Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
How Do I Respond to the Tribulations Our Brethren in Palestine Face?
I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.
There is wisdom in tests, trials, and tribulations.
Allah Most High tells us:
“How gloriously exalted in beneficence overall is He in whose hand alone is Sovereignty; And He has absolute power to do anything. Who created death and life to determine which of you is finest in works; And He is the Invincible, the All-forgiving.” [Quran, 67.1-2; Keller, Quran Beheld]
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The people most tested are the Prophets, then those foremost after them…” [Tirmidhi]
Those who respond to tests with faith and steadfastness (sabr) are rewarded eternally.
Thus, while we feel saddened by the tests of others, we also have certitude that such tests are an honour and raising of ranks for believers.
How Do We Respond?
One. Heart: With faith and certitude: see these are tests from Allah.
Two. Spiritual Works: With prayer and charity for those affected.
Three. Worldly Action: Raise awareness in our circles and any principled political advocacy—directly or supporting those engaged.
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And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.
[Shaykh ] Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.