“Paradise is veiled by hardships”
Sometimes it can be difficult for us to make sense of how to cope when we are going through a struggling time in our lives. We may look around us for an avenue that will lead us to a life of ease, but we do not seem to find it. When we are going through hardships, it is crucial for us to remember that we read in a hadith:
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Hellfire is veiled by lusts, and Paradise is veiled by hardships.” (Sahih Bukhari)
This shows us the reality of this life. We will be tested by being given hardships. But we should try our best to see through the hardships and realise that they are not necessarily what they seem. Yes, we may be struggling, but we should strive to understand the meaning behind our hardships. We learn from this hadith that Jannah is veiled by hardships. We should try to reflect on this.
And notice that this means that we should actually be grateful for the hardships that are written for us. This is because they create opportunities for us to become closer to our Lord and seek Jannah.
Learning about the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is more important for us than we often realise. Learning about his life is not just about becoming more knowledgeable about our role model and following him. But it also helps us to cope with the different trials we have in life. We read in a hadith that:
Aisha reported: “We in the household of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, used to live for a whole month without cooking anything over a fire. We would have nothing to eat but dates and water.” (Sahih Muslim)
This shows us that our Prophet (SAW) endured immense hardship. But he still faced life with utmost patience and sincerity, having full faith in Allah. We notice that his life was not without struggle. Yet he coped in such a humble manner.
The more we realise that learning about the life of the Prophet (SAW) will help us cope through the various tests of life. The more it will motivate us to dedicate time to studying his life.
Our religion teaches us that we should strive to have complete trust in our Lord. Knowing that He is the one who knows what is best for us. We may not realise the meaning behind what is happening in our lives. But there is always a purpose that Allah has ordained. We read in a hadith:
Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Know that there is much good in being patient with what you detest, victory will come with patience, affliction will come with relief, and ‘with hardship will come with ease.’” (94:4-5) (Musnad Aḥmad)
We learn a great deal from this hadith as it certainly shows us that there is wisdom in everything that happens. Prophet (SAW) says that there is good in being patient, and that patience will make us successful.
May Allah give us the strength to cope with the various hardships and struggles we may be facing, and may He make those struggles opportunities for us to develop our Imaan. May He make our hardships become avenues for us to increase our remembrance of Him, and ultimately become a means for us to be granted Jannah. May He give patience to those among us who ever feel near to despair and hopelessness. Aameen. Indeed, our Lord is The All-Knowing.