The States of Hardship and Goodness


“And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him; and if He intends good for you, then there is none who can repel His Favour. He causes it to reach whom He wills of His servants. And He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [Yunus: 107]

There are 2 states that every single living thing goes through in life: times of hardship and times of bounty. There’ll be days where you struggle, and there’ll be days when you rejoice and are happy. They exist so there’s no point in denying them, neither for yourself nor for others. But in the verse above, Allah makes it clear that these states run according to His Mashee’ah (Will), and the verbs He uses for them really help us understand the way He works:

When it comes to adversity and trials, He uses the verb ‘yamsaska’ (from the root massa) which means ‘to touch’. This gives you the idea that trials on this earth merely just ‘touch’ a person. They will come but they will also quickly go, because a touch never stays. Also, when you touch a person on the shoulder for example, you are usually alerting them or trying to get their attention, and it’s always done out of concern or love. This is how we should view the tests of Allah, when they come to a person (and to Allah is the Highest example).

In the next part, Allah says ‘and if He intends good for you’… He doesn’t use the term ‘touch’ here, but rather one of intention. Whoever knows His Lord will be so happy at reading this part because there is none who fulfills His Promise as much as Allah does. His intention and iradah *is* His Decree and His Promise, and once He intends good for you, there is nobody, absolutely nobody that can take it away from you, try as they may, strive as they wish.

Both these states of hardship and goodness are directed to every slave of Allah and this is why He says afterwards: ‘Yuseebu bihi’ (causes it to reach) – i.e. it’s like a spear or targeted arrow which never misses the spot. We usually associate this example with bad things, but we never think about how it also relates to good things. When the khayr (good) is directed at you, it will never miss you, so don’t think that your life is bereft of good stuff when all it takes is one intent from Allah and before you know it, His bounties are poured over you. But if you must struggle in your life, then realise it will merely be like a touch before it is lifted from you, so in both cases, rejoice and take delight in the beautiful way that Allah works in our lives. Allahu Akbar!

-Ramadan Reflections by Fajr Blog


One thought on “The States of Hardship and Goodness

  1. Reblogged this on Peace of Submission to Allah and commented:
    I break my silence just once for the suffering Palestinians. I myself is not happy at living inside the western societies, cultures, and value systems. As of today, I have no choice but to be patient for the Will of Allah pave ways for me. Indeed, Palestinians must have suffered both by poor living standards and military offensives of Israel which blocks the forming of Palestine nation.

    I really would like to go back to S.E. Asia, especially Malaysia. I may be able to resettle or may not be able to, depending on the Will of Allah.

    Also, my belief that the Dajjal (the person who claimed to be God – the victorious Messiah in Jewish religion) is on earth becomes stronger. Also, Gog and Magog people will appear on earth sooner or later. This may be the beginning of the end of the world after the year 2012. 2012 may not be significant for the end of the time, but, may be significant for the determining the beginning of the end of the world.

    My point is: more and more hardships will come to Muslims, whose victories totally lies in Hereafter only. After the Prophet Eesar appears again on earth and kills the Dajjar, then the world might be flooded with blood of the disbelievers, leaving only the Muslims on earth. Then, people will live long under the guidance of Imaan Mahdiah, whom Prophet Eesar paves ways to lead the Muslims (because there are no news laws from Allah after the last Prophet & Messenger Muhammed, May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him).

    We, Muslims, will be facing more and more difficult times in the end of the world, until after the Dajjal is killed by Prophet Eesar.

    I particularly resonate with the States of Hardship and Goodness. When Allah Wills to have calamities among Muslims, the only thing that Muslims, including me, can count on is the victory in Hereafter. To be able to have this victorious Hereafter, We all Muslims, including me, shall perform more and more acts of worships to Allah, especially in the last 10 days of this Blessed month of Ramadan. insha Allah…

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