There is good to be found in times of prosperity as well as adversity

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We are reminded in a hadith that Islam is a blessing for us. There is good for us in everything – every experience we go through, whether we ourselves perceive it as positive or negative. We read:

“How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.” (Sahih Muslim)

When we are given a blessing by Allah and we feel happy about it, whether it is regarding our family, career, or any other area of our life, the gratitude we show will be of great benefit to us. Even for the smaller blessings we are given, we should be grateful. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]…” (Qur’an 14:7)

Moreover, we read in a hadith:

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “One who eats gratefully has the status of one who fasts patiently.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

Furthermore, whenever we are going through a difficult time and we feel as though we are losing hope, the patience we bear will be beneficial for us. 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)

In addition, we read in the Holy Qur’an:

“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (Qur’an 2:153)

May Allah make us people who understand that there is good for us both in our times of joy as well as our times of hardship in this Dunya. May He make us of those who are grateful, and may He grant us patience. Aameen. Indeed, Allah is Ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful). We read in the Qur’an:

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient…” (Qur’an 2:155)