“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, who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to God and indeed to Him we will return”.”
Sura Al-Baqara (155-156)
“Alas! What happened to me?”- This type of saying is commonly heard when we find someone in a perilous situation. These kinds of words are unconsciously pronounced by most of us when we also face any difficulty. But as a follower of the Truth is this right to behave in such way? Is this correct to be highly frustrated when dangers come into our lives?
It must be kept in mind that no man can remain absolutely in a peaceful condition throughout his entire life. It is obvious that many ups and downs will take place in life. Nobody can remain free from the unexpected circumstances coming into his life. But as an obedient servant of God Almighty it will be absolutely wrong if the victim of danger becomes seriously upset in such condition.
Anyone who wills to be a follower of the Divine Guidance from the Almighty and swears to obey none but God it becomes a mandatory task of Him to justify the sincerity of His servant. The real beauty lies here. Such trial is a part of the mysterious and beautiful Divine Order of the Almighty which is working as a creative force behind the running of the entire universe. This trial finally proves that whether the person declaring to be an obedient servant is a hypocrite or not.
It has now become a common practice of the society that anyone who finds himself in a dangerous situation starts to exhibit abnormal attitude even he does not hesitate to commit suicide which is really a contradictory task against the commitment made with our Creator. But it will be absolutely foolish if someone does so because solution is truly available if the frustrated one struggles to find so. The best solution directed by our Creator who knows the best of all the occurring of our life is to be patient during the moment of disastrous situation. Though this is very easy but how many of us can realize it properly?
Starting from the first Prophet Hazrat Adam (peace be upon him ) to the last Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him), everyone was tried with serious trials in their lives which were unimaginable. If someone studies the biography of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) it will be seen that in every sphere of his life he didn’t remain untouched from critical situations even such kind of situation came from his close ones. The miseries suffered by Prophet Muhammad and his companion will be better understood if a Hadith is cited here. The Prophet’s companion Khabbab ibn al-Arat said : “A group of people one’s appealed to God’s Messenger while he was resting in the shade of the Kabah and said, ‘Would you care to appeal to God to help us? Would you care to pray for us?’ He replied, ‘In days gone by, believers like yourselves used to be put in ditches and have their heads sawed in half and have their flesh scraped of the bone with iron combs, to dissuade them from their religion, but they would never waver.’ (Bukhari, Abu Daud and Nasai)
Trials are part of the process of education. The believers’ resolve to fight for the Truth and bear in the process whatever they may have to face of fear, hardship, poverty, famine and loss of life must be rigorously tested. There is a price that believers have to pay in order to uphold their faith and that price is their own lives. Unless one’s faith becomes dearer to one than one’s own life that faith has no chance of survival at the very first serious test. This love and dedication to one’s faith must be apparent to others on every occasion for them to appreciate its place and value in the believer’s heart. Such sacrifice and perseverance demonstrate the love for his faith and inspire others to respect it, examine its merits and develop an interest in it. That can open the hearts and minds of many people to Islam. (Sayyid Qutb, Fi Zilalil Quran)
Tests and trials bring out the best in people, renew their energies, reinforce their resolve and unleash within them latent powers that they themselves knew nothing of. Moreover, such experiences refine one’s perception and sharpen one’s mental and emotional vision and judgment. (Sayyid Qutb, Fi Zilalil Quran)
Sometimes it is said that, “Life is not a bed of roses.” This statement is absolutely correct in case of a true believer. A true believer can never spend his life heedlessly rather it is expected from him to lead always a struggling life. Only those people can live without maintaining any restrictions in life who are not concerned of the true aim and object of their lives. Completely different attitude is found among true believers. He is seriously concerned of the real object of life and he is also aware of the matter that as he has entered into a commitment with his Creator his faithfulness will be tested by his Lord through various trials which may come in the form of hunger, fear, loss of wealth and so on. Therefore, life is very easy if the directions of God are followed and at the same time life is very difficult if not followed.