This letter is regarding staying patient and steadfast and that one must do their utmost to avoid calamities.
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Written towards his eminence, Mir Muhammad Nu’man.
Sorrow and pleasure and health and afflictions, in all states Allah is praised.
No act of Al-Hakeem Jalla Sultanahu (i.e., The All-Wise Allah, Majestic is His Kingdom) is void of a wisdom (hikmah) and rectification (maslaha). Perhaps Allah has willed to rectify our states by this.
عَسَى أَن تَكْرَهُواْ شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ وَعَسَى أَن تُحِبُّواْ شَيْئًا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ لَّكُمْ وَاللّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ
Translation of meaning: It may be that you dislike something and it is good for you; and it may be that you like something and it is bad for you; and Allah knows and you know not. [Holy Quran 2:216]
Then have patience on what Allah tests you by and be content with His decree, and be steadfast on worshiping Him, and do not disobey Him.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Translation of meaning: To Allah do we belong and to Him shall we return. [Holy Quran 2:156]
Allah Ta’ala says:
وَمَا أَصَابَكُم مِّن مُّصِيبَةٍ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِيكُمْ وَيَعْفُو عَن كَثِيرٍ
Translation of meaning: What ever suffering reaches you, is due to what your hands have done; and he forgives many of those. [Holy Quran 42:30]
Then, repent before Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, and seek repentence from your Lord against the deeds committed by your hands; and ask Allah Ta’ala for forgiveness and well-being (‘aafiyah); indeed Allah Ta’ala is The One who forgives and He likes to forgive. Then, as much as possible, try to stay away from afflictions (balaa) [by seeking forgiveness of your sins] as it is from the sunnah of the prophets, ‘alaihimus salawaatu was salam, to escape from the afflictions which are beyond one’s capacity to bear; and we are well-comfortable (with ‘aafiyah) in the thick of afflictions, so all praise and glorification is due to Allah Subhanahu.
و السلام عليكم و على سائر من اتبع الهدى و التزم متابعة المصطفى عليه و آله الصلوة و التسليمات العلى
ِAnd peace be on you and all those who follow guidance and adhere to the following of Mustafa, on him and his progeny be elevated exaltations and greetings.
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