Tests and trials in this life – who can bear them?

Tests from Almighty Allah

Allah says: “It is He who created death and life that He may try you as to which of you is best in deeds.” [Sûrah al-Mulk: 2]

Life is but a test. We come on earth for a certain time. We live then we die….

But how often in the Qur’an, has Allah advised us to be constant in patience, to persevere in our path towards righteousness and never to give up?

Life is but a test. We often forget that we need to undergo these trials in order to win the test.

Allah says: “Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who, when misfortune strikes them, say: ‘Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him is our return. Those are the ones upon whom are blessings and mercy from their Lord and it is those who are rightly guided.” [Surah 2: 155]

Further in surah 3 verse 186, Allah says:

“You shall certainly be tried and tested in oyour possessions and inyour personal selves; and you shall certainly hear much that will grieve you, from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if you persevere patiently, and guard against evil – then that will be a determining factor in all affairs.”

However, tests are not meant to hurt our feelings or to downgrade us. Rather it is a sign of love and compassion from Almighty Allah.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) confirms this by saying : “No fatigue, illness, anxiety, sorrow, harm or sadness afflicts any Muslim, even to the extent of a thorn pricking him, without Allah wiping out his sins by it.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]

In another narration, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “No Muslim is afflicted by harm, whether it is but the prick of a thorn or something worse, without Allah expiating his evil deeds on account of it and his sins falling away from him like leaves off a tree.'” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “When Allah desires good for someone, He tries him with hardships.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî]

A Muslim may be tested by all sorts of difficulties like sickness, financial downs, …. In fact, there are innumerable and inimaginable afflictions that may beset a person. This is the point that the Quran mentions in surah 2 verse 214:

“Or do you think that you shall enter the garden [of bliss] without such [trials] as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the messenger and those of faith who were with him cried: “When [willcome] the help of Allah come”.”

All of these afflictions, if endured patiently by the believer, are a means of attaining Allah’s forgiveness as well as His reward.

Every one of us is being tested by Allah. He tests us all in different ways. For example, a beautiful girl may be tested by her beauty to such an extent, that she has skin rashes all over her body; another person may be afflicted by jinns attack; another one may be constantly attacked by her colleagues because of her intelligence and competence at work; We should not assume that the difficulties that we face in life are punishments or are signs that Allah is displeased with us. There is a difference between punishment [which is an outcome of our actions] and trials [which comes from Allah].

Likewise, we should not interpret the success and pleasures that others enjoy as signs that Allah is pleased with them or that they are privileged. For example, a person may not eat halaal food but has a better health than you. And you may decide that she is better loved by Allah. While this may not be true because you are well aware that eating haram is totally unapproved in islam.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “If Allah wants good for his servant, He hurries on His punishment in this world, and if He wills ill for a servant, he holds back punishing him for his sin so He can give it to him in full on the Day of Resurrection.”

Allah makes it clear that everything in our lives – the good and the bad of it– is a trial for us. How will we cope in the situation that Allah has placed for us? Will we be grateful in prosperity and patient in affliction or will we be arrogant and disobedient?

Allah says: “Every soul shall taste of death. And We will test you with evil and with good by way of trial. And to Us is your return.” [Sûrah al-Anbiyâ’: 35].

Allah says: “Know that your wealth and your children are but a trial and that Allah has with Him a mighty reward.” [Sûrah al-Anfâl: 28]

Many people do not realize that they are tried just as severely with the good that they are given as they are by the misfortunes that befall them. Allah says: “And as for man, whenever his Lord tries him by honoring him and makes him lead an easy life, he says: ‘My Lord honors me’. But when He tries him by straitening his means of subsistence, he says: ‘My Lord has disgraced me’.” [Sûrah al-Fajr: 15-16]

Some people are blessed to be born and raised in good Muslim families then turn their backs on Islam, while others are born and raised in non-Muslim countries to unbelieving parents and grow up to be among the best of Muslims.

