On saying: “if only such and such…”

Allaah the Most Exalted says:

"They say: 'If we had anything to do with the affair, none of us would have been killed here." (Q3:154)

Allaah The Almighty says:

"(They are) the ones who said about their killed brethren while they themselves sat (at home): 'If only they had listened to us, they would not have been killed."(Q3:168)

It is narrated in Sahih Muslim from Abu Hurairah (RA) that Allaah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

"Seek carefully what benefits you (in the Hereafter) and seek help only from Allaah and neither lose heart. If any adversity (misfortune) comes to you don't say: 'If I had only acted such and 'such', but instead say: 'Allaah has decreed it and what He willed is done. ' Verily 'If opens the way for the Work of Satan"

In another narration Abu Hurairah (RA) related that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“When one of you is afflicted with any misfortune he should say, Ina li llahi wa inna 'ilayhi Raji'un (We are for Allah, and to Him is our return), even if it be merely losing one's shoe straps, for this is also a misfortune.” (Ibn As-Sinni)

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also said:

"A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak believer, and there is good in everyone. But cherish what gives you benefit in the Hereafter and seek help from Allah and do not lose heart. If anything (in the form of trouble) comes to you, don't say, 'If I had not done that, such and such thing would not have happened, ' but say, 'Allaah has ordained it so, and whatever He wishes He does, because 'ifs' and 'buts' open the door for Shaytan." (Muslim)






This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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