Of Patience and Challenges

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful.

Assalamualaikum wbt and hello everyone!

Here it is, my second blog post for the year 2021, the second one for the month of January too!

I promised myself to write something worthwhile every week, and so I must be consistent in doing this. Consistency is one of the areas where I have to work on, in order to improve myself. So I’m aiming to write a blog post every Saturday for every week of the year, insya Allah. So if Saturdays come and you haven’t seen any new posts from me, please please please remind me to get back on track and start writing. Haha.

Let me begin with one of my favourite Hadiths:

“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.” (Narrated by Muslim)

What a beautiful hadith, right? Makes you feel so peaceful and calm.

Now, this is the level of believer that I aspire to become!

Often, we lamented and complained when things do not go our ways.

“Why must Allah let this happen to me?”

“Why must this happen to me?”

“Why does it seem that it is only me who has all the problems?”

“Why does everyone else look happy and problem free?

Even reading these complaints give you headaches right? So many questions which made your mind all muddled up.

Here are some tips that I use whenever I felt frustrated when things do not go according to plans.

Instead of getting all stressed up, complaining and gets nothing done (believe me, nothing good will happen out of you complaining incessantly), I would,

  1. Take a deep breath, in an out. Allow the stress to be exhaled out, and good vibes to be inhaled into my body, permeating my every cells. Do this for a couple of times. You will feel better.
  2. To keep on reciting ‘Astaghfirullahalazim’ for many times until you feel calmer.
  3. Then, believe it or not, say Alhamdulillah! Alhamdulillah for still breathing, Alhamdulillah for still be given the chance to pray to Allah, to do good deeds, for everything that Allah had given you.

“If you are grateful, I will give you more…” (Surah Ibrahim, verse 7).

4. Then, begin to choose your next course of actions. What can you do as alternatives? You can make decisions when you are in a calm state.

Then, it is time for some reflections.

 “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,” (Al-Baqarah Verse 155)

Surely, everyone will be tested on this Earth, with a plethora of hurdles and obstacles.

Even Prophets were tested too!

Instead of asking “Why me?” and incessantly complaining, the real questions that you should be asking yourself is:

“What are the purposes of these challenges?”

A friend confided in me saying “It’s probably because I had committed too much sins that Allah had given these tests to me,”

From here, she had indirectly inferred that Allah had given her these tests because she is supposedly so full of sins, as a result of her supposedly not being a good servant to Allah.

Worried, I told her :

That is what many people had gotten wrong. Allah is not like us, the petty, revengeful humans who harbour grudges because someone did something bad to us. Or like the tyrant who went off imposing death punishments to anyone who disobeyed his orders. Allah is so great. The Al-Kabir. So Glorified and Exalted that you could never compare Him with anyone and anything. When somebody had disobeyed Allah and committed sins, Allah does not lose even a bit of his Power. Instead, it is that person who had lost everything. Allah does not give us tests because He hates us!

 “I am as My servant thinks I am…,” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)

Allah gives us tests because He loves us so much. Through tests, we become a better person. A better Muslim. Allah is al-Wadud, The Loving One. We must think good of Allah.

Thus, the real reason why Allah gives us challenges is because He wants to elevate us in ranks so that we could enter Jannah- our Ultimate Goal in life.

Do you think it’s that easy to enter Jannah merely by doing the basic minimum like praying 5 times a day and fasting in the month of Ramadhan? Plus, how are we so sure that our daily prayers and fast are accepted by Allah? We can’t even achieve 100% khusyuk in our solat (that’s me, BTW. Guilty as charged!)

“Do you think that you will enter Paradise while you have not yet been visited by (difficult) like those that were face by the people who passed away before you?….” (Al-Baqarah verse 214).

Hence, along with the ‘syllabus’ of becoming a good Muslim by adhering to the 5 Pillars of Islam and 6 Pillars of Imaan, you could say that the tests and challenges that were given towards us act as an extra credit, as points for us to enter Jannah, along with doing other acts of Ibadah like sunnah prayers and giving out charities. That is, if we go through these tests with patience and prayers, insya Allah.

“And seek help through patience and prayer….” (Al-Baqarah verse 45)

And how does He elevate us in ranks through the tests?

“And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know,” (al-Baqarah verse 216)

By us going through each tests with patience, firm faith and conviction that everything that happened to us is for the best, trusting that Allah only wants the best for us, we get closer and closer to Allah, and our rank in His eyes will be elevated, and thus, one step closer to Jannah. Aameen.

Our Imaan will be strengthened, because the only way we could pass these tests are by becoming a Believer like the Hadith I had shown you earlier. The one who sees good in everything that Allah had decreed upon him.

Trust Allah. Know that He is the Owner and the Creator of this World. He is the Decision Maker. He holds the hearts of every living beings on this Earth. He does not create us just to see our destruction.

Just trust Allah.  

Allah is the one who sends these tests, and He is the One who will be guiding us so that we will pass these tests with flying colours! Seek Allah for His help to get us out of these problems. Cry to him.  Kneel down to him in prayers.

Also, know that you are not alone. It might seem that you’re feeling alone and sad. But believe me, each one of us on this Earth will be tested. No one will ever escape the tests and challenges of this world.

“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 patients,” (Surah al-Baqarah, verse 155).

These challenges are not made to break you, they are meant to strengthen you.

You are a strong person. Yes, You!

We can face these challenges. We WILL face these challenges.

“When (will come) the help of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near,” (Al Baqarah verse 214)

Keep on praying to Allah, and don’t lose hope.

And the outcomes will be very beautiful, more than what we could ever imagined, more than what we had prayed and wished for. 🙂

Thanks for reading! Share this around if you think it is beneficial for others.

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