Life is incomplete without hardships. If you are facing some of them now, do not consider yourself unlucky. Allah puts His people in hardship. This world is an examination hall, with life being an exam and Allah being the teacher who will grade us on the day of judgment on how we perform in our exam. Just like an exam we face in our academic routines, the exams given to us by the Supreme Power are not easy either. But Allah also guides us on how to deal with hardships!
“No disaster strikes except by permission of Allah. And whoever believes in Allah – He will guide his heart. And Allah is Knowing of all things.” (64:11)
When Allah challenges someone and puts them through hardships, many give up. Many run away from the challenges and many refuse to get up after falling down.
“If We Do Good In Our Life, We Deserve Good As Well”
“Allah puts his favorite people in challenges.” – something we hear often by our grownups. What we ignore is how the exam of life is, always gives us two multiple choices in each situation. There is either left or it is right. There is either black or white; truth or false; justice and injustice; haram or halal; oppression and mercy and the choices go on.
Life is filled with struggles, even if you do everything that pleases Allah. There is no need to worry as He promises the good people the gift that will bless their lives for eternity:
“He that is righteous and patient,- never will Allah suffer the reward to be lost, of those who do right.” (Surat Yousef, Verse 90)
“Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has Faith, verily, to him will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.” (Surat Al-Nahl, Verse 97)
During the struggles and hardships of life, it is important that we, as Muslims, follow what Allah, His books, and His messengers have taught us. Allah guides us the best way on how to deal with hardships. The life of our messengers are the perfect examples that are to be followed:
1. Offering namaz – Talking to Allah 5 times a day
Offering prayer is the perfect way to communicate with Allah. You recite surahs 5 times a day, you pray to Him and you share all your worries and thoughts of life with Him. If you are worried, leave everything that you are doing and offer a namaz. See the relief you will feel.
2. Recite Quran with translation
You will find solace once you study what Islam preaches. However, you will understand everything in full meaning once you read Quran majid in translated form.
3. Make dua – Tell him everything that concerns you
Have nobody to talk to? Need to release all the feelings and tensions you had bottled inside yourself? Talk to Allah through dua. Make dua to overcome difficulties of your life. Tell Him what you seek – tell Him the peace you are looking for. Dua for hardship is the direct connection with Allah you can make to overcome hardships.
4. Give a lot of sadaqah
How to deal with hardships through sadaqah? Always try giving out charity as much as possible. Be it be in the form of cash or in the form of clothing, make sure you are helping people who require charitable help. If you are unable to provide sadaqah in form of money, Allah also counts helping others as sadaqah. Make sure you do something.
5. Remain hopeful
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) once said, “Evil omen is false! I like Al-Fa’al (good omen).” People who face hardships in life need to remain hopeful even after failing many times. A Muslim needs to have faith that his Allah will never leave him alone.
Falling in hardships and tests by Allah is inevitable. What varies is how Muslims address the situations and have their faith in the power that can decide their faith. Pray to Him and be patient – Allah has planned the best for you.
Please remember this time that we all are going through in the world will be over soon. We will defeat the coronavirus InshAllah and yes, it will happen.