We are tried with wealth as well as poverty. If we are wealthy, will we hoard our wealth or spend in charity? Will we use it for lawful purposes or misuse it?

If we are poor, will we be content and patient and seek lawful means to attain our sustenance or will we resort to unlawful means to meet our needs? Will we accept the fact that Allah gives more to some people than he does to others, or will we grow hateful and frustrated? Dear sisters & brothers, this life is mere illusion. Our goal is the hereafter. We may not be able to understand the wisdom behind Allah’s decrees. However, we must know that Allah is just and wise and whatever He does is right.

May Allah give us sabr so that we are always satisfied with His decision.


Some Advice on the Treatment of Children

From http://islamtoday.com

We have in the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) many good examples to study and follow in many aspects of our lives. The longer we study the various aspects of his life, the more we will reap the benefits. We will learn what will benefit ourselves today as well as those who will come after us in the future. Allah says: “Indeed, you have in Allah’s Messenger the best example of conduct for those who place their hopes in Allah and the Last Day.”

We can benefit from the Prophet’s example when it comes to raising our children. If we emulate our Prophet (peace be upon him) in the way he cared for children, we will, by Allah’s grace, be successful in raising our own.

We must respect children as people. Children need respect. Unfortunately, parents often fail to show it to them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) always showed the upcoming generation that he respected them and held them in high esteem. Sa`d b. Mâlik was a small child when the Battle of Uhud took place. His father died in that battle. The Prophet (peace be upon him) approached him and said: “Sa`d b. Mâlik?” When the boy acknowledged who he was, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “May Allah bestow His blessings upon you on the death of your father.”

We can see how the Prophet (peace be upon him) treated him as he would treat an adult. He offered him the condolences that would be given to a full grown man. He did not patronize him. He informed him of what happened immediately.

We need to give more credit to the minds of our children. We should not underestimate their intelligence. We must hold them in esteem and respect their feelings and teach them in turn to have respect for others. This allows the children to develop intellectually and socially.

It is critical that we make our children accustomed to handling responsibility. Too many of us today, adults as well as children, have a tendency to shirk our responsibilities and place our burdens on others.

To prevent this, those of us who raise children must first of all help them to think positively about themselves. This will make it easier for them to handle responsibility as they get older. The Prophet (peace be upon him) took great pains to develop the character of the young people around him. Once, when the Prophet (peace be upon him) was seated, he was offered something to drink. He took it and drank from it. Seated to his right was a young boy and to his left were a number of elderly men. Since service was traditionally to the right, he turned to the boy and said: “Will you permit me to offer the drink to them first?” [Sahîh Muslim]

This is how a child learns manners. It is also how he develops strength of personality and a keener intellect instead of a negative outlook and poor self opinion.

We must be just in our dealings with our children. Justice is of utmost importance to provide the child with a sense of stability. It prevents children from being jealous of one another and prevents undesirable competition between them for favor. Injustice can occur in such minor matters as kissing one child more than another or smiling at him more or giving him preference in food and clothing.

Once Bashîr gave his son al-Nu`mân a gift. He went to the Prophet (peace be upon him) so that the Prophet (peace be upon him) could be a witness to it. The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked him: “O Bashîr, do you have any other children besides him?” When Bashîr answered that he had, the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked: “Did you give each of them a similar gift?” To this Bashîr answered in the negative. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Then do not ask me to be a witness for you. I will not bear witness to an injustice.” [Sahîh Muslim]

We must be cordial and sometimes even playful with our children. They need merriment and play in their life within the confines of what is Islamically lawful. We should not go overboard with our play and affection so that the children become dependent upon coddling. However, we must not be so reserved as to deny the children their very natural need for affection and play. Denial of this need makes children introverted and fearful of others.

`Â’ishah relates that when she was with the Prophet (peace be upon him) as a child, she used to play with other girls who came to her. When the Prophet (peace be upon him) entered, they used to withdraw. However, he would send them back to me to play with me some more.”

