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Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said: “The level of the slave’s (sincerity) in his intention, determination, aim and fervent desire determines Allaah’s Tawfeeq (i.e. Allaah’s guidance for a slave and enabling him to act upon it) and His Aid for him. Aid and Assistance from Allaah descends upon the slaves in accordance with the (sincerity) in their determination.”
Allah is never late, He’s just testing your Faith and patience.
الإيمان صبر في البلاء وشكر في الرخاء
Faith is: patience during difficulty, and thankfulness during prosperity.
He breaks you, to build you. Deprives you, to give you. This pain in your heart was created to make you yearn less for this life, and to yearn more for Jannah.
As much as you can, keep dunya (worldly life) in your hand—not in your heart. That means when someone insults you, keep it out of your heart so it doesn’t make you bitter or defensive. When someone praises you, also keep it out of your heart, so it doesn’t make you arrogant and self-deluded. When you face hardship and stress, don’t absorb it in your heart, so you don’t become hopeless and overwhelmed. Instead keep it in your hands and realize that everything passes. When you’re given a gift by God, don’t hold it in your heart. Hold it in your hand so that you don’t begin to love the gift more than the giver. And so that when it is taken away you can truly respond with ‘inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon’: ‘indeed we belong to God, and to God we return’.