Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?
There are certain points in our life where we come to wonder why bad things happen to us. You might be rushing to an important meeting one morning, only to be greeted with a flat tyre, thus making you late.
Or you might’ve just experienced heartbreak over a lover who made the decision to part ways – you wonder to yourself, why isn’t life working in your favour?
Then you’ll probably ask, if God is indeed Just and Good, shouldn’t only good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people?
According to well-known Islamic inspirational speaker Yasmin Mogahed, we first need to define our understanding of what’s good and bad.
While Allah is the Most Just and Most Loving, He has no deficiency in knowledge and understanding. But we do.
Perhaps we hate something that is actually good for us, but we might love something that is bad for us. For example, you might love someone whose lifestyle doesn’t encourage you to be a better Muslim. Or you might hate the fact that your car wouldn’t start in the morning, without realising that it was God’s way of saving you from potential harm on the road.
How we react to the difficulties that come our way, is a test from Allah.
Muslim cleric and Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe Mufti Menk once said: “The world is a testing ground. Allah will test every single one of you in this world.”
“But Allah says that with difficulty there is ease. You will never know what ease is all about unless you’ve been through difficulty.”
“Those who have a beautiful life, sometimes they are still worried and depressed because they don’t know what it’s like to suffer.”
“Whenever there is a person who has tasted goodness alone, they don’t know what difficulty is about. There comes a time when they don’t appreciate what they have.”
“Sometimes Allah wants you to go down, so that you can appreciate ease,” he said.
We must see the beauty in every pain, every struggle. A test from Allah is a gift, as it is to keep you in check, to keep you calling out for Him.
Mufti Menk once tweeted: “If you dig deeper, you’ll realise that whatever happens in your life is according to the Almight’s plan. It’ll always work out for you, be it in this world or the next! Be patient!”
If you are going through hardship, read Surah al-Inshirah (94:5). It acts as a form of consolation and encouragement for Muslims, especially if they are going through a rough patch.
We must remind ourselves that there is a solution to every problem we might face, and that hardship can never overwhelm Allah’s Blessings. After all, as stated in the Quran, Allah does not burden a soul, more than it can bear.