innaaAllah ta’ala, says:

“Be sure we will test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives, but give glad tidings to those who are steadfast, who say when afflicted with calamity: ‘To Allah we belong and to him is our return..’ They are those on who (descend) blessings from Allah and mercy and they are the once that receive guidance.” (Al-Baqarah: 155)

“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say, we believe, and will not be tested? And indeed We tested those who were before them” (Ankaboot, 2-3)

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلّم said,

“Whenever an affliction strikes a Muslim and he says, as Allah commanded him,

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun. Allahumma ajirni fi musibati, wa akhlif li khayran minha

To Allah we belong, and to Him will we return – O Allah, reward me for my affliction and replace it for me with that which is better,”

Allah will then surely replace it for him with that which is better.” [Muslim]

Reading and pondering over the hardships suffered by our Prophets ‘alayhimus salaam., the Sahaba Radhiyallaahu ‘anhum and the Awliya ra; reflecting on the hardships suffered by those worse off  than us, those with heart rending diseases, those in war torn countries, those made homeless, hungry and bereaved by natural disasters; one will be left with a firm conviction that no matter how grave one’s situation is, there is still much to be grateful for. This will help one to come to terms with one’s grief quickly and the depressing mood will not be allowed to continue. Peace will enter the heart and despair will turn to hope.

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