ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 25
27 Safar 1437 / 10 December 2015
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Islamic Teachings in Facing Hardships and Difficulties
Almighty Allah has promised each and every one of us that we will face difficulties and hardship in life, whether it be with the loss of a loved one, poverty or fear of something:
“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.)” Surah Baqarah 2:155
As Allah said in the above verse, glad tidings are for the ones that are patient with the trials that he tests us with.
Patience is a means to Allah and His love, His help, His victory, His fortification, His reward, and His company.
Patience is a Command from Allah.
Allah said: “And seek help in patience and As-Salah and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for humbly submissive [to Allah]” Surah Al-Baqarah 2:45.
Patience is the way to gaining the love of Allah. Allah said: And Allah loves As-Sabirun (the patient ones)” Surah Aal Imran 3:146.
And the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “How wonderful is the case of the believer; there is good in everything and this is not the case with anyone except a believer. If good attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him he endures it patiently and that is better for him.”[Narrated by Abu Yahya Suhaib ibn Sinan and recorded in Sahih Muslim.]
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “The real patience is at the first stroke of a calamity.” [Narrated by Anas and recorded in Sahih Al Bukhari vol 2 # 389.]
This is the time of the true test, when the initial reaction is either patience or impatience, and this is the time when patience is needed most.
Allah said in the Qur’an: “No calamity occurs, but by the permission of Allah, and whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart. And Allah is the All-Knower of everything.” Sura at-Taghabun 64:11
Ibn Kathir said about this Verse: Whoever suffered an affliction and he knew that it occurred by Allah’s Judgement and Decree, and he patiently abides, awaiting Allah’s reward, then Allah guides his heart, and will compensate him for his loss in this life by granting guidance to his heart and certainty in faith. Allah will replace whatever he lost for Him with the same or what is better.
Ali ibn Abi Talhah reported from Ibn Abbas: ‘… and whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart.’ Allah will guide his heart to certainty. Therefore, he will know that what reached him would not have missed him and what missed him would not have reached him.” [Al Mubarakpuri, Sheikh Saifur-Rahman, tafsir ibn Kathir (Abridged) vol 10 (Riyadh, Darussalam, 2000), pp 24-25]
Sometimes when we’re experiencing hardships in our lives we fail to see Allah’s wisdom and mercy in the hardships. We become consumed with the hardship itself. However difficult the hardships may be, Allah always helps the believers and intends good for them. Indeed, Allah has His plans.
Allah, The Most Wise says, “For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” [Surah ash-Sharh 94: 5-6]
Abu Sa'id and Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with them) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
"Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience".
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

A Workshop on the concept of 'Organized Maktab' for 50 Island wide Maktab Representatives (MR) was conducted at the ACJU Head Office on the 05th of December by the ACJU Maktab Division.

Members of Jamiyyathul Ulama - Maldives visited the ACJU Head Office and met Members of Executive Committee of ACJU on the 8th of December.
ACJU Ulama Affairs Division conducted Programs on Introduction of ACJU and ACJU Membership campaigns at the Sulaimaniyyah and Jawadhuyya Arabic Colleges in Kurunegala on the 09th of December.

The Hilaal (Crescent) for the month of Rabeeunil Awwal 1437 might be visible on the 12th of December (Saturday). If sighted please inform 0112 432 110.

A Special Meeting was conducted, 
on the 06th of December, by the ACJU Youth Division with representatives of  8 Masjds in Madampitiya with regard to conducting a series of Drug Rehabilitation Programs in the area. 

A Spiritual Motivation program was conducted to the O/L Students of St Mary's School Dehiwala, by Ash Sheikh Mahir on the topic "How be successful in life with Islam", which was organized by the ACJU Education Division under the project "Transforming Lives"on the 4th of December.

Reorganizing of the Gampaha District & Division Branch of ACJU was held on the 05th of December which was organized by the ACJU Branches Coordination Division.

ACJU Puttalam District Branch General Meeting of the was held on the 06th of December.

ACJU requests Khateebs to make Jumuah Khutbah this week on 'Dua & Sadaqah during difficulties'.

ACJU appeals the public to help the flood victims. Contributions to be deposited to: 
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
A/C No.1320006768 
Commercial Bank

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