Good or Bad, it’s good.

Good or bad, it’s good.

Things happen for a reason, everything happens for a reason.

It is just beyond our capacity to understand why certain things happen.

The wonderful thing about Islam is that it teaches us to look at the good as a blessing and to look at the bad as a test that will ultimately lead to more blessings.

Allah SWT tests those He loves the most.

The Prophets were tested the heaviest, then followed by the sahabas, and then the saints.

But they still remained steadfast. They still seek Allah’s pleasure.

For they know that being tested is a good thing.

For us, we can think of it such as the famous Surah Al-Inshirah:

فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا – 94:5

“Verily with hardship, [there will be] ease.”

It states ‘with’ hardship. Not ‘after’ hardship. Ease comes with hardship just like how happiness comes with sadness. So, think about the pain, the tests you’re going through as a pathway to ease.

Mus’ad ibn Sa’eed reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

الْبَلَاءُ بِالْعَبْدِ حَتَّى يَتْرُكَهُ يَمْشِي عَلَى الْأَرْضِ مَا عَلَيْهِ خَطِيئَةٌ

The servant will continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sin.

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2398, Grade: Sahih

So when He tests you, it burns away your sins as you face that trial.

But here’s a caveat. Do not wish for His tests. Even though the tests of this world is better than the tests of the akhirah, don’t ask for it for it questions His judgements.

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِذَا أَرَادَ اللَّهُ بِعَبْدِهِ الْخَيْرَ عَجَّلَ لَهُ الْعُقُوبَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَإِذَا أَرَادَ اللَّهُ بِعَبْدِهِ الشَّرَّ أَمْسَكَ عَنْهُ بِذَنْبِهِ حَتَّى يُوَافِيَ بِهِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ

If Allah intends good for his servant, then he hastens the punishment for him in this world. If Allah intends evil for his servant, then he withholds punishment for his sins until he appears on the Day of Resurrection.

Sources taken from: abuaminaelias.com/patience-with-trials-and-tribulations/

Therefore, look at good things as a blessing and look at the bad as a greater blessing. It might not remove your burden but it might lighten your load. Trust in Him for He does not burden his slave more than he can bear.

A doa from the Al-Quran:

لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا ۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْهَا مَا اكْتَسَبَتْ ۗ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِن نَّسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ ۖ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا ۚ أَنتَ مَوْلَانَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
– 2:286

Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.”

Have a blessed day ahead. :’)

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