Hardship

No matter where you are in the world, Allah might test you with a situation where you will experience that which is stressful. A lot of people can feel hopeless during certain situations, for example: not having enough money, getting bad grades or losing a loved one. But there is one thing that most people forget to do, and that is to be patient and trust in their Lord. Many of us forget to do this during times of hardship because we are so eager to get things done, and try and to fix things, when it doesn’t necessarily need fixing. Dua is more powerful than we think.

“Remember that there is much good in bearing with patience that which you dislike, and that victory comes with patience, and that with hardship comes a way out and with difficulty comes ease.”(Narrated by Ahmad)

There may come a time in your life where you might question why Allah is putting you in a certain position, the truth is that Allah gives every person that which they can handle, even if they do not realize that they are capable of handling it.

Allah says in the Quran: “…Allah does not give a soul beyond that it can bear..” Al-Baqarah: 2:286

It’s also important to note, that there’s a reason for everything. “…it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” Al-Baqarah: 2:216

For example, you could be in a situation where you receive half of your wages or get a C as an exam grade, it may seem awful at first, but Allah has already planned out your life and He knows what is best for you. During that moment, it may seem difficult to accept or believe that something good could come out of such a situation, but this where tawakul (trust in Allah) comes it, we must be optmisitic and accept His decree, it is also important to make dua’a to Allah SWT, and remember that with every hardship comes ease.

“Verily with every hardship comes ease.” 94:6

“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, ailments and were shaken.” (Qur’an 2:214)

When sadness approaches you during times of hardship, always know that sadness is not beneficial for the heart, it will affect our mental state and even actions that we perform. Sadness is like a disease, it spreads around the body and its effects are visible. Ibn Qayyim said: “There is nothing more beloved to shaytan than a depressed believer”. This is because during times of sadness, we are weak and vulnerable, and shaytan attacks the weak believers.

Remember that this world was never meant to bring us ultimate joy, for happiness lies with Allah swt. Hardships are a form of purification and a test to see which one us will be able to have the right attitude, and accept Allah’s decree. So let us strive to be patient towards the tests of this life, and we will one day see the benefits of that patience, by the will of Allah.

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