By Arman Neyazi, New Age Islam
10 July 2013
The greatest blessing achieved by those who are patient during the days of their trials and tribulations is that, as Allah Kareem says, they "are the followers of the right course."
Sorrows, miseries, struggles are part of life. Allah tests the patience and the strength of the faith of the believers, He loves them most. These times of tribulations always deliver heavenly and cosmic wisdom. Those who kept their faith in God’s mercy and had patience close to their hearts were guided on the path which led them to Allah-e-Kareem in this very life, as the Prophets of Allah, the truthful ones and His righteous servants. These times of trial and tribulation also become the reason of one’s fall from grace if one doubts God's compassion and expresses it in the form of discontent, as is obvious from the narration of Anas Ibn Malik:
· “Great reward comes with great trials. When Allah loves a people, He tests them, and whoever accepts it attains His pleasure, whereas whoever shows discontent with it incurs His wrath.” Narrated and classed as Hasan by at-Tirmidhi (2396); classed as Saheeh by al-Albaani in as-Silsilah as-Saheehah, no. 146
If you think you are a Muslim for you recite Kalimah, La Ilaha Illallah Muhammad ur Rasullullah, or because you were born in a Muslim family or that because you have converted to Islam and being a Muslim is a passport to “Jannah”, you are mistaken. It is from here begins your test of being a true Muslim i.e. a believer in the Oneness of God and Muhammad's (pbuh) Prophethood. If you are a Muslim prepare yourself for a variety of struggles as you are sure to be tested for your true faith. During your test you may have to face various kinds of misfortunes, as the Quran Kareem mentions:
· Whatever misfortune happens to you is because of the things your hands have wrought and for many (of them) He grants forgiveness. (42:30)
· No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in a decree before We bring it into existence: that is truly easy for Allah: in order that ye may not despair over matters that pass you by … (57:22-23)
Above mentioned Ayahs from Quran-e-Kareem ask the believers to take solace from the fact that Allah is the best Knower of all the situations and conditions His creation goes through and that they are constantly being watched by Him, the most Kind and the most Merciful. Hence there is no question of any of the sufferings or misfortune befalling upon them going without a consequence. For all the trials and tribulations they go through they are rewarded in the most befitting way.
Only the Righteous Believers are Tested with Calamities
Muslims facing vicissitudes of life is the core of Islamic philosophy. A true believer understands that this world is an examination hall where he is supposed to face all kinds of difficulties and problems. In this examination hall we are asked from the lessons we have been taught before we were born. Prophets have been sent here in every age and region as a teacher and guide lest we forget the lessons we were taught and get misguided. We cannot say they did not teach us and guided us. Quran-e-Kareem describes as to when and where Allah Kareem has sent His righteous people as Prophets and Walis and how they have taught and guided the people of their age facing all kinds of tribulations and trials, though, of course, the holy Quran could not mention all the 124,000 prophets and their stories. Thus at every step we are all subjected to tests.
Muslims facing trials and tribulations is the core of Islamic philosophy. We, the Muslims, therefore must know that we just have to undergo these tests. A Muslim’s belief and his commitment towards his Creator is kept on test to know the extent his faith and strength of his belief on God, the Almighty.
We must make Quran-e-Kareem our guide during the times of difficulties. The Holy Quran has it all in itself for our guidance and consolations, as is obvious from the followings Ayahs:
· Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves. (3:186)
· Do men think that they will be left alone on saying “We believe” and that they will not be tested? (29:2)
· Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil); but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. (2:155)
Human being is taken by surprise when a calamity befalls him but a true believer understands that he/she is to face the sufferings with equanimity which will confirm his/her faith in God’s compassion and belief in His being Kind will be tested. A firm believer in God’s compassion never lets any doubt come in his/her mind. Such believers are sure of a good result in the world hereinafter.
Above mentioned verses bring serenity and peace among the believers and provide strength to their belief that they are among the righteous people and hence are being tested.
Only They Are Tried Who Are Loved By Allah
When a person goes through difficult days in the form of poverty or disease people think he is facing the wrath of God for his misdeeds. But the fact is that Allah tests only those whom He loves.
We must remember that the Prophets of Allah, undoubtedly the best of the believers, also had faced difficult days and had gone through sorrows and sufferings of the severest kind. The holy Quran says that in fact many a Prophet was brutally killed by the non believers. We have to take lesson from them and during our times of woe have to maintain faith in God. Our anger on our plight will be a cause of His wrath. So we have to ask for His forgiveness rather than feeling unwanted. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) says:
· "Verily, if Allah loves a people, He makes them go through trials (ordeals, suffering, and difficulties). Whoever is perseverant, for him is contentment (happiness), and whoever is angry, upon him is wrath (anger)."
Therefore our being tried is a sign of our being loved by Allah Kareem.
Allah Never Gives A Trial That Is Too Great To Bear
We do not have to lose our heart thinking that we will be subjected to tests that will be too harsh for us to bear, as Allah Kareem says:
· Human beings are created weak (4:28)
· On no soul do We place a burden greater than it can bear: before Us is a record which clearly shows the truth: they will never be wronged. (23:62)
· And those who believe and do good – We do not impose upon any of them a burden beyond his capacity. (7:42)
· No burden do We place on any soul but that which it can bear. (6:152)
Being weak, we the human beings tend to lose patience, even go berserk, in the face of slightest distress and difficulty. At this point of time we are in danger being won by the Satan who takes us in his clutches and we get in danger of our faith being shaken and we protest, O’ Allah, this is too much for us to bear”.
This is where we should remember Ayahs saying, Allah never gives a burden which we are not able to bear. And along with this, Allah promises in the Holy Quran (23:62) that there is a record which clearly shows that people will never be wronged. This record is of the people tried before us. They have been tried and tested and befittingly awarded. They were the people who in the face of tribulations used to say: “'Surely we are Allah’s and to Him we shall return.”
Prayers in Adversity strengthen Bond between Man and God
During the time of trials and tribulations we must take His refuge and get into a mode of more and more prayers and Dua as this is a way which strengthens human beings in relation with God. When we recite, God speaks through us. When we ask His forgiveness He listens to us. God the most Merciful and Benevolent never lets His creation down. Prayers in normal days or during the days of calamity are a way to come close to God.
Adversity Creates Spirituality
More and more prayers and tears of repentance and Dua for His blessings creates a zone where we get very close to our creator and start understanding the secrecies of the world and causes of adversity. This is the foundation on which spiritualism is built and we, understanding the hollowness of worldly luxuries, forget about it and learn to be patient whatever the situation. We start believing: “Surely we are Allah’s and to Him we shall return” as life after death, the world hereinafter is the permanent abode of every soul. We must therefore, use all our energies to build a House in Jannah and forget to complain for the worldly misfortunes.
The holy month of Ramzan is on our doorstep. Let us take this opportunity to be showered with the “blessings” of this pious month and Allah’s mercy.
And God knows best what is right.