By virtue of being created as human beings, we will be tested. We will be thrown into countless trials, into situations that may arise unpleasant and awkward, and into times of difficulty when it seems as though there is little reason to hope.Tests will come at us from every direction; events will test the very core of our character and the strength of our beliefs. And these are the tests we cannot afford to fail.Allah tells us that we will be tested. He also makes it clear to us what is expected from us when we undergo these trials and what our reward will be if we are successful.The Muslim may be tested by all sorts of difficulties like sickness, lack of income, and disobedience from his children. In fact, the many afflictions that may beset a person are incalculable.He tests us all in different ways.The tests of Allah are different for different individuals, custom-made according to their particular strengths and weaknesses. The things which seem like a trial to me may not even bother you a bit, and vice versa. Therefore we must not look at someone depressed over something that seems trivial to us and say, ‘Look what a weak person she/he is!’ It may be just that his/her strengths are different than yours.Allah tests some people with poverty, others with emotional distress, others with illness, and yet others with prosperity and fame. How come prosperity is a test? When things are going well, we tend to forget about Allah and the Hereafter, and death, and as a result we may lose the most precious thing to a believer – Eemaan . We should not assume that the difficulties that we face in life are punishments or are signs that Allah is displeased with us.The purpose of misfortune and calamity is not necessarily for revenge, punishment or humiliation.Calamities and misfortunes are often tests from Allah. There is much wisdom in such tests; in fact there is wisdom in everything Allah does. Likewise, we should never construe the success and pleasures that others enjoy as signs that Allah is pleased with them or that they are privileged. Rather everything is a test.
Every one of us will be tested by Allah.As we read in 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.[Qur’an 2:214]
You will surely be tested in your possessions and in yourselves.[Quran 3:186]
Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars.[29:2-3]
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.”[2:155-156]
And also in Hadees we read,
Narrated Abu Musa Radi Allahu Anhu The Prophet Sal-Allahu Alaihi Wasallam said: This people of mine is one to which mercy is shown. It will have no punishment in the next world, but its punishment in this world will be trials, earthquakes and being killed.[Sunan Abu Dawud- Book 36, #4265-Sahih]
It was narrated by Abu Huraira (may God be pleased with him) that God’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:”If God wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 7, Book 70, Number 548]
Mus’ab bin Sa’d narrated from his father that a man said:”O Messenger of Allah(s.a.w)! Which of the people is tried most severely?” He said: “The Prophets, then those nearest to them, then those nearest to them. A man is tried according to his religion; if he is firm in his religion, then his trials are more severe, and if he is frail in his religion, then he is tried according to the strength of his religion. The servant shall continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sins.“[Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2398]
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah(s.a.w) said:”Trials will not cease afflicting the believing man and the believing woman in their self, children, and wealth, until they meet Allah without having any sin.”[Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2399]
Anas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:”Indeed greater reward comes with greater trial. And indeed, when Allah loves a people He subjects them to trials, so whoever is content, then for him is pleasure, and whoever is discontent, then for him is wrath.” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2396]
It was also narrated by Abdullah (may God be pleased with him):“I visited the Prophet during his illness and touched him while he was having a fever. I said to him, “You have a high fever; is it because you will get a double reward?” He said, “Yes. No Muslim is afflicted with any harm, but that his sins will be annulled as the leaves of a tree fall down.”” [Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 7, Book 70, Number 565]
Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri and Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” [Sahih Bukhari]
These sayings from the traditions (Sunnah) of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and verses from the Quran speak for themselves.As usual, we find that the Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) reinforce each other.Muslims will endure many trials throughout their lives. Allah tests us with hardship and also prosperity in order to validate the sincerity of our faith.As Allah says:
[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving [Qur’an 67:2]
Difficulties unveil the true nature of people by sieving out the good from the bad, the righteous from the wicked and the believer from the hypocrite.Such thorough examinations are of great benefit for the Muslim community. Allah says, in the verse
“Allah would not leave the believers in that [state] you are in [presently] until He separates the evil from the good….” [Quran 3:179]
All of these afflictions, if endured patiently by the believer, are a means of attaining Allah’s forgiveness as well as His reward.Allah makes it clear that everything in our lives – the good and the bad of it– is a trial for us.Allah tests His believing servants with various types of crises and disasters in order to:
Differentiate the Patient from the Impatient.
Remove Our Sins and Reward the Righteous.
Purify the Ranks and Distinguish the Righteous from the Wicked.
Expose the Reality of the Human Being.
We may not be able to fathom the wisdom behind why Allah decrees Calamities, Hardships and catastrophes on Us. However, we must know that Allah does everything in accordance with His wisdom and we should bear our trials patiently. So tests and calamities are a blessing in disguise and Allah wanting us to get closer to him so if we bare with in with Patience hoping for reward then Allah is with us and best of all we will get closer to Allah and feel true contentment and happiness in the heart and we will attain Paradise In-Sha’-Allah.
O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.[Quran 2:153]
For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. [Quran 94:5-6]
Therefore, Muslims will endure many trials throughout life such as being afflicted by a calamity, suffering oppression, or even ingratitude in the face of prosperity. A Muslim must remain patient with the command and decree of Allah so as to avoid injustice, selfishness, and various evil deeds that might come about during a trial.
We ask Allah to relive the suffering of Muslims and to guide us through the trials of life and death. Aameen!!