[Al-Baqarah 2:155-157] To Allah We Belong & To Him Is Our Return

Be sure We shall test you with something of fear & hunger,
some loss in goods, lives & the fruits (of your toil),
but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.
Who say when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah we belong & to Him is our return.”
They are those on whom (descend) blessings from their Rabb & Mercy
and they are the ones that receive guidance.
[Al-Baqarah 2:155-157]

When we are hit with calamity, we are taught to say “Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon” – we acknowledge that the things that were taken away actually never belonged to us in the first place. If I myself belong to Allah, then surely everything I think I own (eg. my health / family / properties), they all too belong to Allah. Internalizing this is the key to sabr.

Saying & giving reminder about this to someone else is very easy. But actually, personally living by this ayat is a very difficult thing. At the moment of loss, sadness & difficulty – to be able to immediately say “Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon” & be tranquil about it is a very difficult state to reach. It takes training of oneself to reach such mentality.

This is why Allah s.w.t. praises this mentality, as someone who reaches this is a person of a high caliber. Allah says they are the ones who will receive blessings & mercy from their Rabb & they are the ones truly committed to guidance (Al-Muhtadun).

May Allah s.w.t. help us internalize the teaching of this beautiful passage.