رَبِّ ابْنِ لِى عِندَكَ بَيْتاً فِى الْجَنَّةِ
'My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Jannaah'
(At-Tahreem 66:11)


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Behaviour of the majority when stricken with illness


An observation of Imaam Ibnul Jawzi رحمه الله during his era

Imaam Ibnul Jawzi رحمه الله said:

Indeed, I see that when the majority of the people are stricken with illness, they would sometimes preoccupy themselves with (feelings) of anguish and complaining, and sometimes they would preoccupy themselves with medication. So preoccupation with the severity (of the illness) diverts them from the beneficial commandments, performance of good deeds or preparation for death. And how many (a person) has sins which he has not repented from, or trust which he has not returned, or a debt, or zakaah (to pay), or a misdeed related to responsibility of his, which he has not realized! But his sadness is (focused) in his parting with the worldly life. He has no interest other than (the sadness felt due to parting with this world), and perhaps he may regain health and command wrong doing. The reason for this is due to weakness in Imaan, as Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى said:

فَأَعْرِضْ عَن مَّن تَوَلَّى عَن ذِكْرِنَا وَلَمْ يُرِدْ إِلَّا الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا
 ذَلِكَ مَبْلَغُهُم مِّنَ الْعِلْمِ
‘’Therefore withdraw (O Muhammad) from him who turns away from Our Reminder (this Qur’an) and desires nothing but the life of this world. That is what they could reach of knowledge.’’
(An-Najm 53:29-30)

Indeed, this is common amongst the majority of the creation, and we seek Allaah’s protection from being forsaken. Therefore, it is incumbent upon a cautious person that he is prepared when in a state of good health before a state of poor health.


Source: Ath-Thabaat Indal Mamaat: pg. 31

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