Islam: Stress’ Solution

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

Imam At-Tahawi (rahimaullah — may Allah have mercy on him) (d. 321 H — 935 CE) said in his book “Aqeedah At-Tahawiya”:

The pens have dried for what was created until Youm Al-Qiyaamah. What missed the worshiper wouldn’t have benefited him, and what benefited him wouldn’t have missed him.

Shaykh Saalih Al-Fowzan (hafithahullah — may Allah preserve him) said in his explanation of the book: This is the meaning of Iman (belief) in the qadaa and the qadr (divine preordainment) — to know that nothing will harm you from unless Allah wrote it for you, what happened to you was never going t miss you, and what missed you wasn’t going to happen to you.

If something magnificent (from that which displeases you) befalls you, you know surely that it was written in the Lowh Al-Mahfooth (preserved tablets) as well as you believe in Allah ‘azza wa jal (mighty and majestic).

Furthermore, if something misses you then it would never befall you. Even if you were diligent upon seeking something, exerting all of your energy, you’ll never achieve it. If you took the means, exerted everything, and didn’t achieve anything, then you’re content and believe in the qadaa and the qadr. Don’t become annoyed or get emotional or anxious. The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam — peace and salutations upon him) said, “Be diligent in those things that benefit you, seek the aid of Allah, and don’t tire. And if something befalls you then don’t say, ‘If only I had done this’ or ‘[if] it was this and that’. Rather say, ‘It is what Allah willed and what He wants happens’. For verily [the word] ‘if’ opens [the door for] the actions of Shaytan.” [Muslim] If you know this then the affair is in His hands subhaanahu (glory be to He). Yes, you take proper means and are diligent in what will benefit you, but the results come from Allah. You don’t know what’s good. Allah didn’t give you that thing because if you were to acquire it, it would be harmful for you. Therefore, Allah knows and you don’t know. What’s upon you is to be pleased with Allah’s qadaa and qadr.

In the Qur’an Allah says to His Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

“Say, “Never will we be struck except by what Allah has decreed for us; He is our protector.” And upon Allah let the believers rely.” [Surah At-Towbah (9) : 51]

And He says in response to the kuffar (disbelievers) when they said about the people who were killed on the Day of Uhud:

“If they had been with us, they would not have died or have been killed” [Surah Aal-Imran (3) : 156]

Allah ‘azza wa jal said:

“Say, “Even if you had been inside your houses, those decreed to be killed would have come out to their death beds.”[Surah Aali Imran (3) : 154]

So whatever is written for a person will undoubtedly materialize. Even if you try to do anything possible to resist it, nothing can prevent that what Allah decreed. He (the exalted) said:

“Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction.” [Surah An-Nisa (4) : 78]

Taken from: ” التعليقات الميسر على متن العقيدة الطحاوية — A brief  commentary on the text Aqeedah At-Tahawiya”, page 118-119

And I send peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.



About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

5 Responses to Islam: Stress’ Solution

  1. Aminah says:

    Bismillaah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem
    Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh
    JazakumAllaahu khayran for this post.

    Please could you clarify, is there a word missing in this sentence “to know that nothing will harm you * that Allah wrote for you, what happened to you was never going t…” (Also the last letter in the quote above is missing an ‘o’).

    Also is this correct: “If something magnificent (from that which displeases you) befalls you, you know surely that it wasn’t written in the Lowh Al-Mahfooth”. (Is the word ‘wasn’t supposed to be was?)
    BarakAllaahu feekum for you time. May Allaah bless your efforts, ameen.
    Wasalaam alaykum

    • Wa ‘Alaykum As-Salaam wa RahmatuAllahi wa Barakaatuhu!!

      The first point could have definitely been worded differently.

      You’re absolutely right about the second.

      Jzk and I’m changing everything now InshaAllah!


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  3. bint mohammed says:

    Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah

    brother, very nice read mash’allah May Allah reward you, ameen

    “Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction.” [Surah Aali Imran (3) : 78]

    -ayah number is correct, surah is nisaa.

    jazakallahu khayr

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