The Secrets To Overcoming Hardship (Part 1)

It’s undeniable that every single person on this Earth will go through hardships. We need to accept that life isn’t always going to be full of joy and laughter. At some point, you will face heartbreak, hurt and fear. At times, you will feel angry, upset and confused. You will lose the people and things you love. You will go through tough times.

Being aware of reality is the first step towards overcoming hardship. When you acknowledge that life is a test, that there will be easy times and difficult times, and then you encounter a tough situation, you’re already mentally prepared to deal with it. You were expecting it, not because you’re doomed, but because it’s a fact of life that everyone will go through some sort of difficulty. I will go through tests and you will go through tests. I hope it comforts you to know that you’re not the only one.

We may be going through completely different hardships but the reason we are tested is the same. Allah has given both of us the opportunity to prove ourselves to Him. It’s our chance to become closer to Him. Allah tells us in the Quran:

“[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving.”

{Surah Al-Mulk verse 2}

When a teacher gives you a test, you often try to figure out what they want you to do. Do they want you to analyse the text or calculate sums? Are you supposed to circle answers or fill in the gap? Before you take the test, your teacher will help you  prepare by letting you know what you have to do in order to pass. They will inform you of the techniques, equipment and time you  are required to use.

Allah tells us in this Ayah that He wants to see who can do the best deeds. He already knows which of us will succeed, but Allah has given us this life as an opportunity to show Him what we can do. The way to pass the test is to do the best of actions. There are so many kinds of actions, good and bad. Of the outward actions, we are encouraged to give charity, pray and fast. We are prohibited from doing sins such as lying and stealing. There are also actions of the heart. We must have hope in Allah’s mercy, fear of His punishment and our hearts should be filled with love for Him. Our hearts must be rid of arrogance, envy and love of sin. 

Allah wants to see who will do the best of deeds, despite the hardships they go through. By putting us through trials, Allah will distinguish between the strong and the weak, the sincere and the dishonest, the true believer and the pretender. When we go through tests in life, it will bring out our true colours. 

So how does this link to the bigger picture? In the Hereafter, there are different levels of Paradise and Hell. We know that the best of the best will go to the highest level of Jannah. We also know that the worst of the worst will go to the lowest pits of Hell. In between these two levels, there are other levels. People will be deposited into a level of paradise or hell that they deserve.

If someone never struggled to be a good Muslim, they never repented or prayed and they entered the highest level of Jannah, we would say that this is not fair. Similarly, we would say that it’s unfair for who someone strived to perfect their faith to enter Hell. People are at different levels. If everybody was to enter Paradise, it would not be fair on those who actually worked for it. You only get what you strive for. 

How honourable would it be to live forever amongst the best people to ever walk the face of the Earth? There are people who would do anything to meet famous celebrities. How would you feel if you were to meet the people who are famous in the Heavens? 

We know that when Allah loves a person, He tells Jibraeel to love that person too. Then, Jibraeel tells the Angels in the heavens to love that person. Can you imagine what it would be like to meet someone who is beloved to Allah and the Angels?

 You can become that person. You can be that person whom Allah loves. You may be a nobody in this world, but let’s be real here; Angels knowing your name in paradise and loving you before you even get there is so much cooler than fame on Earth. The thing about fame in this life is that it’s just like a mirage. From a distance, it looks amazing and nice. But it’s temporary and no matter how many ‘fans’ you have, there will come a time when you will be forgotten. In the Hereafter, it’s totally different. You will be treated better than royalty. You will have everything you desire. Think of something you really want. It could be a palace, a beautiful garden, a Ferrari… whatever it is, in Jannah, it will be even better than you can ever imagine. It’s beyond your imagination. You won’t be disappointed at all so aim for the highest and best level of Paradise: Janntul-Firdous. 

Key points:

  • Acknowlege that life is a test! 
  • Be prepared to go through hardships.
  • Remember that every single one of us will go through difficult times.
  • Strive to do the best of deeds.
  • If you want to enter paradise, you need to work for it! 
  • Aim for Jannatul-Firdous, the highest level of paradise.

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