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Overcoming tests from Allah

Allah, Glory be to Him, says in the Quran: "Do men think that they will be left
alone on saying, 'We believe,' and that they will not be tested? We did test those
before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are
false" (Quran, 29: 2-3).

By virtue of being created as human beings, we will be tested. We will be thrown
into countless trials, into situations that may arise unpleasant and awkward, and
into times of difficulty when it seems as though there is little reason to hope.

Tests will come at us from every direction; events will test the very core of our
character and the strength of our beliefs. And these are the tests we cannot
afford to fail. And Allah, Glory be to Him, has not left us empty-handed.

Building our knowledge and our characters as Muslims is the only way to
overcome the mild to the severe trials we will face every day until we die. He
says: "Have you not seen how Allah has given the parable of a beautiful word like
a beautiful tree whose roots are firmly established, and whose branches tower in
the sky? It gives its fruits at all times by the permission of its Lord, and Allah sets
forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember" (Quran, 14: 24-

A "beautiful word" in this verse refers to the Islamic statement of belief: la illaha
ill Allah (there is no being worthy of worship except Allah). And the verse goes on
to refer to a beautiful tree, which illustrates the character of a believer.

According to this verse, a believer is one whose Iman, or faith, is unwavering and
firmly established. He or she cannot be swayed from the straight path by the
winds of trials, no matter how fierce the storm. Knowing and believing that there
is no being worthy of worship except Allah, Glory be to Him, and following His
commandments provides a believer with the stability and confidence he or she
needs to succeed.

A believer's branches also "tower in the sky" like that of the beautiful tree. By this
analogy, a believer's Iman cannot remain hidden. A Muslim cannot claim to have
Iman solely in the heart while not having it show in his or her actions.

Contrary to that, Iman is something so significant that by its nature, it must be
seen by anyone who looks at or interacts with a Muslim. Your Iman raises you up
to a higher moral level, just as the braches of the beautiful tree reach upwards
towards to the sky.

These verses also mention that this tree that is compared with a true believer
"gives its fruits at all times by the permission of its Lord." The tree of Iman is
ever fruitful, unlike a real tree that only gives fruits at certain times of the year.

Your faith and your belief in la illaha ill Allah sustains you night and day, in every
season, during times of ease and times of great hardship. This is the parable of
the believer whose good deeds never take a vacation – they are continuous
throughout the day and the night. The chapter goes on to say "And the parable of
an evil word is that of an evil tree uprooted from the surface of earth having no
stability" (Quran 14: 26). An "evil word" in this verse refers to disbelief.

The verse describes the powerlessness and volatility of disbelief – it has no basis
and he or she who disbelieves has little stability in life. The trials and difficulties
of life can easily uproot such a person.

These times are difficult and the pain often hits close to home. our branches will tower high towards the sky. harm or sadness afflicts any Muslim. even to the extent of a thorn pricking him. illness." The prophet also prayed for the alleviation of Ammar's suffering by placing Ammar's head in his lap and saying: "O fire! Be cool and harmless for Ammar in the same manner in which you became cool and harmless for Ibrahim. Too often do we forget the immense history of Islam and Muslims. Sources: Tafsir Ibn Kathir. Too often do we compromise what we believe in to accommodate the uneducated assumptions of others. But by holding fast to our belief in la illaha ill Allah . One of the reasons we have the gift of Islam is because we stand on the shoulders of people like Sumayyah and Yasir. after refusing to leave their faith which was dearer to them than life itself. He says: “Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger." Sumayyah and Yasir were both martyred in the cause of Allah. Those are the ones upon whom are blessings and mercy from their Lord and it is those who are rightly guided. the prophet Muhammad. Volume 5 Allah tells us that we will be tested. Glory be to Him. when misfortune strikes them. say: ‘Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him is our return. He also makes it clear to us what is expected from us when we undergo these trials and what our reward will be if we are successful. "be patient. did not compromise their Iman to please others or even to save their own lives.May Allah. Sumayyah and Yasir along with their son Ammar were tortured mercilessly at the hands of Abu Jahl. anxiety. may God be pleased with them. Two Muslims who were of the most firmly rooted of believers were Sumayyah and Yasir. People who did not waver. The family was left unprotected since they had no tribal affiliations in Makkah. we will stay firmly rooted. Islamic history is riddled with examples of Muslims who withstood tests that would seem unimaginably difficult today. Those who. InshaAllah. These are the examples we should take as guides to our own lives. our strength as a community and as individuals today can only stem from the remembrance of and obedience to Allah. Unable to physically help them at the time. may Allah be pleased with them.” [Sûrah al-Baqarah: 155] The Prophet (peace be upon him)said: "No fatigue. peace be upon him. make us be of those who are firmly rooted in their beliefs. sorrow. and our hearts will never lack sustenance. because your promised place is Paradise. lives and the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. would visit them and say. Glory be to Him. . some loss in goods." He would then turn his face to the sky and say: "O Lord! Forgive the family of Yasir. After being among the first Muslims and agreeing to accept Islam in a very tumultuous period. O family of Yasir. The family was honoured with the best of honours: the prophet's guarantee of their home in paradise. Just like in our Islamic history. The Muslims of the past had an abundance of patience and perseverance which are two important traits of this beautiful tree of Iman. Glory be to Him.

