Steadfast in Adversity

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(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Seven)

Sayyiduna Muhammad bin Abi Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the son of Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha) from Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

During the era of his khilaafah, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) deputed Muhammad (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to Egypt as the governor of that region. However, sometime thereafter, he was mercilessly killed in Egypt. When the news of his death reached his mother, Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha), it caused her immense grief, but being the strong, resolute woman that she was, she immediately adopted sabr (patience) and resorted to her place of salaah within the home (where she poured her heart out to Allah Ta‘ala).

Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) once mentioned, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught me to recite the following words at the time of adversity:

اللهُ ، اللهُ رَبِّي ، لَا أُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئاً

Allah, Allah is my Rabb, I will not ascribe anything as partner to Him.

(Sunan Abi Dawood #1525, Usdul Ghaabah vol. 4, pg. 76 and Al-Isaabah vol. 8, pg. 16)

Lesson:

No matter what happens to us in life, and how difficult the calamity may seem, the solution is to turn to Allah Ta‘ala and pour our hearts out to Him in du‘aa. Complaining to people will not achieve much, and in many cases, people will eventually become irritated and tired of our complaints. For more on this topic, read here.