Sadness and hardships: Your patience can take you to Jannah

Philosophy Contributor
Sadness and hardships
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Although sadness and hardships are trials we experience at various points in our life, those experiences do indeed provide us with an incredible opportunity to seek Jannah (Paradise). We read in a hadith:

Abu Umamah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Allah Almighty says: O son of Adam, if you are patient and restrained at the first moment of trauma, I would not be pleased with any reward for you less than Paradise.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

We learn from this that the patience we bear at times of difficulty are certainly witnessed by our Lord and they do not go without account. Our trials and tests give us chances to improve our connection to Allah and to realise that He is the only one we can truly rely on.

Patience is one of the good deeds that measures the heaviest on the scale of deeds in the Hereafter. On that day when we will be desperate for Allah’s mercy and hopeful that our deeds will be enough for us to reach Jannah. When we reflect on this, we realise how valuable our patience really is. We read in a hadith:

Abu Salma reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Nothing is heavier on the Scale than to glorify Allah, to praise Allah, to declare there is no God but Allah, to declare Allah is the greatest, and a Muslim parent whose righteous child passes away and he bears it patiently for the sake of Allah.” (Sahih Ibn Hibban)

Islam teaches us that whenever we face a time of sadness or hardship we should turn to Allah as He is the one who can help us ultimately.

We read in a hadith:

Abu Tamimah reported: A man from Balhujaym said, “O Messenger of Allah, to what are you calling?” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “I call to Allah alone. If he lets you be harmed, you will call upon him and he will remove it.

If you are lost in the wilderness, you will call upon him and he will bring you back. And if you are afflicted by famine, you will call upon him and your crops will grow.”

The man said, “Advise me.” The Prophet said, “Do not insult anyone and do not belittle any good deed, even meeting your brother with a cheerful face or sharing your vessel with a thirsty person.” (Musnad Ahmad)

This shows us that we should call upon Allah and make sincere du’aa and zhikr when we are facing a difficult time. Indeed, Allah is aware of everything and He is the best of helpers:

“But Allah is your Protector, and He is the best of helpers.” (Qur’an 3:150)

May Allah help those among us who a struggling through any kind of difficulty, and may He make their patience, efforts and strength a means for them to enter Jannah. Aameen.

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