Sālih al Fawzān (حفظه الله) explains:
If the person of truth encounter a calamity or tragedy, then do not allow this to unravel your determination or your drive. The truth is victorious and trialled. If the truth was always victorious, then no person would have any distinct virtue. However, from Allah’s way is that He alternates fortunes between the servants. During his conflict with the unbelievers, the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was sometimes victorious. At other times he encountered trialling as occurred during Uhud, Hunayn and on other occasions.
The truth may be afflicted by way of its people having a defect, not because of their being a defect in the truth. The defect is only in the people of truth, so they are afflicted by their enemies. If this happens, then do not allow that to undo your determination or make you lose interest in the truth. Instead, be firm and patient; and repair the defect within yourself, because this particular matter did not afflict you or you associates except because of some deficiency within yourselves.
أَوَلَمَّا أَصَابَتْكُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَدْ أَصَبْتُم مِّثْلَيْهَا قُلْتُمْ أَنَّىٰ هَٰذَا ۖ قُلْ هُوَ مِنْ عِندِ أَنفُسِكُمْ
“(What is the matter with you?) When a single disaster smites you, although you smote (your enemies) with one twice as great, you say: ‘From where does this come to us?’ Say (to them), ‘It is from yourselves (because of your evil deeds).’” [Aal ‘Imrān: 165].
This is a principle: the truth is not always victorious, and victory does not always favor the people of truth [in this life]. This is from the door of affliction and being trialed. So it is upon you to be patient and anticipate deliverance. Do not despair.
وَلَن يَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ سَبِيلًا
“And never will Allah grant to the disbelievers a way (to triumph) over the believers.” [Al-Nisā’: 141]
Book: Ibn al Qayyim’s Sincere Advice to Ahl al-Sunnah about the Obligation of Supporting the Truth – شرح وصية الإمام ابن القيم لنفسه ولسائر إخوانه من أهل السنة في وجوب نصرة الحق
With detailed explanatory notes from:
Ahmad bin ‘Isā al-Najdī (1253-1327 h.)
Abd al-Rahmān bin Nāsir al-Sa’dī (1307-1376 h.)
Muhammad Khalīl Harrās (1334-1395 h.)
Muhammad bin Sālih al ‘Uthaymīn (1347-1421 h.)
Sālih bin Fawzān al Fawzān (1354 h. – )
Translated & Compiled by: Abū Suhailah ‘Umar Quinn