Sunday, April 3, 2011

Life is a test

In life from time to time, we will hear that a lot of people's sufferings. When these people suffer in their life, some turn away from Allah in which they say that Allah is not there when they needed Him. But yet some remain to believe in Allah promises. How fortunate for those who continue to believe in Allah promises even when they face a lot of difficulties and trials in their life.

Here I share a simple story which I heard before.

There was once a village. In that village there live a very wealthy man. The wealthy man wealth is almost impossible to finish and he is the owner of the village. One day, the wealthy man go out and announce to all that he will conduct a test to all. He will close his door and all the poeple in the village are compulsory to participate in the test. He promise that the one who waited faithfully at his door until he open it will be made wealthy also.

The first day, all of the villagers waited at in front of the door. But the wealthy man didnt open his door. All the villagers continue to wait. On the third day, some of the villagers begin to question about the sincerity of the owner of fullfilling his promised. Day by day, villagers that wait in front of the owner house reduced. Some of the villagers also start leaving when they are influence by other villagers who left. After ten day, there is only 3 person waiting outside the door. At the tenth day evening, finally the door is open and the three person that is still waiting outside the house is invited into the house and made wealthy after that. The wealthy man kept his promise.

The story above is a simple story but yet it is the same concept as our life. Allah has promises us heaven if we are faithfully to his commandment. The only thing we need to do is continue to believe in Him and do His work and at the end, Insyaallah Allah will reward us.

In the Quran, Allah has promise us that :

If any do deeds of righteousness,- be they male or female - and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them. (An Nisa :124)

For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah's praise,- for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward. (Al Ahzab: 35)

Some of us may ask, why do Allah want to test us and not just giving us heaven. In the Quran , Allah has given the answer to all.

That which is on earth we have made but as a glittering show for the earth, in order that We may test them - as to which of them are best in conduct. (Al khaf :7)

He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving (Al Mulk :2)

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 (Al Baqara : 155)

Here Allah has stated that He will definately test us to know which of us is best in conduct or sincere to Him.

But bear in mind that Allah will not test us beyond our capabilities.

On no soul doth Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear (Al Baqara : 286)

Sometimes it is true that we may not get what we want, but it may be because of some reason such as :

If Allah give you want you want straight, it means He love you.
If Allah give you what you want a bit late, it means He want to test you but He still love you.
If Allah don't give you what you want, it means He is giving something better to you.

It is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not. (Al Baqara: 216)

Some of us may fill very stress when facing the test from Allah, but Allah has told us:

And be not infirm, and be not grieving, and you shall have the upper hand if you are believers. (Al Imran : 139 )

Hmm, some of us may also ask how are we going to face the test ?

And seek assistance through patience and prayer, and most surely it is a hard thing except for the humble ones (Al Baqara :45)

Some will also ask, to whom I can depend on when I am facing this test ?

But if they turn back, say: Allah is sufficient for me, there is no god but He; on Him do I rely, and He is the Lord of mighty power. (Al Tawba :129)

When a person say that he give up, Allah has say to them :

Despair not of Allah's mercy; surely none despairs of Allah's mercy except the unbelieving people. (Yusuf : 87)

There may be times where we tend to judge the test face by some people that their test is not heavy compare to those they have seen, but my question to them is who are we to judge whether their test is heavy or not ? It is Allah who give us our test. The test we feel heavy may be light for others and it goes the same for others. When we see others in trouble, we pray for them that Allah help him and guide him and do not burden us with test that we can't handle. Amin
Allah has promise to be with us and help us when we are in test. Be patient and do not give up !

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