admin on May 2nd, 2011

“Someone might ask, ‘if the relief follows hardship, what is the real purpose or benefit from trials and tribulations?’ some may even say ‘are not the hardships and afflictions that people face simply a sign that either there is no god or that God is not really a merciful one?’ At the end of his book which is a commentary of this hadeeth [reffering to hadith 19 of nawwawis ahadeeth], ibn Rajab mentioned the benefits of trials and tribulations. Some of the aspects that he mentioned were:

1. Such trials and tribulations are a means by which Allah removes sins from a person

The prophet said, “The person will be (assigned) by Allah an honorable level that he did not reach through his deeds; Allah will continue testing him with what he dislikes until He makes him reach it.” (Al Haithami and Al Siyooti)

2. Facing such trials and tribulations in the proper manner, with patience and behavior within the limits of the shari`ah is a great source of reward and Allah’s pleasure.

3. Such trials and tribulations should make the person recall the sins that he has committed. This should lead him to repentance and reform.

[*my  sidenote: should lead him to repentance not despair :) if its leading to despair and frustration...then shaytan is working up a storm!
**الشيطان يعدكم الفقر ويأمركم بالفحشاء والله يعدكم مغفرة منه وفضلا والله واسع عليم
Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.]

4. Such trials should soften the person’s heart and make him submit humbly to Allah. A person who never faces hardship may become haughty, arrogant and cold-hearted. Experiencing such trials can humble a person and make his heart soft and merciful as he feels what others have experienced.

5. It is through trials and tribulations that a person can experience the characteristic of patience. He may even get beyond that and experience feelings of happiness and pleasure at whatever Allah has decreed.

6. Trials and tribulations make  a person realize that he cannot rely solely on himself or even on others. He can only rely on Allah. Allah is the only true source of help and assistance.

7. Trials and tribulations require one to fight against Satan, which is an act of worship itself. During such hardships, Satan will incite the person to get upset and do forbidden acts. Indeed Satan may incite him to get upset at Allah or to have evil thoughts concerning Allah.

After mentioning the above points and others, ibn Rajab concludes that if the person truly realizes and understands the above, ‘he will know that the bounty that comes from Allah to a believer due to his trials is greater than the bounty that comes from Allah during his times of ease.’  ” – Excerpt from ‘Commentary on the Forty Hadeeth of Al-Nawawi’