"No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but it is inscribed in the Book of Decrees-before We bring it into existence."
[Surah Al-Hadid – Ayah 22].
The pen has dried, the pages have been lifted: all events that shall come to pass have already been written.
"Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us."
[Surah At-Taubah – Ayah 51.]
Whatever has befallen you was not meant to escape you, and whatever has escaped you was not meant to befall you: If this belief were to be firmly ingrained in your heart, then all hardship and difficulty would become ease and comfort.
The Prophet said:
'Whoever Allah wishes good for, He inflicts him (with hardship).'
For this reason, do not feel overly troubled if you are afflicted with sickness, the death of a son, or a loss in wealth. Allah has decreed these matters to occur and the decisions are His, and His alone. When we truly believe in this, we shall be rewarded well and our sins shall be atoned for it. For those that are afflicted with disaster, glad tidings await them: so remain patient and happy with your Lord.
"He cannot be questioned as to what He does, while they will be questioned."
[Surah Al-Anbiya – Ayah 23.]
You will never completely feel at ease until you firmly believe that Allah already pre-ordained all matters. The pen has dried and has written all that will happen to you, so do not feel remorse over that which is not in your hands. Do not think that you could have prevented the fence from falling, the water from flowing, the wind from blowing, or the glass from breaking. You could not have prevented these things, whether you wanted to or not. All that has been pre-ordained shall come to pass.
"Then whosoever wills let him believe, and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve."
[Surah Al-Kahf Ayah – 29.]
Surrender yourself: believe in pre-ordainment, before pangs of anger and regret beset you. If you have done all that was in your power - and afterwards what you had been striving against takes place - have firm faith that it was meant to be. Do not say, ‘Were I to do such-and-such, such-and-such would have happened’; rather say, ‘This is the decree of Allah and what He wishes, He does.’
"Verily, with every hardship, there is relief."
[Surah Ash-Sharh – Ayah 6.]
Eating follows hunger, drinking follows thirst, sleep comes after restlessness, and health takes the place of sickness.
The lost will find their way, the one in difficulty will find relief and the night will follow day.
Inform the night of a coming morning, the light of which will permeate the mountains and valleys. Give to the afflicted tidings of a sudden relief that will reach them with the speed of light or with the blinking of an eye.
If you see that the desert extends for miles and miles, then know that beyond that distance are green meadows with plentiful shade. If you see the rope tighten and tighten, know that it will snap. Tears are followed by a smile, fear is replaced by comfort, and anxiety is overthrown by serenity. When the fire was set for him, Prophet Ibrahim (alayhis salam) did not feel its heat because of the help he received from his Lord.
"We [Allah] said: O’ Fire! Be you coolness and safety for Ibrahim."
[Surah Al-Anbiyah – Ayah 69.]
Those that are slaves of the moment see only misery and wretchedness. This is because they look only at the wall and door of the room, whereas they should look beyond such barriers as are set before them.
Therefore do not be in despair: it is impossible for things to remain the same. The days and years rotate, the future is unseen, and every day Allah has matters to bring forth.
You know it not but it may be that Allah will afterwards bring some new thing to pass.
And verily, with hardship there is relief.