|You Will Be Tested!|
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh
“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: "We believe," and will not be tested?” The question does not require a reply. Imaan (faith) is never restricted to the tongue, but must be embedded within the heart. When a person is a sincere Mu’min (believer in Allah), he/she will be tested in various ways. He may be tested by means of acts of worship, by requiring to fight his whims and passions, or by enduring hardships and adversities. These tests prove whether the person is a sincere believer or whether he is a hypocrite. The Mu’mineen of the previous Ummahs were also tested:
The Muslims in the time of RasulAllah (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam) were constantly harassed by the idolaters, the Jews and the hypocrites. In Mecca, the idolaters harassed them, while in Madinah it was the Jews and hypocrites who left no stone unturned to make their lives miserable. They were severely persecuted and some killed because they believed; There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam.
So the Ummah of RasulAllah (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam) can also expect the same. If anyone of us proclaims “I believe in Allah” then he/she should be prepared for the tests from Allah. The stronger the faith in Allah, the harder the test will be and the greater the reward if we face them with patience and having unshakable faith and trust in Allah (SWT). The believer should always pray for safety and peace, but must be steadfast on the face of hardships, directing his attention to Allah. True Muslims will bear adversities, while those who merely look for their own convenience, will find any excuse to escape when hardships strike. Even if that means to abandon their religion.
Allah tells us in Surah Baqarah:
This world is a place of trials and tests, it is a testing ground where we will continue to be tested until we meet Allah. Sometimes they will occur in the form of fear, at times one will encounter hunger, while it may also happen that one’s wealth will decrease. Lives of family, friends, and loved ones may be lost while sometimes produce and provisions may decrease. The believer preserves through all of these. In the face of any adversity, he realizes that it is a test from Allah and remains content with the decision of Allah, aspiring for the rewards promised for it.
Remember that Allah will not afflict anyone more than what he/she can bear.
So if you’re tested with some severe tests then rejoice, because this means Allah has given you a lot of strength!
RasulAllah (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “There is nothing (in the form of trouble) that comes to a believer even if it is the pricking of a thorn that there is decreed for him by Allah good or his sins are obliterated.”
Allah also tells us:
We should not despair of the Mercy of Allah, no matter what calamity befalls us or how intense it may seem. Allah does not put believers in hardships forever. The afflictions will one day come to an end and there will be relief for the person who bears them. So be patient through trials, remain steadfast and keep your faith and trust in Allah.
This world is only for a few days and it will not last forever. We all know one day we will die and face our Lord. So why not work for our Akhirah? Where the reward will be everlasting and surely this reward is far superior to the limited things of this world.
We ask Allah to make us of those who when afflicted with any calamity, truly remember: To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return. May Allah help us endure tests and trials and give us the ability to persevere patiently, anticipating the reward from Him. Ameen!
Wa Alhamdulillahi Rabb Al Alameen!Wassalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh