In the name of Allah the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful.
In our quest to become a successful servant of Allah, there are so many trials and tribulations that will be faced along the way. Oppressions, poverty, sickness and even beauty, wealth and health are just a few of trials that humans faced in reality.
In the Quran, Allah says:
Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allâh?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allâh is near! (2,214)
Jannah is not cheap and hence we have to earn it. Through trials, Allah tests who amongst His servant are true believers and sincere to Him. This is as simple as this scenario. Why do we have exams at the end of a course or degree? Of course, the purpose of the exam is to access and evaluate us on how well we understand and be able to apply what we have learnt. In addition, the higher the level we study, the tougher the exam is.
The test or exam we face in reality comes from Allah. It can be anything. Those who believe in Allah’s help will persevere and understand that Allah will give guidance to them to tackle the problem. So remembering Allah at all time is very important. Do we have Allah in mind at all times?
“I am with my servant as long as he remembers Me.” (Hadith Qudsi)
The hadith above explains that Allah will be with His servant even in whatever circumstances as long as the servant remembers Him. No one in this world will be able to be with you for long even if you remember them. Parents? Brothers? Sisters? The time will come when all will go separate ways. Your friends will not be able to follow you everywhere you go. Same goes to your parents. The time will also come when death separate human with their loved ones. One and only one that you could rely and depend on is Allah.
How do we ensure that Allah is always in our heart? Dhikr(remembering Allah) helps you to cleanse yourself and reminds you of Allah.
It is also important to understand that what we think the best for us may not be the best for us and vice versa. But what Allah thinks the best for us is always the best for us. Allah mentions this in Surah Al-Baqarah:
Jihâd (holy fighting in Allâh’s Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, 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. Allâh knows but you do not know. (2,216)
‘Allah knows but we (human beings) do not know’. Our knowledge is very limited and we are not able to foresee the future.
When we face a challenge or trial, do face it with patience and persevere. Some trial can be overcome in just a few seconds, some within hours but some might go on for years. It will not be easy to undergo trial for a long period and a true believer must never give up. As a servant of the Almighty, we must keep on seeking for His blessings and rahmat.
[Ibrâhim (Abraham)] said: “And who despairs of the Mercy of his Lord except those who are astray?” (15, 56)
May all of us be strong in our quest to search for our most wanted final destination – Jannatul Firdaus.