What Subdues Trials and Tribulation
A Muslim may be challenged with tribulations with regards to the self,family or wealth. The stronger a Muslims faith in Allah is, the more one will control the self, be patient and await rewards from Allah from that hardship. A Muslims reward from Allah subhana wa taala will be to the extent of one's patience and one's actions in hope for reward. The following addresses some of the aspects that may soften or lessen the pain of hardship or difficulty.
The foundation of triumph over hardship is patience. Allah has said in the Quran Give glad tidings to those who are 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. (2:155-157)
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
also said with regards to patience: Some people from the Ansar asked
Allah's Apostle (to give them something) and he gave to everyone of them,
who asked him, until all that he had was finished. When everything was
finished and he had spent all that was in his hand, he said to them, '"(Know)
that if I have any wealth, I will not withhold it from you (to keep for
somebody else); And (know) that he who refrains from begging others (or
In times of difficulties the Muslim
must remind the self that in reality he/she, one's family and one's wealth
belong ONLY to Allah. The slave is merely borrowing these from Allah.
When Allah takes it back, the situation is comparable to the owner taking
back one's property from the one who borrowed it from him. The Muslim
The Muslim must likewise accept and sincerely hold in certainty that what afflicted him was not going to miss him and what misses him was not going to afflict him. In that process, the Muslim should consider the tribulation one is suffering, and realize that his Lord has left him something similar to what one has lost in store for him. And, if one is patient and pleased with Allahs decree, something that is far greater and superior to anything that one has lost awaits him. One should also realize that If Allah had willed to make the trial much worse, He could have effortlessly done so.
Bliss in this world is really only
an oasis. If one laughs a little,one will cry plenty. If one is delighted
for a day, one will be sorrowful for a long period of time. If a Muslim
enjoys himself a little, he will find an unending period when he is prevented
The Muslim can dampen the fire of affliction by looking to the example of the people that surround him who suffer afflictions. One will then realize that everyone faces some kind of adversity. If one examined the entire world, one will find that everyone is facing a trial. Either someone has lost a loved one or is facing something resented by him. If one looks to the right, one will see that people are facing trials. If one peeks to the left, one will find people in tragedy and loss.
Being impatient and distressed does
not deflect the tribulation. It makes it worse. In reality, it is a type
of increase in the disease. It only displeases Allah, makes one's enemy
rejoice, harms one'sfriend, pleases the shaytan, erases one's reward and
weakens one's soul. If the Muslim is patient and awaits one's reward from
The bitterness of this world is in fact the sweetness of the Hereafter. Similarly, the sweetness of this world is in fact the bitterness of the next world. The Muslim is really only moving fromthe temporary bitterness of this life to the eternal sweetness of the life after death that is much better for him. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said Paradise has been surrounded by hardship while the Fire has been surrounded by desires. (Sahih Muslim)
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