The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, advised them to be patient and would give them glad tidings of Paradise
Anas ibn Maalik (a Companion) said:
“I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, say: ‘Allah said: ‘If My slave is tested with his two beloved possessions [his eyes; lost his eyesight] and is patient, then I will compensate him for them by granting him Paradise.’”
Ibn Battaal (a scholar) said: “This narration is evidence that Paradise is the reward of patience in the face of trials. Although the blessing of eyesight to a slave is one of the most esteemed blessings, the compensation that Allah gives (i.e. Paradise) is better than the blessing of having eyes in the worldly life. That is because the time period that an individual would enjoy their eyesight will come to the end in the worldly life, and because the time period that one will enjoy it in Paradise is everlasting and never-ending.” Ibn Hajar (a scholar) said:
“The reason that they were called, “his two beloved possessions,” is because they are the two most beloved parts of the body to an individual. The reason they are so beloved is that when they are lost, an individual experiences sorrow at the fact that they cannot see the good things they wish to see and take delight in that and cannot see something evil (or harmful) in order to avoid it.
When the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
And is patient,” and in another narration:
“ “I only am only satisfied with Paradise as a reward for someone whose two beloved possessions I have taken, and who deals with that with patience and expecting reward.”
The meaning is that the individual should be patient while keeping in mind the reward that Allah has promised to those who are patient. It does not mean to be patient while not keeping that (thought) in one’s mind, because actions are based on intentions.
When Allah tests His slave in the worldly life, it is not always because He is angry with that slave, rather, it might be to keep them
away from something evil, to expiate their sins, or to raise their rank and status.
If a slave accepts that with contentedness, then the reason behind that trial will be realized, otherwise, the individual would be as the one who has been defined in the narration of Salmaan (a Companion):
Allah causes the sickness of the believer to be an expiation of their sins;
“ and the sickness of the evildoer is like a camel that has been shackled then allowed to go free, the camel does not know why it was shackled and why it was set free.”
“The term “Then I will compensate him for them by granting him Paradise,” shows that this is the best compensation possible, because enjoying eyesight ends when life ends, but enjoying Paradise lasts eternally. This reward is applicable to anyone who has been afflicted with the loss of eyesight, as long as the condition mentioned (i.e. persevering patiently) is met
Jaabir ibn `Abdullaah (a Companion) said:
“The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “When those who were healthy see the reward being given to those who were tested [in their health] on the Day of Resurrection, they would wish that their skins were cut up into pieces with scissors [while they were in this worldly life].”