Scooper Spirituality: 5 Reasons Allaah Tests Us With Hardship, Adversity
March. 29, 2019
There are a number of reasons Allaah (SWT) allows hardship and adversity to befall the Muslim.
Even the genuine believers experience hardship and adversity at some stage in their lives in accordance to God’s wisdom and God’s plan.
So, an understanding of one of the possible causes might help in the process of getting Allaah to remove it.
Here you go:
1- Test of Faith
It is God’s design to put the human through hardship and adversity so as to test their faith and their resolve and trust in God:
“Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe,” without being put to the test?” (Quran 29:2)
We have tested those before them, for God must distinguish those who are truthful, and He must expose the liars. (29:3)
Also, “We will surely test you through some fear, hunger, and loss of money, lives, and crops. Give good news to the steadfast. (2:155)
To pass the test, the believer must maintain his trust that God only can relieve his hardship. The believer will maintain his prayer and call onto God: Who is the One who rescues those who become desperate and call upon Him, relieves adversity, and makes you inheritors of the earth? Is it another god with God? Rarely do you take heed. (Q27:62)
2- Cleansing Our Soul
Hardship is decreed by God as a cleansing of our souls from sins we have already committed. As a result, some of the bad things that happen to us are a direct result of sins we have committed:
Anything bad that happens to you is a consequence of your own deeds, and He overlooks many (of your sins). (Q42:30)
Allaah tests the concept of cleansing the human from sins in this life is a Quranic truth. It can be achieved through the experiencing of hardship and adversity (as Q42:30), and it can also be through the payment of a “sadaqa” (charity) for the specific reason of cleansing the soul from sins which have been committed.
Allaah says “Take from their money a ‘sadaqa’ (charity) to purify and sanctify them. And encourage them, for your encouragement reassures them. God is Hearer, Omniscient.” (Q9:103)
Suffering through hardship and adversity is a reminder for people who tend to take things for granted and forget all of God’s blessings.
Despite all the blessings given to the human by Allaah, the human being is unappreciative.
A little reminder in the shape of hardship or adversity may hopefully do the job of teaching the human not to take God’s blessings for granted: If you count God’s blessings, you can never encompass them. Indeed, the human being is transgressing, unappreciative. (Q14:34)
Allaah further states, “When we bless the human being, he turns away, and drifts farther and farther away, and when he suffers any affliction, he implores loudly. “(Q41:51)
4- Remembering God
Adversity or hardship is also a very effective reminder for those who are too much absorbed in the worldly life, and thus they may not be as devoted to God as they should be. Due to their being too preoccupied with this worldly life they do not seek God nor call on God as they should.
Allaah says “He is the One who moves you across the land and sea. You get onto the ships, and they sail smoothly in a nice breeze. Then, while rejoicing therein, violent wind blows, and the waves surround them from every side. This is when they implore God, sincerely devoting their prayers to Him alone. “If You only save us this time, we will be eternally appreciative. (Q10:22)
“But as soon as He saves them, they transgress on earth, and oppose the truth. O people, your transgression is only to the detriment of your own souls. You remain preoccupied with this worldly life, then to us is your ultimate return, then we inform you of everything you had done. (Q10:23)
5- God’s Power And Authority
Many people are either oblivious of, or need to be reminded of God’s absolute authority. Hardship and adversity are one way to remind them that no one can save them but God, and also remind them of God’s absolute authority.
They also need to be reminded that they need God every minute of their lives.
Allaah says, “O people, you are the ones who need God, while God is in no need for anyone, the Most Praiseworthy. (Q35:15)
In all, knowing why Allaah afflicts us with hardship helps us to know how best we can appeal to Him to remove it and survive it altogether.
May Allaah overlook our shortcomings and not put us at the mercy of a hardship we will not be able to bear.
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