How do we react to calamities?

Since 2012-12-06

How did Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (May Allah be please with him) react to calamities...


How did Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (May Allah be please with him) react to calamities:
“If Allah strikes me with calamity I will thank Allah for four things:
1)   that the test was not in my deen
2)   the calamity could have been worse
3)   it is an expiation for my sins
4)   any loss after losing the Prophet (salla Allah ‘alihi wasallam) is nothing”
Allah says {Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things. (1) Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving;} [Sural Al-Mulk 67:1-2]”
{تَبَـٰرَكَ ٱلَّذِى بِيَدِهِ ٱلْمُلْكُ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ ﴿١﴾ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ ٱلْمَوْتَ وَٱلْحَيَوٰةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا ۚ وَهُوَ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْغَفُورُ} الملك: 1-2
Transliteration: abaraka allathee biyadihi almulku wahuwa AAala kulli shayin qadeerun (1) Allathee khalaqa almawta waalhayata liyabluwakum ayyukum ahsanu AAamalan wahuwa alAAazeezu alghafooru
My brothers and sisters, all calamities are indeed a great blessing from Allah, because it gives us an opportunity to reflect and understand that everything is in His control. And if He has willed it, then there’s benefit in it that may not be apparent, but the believer remains positive.
Look to the example of Umar, and let’s start putting things into correct perspective. I know it’s hard but we need to be constant and consistent with the term “Alhamdulillah” (all praise and thanks are due for Allah).
Next time we’re stricken with a calamity–a lost job, car accident, or death in the family- take a minute to reflect afterward using Umar’s wisdom. And if you remain firm and positive Allah will give you the understanding of the Sahabah and true believers.
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