Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. May the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon Muhammad. His last Messenger, his household, his companions and all those who follow him till the Last Day. As we face another phase of our lives, isn't it appropriate to stop and answer a key question: are we passing or failing the test? Whenever we go through a hardship or suffer a calamity, we say this is a test from Allaah. When we lose our job or a loved one or we get sick or we find ourselves subject to bad leadership or we live under the anxiety of an insecure country, we acknowledge that this is a trial from the Almighty.
And surely, that is true. However, we fail to realize that even when we did not lose our job, even when we did not lose a loved one and even when we did not suffer any hardship or calamity, we are still under a trial from Allaah. Testing You With Ease Yes, thats right. When we are at ease, enjoying good health and sitting cozily in the comfort of our homes, driving our cars, enjoying the company of our families and spending time with our friends, we are still being tested. In fact, this test is harder to pass than the test of hardship. Allaah says: "And We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good. And to Us you will be returned" (Q29[al- Anbiya] :35)
Allaah, in His Infinite Wisdom, is testing us with all the innumerable blessings He has bestowed upon us, to see how we react to those blessings. Will we be thankful and obedient to the One Who gave us these blessings in the first place and submit to Him or will we be arrogant and disobedient and forget Allaah. Allaah says: "And we tested them with good (blessing) and evil (calamities) in orders that they might turn back." (Q7[al-Araaf :168)
Abdal-Malik Ibn Ishaq said: There is no one that is not tested with health and prosperity to measure how thankful he is.ﾔ So if you have a comfortable life and money.He is testing youWhere are you spending this money? It is on haram? Will you spend it on vain desires of his dunya, arrogantly competiting with each other, conveting what others have? Or will you be giving Zakaat and sadaqah?
If He has blessed you with children He is testing you with to see how you will deal with them. Are you giving them a good Islaamic upbringing? Do you give them their rights? Do you treat them fairly? Will you earn haram just to pleas them? And if Allaah has given you health and time,He is testing you to see how you will spend it? Do you utilize it to learn the Deen of Allaah and then teach it to others? Do you spend it in what Allaah likes and stay away from what He does not? And similar are all his blessing that he has bestowed upon you so that He may test you with them to see if you are the slave of your desires or the slave of the Almighty. If he has given you power, are you just and fair?
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So ,wise are you, if you realize that all the wealth you have, the health that you enjoy, the families and friends, the easy, good times that you take pleasure in, are all blessing that are, in reality, tests from Allaah. If you are grateful to your Lord, remembering him in the times of ease, thanking Him, and surrendering to him, and obeying him, Allaah will pass you in this test with flying colours, and bless you even more.
And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: if you give thanks, I will give you more (of My blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e disbelievers), verily, my punishment is indeed severe.(Q14[Ibraheem]:7) Surely, remembering Allah in times of ease and success is far more difficult than remembering Allah in times of difficulty. However, if difficult times come (and they will surely come) then Allah will remember you in these times of difficulty just because you remember Him in times of prosperity.
The prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa salam) said: "Remember Allah in times of ease and He will remember you in times of hardship. (Ahmad). And He said: Whoever is pleased that Allah answers his prayers during hardships and difficulties, let him make much supplication in times of ease. (Tirmidhi)
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited