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Tribulations, whether they affect us as individuals or as an umma, can push us to the limit of what we can endure. It is at that time that people need a firm grasp of why they happen, and what their purpose is. 

Islam teaches us that everything that happens to a Believer - easy or difficult - is a source of benefit for him. Knowing some of the specific benefits makes patience and expecting rewards through those difficulties much easier. This is why scholars have penned many works on this topic, and the work of al-‘Izz b. ‘Abd al-Salam is one of the more well known and concise works on the topic.

Knowing as ‘Sultan al-‘Ulama’ (the Authority of Scholars), the author was a major scholar who had mastered the Shafi‘i and Maliki schools of law, and is considered one of the saints of Islam. This program gives a deeper insight into the beneficial work and provides much needed context to Muslims today to understand the wisdom behind the calamities that affect us as individuals, communities, and an umma as a whole.

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About the text:

‘al-Fitan wal-Balaya wal-Mihan wal-Razaya,’ also known as the work on the Benefits of Tribulations, is a concise work by a very authoritative scholar who was well versed in the nuances of the Shari’a. The work presents seventeen benefits found in tribulations and is a concise and practical reminder to all Believers to think the best of Allah during times of tribulation. Study of the text gives a practical perspective on how each of us benefits from the tests we experience ourselves or as a community.

About the Author:

[al-‘Izz] ‘Abd al-Aziz b. ‘Abd al-Salam

B: 577 AH D: 660

Known for his mastery of the Shafi‘i and Maliki schools, the wisdom of the Shari‘a, and tafsir of the Quran, al-‘Izz b. ‘Abd al-Salam is perfectly suited to explain the benefits in calamities. His student, Ibn Daqiq al-’Id gave him the title of Sultan of Scholars due his deep knowledge and mastery.

Well known for his character and generosity, he is considered as a saint by many scholars.

Important works:

Qawa‘id al-Ahkam fi Masalih al-Anam on the wisdom of the Shari‘a (al-Qawa‘id al-Kubra)

al-Ghaya fi Wusul al-Nihaya (Shafi‘i fiqh)

Mukhtasar Sahih Muslim

Tafsir al-Quran al-‘Azim

Who is this course for:

All Muslims, young and old.

Everyone who has wondered about the wisdom behind the tests we face in life.

This covers the wisdom of the Shar‘ia from the Quran, Sunna, and explanations of the scholars of Islam.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the wisdom of trials that affect the Umma
  • See the benefits individuals gain through the trials
  • Learn how to connect to Allah through difficulties
  • Deepen one’s faith
  • Understand Islam’s clear and understandable perspectives on difficulties

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