Once while Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was performing salaah in the Haram of Makkah Mukarramah, the leaders of the Quraish said: “Who will bring the entrails of a camel and place it on his back when he goes into sajdah.” The most wretched of all of them, ‘Uqba, brought it and threw it on the back of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) when he (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) went into sajdah. At this crucial time, Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) came and removed this filth from the back of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), while reproaching and rebuking the disbelievers. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) raised his blessed head from sajdah and made du‘aa: “O Allah! You take care of these people.” A Sahaabi says that on the day of Badr I saw all seven of them lying dead on the battlefield. (Saheeh Bukhaari #240)
Lesson: Life is full of challenges. Despite being the “Queen of Jannah,” Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had to undergo various problems and difficulties in her life. She took everything in her stride and didn’t fall into a depression or become overwhelmed because of these challenges.
When a person is swimming in the sea, the waves are definitely going to hit hard at him. He will have to recover very quickly, before the next one comes crashing. If he gets bogged down by the first one, by the time a few more come, he will be drowned. In the exactly same manner, we need to take the challenges of life in our stride, and recover quickly before the next one comes. Otherwise we will have a total nervous breakdown. On the other hand there will be those who will ride the waves and enjoy the thrill and experience. Similarly if we firmly believe that these challenges are the decision of Allah Ta‘ala, it will become very much easier to bear them thinking that my Beloved Allah Ta‘ala wants me to be in this condition and I need to be totally pleased with it. We should nevertheless always beg Allah Ta‘ala for ‘aafiyat (safety/ease) and for protection from all calamities.