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Necessity of Trials

July 30, 2010 - Sha'ban 18, 1431


This Note contains support from the Quran for all brothers and sisters affected by terror in the Gaza strip, Pakistan, or any other place in the world.

"O you who believe, seek assistance through patience and prayer; surely Allah is with the patient. And speak not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, (they are) alive, but you perceive not. And We shall certainly try you with something of fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits. And give good news to the patient, who, when a misfortune befalls them, say: Surely we are Allah's, and to Him we shall return. Those are they on whom are blessings and mercy from their Lord; and those are the followers of the right course." (2:153-157)

"Those who fled and were driven forth from their homes and persecuted in My way and who fought and were slain, I shall truly remove their evil and make them enter Gardens wherein flow rivers - a reward from Allah. And with Allah is the best reward." (3:195)

Trials needed to distinguish the steadfast believers from the others

"Do you think that you will enter the Garden, while here has not yet befallen you the like of what befell those who have passed away before you. Distress and affliction befell them and they were shaken violently, so that the Messenger and those who believed with him said: When will the help of Allah come? Now surely the help of Allah is nigh!" (2:214)

"Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, We believe, and will not be tried? And indeed We tried those before them, so Allah will certainly know those who are true and He will know the liars." (29:2-3)

"If a wound has afflicted you, a wound like it has also afflicted the (disbelieving) people. And We bring these days to men by turns, that Allah may know (and purge) those who believe and take witnesses from among you. And Allah loves not the wrongdoers. Do you think that you will enter the Garden while Allah has not yet known those from among you who strive hard (nor) known the steadfast?" (3:140, 142)

The steadfast should remain happy under good and bad circumstances

"And among men is he who serves Allah, (standing) on the verge, so that if good befalls him he is satisfied therewith, but if a trial afflicts him he turns back headlong. He loses this world and the Hereafter. That is a manifest loss." (22:11)

Observe patience when insulted

"You will certainly be tried in your property and your persons. And you will certainly hear from those who have been given the Book before you and from the idolaters much abuse. And if you are patient and keep your duty, surely this is an affair of great resolution." (3:186)

Leaders receive power as a test

"And He it is Who has made you successors in the land and exalted some of you in rank above others, that He may try you by what He has given you. Surely thy Lord is Quick in requiting (evil), and He is surely the Forgiving, the Merciful." (6:165)

"It may be that your Lord will destroy your enemy and make you rulers in the land, then He will see how you act." (7:129)

Indeed a clear warning for worldly and other leaders who misuse their power!

In conclusion, some advice from Luqmaan to his son:

"O my son, keep up prayer and enjoin good and forbid evil, and bear patiently that which befalls thee. Surely this is an affair of great resolution." (31:17)

Courtesy: Institute for Islamic Studies and Publications, Paramaribo, Suriname, S.A.