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Trials, Tribulations In Islam

[ March 04, 2016 ]
It is by trials that realities become known and insincere ones are exposed and done away with. During trials, some people maintain their manliness and bear all hardship that comes their way with courage and resoluteness.

A muslim should therefore be on his guard as far as trials are concerned for the Messenger of Allaah has warned that, ‘There are going to be trials in which the condition of one who is sitting will be better than that of the one who is standing and the condition of the one who is standing will be better than that of the one who is walking and the condition of the one who is walking will be better than that of the one who is running. And whoever exposes himself to those trials will certainly fall into it.’ Let every muslim therefore take precautions against the trials by holding fast onto the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Prophet. Allaah says, “Then, whoever follows My Guidance shall neither go astray, nor fall into distress and misery.” (Taa Haa: 123). Muslims should therefore follow the guidance of the Almighty Allaah, take to the Sunnah of His Messenger and implement the injunctions of these two pure sources on every aspect of their lives. Supplication is also one of the means of confronting trials for there is no power except with Almighty Allaah. Let the muslims supplicate to their Lord during trials. The Prophet used to say in his supplications, ‘O Allaah, You are the One Who changes the hearts (of His slaves for good to evil, and visa versa), make my heart stead fast on Your religion.’ He also commanded his companions to seek refuge with Allaah from trials by saying, ‘Seek refuge with Allaah from all hidden and manifest trials.’ Muslims should endeavour to purify their hearts and reform them through good deeds for that strengthens the hearts during trials. Allaah says, “But if they had done what they were told, it would have been better for them and would have strengthened their faith.” (An-Nisaa: 66). Perseverance and piety are also good protection against the trials. The Almighty Allaah says, “You shall certainly be tried and tested in your wealth and properties and in your own selves; and you shall certainly hear much that will grieve you from those who receive the Scripture before you (Jews and Christians) and from those who ascribe partners to Allaah, but if you persevere patiently, and become pious, then verily, that will be a determining factor in all affairs and that is from the great matters.” (Aal-‘Imraan: 186). One is saved from tribulations by turning to Almighty Allaah sincerely and invoking him truthfully. Prophet Yoosuf (AS) was saved because of his sincerity and the people of the Cave were saved because of their truthfulness. Therefore Allaah’s protection for us against trials will be in accordance with our own faith and servitude towards him. Ibn al-Qayyim said, ‘Allaah’s protection and defending of Muslims will be in accordance with their remembrance of him. So whoever is more perfect in faith and remembrance will have greater protection and defence from Allaah and whoever has less faith and remembrance gets less defence and protection.’