Sunday, 22 October 2017

When Allah Desires Good for Someone, He Tries Him With Hardships

It is narrated in Sahih Bukhari that "when Allah desires good for someone, he tries him with hardships. So when you see someone in some sort of a difficulty, remember it is a blessing from Allah azzawajal. Test and Trials are promised for the people of Paradise in this world. The closest of Allah Azzawajal's servants have faced the most difficult tests in their lives.

The prophets are tested most and then the next best and then the next and so on...
Persecution and injustice, with the war waged against them, murders, loss of health, freedom, family and wealth, all of this has been the ways of which Allah tested the best of believers in the past, present and will continue to do so in future.

Indeed this world is a prison for the believers and a paradise for the unbelievers. Calamities are a means of expiation of sin and raising one's status towards ranks that without tests and trials they could not attain. Tests and trials remove one's sins. It lessens their burden so on the day of judgment we are blessed with the best.

The Prophet Sallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:
There is nothing that befalls a believer, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allah will record one good deed for him and will remove one bad deed from him. [Muslim]

So happy or sad, always remember to thank Allah, always praise him. Indeed he is al-knower.

Allah reminds us saying:
Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, ‘When will the Help of Allah come?’ Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near! [al-Baqarah 2:214]

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It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:
Trials will continue to befall the believing man and woman, with regard to themselves, their children and their wealth, until they meet Allah with no sin on them. [Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2399; classed as saheeh by al-Albani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 2280]

And it was narrated that Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) said that The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
On the Day of Resurrection, when people who had suffered affliction are given their reward, those who were healthy will wish their skins had been cut to pieces with scissors when they were in this world.” [Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2402, no 2206]

All these ahadith point to one thing that hardships are a sign of Allah's love, desiring good for us. So if your life is hard and you're enduring physical, emotional and spiritual pain, be thankful because this is a blessing. The Salaf used to worry when they weren't being tested with hardship.
It is for believing men and women to have faith in Allah's decree and face every situation with sabr and shukar. "Indeed with every hardship, comes ease.(15:85)"

May Allah protect us and guide us.


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