Tests, Trials and commitments in Islam
[ September 18, 2015 ]
Life of a muslim in itself is a trial and test as Almighty Allah says, ‘He who created death and life, that he may try which of you is best in deed: and he is the exalted in might, oft-forgiving’(Al-Mulk:2) . So, in the sense of tests, the Almighty Allah tests people to confirm their commitment to Islam. He puts them through different situations and conditions to check if they commit to Islam in all situation or not.
Allah wants to make sure if the muslims as firm believers of Almighty Allah are sincere in their claim of faith or not. The second type of test is to put some people through various difficulties in order to elevate their ranks.The more a person is committed to Islam, the more tests he or she would get. The third test is that the Almighty Allah puts people through tribulations in order to remove their sins and bad deeds. As reported in Al-Bukhari, Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) 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 Almighty Allah expiates some of his sins for that’.
May Allah the Almighty help us all adhere to the principles of this true religion, Islam, and enable us to be among the dwellers of Paradise in the hereafter, Ameen!
The fourth category of test is “fitnah”, which means a trial to remove the sickness and weakness of behaviour in some people or make them examples for others. Allah says, (In order that Allah may separate the impure from the pure, put the impure, one on another, heap them together, and cast them into Hell. They will be the ones to have lost) [Al-Anfal:37]. As for the second part of the question, we can easily understand the difference between a test that is meant for punishment and a test for anything else. If someone does something good and still suffers, it means it is a test to increase good rewards. It is reported that Hazrat `A"ishah (RA) was informed about someone who spoke ill about Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) after he passed away. So she said, "Almighty Allah wants to increase his reward (Abu Bakr) even after his death." But if someone does not do something wrong and afterwards he gets in some troubles, then it is a test for other reasons. It is reported that a person was brought to Hazrat `Umar (RA) after being caught doing something wrong. So he asked Hazrat`Umar (RA) to forgive him on the account that it was the first time, so Hazrat`Umar (RA) said, "No, Allah put you in that position only after He had given you so many chances to repent". The Almighty Allah tests his servants with good and bad things, with adversity and prosperity. These tests may be a means to them rewards and high degrees in paradise. This occurred with many Messengers and Prophets and many righteous servants of the Almighty Allah. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported as saying, ‘The people most subject to affliction are the prophets, then come the righteous, and after them come the best people all according to their goodness’. May Allah the Almighty help us all adhere to the principles of this true religion, Islam, and enable us to be among the dwellers of Paradise in the hereafter, Ameen!