Understanding Rida (contentment) with Qadr


‘Rida is recommended whereas Sabr is obligatory, from Sabr ensues a great deal of good. The difference between Rida and Sabr is that Sabr is to restrain one’s soul from feeling and displaying displeasure or malcontent coupled with sensing the pain of what has befallen him and the desire to see it removed; Rida is the expansion of the heart to what has befallen it, its total acceptance of the divine decree and its not desiring to see it removed. Even though one may feel pain, Rida lessens that pain because of the certainty (yaqeen) and cognizance (ma’rifah) that has taken root in the heart. As the state of Rida strengthens it is even possible that the person no longer feels the pain at all.’

– Ibn Rajab (R) in Jami’ al-’Ulum wa-l-Hikam [1/239]


2 thoughts on “Understanding Rida (contentment) with Qadr

  1. MashaAllah your website is very beautiful and informative. May Allah, the most high, reward you for your efforts abundantly and make it a means for you to enter paradise.

    Umm Yahya (from upstairs).

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