By Haroon Balogun
Every single person in this world is facing some sort of trial or tribulation. While some may be facing trials in education, others’ may be in their jobs, still others in their businesses, and still more facing problems with family or friend. In one way or the other, we will be tested by Allah in this life. Some of the scholars made it known that some of these tests will somehow wash off someone’s sins, and if he passes the test, Allah might be pleased on him and grant him al-jannah.
However, the verse of the Quran similar to this belief is Quran 2:214 which says: Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said,”When is the help of Allah ?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.
So many times in our lives something happens to us and we feel that this is the worst thing that can happen to us. But then after the trial, when relief and ease come, we realize that the difficult times had happened for good to come. So, it is important that believers have to be patient and know that Allah (swt) is sufficient for us and is the best disposer of all our affairs. He will guide us to that which is good.
We must not say: I believe and then think Allah is not going to test me. Allah (swt) says in the Quran: Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested? And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test). ~Chapter 29, Verse 2-3
Rather, whatever test we are going through in this world, we should remember that it is from Allah (swt) and that these test bring us closer and closer to Jannah, provided we deal with them with patience and perseverance. There is a beautiful story about patience in the Holy Quran of Prophet Yusuf (a.s).
His brothers threw him into the well, but he was patient and so Allah (swt) raised him out of that well. He ended up in the house of one of the most powerful people of Egypt, but then Allah (swt) tested him again.
The wife of Al Aziz, the finance minister, tried to tempt him, but he was patient. Then Allah (swt) tested him again and threw him into prison. But he was patient for the sake of Allah (swt). And in the end Allah (swt) raised him to a lofty height and he became one of the most powerful in Egypt. This is the reward of patience.