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.


1 Comment

  1. nasreen said,

    March 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Insha Allah sister ammaara


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