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Beauty Of Real Patience And Endurance

This letter was written to Mirza Muzaffar Khan. It informs that the problems and disasters sent upon the beloved ones are atonements for their sins and that it is necessary to ask earnestly for forgiveness and good health:

May Allahu ta'ala make you safe against unbecoming things! The coming of disasters and troubles upon the beloved is an atonement for the forgiveness of their sins. Begging, weeping, taking refuge, and with a broken heart, you should ask for forgiveness and good health from Allahu ta'ala.

Until it is understood that the prayer has been accepted and the fitna [1] has come to an end, you should pray so. Your friends and those who wish goodness for you are praying for you, yet it is better for the aggrieved person himself to supplicate. To take medicine and diet are necessary for the sick person himself. What others will do, at the very most, is to help him. To tell the truth, everything coming from the Beloved should be encountered with smiles, with pleasure. Everything coming from there should be found sweet. The Beloved's treating harshly and humiliating should be like a kindness, a gift, an exalting. In fact, they should be sweeter than such desires of one's own nafs [1]. If a lover is not so, his love will be incomplete. In fact, his saying that he loves will be a lie.

Your highness, protector of the Shari'at [3], upon coming back from the service, wrote about the happenings during the journey and the hardships your company had encountered. The Fatiha [4] was recited for your safety and good health. O our Allah! Do not call us to account for what we have forgotten or what we have done by mistake! Do not burden us with difficult jobs as You did with past ummats [5]. Do not command us to do what we cannot do. Forgive us! Pity us! You are our Owner! Help us so that we can overcome our enemies! Subhana Rabbika Rabbi'l-izzati amma yasifun wa salamun alalmursalin walhamdu-lillahi Rabbil 'alamin. Wassalam.

GLOSSARY
[1] fitna: the widespreading of statements and actions that harm Muslims and Islam. : disunion among Muslims.
[2] nafs: a force in man which wants him to harm himself religiously; an-nafs al-ammara. A negative force within man prompting him to do evil. (Nafs-i ammara). Nafs is ammara by creation, that is, it always wishes evil and harmful deeds to be done. It is reluctant to obey the Shari'at. The nafs of a man who obeys the Shari'at and makes progress in the way of tasawwuf becomes mutmainna. It wishes to obey the Shari'at.
[3] Shari'at: (pl. of Shari'a) i) rules and commandments as a whole of the religion. ii) religion.
[4] Fatiha: First of the 114 suras of Qur'an al-kerim, containing seven ayats. It is recited during every standing position when performing namaz. It is also recited for the souls of dead Muslims.
[5] umma(t) followers of Muhammad ('alaihi 's-salam); the community, body of believers, of a prophet.