A Reconciliation of Divine Blessings and Divine Punishment


How can the verses of the Quran and the aḥādīth which speak about the Divine Blessings and Divine Tribulations be reconciled? In some of the a ḥadīth, [a general theme] has been stated that: “أَلْبَلاَءُ لِلْوِلاَءِ” – meaning that tribulations will inevitably come upon those who have a firm allegiance (to Allāh, the Prophet and the Ahlul Bayt). In addition to this, it has been narrated that Imam ʿAlī said: “Tribulations reach our followers quicker than floods reach the valleys.”[1]

[1] Biḥār al-Anwār, v. 67, p. 239.

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