Learn patience from the martyrs of Karbala
Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, ‘Allamah Mawlana Abu Bilal Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri Razavi دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ
Hadith of the beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم:
When a certain rank is ordained for a slave by Allah Almighty, but the slave cannot reach that rank through his actions, Allah Almighty afflicts him with a concern in relation to his body, wealth or children. He then grants him the ability to be patient, and it causes him to reach the rank which was destined for him.
O devotees of the Messenger! If a person’s young or even adult offspring passes away, it becomes hard for them and other close family members to be patient. On such occasions, due to their lack of patience, people sometimes say words that they should not. In fact, مَعاذَ الـلّٰـه, at times, they even utter words of disbelief, which ruin their faith and cause all of their good deeds to go to waste. To learn more about the various incorrect words and statements of disbelief that are uttered on occasions of death, and how to avoid them, be sure to read pages 489 to 496 of Maktaba-tul-Madinah’s book, entitled Kufriya kalimat ke bare mein sawal jawab.
Additionally, remember that the more difficult it is to have patience, the weightier it will be on our scale of deeds on the Day of Judgement, and اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه, the more reward we will receive. People in such a situation should recall when the 6-month-old infant, Sayyidunā Ali Asghar رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه was martyred on the plains of Karbala. His noble father, Sayyidunā Imam Husayn رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ, and his honourable mother still exhibited utmost patience when this occurred. The older son of Sayyidunā Imam Husayn رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ, Sayyidunā ‘Ali Akbar رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ was also martyred at Karbala , having not eaten or drank for 3 days.
The brother of Sayyidunā Imam Ḥusayn رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ, Sayyidunā ‘Abbas ‘Alamdar, the great Imam’s nephews, and Imam Hussain رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ himself were all martyred. Despite all of these hardships, not a single word of impatience was to be found on the tongues of the blessed Ahl al-Bayt, and they displayed a matchless example of patience. “Indeed, Allah Almighty is with the patient”; these glad tidings have been given to the patient in the Quran itself. So, why should we waste our reward by being impatient? In every situation, we should only display patience. For the sake of those martyred at Karbala, may Allah Almighty grant us the ability to remain content with His decree and allow us to remain patient upon calamities.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ خاتَمِ النَّبِیّیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم
(Note: This content has been prepared with the help of the weekly Madani Muzakarah that took place after Isha salah on 16 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1440 AH. It is being presented here after making amendments, as suggested by Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ).
 Abu Dawud, vol. 3, p. 246, Hadith 3090