anything. Alhamdulillah may Allah increase us in knowledge and understanding. 

Al-ikhtimal is being patient in having to bear the pain when people do you bad - as said Habib Ali Zainal Abidin Al-Hamid during a majlis ta'lim in early April 2014. He was speaking on the qualities of the Prophet salallah alaihi wasalam being very forgiving.

Of course it's not easy to forgive. I for one, find it hard to forgive people who are compulsive liars who would make up stories and create drama after drama just to get people's sympathy and attention or even love for that matter. I believe they are special envoys sent by God to test us. But this could be a prolonged untreated psychological illness, we don't know, so let's pray Allah will cure them and cure us of our sickness too. We seek refuge in Allah from thinking we do not have any sins because that is even a greater sin. Na'uzubillah.

In another majlis which I missed - but thanks to Habib Ali's team at Darul Murtadza who regularly updates the website - Habib Ali talked about earning Allah's love through patience. He said:
"We admit of loving Allah and loving Rasulullah salallah alaihi wasalam but does Allah love us? Among those who are guaranteed of getting Allah's love are those who are patient. Therefore, when you are tested, take it as an opportunity to earn the love of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. It is foolish for one to reject a musibah (test/calamity) because that is like rejecting Allah's love."

Subhanallah. Habib Ali, his speech is as profound as ever.

May Allah make us istiqamah in offering Al Fatihah as a gift to all the habaib and shuyukh whose words we have heard in person or online, those we have met or never met, yet whose name we have mentioned. May Allah forgive us for our lack of adab in quoting their words. 

May Allah forgive us all, our past, present and future. Ameen.

Habib Ali Zainal Abidin Al Hamid
Pic credit: Darul Murtadza

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