Calamities and the Virtues of Patience

“The Qur’an demands that we see calamities as the fruit of our own tyranny, and recognize that our suffering is rooted in our attachment to all that is other than God. For calamities compel us to acknowledge our dependence upon our Creator; they force us to see that we need to offer our servitude to none other than God alone. When we recognize this, we are liberated from the oppression of both the self and others, and whatever befalls us reveals itself as a tribulation from the sole source of all that was, is, and ever will be. The Qur’an states: “Those who when calamities befall them say, ‘We belong to God alone, and to God we return'” (2:156).”

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf


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