بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, ‘Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return’. [Al Baqara: 155-156]
These ayaat contain a gift for the sabiroon. In Quran when Allah tells “Say” it means it is a command for Rasulullah SAW himself. So here Allah is telling Rasulullah SAW to give glad tidings to the sabiroon. And Rasulullah SAW is going to congratulate us personally on the day of Qiyamah if we are the patient ones.
But look at the language of Allah! Allah congratulates those who made sabr. We make sabr when something unpleasant happens. Like a disaster or a calamity struck, or something didn’t go according to the plan. We do not have to make sabr or be patient when the going is good.
Now imagine to yourself that one of us is in a situation where he/she needs to make sabr. We do not go and congratulate them. We congratulate someone when it’s a happy occasion, when things went according to plan. When things work out then you congratulate each other.
So when things do not go according to plan, or we are struck with a calamity, remember that even if it is not what we planned for ourselves, it is what Allah has planned for us. May be Allah has put us in the whole ordeal just to make us achieve one goal, i.e. we may learn sabr.
سبحانك اللهم و بحمدك نشهد ان لااله الّا انت نستغفرك و نتوب اليك