Alhamdulillah its Monday! After the long break, it must have been a struggle to get out of bed this morning. Moreover, the weather has been really conducive for indoor activities (more accurately, sleeping). If you are grumbling and cursing this morning, perhaps you should take some time to read about the blessings of Monday here.
Today we’ll be talking about trials and difficulties. Everyone has problems, but not everyone deals with it the way Allah wants us to. In the Qur’an, He says:
“We will test you with a certain amount of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth, life, and fruits. But give good news to the steadfast. Those who, when disaster strikes them, say: “We belong to Allah, and to Him we will return.” Those are the people who will have blessings and mercy from their Lord; they are the ones who are guided.”
(Surat al-Baqara, 155-57)
In our lifetime, we will go through many tests, be it financially, emotionally, tests with our spouses, with our colleagues, with in-laws or children. But as Harun Yahya wrote, “The important thing is that they continue to practice the Qur’an’s morality in difficult times, remember Allah without ceasing, give thanks, and realize that everything will turn out well.”
Although this is much easier to do when we are experiencing blessings instead of tests, displaying patience at the time of adversity is a true mark of a believer.
Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that: Certain people of the Ansar asked the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and he gave them; then they again asked him and he gave them until all what he possessed was exhausted. Then the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whatever wealth I have, I will not withhold from you. Whosoever would be chaste and modest; Allah will keep him chaste and modest and whosoever would seek self-sufficiency, Allah will make him self-sufficient; and whosoever would be patient, Allah will give him patience, and no one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience“.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Moreover, we have to trust that Allah is aware of the hardships we are going through and even if the whole world leaves us to suffer alone, He will never abandon us.
“God does not charge a soul except [within] its capacity. It will have whatever [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] whatever [evil] it has earned.”
(Surat al-Baqara, 286)
“Seek help in patience and prayer. Truly, Allah is with As-Sabirun (the patient).”
(Surat al-Baqara, 153)
Whatever hardships and trials you are going through, have faith that it will soon be over and that Allah will reward you for every ounce of patience you practice.
May Allah remove our difficulties, and grant us patience till that is done. Have a blessed week ahead everyone!
“Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
(Surat al-Baqara, 286)