When we were younger, we would always hear how life is full of tests and trials. Some of us may have been shielded from such trials at a tender age, others may have had to experience them. All is by the will of Allah.
Praise be to Allah, I had a happy childhood and never really started to realise the full extent of life until the past few months. I experienced a few events that made me ‘grow up’ so to speak and I started to see life in a different light. Part of that is realising how many people around me have had or are going through a trial in life. It is often easy to think that you are the only one who is experiencing difficulty but this is not at all the case. I have seen so many people around me go through hardship and by the will of Allah ease has come to follow!
“So verily, with the hardship, there is relief”
I have seen people who were told they had not so long to live after being in life threatening conditions due to car accidents and cancer, yet are now leading productive lives by the will of Allah Almighty. I have seen people around me go through divorce, yet move on and re-marry by the will of Allah. I can list many more examples…
Trials are part of life and we as muslims should be prepared to deal with them. Part of dealing with a trial is being patient. As humans we are often hastey and impatient, so it is very important to remember that patience is in fact better for us:
“But if you endure patiently, verily, it is better for As‑Saabiroon (the patient)”
Ibn al-Qayym said in his book ‘Uddat al-Saabireen (p. 3-5):
Patience is the foundation of the believer’s faith which has no other foundation. The one who has no patience has no faith, and if he has any, then it is only a little faith and it is very weak, and such a person worships Allaah as it were upon the edge (i.e. in doubt): if good befalls him, he is content therewith; but if a trial befalls him he turns back on his face (i.e. reverts to disbelief after embracing Islam). He loses both this world and the Hereafter (cf. al-Hajj 22:11). All he gets from them is a losing deal.
The best life is attained by the blessed through patience, and they rise to the highest degrees through their gratitude. So they fly on the wings of patience and gratitude to gardens of delight (i.e., Paradise). That is the bounty of Allaah that He bestows upon whomsoever He will, and Allaah is the Owner of Great Bounty.
Insha Allah i will complete this entry soon.