Assalam u alaikum wr wb,
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The world and this life is full of paths which are narrow, smooth and tricky. How we walk this path actually determines our approach towards life. Also, there is another reality . For each and everyone of us we are given this life and we are not in control of even our own breaths because they’re also given to us for a certain amount of time. The thing which is given to us we can get tested by it. It’s something pretty logical . It’s just like saying while cooking that I am given the ingredients , I’ll cook now and while cooking I am using those ingredients but to how much extent do I use them is my test. If I get careless using them can be counted as my mistake and hence how I acted in my test. Now, one of those ingredient can be rotten by default even if it in an air fitted jar . This is also my test, that I didn’t know about from the start but this cannot be counted as my mistake as I couldn’t possible know. This elucidates tests are not always related to our own mistakes hence we cannot question all the tests that comes our way.
What is Allah’s way of testing?
Allah tests in different scenarios with different ways.
In surah Al baqarah Allah says in ayah 155-157,
And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient,
Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.”
Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.
Allah tests and it is His way (Sunnah of Allah subhana wa taa’ala).
Why do Allah put a person through a test?
Allah puts a believer or even a disbeliever through a test for many reasons :
1) To make one realize that they are not in control of everything, a higher and most magnificent authority can make anything happen *anytime*.
2) To expiate one’s sins ,
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When Allaah wills good for His slave, He hastens the punishment for him in this world, and when Allaah wills ill for His slave, he withholds the punishment for his sins from him until he comes with all his sins on the Day of Resurrection.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2396); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
3) Allah loves the people He tests ,
“The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When Allaah loves a people He tests them. Whoever accepts that wins His pleasure but whoever is discontent with that earns His wrath.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2396) and Ibn Maajah (4031); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
Reasoning calamity always is not very wise because it might make one go through negative thinking based on however the less knowledge we might have. Allah loves in unique ways.
Solution or what to do in those times:
Most importantly to remember is to think about it and making sure that we think positively about it. Criticize one own self and observe. If it is not getting reasonable still seek forgiveness for our knowledge is far less and we are far more vulnerable than we presume ourselves to be. (Allah will remove the calamity for sure).
Things to observe.
- Seeking forgiveness. (Hundred times Astaghfirullah)
- Remaining Grateful in all scenarios.
- Be more conscious of the efforts in piety and humbleness.
“Truly, Allah loves those who repent, and He loves those who cleanse themselves.” [Al-Baqarah 2:222].
“O Allah! Make me among those who, when they commit an act of virtue, feel good, and when they commit a mistake, they seek forgiveness.” [Ibn Majah]
Solution is not to get so low that we get into the trap of the devil. Yes trap ! It’s an awesome trap and thinking one negative thought can take you away from Allah’s mercy. Think of devil as your enemy.
Getting more closer to Allah is the purpose and also the solution.
The point is to never let go. The is point that there is no other way but to turn to Allah as all other ends are the dead ends.
Allah sees whether we move closer to Him or move away from Him . Whether we think we are too sinful for us to repent for our sins or whether we are still hopeful in another repentance and move on with another improvement. It’s important to know that we can talk to Allah about everything, every fear every thought can be discussed with Him . He makes ways if we make our way towards Him. He grants more wisdom and more knowledge if we seek it.
May we be among those who sees above the surface. May we become more consistent and more firm in our actions so we may please Allah as is required from us. Allah huma Ameen.
Jazakumullah hu khayrun kaseer.
Have a nice day.
Assalam u alaikum wr wb