وَلَـنَبۡلُوَنَّكُمۡ بِشَىۡءٍ مِّنَ الۡخَـوۡفِ وَالۡجُـوۡعِ وَنَقۡصٍ مِّنَ الۡاَمۡوَالِ وَالۡاَنۡفُسِ وَالثَّمَرٰتِؕ وَبَشِّرِ الصّٰبِرِيۡنَۙ
“And we will surely test you, with something from fear and hunger and lost from wealth and lives and fruits and give glad tidings to the patient”
(Surah Al-Baqara Verse 155)
مَا يُصِيبُ الْمُسْلِمَ مِنْ نَصَبٍ وَلاَ وَصَبٍ وَلاَ هَمٍّ وَلاَ حُزْنٍ وَلاَ أَذًى وَلاَ غَمٍّ حَتَّى الشَّوْكَةِ يُشَاكُهَا، إِلاَّ كَفَّرَ اللَّهُ بِهَا مِنْ خَطَايَاهُ
“It does not reach a Muslim from distress and any illness and any anxiety and any grief and any discomfort and any sadness even the thorn that pricks him except that Allah swt will expiate on account of that from his sins.”(Bukhari)
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ، وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ، وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْجُبْنِ، وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ، وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ
“O Allah, I seek refuge in You from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and overpowered by men (i.e. others).” (Bukhari)
We need to understand that the world is a place of hardship and labour, it is a place of ordeal and we are all being tested. We should strive to be patient with the hope of reward from Allah swt, expiation of our sins and our gateway to Jannah.
We should not compare our test of patience with another person. Each person’s test is different and so the quality and degree of patience varies from person to person. Everyone will be rewarded accordingly to their level of patience.
Whenever we face hardship say “we belong to Allah and to him we return” InshAllah, this will relieve the burden of our sorrows and suffering and in effect console our grieved hearts.
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of 2, qualified solicitor and Aalimiyyah student.