The writer could have been thinking of a positive attitude when he justly said: “Verily, hope encourages and steers one towards patience; hope arises from having a good opinion of Allah; hope in Allah precludes the possibility of failure. But why should we be so confident that hope in Allah precludes the possibility of failure?
If we were to study the characteristics of generous people, we would find that they take special care of those who think well enough of them to turn to them for help.
They will also tend to eschew those who think ill of them.
What is important here is that they refrain from hurting the hopes of those who single them out for help. Then what will be the case regarding the Most Generous One, Whose kingdom is not decreased in the least when He gives even more than what the hopeful ones expected from Him in the first place!”
A person who finds no way out of a difficult situation illustrates the most poignant example of Allah’s generosity and guidance for one of His slaves.
After losing all hope in everyone that he turned to for help, he is forced to remember that there is one door that remains open and that he should hope in no one save in Allah, the Exalted.
At that point, he feels the chastisement for not having hoped from Allah in the first place, and at that point, aid and relief arrive.
”Verily, those whom you call upon besides Allah are slaves like you. So call upon them and let them answer you if you are truthful.” (Qur’an 7: 194)
Source: Don’t Be Sad by ‘Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni
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