Praising Allaah In Times Of Calamities

It is reported that Shurayh – Allâh have mercy on him – said,

“If I am afflicted with a calamity, I praise Allâh for it four times:

I praise Him because it wasn’t worse than it was,

I praise Him when He gives me the patience to bear it,

I praise Him for enabling me to say al-istirjâ’ (‘To Allâh we belong and to him we will return’; see Al-Baqarah: 154-156) in hope of a great reward,

and I praise Him for not making it a calamity in my religion.”

[Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ`, in his biography of Shurayh Al-Qâdî]


3 Responses to “Praising Allaah In Times Of Calamities”

  1. Sister P Says:

    Assallamu alaykum !

    Can you please upload the ruling about how much a sister can show/should she wear hijab or not when a prospective partner coming to see the sister ?

    • Assalaamu ‘alaykum,

      All scholars are of the opinion that is is preferable for the man to see the woman (tho differ in what he can see) but only one scholar (Qaadi Iyaadh) says it is disliked. If possible it is good for a man to send a mahram woman of his to go and se the woman he wishes to propose to and then for her to come back and describe her to him. If the man is not satisfied by this, he can see her, with or without her knowing.

      There are five opinions on what a prospective husband can see in a woman he wishes to marry.

      1) The opinion of the majority, that being that he can only see her face and hands (as that would suffice for him knowing her beauty). This is also the opinion of Ash-Shaafiee.

      2) The opinion of Aboo Haneefah who adds the feet.

      3) The opinion of Awzaa’ee who says the fat or bulky parts of the woman (i.e, her arms, legs etc) while being covered.

      4) The opinion of Imaam Ahmad, who says ‘what appears ordinary of her during her daily activities’. Meaning, the way she is dressed while cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry etc.

      5) The opinion of the Dhaahiree school of thought (The Literalists), who say that the man can see everything.

      The strongest opinion seems to be that of the majority (opinion 1) in that a woman is only allowed to show her face and hands, some scholars allow the man to see a little more due to the hadeeth of Jaabir. If however parents force a daughter to show more than she is not blamed for that as Allaah does not burden a soul more than it can bare. I hope this has answered your question.

      For more info please refer to the following articles: – Conditions for a man to see a woman – Looking at a picture of the prospective wife – What can be seen in a woman a man wishes to marry

      Likewise, Yasir Birjas has a discussion on this in his Fiqh of Love, Part 9, from 38mins to 53mins.

      I hope this has answered your question.

  2. Misbaudeen Says:


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