Children should not be denied the right to play and have fun. Play invigorates and enlivens children as long as it is allowed within reasonable limits. It allows their personalities to form properly and encourages their emotional development.

We must strive to bring up our children for the pleasure of Allah and not just so our child can be better than others. We must encourage good behavior in our children whenever they exhibit it. Merely lecturing them is not the most effective approach. What is required is to speak to them a good word and then to be a living example for them.

This fact was fully understood by the Prophet’s Companions. One Companion relates that another Companion Wâ’il b. Mas`ûd, used to preach to them once every Thursday. A man said to him that they wish he would speak to them every day. Wâ’il replied: “I only refrain from doing so because I would hate to bore you. I give you reminders the way that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to do so with us in moderation so that we would not grow weary.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]

I will conclude with the following advice given to the caliph Mu`âwiyah by one of his advisors: Once Mu`âwiyah became angry with his son Yazîd, so he shunned him. Al-Ahnaf observed, so he said to him: “O Commander of the Faithful, our children are the fruits of our hearts and the pillars who support us. We are to them as the sky overhead and the ground below their feet. If they grow angry, placate them and if they ask of you, give them. Do not be an obstacle in their lives so they loathe your existence and wish for your demise.

Jesus in Islam

Are you proud to be a muslim?

Alhamdulillah, Allah has wished for us Al Islam as Deen – as a complete code [system] of life.

You are already aware that when someone has success in life, he/she has lots of enemies around – they can be visible or invisible/unknown to that person.

The same it is for Islam. There are many religions on earth and there is only one which is true.

This is a pure fact because God cannot have two different ways of leading things. God has one program for all humanities and this is Al-Islam

Islam does not take its name from any human author because no human created it….

The Qur’an is the exact word [verbatim] of Allah and it provides important guidelines for mankind.

This is why muslims are envied because they possess knowledge which is unknown to others.

Now, many ignorant muslims – those who are either not interested to learn about the Quran or those who have not yet acquired knowledge of the Qur’an – are tempted by the media and by the gossips all around.

So, they always act on the defensive, either hiding their true identity, imitating other cultures or becoming aggressive…

My question is: are we proud to be muslims? Do we feel deep inside the chance that we have? Are you happy to greet salaam aloud? ARe you proud to dress up according to the islamic tenets? Or do you feel frightened because everybody seems to point at us? May be the angels are pointing at them?

Do you know that in surah 5 v 3 [Quran] Allah says that He will accept no other religion than islam?

Dear sisters & brothers, you should be proud to be muslimahs & muslims…..by doing what Allah has ordered you to do everyday, you are in fact accomplishing your duty towards the Almighty.

Remember, you did a covenant 50, 000 years before the creation of this world : check surah 7 verse 172

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Our prophet Jesus in the Quran

Would you like to listen to Mishary – Surah Al Mulk

Who will dare miss all the rewards on the Day of Arafat?

Dear sisters & brothers,

Wake up please!!! there is a special day – the Day of Arafat

If you fast on this day, Allah [insha Allah] will forgive you your past sins since last Arafat until the next.

Arafat is on the eve of Eid ul adha, on the 9th of zul hijr

Surah Ya Sin Part I by Sheikh Matrud

Surah Ya Sin by matrud – a real gift from the Almighty

Who are you? Why are you living on earth?

Some people may be troubled by such statement but my question is:

are we sane enough to live in an ephemeral world and giving it so much importance as if it will last for ever?

We are decorating our homes, our villas, upgrading buildings but have we started setting at least a base for our home abroad? Of course, i mean paradise!!! Are we ready for the final return?

Everyone of us, i mean, whichever religion you agree with or believe in, you know that you will not live forever on earth.

You have nothing to lose if you decide to believe [if you haven’t yet] that after you die, you will be questioned in the tomb about your present actions.

However, if you decide not to believe in the questioning of the tomb, then you may regret it for ever, if it happens to be true…

We muslims, we do have 100 % certitude that we will be questioned by the Almighty Allah, the All Powerful, the Everlasting….

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