Allah, The Exalted said: “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient,
Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.”
Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided. -Baqarah, 155-157)
He said in another place in the Qur’an: “Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said, ‘When is the help of Allah ?’ Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.” Baqarah, 214)
These ayat make it clear that everyone will be tried and none will enter the Jannah just like that. When we are faced with trials, it is necessary that we have patience and believe in the Qadr of Allah, that whatever is happening is due to what Allah has decreed; and indeed, Allah’s help is near. Everyone will be tried, even the Prophet (SAW) was, but the level of trial differs according to the level of eemaan of the servant.
According to a hadith: Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas Radiyallahu Anh said: I said: “O Messenger of Allah, which of the people are most severely tested?” He said: “The Prophets, then the next best and the next best. A man will be tested in accordance with his level of religious commitment. If his religious commitment is strong, he will be tested more severely, and if his religious commitment is weak, he will be tested in accordance with his religious commitment. Calamity will keep befalling a person until he walks on the earth with no sin on him.” (Tirmidhi).
After reading the above ayat, one must never think that they will not be able to face the trials or that they don’t have the capacity to come out with success. No! That is not correct. Allah says: “Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. -Surah al Baqarah, 286)
Losing hope is something that Shaitan instigates in us, which leads us away from Allah. We must know that despair and losing hope in Allah are among major sins. On the authority of Ibn Abbas (RA): that a man said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! What are the major sins?’ He (SAW) said: ‘Shirk with Allah, giving up hope of Allah’s mercy and despairing from the mercy of Allah. (Saheeh, Silsilatul Ahadeth as Sahehah) Patience is a gift from Allah; when a calamity strikes, we must have patience in the first instance instead of breaking down.
According to a hadith: The Prophet (SAW) passed by a woman who was weeping beside a grave. He told her to fear Allah and be patient. She said to him, “Go away, for you have not been afflicted with a calamity like mine.” And she did not recognise him. Then she was informed that he was the Prophet. So she went to the house of the Prophet (SAW) and there she did not find any guard. Then she said to him, “I did not recognise you.” He said, “Verily, the patience is at the first stroke of a calamity.” (Sahih al Bukhari)
When one has patience, things seem easy for them. In many places in the Qur’an, Allah Has commended His servants to have patience and has reminded us a number of times that He Is With those who have patience and He Loves those who have patience. And when we are tried, we must learn to say what Allah and His Messenger (SAW) taught us. Allah Said: “Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.” -Surah al Baqarah, 156)
Allah never wrongs anyone, nor Intends oppression on anyone. He Is The Most Merciful and Loves us more than our mothers would and He cares about us, more than we ourselves would.
Therefore if the pains of this world tire you do not grieve. For it may be that Allah wishes to hear your voice by way of du’a. So pour out your desires in prostration and know, that verily Allah does not forget.”
Indeed, Allah is The Most Merciful and He cares for us more than we ourselves or anyone else would. I won’t be transgressing by saying that He cares for us more than the entire world put together can. After all, His Mercy is a hundred parts and He sent one part to this earth. And due to this one part of Mercy, an animal also cares for its child. Ninety nine parts of His Mercy are reserved for the Hereafter. If one part of His Mercy is enough for all His creation to care for each other, then imagine how Merciful He is; it is impossible to imagine such Mercy. Allah encourages us to hope from him and never lose Hope in Him.
Allah encourages us to hope from Him and never lose hope in Him. The people who have committed excessive sins and have now realised their mistake, He says to them: “And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided. – Surah al Baqarah, 186)
“And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein. – Surah Qaaf, 16)
Note that Allah did not ask His Messenger (SAW) to tell His servants that He Is Near. He told this to us directly. He said that when His servant asks concerning Him, He is near. In the second ayah, Allah says that He knows His servants and what they think, He is indeed nearer to us than anything else, than our own selves.
So, do not lose hope, O servant of Allah! You will never be wronged and you will not face what you cannot bear. Certainly, if you face a calamity, you have the capacity to bear it. So, have patience and know that the end will be good, in sha Allah. Whether you have patience or you show impatience, the result will always be what Allah has decreed. So, there is no use of impatience whatsoever; have patience and feel tranquil. Never lose your Hope in Allah, He loves you and will never wrong you. He does not oppress anyone, nor does He charge a soul with more than what it can bear.
Hope for the best in the Akhirah and trust in Allah. If you can’t trust in Him, then your trust in anyone else is in vain and will never benefit you. The truth is that no one can do anything for you, until Allah Wills so; so ask of Him like a man afflicted with poverty, having nothing to eat or drink and hope that He will give.
Source: Jamiatul Ulama
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