Adorable Faith - Part 2

4. Our Trials and Happiness in Comfort and in Hardship

source : Islamic Sunrays

This world isn't a place of pleasure or complete justice -  that is in the next life. Allah says:

"...And we try you with mischief and with good, and to Us you will be returned." (21:35)

So, it is the true Believer that perseveres;

"Alif, Lam, Mim. Do people think they will be left alone having merely said, 'We have believed' while they have not been tried? We have certainly tried the ones before them and Allah will surely know those who have been truthful (in their claims of belief) and those that are liars." (29:1-3)

We need to always be reminded that the greater a pleasure is in this life and more beautiful and joyful, the greater is its version in the eternal Paradise. So, the more a believer sees the riches of others and their worldly comfort, the more he/she gets inspired to work deeds of righteousness in obedience to Allah for the superior life of the Hereafter in Paradise. Allah describes them;

"And whoever wanted the Hereafter (eternal Paradise) and strove for it as is befitting for it, then such ones their striving is (rewarded with) gratefulness."

Therefore, not a moment to waste without anything Islamic in this life;

"And rush to the forgiveness from your Lord and a Paradise, the breadth of it is as great as the breadth of the skies and the earth - prepare for the God-fearing (and pious)" (3:133)

5. Let not Others Derail Our Journey to the Hereafter

i.  Difficulties posed by tyrants

Any difficulties posed by tyrants do not deter a believer. Allah ensures that others will check them and stop them. Allah says,

"Had it not been that Allah keeps away some people by others, the earth would have been spoilt; but Allah is full of grace for all the worlds." (2: 251)

Even though the tyrants kill a believer, harms him/her, they cannot really hurt him/her because Allah is rewarding the believers - martyred or victorious now.

ii. Dealing with this worldly loss and turning it into an eternal gain!

Don't run away from something that Allah will surely test us. Allah reassures us all in Quran,

"We will surely try you with something of fear, hunger, and loss of wealth, lives and fruits. So, give glad tidings to the Patient. Those, who, when a calamity befalls them, say, 'Indeed to Allah we belong and to Him we are returning' Such are the ones on whom are praises from their Lord and mercy; and it is them who are the prosperous" (2: 155-157)

All the hardships we face in this world may be an expiation for our sin, and a deliverance from the punishment of hell fire. Hence, a hard time doesn't knock a believer, it only strengthens and reassures them.

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said: "Trials will not cease afflicting the believing man and the believing woman in their self, children, and wealth, until they meet Allah without having any sin." (Sunan tirmidhi 2399)

Always remember that Allah will never test anyone beyond their limits.

Mus'ab bin Sa'd narrated from his father that a man said: "O Messenger of Allah! Which of the people is tried most severely?" He said: "The Prophets, then those nearest to them, then those nearest to them.  A man is tried according to his religion; if he is firm in his religion, then his trials are more severe, and if he is frail in his religion, then he is tried according to the strength of his religion. The servant shall continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sins." (Sunan Tirmidhi 2398)

In conclusion, Allah sends angels to help those who keep an Islamic outlook on life. Allah describes in the Quran,

"Indeed those who say, 'Our Lord is Allah,' and then stay upright (in their deeds), the Angels descend upon them (at time of death, saying), 'Do not be afraid (of the future) nor be sorrowful (of anything missed or befall you in the past); and have the glad tidings of the Paradise that you were promised. We are your patrons (helping and protecting you) in the life of this world (Dunya) and in the Hereafter. And for you therein is whatever that your soul's desire and for you therein is whatever you make a claim for - a (generous) hospitality from (Allah) a Forgiving and Merciful One!" (41: 30-32)

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