Sometimes we fall in love with something in this world—it may be a person, a house, a car,…etc. We’re human although we might be satisfied with Allah’s Will, His Wisdom, His Qadar. We are human and to have that lingering sadness despite the fact, is human. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) cried when his son, Ibrahim, died–and this shows that being sad does not mean that a person is dissatisfied with Allah’s Will.

So how does a person console himself? The following words of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) bring the answer:

‏ إن الله يحمي عبده المؤمن من الدنيا وهو يحبه كما تحمون مريضكم الطعام والشراب تخافون عليه

Verily Allah protects His believing slave from this world, though he loves (this world), as any one of you protects your diseased from food and drink, out of fear over them.

[Narrated in Musnad Ahmad 5/468, Saheeh]

When someone is sick, you naturally do not let them eat foods which could delay their healing process. A person who has the flu is better off with chicken soup, for example, as opposed to something like pizza. They may love that food, but despite the fact, you prevent them from having that which they desire because it is simply better for them.

Ultimately, as ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab said, “We do not know what is good for us.” It is Allah, our Creator, Who knows best. And thus, the Salaf who commented over this said, “Therefore (i.e. because of this), you will know that Allah’s blessings upon you in what He has withheld from us is greater than His blessings over us in what He has granted us.”

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