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Do Not Worry About Losses

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Do Not Worry About Losses


Submitted by dicryptor on Thu, 2005-11-03 02:07.Spirituality

Do
not worry about losses which God causes to your property and those of
your family dear to you, which are customarily termed calamity and
loss. Say, “We belong to God and to Him we return” when that happens to
you. Say as Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said,
“No affliction befell me but that I saw that God gave me three
blessings in it. One blessing is that it was not a disaster to my
faith. The second blessing is that it (the affliction) was not a
greater one and so by it God averted a greater one. The third blessing
is what God includes in it of the expiation we are commanded for our
evil actions.”

Know that in this world the believer experiences many losses because
God desires to purify him so that he will meet Him pure and purified of
the filth of acts of opposition committed in this world in which God
has written that he must reside. The believer continues to suffer loss
in his states in general. It is established by the Messenger of God
(may God bless him and grant him peace) in, “The metaphor of the
believer is that of a fresh tender plant. No matter which direction the
wind comes from, it bends and when the wind stops, it stands straight
again until it is blown away.”

-Muhyi din Ibn al-‘Arabi, The Mysteries of Bearing Witness

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