Tuesday, June 16, 2009

How they lived: Shurayh Al-Qadi, when affected with calamity

How they lived: Shurayh Al-Qadi, when affected with calamity

From the lives of our pious predecessors:

IT is reported that Shurayh said, “If I am afflicted with a calamity, I praise Allah for it four times:

§ I praise Him because it wasn’t worse than it was,

§ I praise Him when He gives me the patience to bear it,

§ I praise Him for enabling me to say Al-Istirja’ (‘To Allah we belong and to him we will return’; see 2:154-156) in hope of a great reward, and

§ I praise Him for not making it a calamity in my religion.”

– Al-Dhahabi, Siyar A’lam Al-Nubala`, in his biography of Shurayh Al-Qadi.

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