All people need to face hardships because they are required for growth and strength. We may not like them but we need them. As a matter of fact we can not live without them. Sometimes we pay to receive hardships; many people buy memberships in recreational centers to use the Weight Room few times weekly to lift weights to strengthen their muscles and keep their bodies in shape.
We also need to strengthen our minds by consciously exposing it to problems. Do you remember your mathematics teacher who used to give you complex and difficult problems to solve? Some of us used to even pay for a special mathematics tutor who used to charge up to forty dollars per hour. Solving mathematics problems is good for the brain/mind to connect, develop and grow.
At times, we experience social and spiritual difficulties of profound nature. We try to work them out but if we can not, we go to other people who are wiser and stronger than ourselves. We solicit their advice because of their experience, knowledge, and wisdom earned by through going through similar hardships.
We were not born adults; we were borne infants, innocent, and weak. We needed to grow and we needed to grow up by facing all kinds of hardships and the “growing pain” that goes with them. We have to feel our own pain because it is essential for our growth and health. As we become stronger, our ability to face hardships and pain increases; and the cycle continues.
Who knows what we need better than the one who made us? It is Allah “the WISE.” The Most Merciful gives us our share of hardships according to His own plan. His mercy must be seen, in its most general terms, as the mercy of a doctor to his patients, or a judge to the community. Out of His mercy, Allah raises the bar to challenge our abilities to receive the training we need to grow older, stronger, wiser and healthier.
Hardships are not sent to us at random but they are an integral part of our creation. Allah says in the Qur’an (Albalad 90:4), “We have created Man in hardships.” According to this verse, Man experiences hardships at birth, in breast feeding, while weaning, during life, and at his death. In a different location (ALbakarah 2:155-157), Allah shows us how to receive the hardships, “Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil) , but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, who say , when afflicted with calamity: “to Allah we belong, and to Him is our return”, they are those on whom (descend) blessings of Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.”
Upon receipt of hardships, true Muslims should express either thanks or patience. This is the sure way to win always.
Dr. Saleh is an educational consultant base in Syrrey and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.