Trusting in Allah’s Decree

Trusting in Allah’s Decree

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

One of the greatest fruits of believing in qadr is that a believer trusts that whatever happens, happens for the best. An interesting story found in our history books illustrates this point.
 
Abu Qilabah (d. 105 AH) was a famous Successor and student of Anas b. Malik. One of his neighbors who was a soldier in the Umayyad army suffered an accident and fell from a high place, which caused both of his legs to break.
 
Abu Qilābah went to visit him and consoled him by saying,
 
“I pray that this incident is for your benefit and good!”
 
The soldier, lying in bed in extreme pain and both of legs bandaged up, said in frustration,
 
“O Abu Qilabah! And what benefit and good is there in having both my legs broken?!”
 
With the wisdom that only knowledge and faith can bring, Abu Qilābah replied,
 
“Whatever Allah has protected you from through this must be better for you.”
 
Three days later, the governor of Iraq, known Ziyād Ibn Abīhī, sent for all the soldiers to go on a mission. The neighbor of Abu Qilābah sent a message to his commander,
 
“I cannot go, can’t you see my situation?!”
 
So he was excused without penalty.
 
Shortly thereafter, the news spread across the cities regarding the massacre of the grandson of the Prophet ﷺ. It turned out that this mission he was supposed to participate in was to intercept the caravan of Hussein b. Alī b. Abi Talib رضي الله عنه at Karbala; it was this group of soldiers that eventually surrounded the caravan, and some from them ended up perpetrating and participating in one of the most tragic murders in our history.
 
When the man with the broken legs heard of this, he remarked with joy,
 
“May Allah have mercy on Abu Qilābah! What he spoke was the truth – it was better for me that my legs were broken than to be a part of that army.”
 
The lesson from this is to always put one’s trust in Allah, for what He has decreed for you will be for your own best, even if you don’t realize it at the time.
 
[Taken from Ibn al-Jawzi’s Ṣifat al-Ṣafwa, 1/120].
 
Note: of course there are many Quranic verses and traditions that convey the same message, such as the story of Khiḍr and Musa in Surah al-Kahf.