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What should we do in the face of Hardships and Difficulties?

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

My beloved friends! Going on discussing one’s difficulties and problems will not bring about any solution nor will it help you. In the face of hardships and difficulties, nothing benefits a person except istighfaar and earnestly turning to Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa. Convey this advice of mine to your friends and associates and frequently remind them of it as well. We should understand that all the difficulties and calamities that we experience are actually the result of our own evil actions. In reality, the difficulties that we face on account of our sins and wrongs are much less than what we are deserving of.

My beloved friends! Each person should look into his own heart to introspect over his condition and see what sins he is involved in. The reality of the matter is that we are only continuing in our present condition due to the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala and the blessing of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), as we are definitely deserving of far greater punishments and difficulties. When difficulties and calamities overcome us then falling into anxiety and depression will not help us. It is crying to Allah Ta‘ala in repentance that will help us.

(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Sheikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 421-422)

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