Third Matter: In this age, misfortune is a divine favor
T h i r d M a t t e r : Each age has particular characteristics. In this age of neglect misfortune has changed its form. In certain ages and for certain persons, misfortune is not in reality misfortune, but rather a Divine favour. Since I consider those afflicted with illness in the present age to be fortunate-on condition that their illness does not affect their religion-it does not occur to me to oppose illness and misfortune, nor to take pity on the afflicted. Whenever I encounter some afflicted youth, I find that he is more concerned with his religious duties and the Hereafter than are his peers. From this I deduce that illness does not constitute a misfortune for such people, but rather a bounty from Allah. It is true that illness causes him distress in his brief, transient and worldly life, but it is beneficial for his eternal life. It is to be regarded as a kind of worship. If he were healthy he would be unable to maintain the state he enjoyed while sick and would fall into dissipation, as a result of the impetuousness of youth and the dissipated nature of the age.
- First Matter: The real misfortune is the one that affects religion
- The Second Flash: It is an interpretation of the verse of the Quran narrating the supplication of the Prophet Ayyub (Job), explaining the importance of patient endurance in the face of misfortunes and diseases.
- Fourth Point: The power of patient endurance is adequate to every misfortune unless it is scattered.
- Second Matter: If physical misfortunes are seen to be large, they grow; if they are seen to be small, they shrink.
- Spiritual cures for diseases
- Conclusion: Misfortunes and pains activate the cogwheels of the machine called man.
- Does every trouble and misfortune that hits man come because of his sin?
- The Second Station of the Thirteenth Word: The grave, youth and some issues about prisoners and blood feud
- Third Stopping-Place: The point of views of the people of misguidance and the people of guidance on the worldly life.
- Second Point: It tells us that people have no right to complain about misfortunes and illnesses.