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Which of these two statements you like? Beautiful explanation by Sufyan bin Uyaynah

 

♣Bismillah Ar Rahmaan Ar Raheem♣

 

Below are two statements by two brothers from our Aslaaf.

 

Mutarif (rahimahullah) used to say:

Thanking Allah for his blessing is more beloved to me than doing Sabr at the time of hardship.

 

While his brother, Yazeed bin Abdullah rahimahullah used to say:

O Allah! Whatever of these two is better for me, grant that.

 

And this follows a beautiful incident about the sayings of two brother.

 

 Amroo bin Sukn said:

Once I was with Sufyan bin Uyaynah when a man from Baghdad stood and asked him- O Abu Muhammed! Which of these two statements you like: the one of Mutarif (rahimahullah) who says, “Thanking Allah for his blessing is more beloved to me than doing Sabr at the time of hardship” or his brother’s Yazeed bin Abdullah (rahimahullah) who says’ “O Allah! I like for myself what You have liked for me”?

 

Sufyan bin Uyaynah (rahimahullah) remained silent for a while and then said: I like the saying of Mutarif (rahimahullah).

 

That man asked why it is so when after all Yazeed bin Abdullah (rahimahullah) only liked for himself what Allah has liked for him!

 

Sufyan bin Uyaynah said- I read the Quran and suddenly the condition of Sulayman (alaihis salam) came into my mind with all the blessings Allah has provided him. Allah said in Glorious Quran about Sulayman (alaihissalam): “(How excellent a servant! Verily, he was ever oft-returning in repentance (to Us)!) “[Surah Sa’ad verse 30].

 

And then Ayub (Alaihis salam) came into my mind and his life was surrounded with hardship yet Allah said about him the same what He said about Sulayman (alaihissalam). Allah said in Glorious Quran:” (How excellent a servant! Verily, he was ever oft-returning in repentance (to Us)!)” [Surah Sa’ad verse 44].

 

So, both the conditions are same and therefore I gave preference to Shukr (thanksgiving) over Sabr (patience) and hence I like the saying of Mutarif (rahimahullah) that “Thanking Allah for his blessing is more beloved to me than doing Sabr at the time of hardship.”

 

[From:  Hilayat ul Awliya, Yazeed Bin Abdullah (rahimahullah), page 516-517 urdu edition, Translated by: Dr Iftakhar Ahmed]

 

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