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Hardship benefits the Believer

Suffering has hidden blessing. AllahSWT has decreed that, in this life hardships and disasters strike both believers and non-believers. For a non-believer, they are inconveniences that hinder him from proceeding with his normal involvement in the worldly life. For a believer, on the other hand, they are instances of rest and remembrance, tests that promise great rewards, and indications of atonement and expiation of sins. Regardless of how little is the harm that strikes a believer, it carries with it good news of forgiveness and elevated rank.


  • It is mentioned in the holy Quran, “Certainly, We shall test you with fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits; but give glad tidings to the patient—those who, when afflicted with calamity say, “Truly to Allah we belong, and truly to Him shall we return.” It is those who will be awarded blessings and mercy from their Lord; and it is those who are the guided ones.”(2:155) 

  • Prophet BPUH said, " The parable of a believer is that of a fresh and moist plant; the wind tilts it this way and that way; and so is the believer; he continues to be subject to affliction. And the parable of a hypocrite is that of a firm cedar tree; it does not shake - until it is uprooted all at once." [Bukhari & Muslim] 

  • Prophet BPUH said, “Indeed amazing are the affairs of a believer! They are all for his benefit. If he is granted ease of living he is thankful; and this is best for him. And if he is afflicted with a hardship, he perseveres; and this is best for him.” [Muslim] 

  • Prophet BPUH said, “Hardships continue to befall a believing man and woman in their body, family, and property, until they meet Allah burdened with no sins." [Tirmithi] 

  • Prophet BPUH said, "Whenever Allah wills good for a person, He subjects him to adversity" [Bukhari] 

  • Prophet BPUH said, "Whenever a Muslim is afflicted by harm from sickness or other matters, Allah will drop his sins because of that, like a tree drops its leaves." [Bukhari] 

  • Prophet BPUH said, "When Allah wills good for a servant of His, He expedites his punishment in this life; and when He wills retribution for a servant of His, He holds his sins for Him to judge him by them on the Day of Resurrection." [Tirmithi] 

  • Prophet BPUH said, "The amount of reward is in accordance with the amount of suffering. When Allah loves some people, He tries them with affliction. He who then is content (with Allah's decree) has achieved the acceptance (of Allah), and he who is dissatisfied (with Allah's decree) will attain the anger (of Allah)." [Tirmithi] 


No soul will be afflicted with more than he\she could withstand. A person’s life in this world is not stable. One passes through alternating periods of happiness and dismay, strength and weakness, wealth and poverty, health and sickness, etc. A true believer is one who maintains a clear level of faith throughout the worldly fluctuations. A believer shows gratitude and thankfulness for all the wonderful blessings that Allah grants him. And he\she displays patience and submission during sickness and hardships, hunger, or other afflictions. We pray that Allah include us in the company of those who exhibit the best of manners towards Him and His decree through patience and humility when tested with hardship. And we pray that he includes us among those whom He chooses to help alleviate the suffering and hardship of His servants - Ameen. 

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