Give Me Something Better

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By Wael Abdelgawad |

The Messenger of Allah (sws) said: “There is no calamity that befalls one of the Muslims and he responds ‘Inna Lillahi wa inna ilahi raaji’oun, Allahumma ujurni fi museebati w’ukhluf li khayran minha,’ (Truly to Allah we belong & truly to Him we shall return, O Allah reward me in this calamity & compensate me with something better than it), but Allah will compensate him with something better than it.” (Muslim 918)

In other words, if you’ve lost something precious, or if disaster has hit you, and you respond with faith in Allah, asking Him to replace your loss with something better, then Allah will surely respond and give you something better.

SubhanAllah! What more could we ask? Allah is the only one who does this. If your house is destroyed, the insurance company will try to find a way to deny your claim, and if they finally pay then they will pay less than it’s worth.

The crucial thing is that the dua’ must be said in that moment of pain and loss, when you are really hurting. You can’t respond at first by saying, “Why did you do this to me Allah, I didn’t deserve this!” then months later when you’ve recovered somewhat, think you can say this dua’ and it will work for you.

The whole point is that in those moments when life is most difficult and you are totally thrown for a loop, you respond by turning to Allah. That’s the test. Those moments are the proving ground of your soul. If you can face Allah in those moments of agony and say – I trust You, all things return to You, I know you will give me something better – then indeed Allah will give you more than you can imagine.

May Allah give us the strength to remember Him and turn to Him instinctively in times of calamity and times of joy as well.

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including and, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project,, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , Read 266 articles by
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  1. Melissa Diaz says:

    As shobru means that we turn to Allah at the very first shock time when we get the test. It is not easy for usually the common responds when we get the hit are angry, up set, feeling down, feeling rejected, etc… but we have to take control of those feelings since we are Muslim…since we have Allah in our heart. And sometimes when we ask Allah to give us a better thing we want it instantly come up in front of our we feel that Allah hear our du’a. But it doesn’t happen. Sometimes we have to wait for long time, make more du’a and more shobr. Hhhhgggg….life is just not easy…

  2. SisterZ says:

    SALAAH and SABR:

    This article reminded me of something from my Tafsir class yesterday, that there are different levels of patience/sabr.

    – We need sabr to worship and obey Allah, since as we are humans and not angels, worshipping Allah is not always easy, we can become lazy and bored.

    – We need sabr to restrict our nafs and desires, as being human we will surely be tested with our desires as our father and mother Adam and Hawa(as) were tested.

    – And we need sabr when we are faced with a calamity, because as humans we have emotions and these can sometimes overtake our senses, hence clouding our judgement and making us react in ways that are not befitting of Muslims.

    But sometimes when we are going through that difficult time, be it a calamity or being faced with a haraam desire, sabr seems like the most difficult thing to accomplish. We start off being patient and feel as though we can get through any difficulty, but ‘sabr’ by itself will very soon run out as Shaytaan will begin to make attractive the thing you have lost, he will make you dwell on your past and lose faith that Allah can and will give more and better, he will make you lose control of your emotions. Which is why Allah tells us in Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 45:

    “And seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer) and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for Al-Khashi’un”

    [NB: Al-Kashi’un are described as the true believers in Allah – those who obey Allah with full submission, fear much from His Punishment, and believe in His Promise (Paradise, etc.) and in His Warnings (Hell, etc.)].

    The two are always combined: ‘Sabr and Salaah’ like a pair. So to attain the maximum benefits of being Patient/Sabr, it needs to be in conjunction with Prayer/Salaah. Infact I believe one without the other is weak, hence:

    ‘Sabr helps establish Salaah properly;’ and ‘Salaah fuels our Sabr to continue’.

    By this, Allah has given us a medicine to help us deal with any difficulty: Sabr and Salaah or Patience and Prayer.


    This story about Bani Isra’el is quite relevant here:

    Some of Bani Isra’el lived in Madina during the time of Rasool(sws). There were learned Jewish scholars amongst them aswell as they had studied the Torah which up till this point still had very clear descriptions of the coming of Muhammed(sws) and his companions(as). But most of the scholars were corrupt and since the other Madinan Jews were not literate, they trusted the words of their scholars, whom they would go to for advice, fatwas and explanations of the Torah. The corrupt scholars gave false fatwas and advice, anything that would give them a position of authority, status and wealth and they made big money out of this sneaky business.

    So when the illiterate Madinan Jews approached them and asked: ‘Is Muhammed really the Prophet that was described in the Torah?’ – although the scholars knew the truth, they hid it, altered their Book and lied, saying: ‘No, the Torah describes the Prophet to come, but it doesn’t match with the description of Muhammed. Its not him’. And in this way, the scholars continued selling falsehood and thereby retained their positions of authority, status and incoming wealth.

    Allah(swt) then revealed this ayah for those Jewish scholars who lived in Madinah at the time of Rasool(sws): “And seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer) and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for Al-Khashi’un”

    Why did Allah do this?

    Allah(swt) was addressing Bani Isra’el again after the many favours He(swt) he had bestowed on them. He was giving them a way out, but they again rejected it. He(swt) was reminding them that when we give up something ‘bad’ in exchange for the ‘truth’, we may initially experience a loss. And in their case, they would lose their wealth, their leadership positions and high status amongst the illiterate Jews. BUT if they had just practised some Sabr/Patience, they would most definitely have found success and peace soon after. Had they been patient and given up their desire for money and status, they would have struggled for while, but eventually they would have tasted the sweetness of faith, as did the man in Wael’s previous article:

    Many of those jewish scholars though continued to lie and hence became of the disbelievers. They may have gained in this life but in doing so jeopodized their life in the Hereafter.



    There are many stories in the Quran and this is just one of many about Bani Isra’el. We must remember though that each story has a lesson in it, not just for the people at that time, but for us too. So, we must keep reminding ourselves that if we lose something we love or have to give up something we desire that is not pleasing to Allah, the fear or pain of loss we feel at the time will not stay there forever. If we persevere in patience, Allah will reward us with something better. That something better may not come straight away, but it will come eventually. So strive to establish Salaah with Sabr.


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