Such a person will not worry over possible future problems. for he is busy with the One he loves." [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim] In another narration. and to Him is our return”:- The Reward for Patience is Paradise ‘Ata ibn Rabah related that he heard Ibn ‘Abbas say: “Shall I show you a woman of Paradise?” I said: “Yes. So know that Allah is testing us because he wants good for us and he wants to see if we are going to come closer to him or more further away from him. to cure you of it?’ The woman . (at times) my body becomes uncovered. and is among the ones described in the following manner in the Qur’an (Baqarah. Obligations that initially seem difficult to fulfill have a polishing effect on the heart until eventually the one's entire perspective changes. Outward submission leads to inward submission and heart fills with love and gratitude for Allah. This is true happiness and anyone who misses out on it will never know the meaning of contentment. But if you prefer. you can be patient and you will attain Paradise (for this suffering). they are meant to be offered in the spirit of heartfelt gratitude to Allah for the myriad blessings that each of us has been given.” If one is patient. He tries him with hardships.'" [Sahîh al-Bukhârî] The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "When Allah desires good for someone. Shaythan is wanting us to weaken and fail the tests from Allah so will we let shaythan win? Or will we make the best of these opportunities and get closer to Allah than we have EVER been? For if we are patient then Allah is with us so NOTHING can hurt or effect us! Allah mentions in the Qur'an: “Indeed Allah is with those who are patient. 2: 256) Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihee Raaji'oon “To Allah We belong." [Sahîh al-Bukhârî] In reality. to cure me of this disease? ‘ The Prophet. nor will he grieve over past difficulties. indeed.” He said: “A black woman came to the Prophet. "worldly" activities such as eating. said: ‘If you wish. whether it is but the prick of a thorn or something worse. the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “No Muslim is afflicted by harm. without Allah expiating his evil deeds on account of it and his sins falling away from him like leaves off a tree. Someone who is realized in this state will do everything for Allah. peace be upon him. the Exalted One. and because of these. Would you invoke Allah. drinking. the entire Sacred Law is a tremendous blessing for us in this life and the next. I will pray to Allah. and said: ‘I suffer from epileptic fits. peace be upon him. and conversing with friends are all performed with the intention of drawing closer to Allah. the Exalted.without Allah wiping out his sins by it. Obligations are not meant to be hammered out reluctantly.

so invoke Allah for me that I do not become uncovered.’ then added: ‘I become uncovered (when I have fits). volume 4. peace be upon him. #1a] So tests and calamitys are a blessing in disguise and Allah wanting us to get closer to him so if we bare with in with Patience hoping for reward then Allah is with us and best of all we will get closer to Allah and feel true contentment and happiness in the heart and we will attain Paradise inshallah! .” [Source: Fiqh-us-Sunnah. prayed for her. ‘ So the Prophet.said: ‘I will be patient.