In this timely reminder after the New Zealand mosque shootings, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani of SeekersGuidance https://www.seekersguidance.org sheds light on how the believer should respond to the tragedy. While one feels pain for the loss of life faced by the victims and their families, one grounds oneself in one’s faith in God and one’s certitude that the victims are ultimately with God in a better state.
Shaykh Faraz relates this to a relevant passage from the Qur’an:
“Do not think of those who have been killed in God’s way as dead. They are alive with their Lord, well provided for, happy with what God has given them of His favour; rejoicing that for those they have left behind who have yet to join them there is no fear, nor will they grieve; [rejoicing] in God’s blessing and favour, and that God will not let the reward of the believers be lost.” (3.169-171)
Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a similar reward”– The Prophet (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him