Adversities – A Blessing or a Curse?

You all will concede it, that despite the fact that we, Muslims emulate Quran and Sunnah in our daily lives, and remain staunch believers; we still confront many difficulties and hardships in our lives. For an unbeliever, these adversities can be sort of impediment for a piece of work. However, for a believer, they just not only mean hindrances.

When a Muslim encounters hardships, he must realize that it is a time for expiation of his sins, it is a promise for huge rewards by Allah for his patience and it is an instance of remembrance of Allah. These hardships carry glad tidings of forgiveness for the believers. The righteous predecessors use to be pleases on facing hardships, as this indicated their elevation of rank inParadiseand forgiveness from Allah.

A Muslim should not forget that Allah doesn’t burdens a person beyond his strength. The holy Quran states “Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which you did lay on those before us (Jews and Christians); our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector” (Surah Baqara)

The following reasons will make you fathom the real cause behind the calamities you face.

  • Purification of sins: Every difficulty that a person faces is a token of Allah’s forgiveness for him. Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said “ Whenever Allah wills good for a person, He subjects him to adversity
  • Sign of Allah’s love: Instead of nagging and complaining, a staunch believer confronts hardships with steadfastness and faith that Allah will alleviate him from this pain. He shows an exemplary conduct of patience.
  • The sign of righteousness: The more pious a person is, the more he will be afflicted with troubles. Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) narrated “The most in their suffering among the people are the prophets, then the best, then the (next) best. One is afflicted in accordance with his deen (faith). If his deen is firm his affliction is hard, and if his deen is weak, his affliction is light. Indeed, one would be so much subjected to adversity until he walks among the people without any sins”.
  • Early punishment: To emancipate believers from the punishment of Hereafter, Allah imposes them with difficulties that serve as punishment for them in this life.
  • Multiplication of rewards: When Allah subjects one to hardships, he promises multiple rewards for him. The person should feel lucky that h has been bestowed with Allah’s grace and blessings.
  • Reward of sickness: One should not consider sickness as a gloomy episode, but should remember the greater good that is adhered to it. It provides him an opportunity to worship Allah and seek forgiveness for his sins. Moreover, when a person falls sick, he is unable to worship in the same way. Therefore, the difficulty compensates for the rewards that he looses because of not worshipping.
  • Reason for reward: Misfortune can be a cause of just granting rewards and bounties to the beloved servants of Allah.

Therefore, next time an adversity hits you, be glad that Allah has chosen you as His beloved servant and He will now bestow him with unlimited favors and bounties.