March 2, 2009

The Seventeen Benefits of Tribulation–Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Posted in Character, Islam, Islamic Lectures, Knowledge, Sufism, Taqwa, Tazkiyah at 2:27 am by faith786

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum,

I was listening to Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s CD: The Seventeen Benefits of Tribulation and I took some notes. That which is bolded is one of the seventeen noted benefits. I took extra notes on other stuff he said, but I am not including the Arabic word play he did in the beginning because my notes are a bit messed up there–>

The Seventeen Benefits of Tribulation

  • Prophet Muhammad (saw) never let tribulations get to him.
  • When Abu Bakr (RA) and the Prophet (saw) were in the cave, Abu Bakr was worried while the Prophet (saw) remained unperturbed.
  • In battles, people used to stand behind the Prophet (saw)
  • If you are easily perturbed, you are disconnected from Allah
  • Being easily perturbed=weak iman (uh-oh)
  • Ex: people can’t listen to each other because they are easily perturbed.
  • Words can illicit perturbed responses, so words have meaning.
  • Difference between a person who trust Allah and who doesn’t is that ability not to be perturbed.
  • If you don’t believe in God, you see the world as godless. If you believe in God, you see the world filled with signs of God.
  • Never think something is evil because you don’t know (unless it is shariah outlined, but if it is from God, you don’t know.)
  • Bismillah has bakarah and without saying it, the thing is cut off from barakah
  • Different benfits in tribulations to different people.
  • God his three things in three things:
    • Hid His contentment in His obedience: don’t know what Allah will accept from you.
    • Hid His wrath in disobedience: Don’t know what Allah will punish you for.
    • He hid His awliyah amongst His servants–can even be a NON MUSLIM. (I repeat, NON MUSLIM)
  • Tribulations can remove wrongs
    • Imam Al Ghazali said some wrongs can only be removed by depression
    • People get depressed by their souls–can’t remove the anguish in their souls so they try to numb it. (SO TRUE)
      • Existence is painful if you are not fulfilling yoru function. Like body parts.
      • Signs of pain is a gift so you know to get medicine or turn to Allah
        • Kufr is covering up, instead of turning to Allah
  • Tribulations can elevate rank
    • Prophets get it
    • Ibn Abbas:  No tribulation doesn’t have a tribulationthat is worse than it.
  • So sincere tauba to forgive sins–don’t ask to get them purified, ask for forgiveness.
  • What you see in this world is a metaphor for the unseen world. (Love the analogy)
  • People can have spiritual states with Allah when they cannot experience pain.

1. Realize the power of Lordship (Allah) over you

  • Allah is the Lord over you.
  • Remind you that there are things you cannot control
  • Illusion of reality is that we are independent and can do whatever we want
  • Calamities come and we are snapped of that illusion
  • Story of Musa (as) and Khidr is really the story that solves the problem of evil.
  • Difference between a believer and a non believer: believer knows life makes sense and wait until the Day of Judgment to have it explained. We trust Allah.
  • Pre-judge=prejudice. Can’t pre-judge God. We have a small amount of knowledge of Him
  • Someone asked Imam Al Ghazali where is God? He responded that if you don’t know the function of your body (or where you are in the universe) how can you know where God is?
  • Problem of people who are deluded is that they do not know that they are deluded.

2. Realize your servitude and your brokenness before the will and power of God.

3. Sincerity to Allah because one has no place of return in putting off or defending against the calamities, except Him. Makes you sincere when you call on Him.

  • So you can call on God without shirk.
  • Only source from calamity is Allah.

4. He returned to Allah and is suddenly fervent in desire of Allah

  • When calamities hits, person calls on Allah, returning back to Him.

5. That it leads to a humbled state before God and leads to prayers that you call on God.

  • Allah afflicts who He loves just so He can hear them call onto Him
  • Life is like getting your tooth pulled out or in that temporary moment of panic. Compare 80 years to infinity. It is practically nothing.
  • Relax the mind and be content in affliction

6. That you are forbearing toward the One who has afflicted you.

  • Forbearance in calamities is the best type of forbearance.

7. That you can actually forgive the one who has wronged you.

  • Allah loves who pardons others
  • Grudge makes it harder for forgiveness
  • Allah is with the patient one.
  • Bearnig something and being patient are two different things
  • Being patient brings Allah’s love.

8. To be patient during the tribulation

9. To actually happy of what is happening because of those benefits.

10. To be grateful for it.

  • Because of a sickness, you are grateful for the cure.

11. The purification that these calamities have towards peoples’ wrongs and their sins.

  • This is a lot better than what we really deserve.

12. The compassion that Allah enables you to show to people that care in tribulation and to help them.

  • If you don’t help people in their problems (being appropriate to help them) then Allah will give you their problems.
  • Two types of people: People of well being and tribulation
  • Those in well being should be grateful and those in tribulation, show compassion to them.

13. Tribulation gives you the blessing of having true knowledge of the extent of well being.

14. Allah has prepared from the blessing of the Akhirah, based on ranks. God rewards for calamities you bear patiently or with contentment.

  • Content vs. patient and tauba.

15. What is hidden inside the folds of these calamities are blessings.

  • That can be goodness/benefits in a problem

16. Tribulations prevent you from arrogance, pride, evil, tyranny, etc.

  • If you have problems, you won’t harm others.

17. Contentment.

  • Because tribulations hit both good and evil. Who ever doesn’t like it, it is by Allah.
  • Tribulations can take you to paradise.
  • Read history–there have been worse times.
  • Calamity of our age is spiritual calamity (lack of religion and spirituality)


  1. Wouter said,

    First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

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  2. Maryam said,

    Sallaams. Where can i order the cd ’17 Benefits of Tribulation’ by Hamza Yusuf from, please?

  3. Naz said,

    stumbled upon your blog by random google search on this lecture.I listened to this lecture and i love it i think it’s one of his best that i’ve listened to so far. Subhanallah..

    am inspired to take notes from his lectures now. do you know where i can get the book for this though? i know lots of people who would benefit from this.


  4. Muslimah said,

    Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

    I did a word for word transcript of this CD if anybody would like the notes.


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