Mujaddid: Problems as Atonement and to seek Forgiveness

By Mujaddid Alf al-Thani Ahmad Sirhindi

The Mujaddid reminds that problems and disasters sent upon the beloved ones are atonements for their sins and that it is necessary to ask earnestly for forgiveness and good health during such times of difficulty.

“May Allahu ta’ala make you safe against unbecoming things! The coming of disasters and troubles upon the beloved is an atonement for the forgiveness of their sins. Begging, weeping, taking refuge, and with a broken heart, you should ask for forgiveness and good health from Allahu ta’ala. Until it is understood that the prayer has been accepted and the fitna has come to an end, you should pray so. Your friends and those who wish goodness for you are praying for you, yet it is better for the aggrieved person himself to supplicate. To take medicine and diet are necessary for the sick person himself. What others will do, at the very most, is to help him. To tell the truth, everything coming from the Beloved should be encountered with smiles, with pleasure. Everything coming from there should be found sweet. The Beloved’s treating harshly and humiliating should be like a kindness, a gift, an exalting. In fact, they should be sweeter than such desires of one’s own nafs. If a lover is not so, his love will be incomplete. In fact, his saying that he loves will be a lie. Your highness, protector of the Shariat, upon coming back from the service, write about the happenings during the journey and the hardships your company have encountered. The Fatiha was recited for your safety and good health.

O our Allah! Do not call us to account for what we have forgotten or what we have done by mistake! Do not burden us with difficult jobs as You did past ummats. Do not command us to do what we cannot do. Forgive us! Pity us! Thou art our Owner! Help us so that we can overcome our enemies! Subhana Rabbika Rabbi’l-izzati amma yasifun wa salamun alalmursalin walhamdu- lillahi Rabbil ‘alamin. Wassalam.”

Maktubat, 2:75

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