Ramadan Reflection #3: It’s a Test

Assalamualaikum Everyone!

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So I’ve been taking part in a daily Qur’an course where Alhamdulilah, I have been learning many beautiful things about the Qur’an that I never knew before, things that are making think harder and deeper about some of my life experiences. Today I want to share with you a little piece of insight I gained from the class.

In Surah Fajr, Allah s.w.t. says, “Human tendency is that when his Lord tests him by bestowing honour and favours, he feels, ‘My Lord has honoured me.’ But when He tests by restricting his provisions for him, he assumes ‘My Lord has disgraced me.'” (89: 15-16)

In times of difficulty, or times that require patience, we are often told, “Allah is testing you, be patient.” And surely, we believe that every thing in our lives is a test from Allah s.w.t. As human beings, we tend to forget this important aspect of Islam. While we are engaged in worldly things, we forget that everything we are doing, our experiences, our encounters, the decisions we have to make, they are all a test from Allah s.w.t. Our patience is tested, our ability to handle matters appropriately is tested; we are tested in all sorts of ways, through our families, our wealth, our education, our jobs, our faith, everything.

The thing is, there is a slight misunderstanding that many of us have. When something good happens to us, like getting a new car or doing well on an assignment, we think that it is a reward from Allah s.w.t. and Allah s.w.t. is blessing us with something great. On the other hand, when something bad occurs, like an illness, or we lose our job, we think Allah s.w.t. is punishing us for something bad that we did. What’s important to realize is that these experiences are not rewards and punishments, these experiences are tests from Allah s.w.t., Who wants to see how we handle the positive and negative moments in our life.

If something good happens to us, do we become too proud rather than being humble and modest about it? If something bad happens to us, do we become depressed and forget to see things in a positive light?

The key thing to take away from this is that everything in this life is a test. This life is temporary. The way we handle matters in this life is what we need to focus on. The way we handle all kinds of situations, the way we manage our problems, our blessings, the decisions we make, is what will determine the kind of life we will have in the Hereafter. The rewards and punishment will be given to us accordingly in the Hereafter.

We have to remember that we will be held accountable for all of our actions, deeds and decisions, and will be given what we deserve in the Hereafter. So my advice to all of you, including myself, is that when you face a difficulty, or a challenge or you are blessed with something better than you could have ever imagined, remember that it is a test from Allah s.w.t. and He is watching how you will handle it. Try to handle things in the best way you possibly can, humbly, patiently and positively. In’sha’Allah you will be rewarded for it in the Hereafter.

I pray that Allah s.w.t. guides each of us to handle our tests in the best manner. I pray He guides us to be patient and make decisions that will give us good not only in this life but also in the Hereafter. Ameen.

Remember, the reward will come.

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