With Every Difficulty There Is Some Ease

We know about the various difficulties and frustrations that Allah uses to test believers and to reveal the superior moral character that they display in such situations. We also know about the well-being, eagerness, and feelings of love and respect that they experience while acting upon their moral qualities. However, we should not neglect to emphasize that with each test, Allah also sends good and relief to His believing servants. In the Qur’an, Allah mentions this promise:

For truly with hardship comes ease; truly, with hardship comes ease. (Surat al-Inshirah, 5-6)

… Allah desires ease for you… (Surat al-Baqara, 185)

We will ease you to the Easy Way. (Surat al-A`la, 8)

… Whoever has fear [and respect] of Allah—He will make matters easy for him. That is Allah’s command, which He has sent down to you. Whoever has fear [and respect] of Allah—He will erase his bad actions from him and greatly increase his reward. (Surat at-Talaq, 4-5)

He who has plenty should spend out from his plenty, but he whose provision is restricted should spend from what Allah has given him. Allah does not demand from anyone more than He has given it. Allah will appoint ease after difficulty. (Surat at-Talaq, 7)

As for him who gives out and guards against evil and confirms the good, We will pave his way to ease. But as for him who is stingy and self-satisfied, and denies the good, We will pave his way to difficulty. His wealth will not help him when he plummets to the depths. (Surat al-Layl, 5-11)

As these verses show, Allah gives relief to those believers laboring in difficulty and frustration and sends them help from His presence. The Qur’an states that Allah sends help to believers by angels, and that He does this only to encourage them with good news.

Allah helped you at Badr when you were weak, so have fear [and respect] of Allah, so that, hopefully, you will be thankful. And when you asked the believers: “Is it not enough for you that your Lord reinforced you with three thousand angels, sent down?” Yes indeed! But if you are steadfast and guard against evil and they come upon you suddenly, your Lord will reinforce you with five thousand angels, clearly identified. Allah only did this for it to be good news for you, and so that your hearts might be set at rest by it. [In any case,] there is no help except from Allah, the Almighty, the All-Wise, so that He might cut off a group of those who do not believe or crush them, and they might be turned back in defeat. (Surah Al `Imran, 123-27)

In addition to this support by angels, Allah also defends believers by an invisible army and bestows upon them a sense of security and well-being. For example, the Qur’an describes the support Allah provided to our Prophet (saas) during a difficult period of his mission:

If you do not help him, Allah helped him when the unbelievers drove him out and there were two of them in the Cave. He said to his companion: “Do not be despondent, Allah is with us.” Then Allah sent down His serenity upon him and reinforced him with troops that you could not see. He made the word of the unbelievers undermost. The word of Allah is uppermost. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise. (Surat at-Tawba, 40)

As we see in the above verse, an intense sense of relief follows each period of difficulty. Actually, the fact that Muslims act as a unit, their knowledge that every event contains a test and their awareness of the need to prepare themselves for the eternal life give them a great sense of relief during their trials. Besides this, Allah announces even gladder tidings to all believers. As we have seen in the lives of our Prophet (saas)and faithful Muslims, after the difficulties are over, Allah gives believers a definite victory. Prophet Yusuf’s (as) life exemplifies this tiding.

When Yusuf (as) was very young, his brothers threw him into a well and left him there to die. Those who found him sold him as a slave to an Egyptian vizier. Later, Yusuf (as) was falsely accused by the vizier’s wife, arrested, and spent several years in prison, where he suffered many difficulties without ever compromising his moral character. Whenever something happened to him, he took refuge in Allah and thus turned his time in prison into a positive experience. He became an example for all believers with his trust, loyalty, and submission to Allah in all of his misfortunes. As a reward, Allah removed him from prison at a time of His choice and gave him power and wealth in Egypt.

For this reason, his life is a good example for believers. Allah promises His servants who show trust and patience in difficulty that He will bring good out of it and give them sure relief.

… Whoever has fear [and respect] of Allah—He will give him a way out and provide for him from where he does not expect. Whoever puts his trust in Allah—He will be enough for him. Allah always achieves His aim. Allah has appointed a measure for all things. (Surat at-Talaq, 2-3)

This example reveals that Allah tests His servants from time to time with difficulties and frustration. But believers who know that they are being tested and continue to submit wholeheartedly to Allah have gained something of great importance: They know they will have their reward multiplied in the next world for the things they suffer in this life, for the high moral standards they display in all sorts of difficult situations, and for their self-sacrifice, patience, and submission. Perhaps the few minutes of difficulty they endure here will bring them millions of years of reward in Paradise. Surely, those who are aware of this great promise spend their whole lives in eager expectation and joyous hope of living in a Paradise filled with endless good things. Allah describes the state of these people in the following verses:

Those who do not bear false witness and who, when they pass by worthless talk, pass by with dignity; those who, when they are reminded of the Signs of their Lord, do not turn their backs, deaf and blind to them; those who say: “Our Lord, give us joy in our wives and children and make us a good example for those who have fear [and respect] of Allah.” Such people will be repaid for their steadfastness with the Highest Paradise, where they will meet with welcome and “Peace.” They will remain in it timelessly, forever. What an excellent lodging and abode! (Surat al-Furqan, 72-76)

Not distracted by trade or commerce from the remembrance of Allah and the establishment of prayer and the payment of alms; fearing a day when all hearts and eyes will be in turmoil—so that Allah can reward them for the best of what they did and give them more from His unbounded favor. Allah provides for anyone He wills without reckoning. (Surat an-Nur, 37-38)

Source : Harun Yahya

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