(Surat al-Zumar: 10)
those who patiently persevere will truly receive a reward without measure!
This article was written by Shehzada Dr Aziz bhaisaheb Qutbuddin in 2016.
There is no one in this world who is safeguarded from its trials and tribulations. In reality, as Syedna al-Mu’ayyad states, “those who are most pious are tested in this world to the limits” (al-akhassu bi mihnatiha man huwa akhlasu lir-rahmaan). Our Awliyaa’ are tested in this way because they have the capacity to withstand the trials and tribulations of this world because of their unwavering belief in the promise of the Hereafter. Though all of us face the trials and tribulations of this world, it is the manner in which our Awliyaa’,and those with wisdom, confront and deal with such times that is inspiring.
Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA narrates an anecdote from one of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin’s RA risalahs about the wise man (hakeem) named Buzur-Jamhar (also known as Bozorgmehr – a Persian wise man from the 5th century). When Buzur-Jamhar was imprisoned in a dark cell, a number of his disciples came to meet him and asked him about the secret of his vitality. Buzur-Jamhar said,
“In the face of calamities, I offer you six medicinal potions—whoever drinks them will always act rationally: The first is faith in God (al-thiqatu billah). The second is the acceptance that all that is destined will come to pass (kullu muqaddarin kaa’in). The third is the lesson that the best source of strength is forbearance (sabar) (khayru ma tasta’miluhu al-sabru). The fourth is the realization that, in many instances, sabar is the only recourse (wa in lam tasbir famaza tasna’). The fifth is the awareness that things could always be worse (qad yakunu sharrun a’zamu mimma anta fihi). And the sixth is the hope that from one hour to the next, God will provide relief (min sa’atin ila sa’atin faraj).” Insha’allah o ta’ala”
Syedna Taher Saifuddin remarks after narrating this anecdote, “this is the manner in which sensible men should face difficulties and problems. Allah Ta’ala has said “those who persevere with patience and sabar will truly receive a reward without measure” (Surat al-Zumar: 10).”
The six antidotes described by Buzur-Jamhar perfectly balance the necessity of accepting Allah’s will as well as the necessity of being hopeful for relief and change. The way to balance both of these concepts is through patience and sabar. Even in the darkness of his prison cell, Buzur-Jamhar is at peace because of his wisdom in dealing with the calamity he faced. Even in the darkness of his cell, he maintains his sanity by resorting to sabar. Even in the darkness of his cell, he hopes for relief some day – min sa’atin ila sa’atin faraj.
Our Awliyaa’ Kiraam guide us, and demonstrate through their own example how to face the trials and tribulations of this world: faith in Allah, acceptance of His will, perseverance and sabar, and hope in His relief.
Throughout the years, Syedna Qutbuddin TUS has exemplified and continues to exemplify these virtues. May Allah Ta’ala give him longest life in full health and grant him nasre-aziz and fathe-mubeen. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the wisdom and inspiration to follow the guidance and example of our Hudaat Kiraam in facing the trials and tribulations of this world.