Hardship –> Ease, Author: Issa Abbasi


Something is not going the way you planned in your life.  Right now, any given person living on this earth is in need of something.  These hardships people are experiencing run the gamut and include sickness, poverty, insecurity, lack of faith, emotional distress, etc.  You name the problem and someone in the world has it, for no one has everything and no one is perfect.  Even the wealthiest person in the world is missing something.  With that clear, I remind everyone including myself not to fear a hardship, but rather embrace it.

In Surat Ash Sharh (Chapter 94, “The Opening Forth”), Allah s.w.t. says in the fifth ayah (verse), “Verily, along with every hardship is relief.”  You may ask, “How can God say with every hardship there is relief? I’m going through a hardship right now and I can’t possibly see any relief.”   Really? Are you sure that you can’t see any relief? God says in the very next verse (again) “Verily, along with hardship is relief (i.e. there is one hardship with two reliefs, so one hardship cannot overcome two reliefs).”  Wait, did Allah s.w.t. just say the same thing twice? Yes, He did.  But, why?  Commentary on this chapter explains the repetition of the concept that with hardship is ease to mean “whatever troubles are encountered by the creation, Allah always provides a relief with it. The relief does not merely come after the difficulty; it is provided with it.” 

Did you read that carefully?  Whatever affliction has befallen you at this time, has ease attached with it! But don’t take my word for it; look back at the trials of one of the greatest Prophets in history, Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (a.s.).

The short story of the Prophet Ibrahim finds him telling idol worshippers consistently that who they worship is incorrect.  After soul searching and breaking all of the people of the present day Iraq’s idols, the people prepared a huge fire to throw him into.  So the Prophet Ibrahim was thrown into this large fire and you would think he died, but he didn’t.  In mid air, the angel Jibrael (Gabriel) came to Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.) and asked him if he needed any help.  Ibrahim (a.s.) told him from you? No.  From my Lord, yes.  So Allah s.w.t. helped Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.) in his time of hardship by…changing the property of fire! Yes, that’s right, the Creator of the Universe and of Fire (and everything else really) changed the property of fire! Allah s.w.t. told the fire to be cool and calm so that it would not burn His believer.  Had Allah s.w.t. told the fire to be only cool, Ibrahim (a.s.) would have froze to death, but the calmness and coolness of the fire saved him.

Whatever trial you are going through, remember that there is ease attached with it.  If you find yourself becoming impatient, stop and become more patient.  In a hadith, it is mentioned that “whenever a museebah (hardship) befalls you (and you show sabr) Allah (swt) atones for you some of your sins.”  What reason do you have not to be patient?

And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives, and fruits, but give glad tidings to the patient ones. (Al-Baqarah 2:155)

In a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), it was said No misfortune or disease befalls a Muslim, no worry or grief or harm or distress — not even a thorn that pricks him — but God will expiate for some of his sins because of that. (Bukhari)

On a final note, this past weekend, I spent a good amount of time in a nearby Masjid.  Before every salah (prayer) I offered, I noticed a blind man in the main hall.  All I could think of was the following hadith when I saw him.

Hadrat Anas bin Maa (R.A.) reports that he heard Rasulullah(Sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam) saying that Allah Ta’ala said, ‘If I deprive My slave of his two beloved possessions (i.e. his eyes) and he bears it patiently, I will let him enter Jannah in compensation for them. (Bukhari)

Allah s.w.t. only promises rewards to those who are patient, so be patient. “Allah surely loves those who are the Sabireen (patient).” (3:146)

If none of this helped, don’t forget what Allah s.w.t. informed mankind in the Qur’an.

Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. (Qur’an 2:286)  This means that you will never be given anything you do not have the capability to handle.  There is always a way so long as you seek the way.

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~ by Yousaf on February 12, 2010.

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