From: MSN NicknameUmm_Amatillaah (Original Message) Sent: 9/29/2005 2:28 PM
Bismillaah wal hamdulillaah was salaatu was salaamu 'ala rasoolillaah, wa ba'd!
Allaah laughs in a way that befits His greatness and glody. The Prophet (sall Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) tells us of a number of cases where Allaah laughs. One of them is that when we are in a hardship and Allaah knows that it will end soon. But since we do not know the future, we become very worried. So Allaah laughs, knowing that our hardship will soon be eased.
Aboo Ruzayn (radiya Allaahu 'anh) said that when he came to the Prophet (sall Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam), the prophet taught him many good things. He also told him:
<Our Lord laughs at how His servants lose hope even though relief is very close to them.>
On hearing this, Aboo Ruzayn asked, "Does the Lord laugh?" The Prophet (sall Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) replied, <Yes.> Aboo Ruzayn then said:
"Surely then, good things will never stop reaching us from a Lord who laughs." [Ahmad, Ibn Maajah, and others. Verified to be hasan (good) by al-Albaanee].
This sahaabee, who was then new in Islaam, had a pure nature that helped him quickly understand things. He understood Allaah's laughing as a sign of His generosity and forgiveness. This is how we too should understand it.
Knowing Allaah, av Muhammad al-Jibaly s. 84
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