Four Situations and Four Solutions

1. Someone in grief: how does he forget to say:

لَّا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

Anbiya 21: 87 La ilaha illa Anta [none has the right to be worshipped but You (O Allah)], Glorified (and Exalted) are You [above all that they associate with You]. Truly, I have been of the wrong-doers.”

Doesn’t he know what Allahﷻ said after that?

فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ وَنَجَّيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْغَمِّ وَكَذَلِكَ نُنجِي الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

Anbiya 21: 88. So We answered his call, and delivered (saved) him from the distress. And thus We do deliver (save) the believers

2. Someone who is in adversity: how does he forget to say:

أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

Anbiya 21: 83 “Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy.”

Doesn’t he know what Allahﷻ said after that?

فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ فَكَشَفْنَا مَا بِهِ مِن ضُرٍّ وَآتَيْنَاهُ أَهْلَهُ وَمِثْلَهُم مَّعَهُمْ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَذِكْرَى لِلْعَابِدِينَ

Anbiya 21: 84. So We answered his call, and We removed the distress that was on him, and We restored his family to him (that he had lost), and the like thereof along with them, as a mercy from Ourselves and a Reminder for all who worship Us.

3. Someone in fear: how does he forget to say:

حَسْبُنَا اللّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ

A’al Imraan 3: 173 Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)

Doesn’t he know what Allahﷻ said after that?

فَانقَلَبُواْ بِنِعْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللّهِ وَفَضْلٍ لَّمْ يَمْسَسْهُمْ سُوءٌ وَاتَّبَعُواْ رِضْوَانَ اللّهِ وَاللّهُ ذُو فَضْلٍ عَظِيمٍ

A’al Imraan 3: 174. So they returned with Grace and Bounty from Allah. No harm touched them; and they followed the good Pleasure of Allah. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty.

4. Someone facing people’s evil: How does he forget to say:

وَأُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِي إِلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ

Ghafir 40: 44 My affair I leave it to Allah. Verily, Allah is the All-Seer of (His) slaves.”

Doesn’t he know what Allahﷻ said after that?

فَوَقَاهُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِ مَا مَكَرُوا وَحَاقَ بِآلِ فِرْعَوْنَ سُوءُ الْعَذَابِ

Ghafir 40: 45. So Allah saved him from the evils that they plotted (against him), while an evil torment encompassed Fir’aun’s people.

Reminds us of the following grim warning from the Qur’an: “And fear the trial which will not strike those who have wronged among you exclusively, and know that Allah is severe in penalty.”

May Allahﷻ make us among those who understand His Kalaam and take succor and sustenance from it.