We will test you with a certain amount of fear and hunger and loss of wealth and life and fruits of your toil. 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. (Chapter 2, Verse 155-157)
Problems are Universal and Help is Always Near
Every single person in this world is facing some sort of trial or test. There may be some facing trials in education, others in their jobs, still others in their businesses, and still more facing problems with family or friends. But Allah (SWT)) says: Oh you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer, for God is with those who patiently persevere. (Chapter 2, Verse 153)
For those who exercise patience, Allah (SWT) will help and show a way out of every difficulty. And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out,
And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion. (Chapter 65, Verse 2-3)
Allah (SWT) in various places in the Holy Quran links patience and perseverance to success.
Seek Allah’s help with patient perseverance and prayer. It is indeed hard except for those who are humble. (Chapter 2, Verse 45)
The Ingredients of Success
If we want to be successful in this world and the hereafter we have to be patient. Allah (SWT) clearly sets out the ingredients for success: perseverance, prayer, steadfastness, and the fear of Allah (SWT). If one does these things one is going to act according to the laws of Allah (SWT). One will also accept and say that whatever happens is by the will of Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) says:
It may be that you hate something when it is good for you and it may be that you love something when it is bad for you. Allah knows and you know not. (Chapter 2, Verse 216)
As Muslims we must remember that Allah (SWT) says:
Verily, with every difficulty there is relief. Verily, with every difficulty there is relief. (Chapter 94, Verse 5-6)
And for Allah (SWT) to say this once is enough. But Allah (SWT) says it twice, one after the other. This is how much Allah (SWT) is kind towards us. He says O my slaves be patient. Be patient, because with any trial that you are going to face there will be ease. He tells us that for sure we all will be tested. We all will go through trials and tribulations but nevertheless we will be relieved.
Our burden, our trouble, our difficulty will be removed. How? Through prayers, through patience, through complete faith in Allah (SWT).
And be steadfast in patience, for verily Allah will not suffer the reward of the righteous to perish. (Chapter 11, Verse 115)
Dealing with Crises
So many times in our lives something happens to us and we feel that this is the worst thing that can happen to us. But then after the trial we realize that this is the best thing that could have happened to us. So we have to be patient and know that Allah (SWT) is sufficient for us and is the best disposer of all our affairs. He will guide us to that which is good.
We must not say I believe and then think Allah (SWT) is not going to test us. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:
Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested? And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test). (Chapter 29, Verse 2-3)
With Every Trial, a Solution
So whatever trials we are going through, we should know that we have already been told about this by Allah (SWT) in the Quran. But we are not left alone with all the trials and difficulties. Allah (SWT) gives us the way out.
“Patiently, then, persevere – for the Promise of Allah is true, and ask forgiveness for your faults, and celebrate the praises of your Lord in the evening and in the morning.” (Chapter 40, Verse 55)
No one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, none but persons of the greatest good fortune. (Chapter 41, Verse 35)
We should always remember that our wealth— our family, our children, our wives and our status— is a test from Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) says,
Your wealth and your children are only a trial (fitnah). And Allah – With Him is a great reward (Paradise). (Chapter 64, Verse 15)
All Tests from Allah (SWT)
Everything that we have in this world is a test from Allah (SWT). A person is going to continue to be tested throughout his lifetime only to wash off his sins so that on the day of resurrection Allah (SWT) puts him in Jannah.
Whatever test we are going through in this world, we should remember that it is from Allah (SWT) and that these test bring us closer and closer to Jannah, provided we deal with them with patience and perseverance.
The Reward of Patience
There is a beautiful story about patience in the Holy Quran of Prophet Yusuf A.S.
His brothers threw him into the well, but he was patient and so Allah (SWT) raised him out of that well. He ended up in the house of one of the most powerful people of Egypt, but then Allah (SWT) tested him again.
May Allah (SWT) provide each one of us with this beautiful quality— patience
(Author is Educator, Social Activist and Columnist)