Why are we tested with hardships?
It is understandable that we may sometimes wonder about the reason for the hardships we go through. Even when we are striving to stay on the straight path, we may struggle to understand what we are going through and the meaning behind it.
We must remember that Allah plans everything that happens in our lives and only He knows what is best for us. As we were created only to worship Allah, our response to tests show how sincere our belief is and push us to become stronger.
We ought to keep in mind that if we are enduring a difficult test, we could have been going through something much worse than that test. We should remind ourselves that Allah protects us from so many things that we are not even aware of.
We should also remind ourselves that when we are tested with hardships, it helps us to increase our Imaan as we feel more dependent on Allah. We feel as though we cannot rely on a person or something of this world, which results in us placing our complete trust in Allah. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“And whoever puts all his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him.” (Qur’an 65:1)
We all make mistakes and it is our duty to seek forgiveness from Allah. We should remind ourselves that when we endure a hardship, it removes some of our sins. We read in a hadith that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” (Bukhari)
In trying to bear hardships with patience, we should remember to recite the Qur’an and do zhikr as this will help us to feel at peace. In our du’aas we should ask Allah to help us to be strong throughout our hardships. We should remind ourselves to look at what we do have and not what we do not have. We read in a hadith about this:
“Look at those below you (less fortunate than you), and don’t look at those above you, for this is better.” (Muslim)
We should remember that this life is temporary, so the hardships are also temporary. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in hadith:
“The life of this world compared to the hereafter is as if one of you were to put his finger in the ocean and take it out again then compare the water that remains on his finger to the water that remains in the ocean.” (Muslim)
We should not forget that our blessings are also a test for us – we must not let our blessings distract us from our ultimate purpose in this world which is to worship Allah.