Do not despair of the mercy of God

If God could split the sea for Moses, if He could rescue Jonah from the belly of a dark whale, in the depths of the dark sea, if He could provide for Mary as she gave birth to Jesus all alone, if He could reunite Joseph as a ruler of Egypt with the brothers who threw him in the well, He can easily surround you with the love and support you need to get through the difficulties you’re facing.

When me and you cry out, from the depths of our souls, in pain, feeling all alone, He has already responded: “When My servant asks you concerning Me, I am near! I respond to the supplication of the one who asks when they ask!” (Quran 2:186)

No one was with Moses when he fled Pharoh’s city, or Jonah when he was swallowed, or Mary when she gave birth, or Joseph in that dark well. No one but the One Who saw them through it. He’s the same One Who will see me and you through our pain. Even when we forget about Him, when we try to push Him away, no matter how long it has been or how much we’ve done, He’s still calling out:

“O My servants who have transgressed against themselves, do not despair of the mercy of God. Indeed, God forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” (Quran 39: 53)

Go back to Him. He is always ready for you.

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

Exhibiting Good Moral Qualities at Times of Difficulty and Frustration

Everyone experiences many things during the day: feelings of tiredness, hunger, weakness, and so on. This is all very natural. However, Allah says that Muslims can be chosen to suffer trials that are much harder than these as a test. The moral character revealed by believers and unbelievers in these situations is quite different.

For example, such frustration leads unbelievers to rebel, be intimidated, become aggressive, and lose hope and integrity. Since they do not believe in an afterlife, they think that everything they do is relevant only for this world:

They say: “There is nothing but our existence in this world. We die and we live, and nothing destroys us except for time.” They have no knowledge of that. They are only conjecturing. (Surat al-Jathiyya, 24)

According to them, everything will end when the world comes to an end. Therefore, they want to experience comfort, peace of mind, reward for their labors, and all other good things in this world. This desire makes difficulties and frustration very painful for them. They are neither patient nor trusting, cannot forgive or give of themselves, cannot treat others humanely, or have any sense of compassion or mercy. Believing that there is no reward or profit in such things, they fall into the hopelessness of thinking that difficulties bring only loss.

But such ideas are totally wrong, because a person’s real and eternal life begins only after death. On the Day of Judgment, everyone will account totally for what they have done and will receive their just reward. Those who have exhibited good moral qualities will not suffer loss; on the contrary, their gain will be great. In fact, they will receive the reward for every good word they have spoken, every pious deed they have done, and each instance of self-sacrifice, faithfulness, loyalty, and humanity they have shown. Indeed, believers remember our Prophet’s (saas) hadith: “Bad conduct destroys divine service, just as condiment destroys honey”10 and meticulously avoid bad conduct.

But people far removed from religion are not aware of this reality. They are intimidated in the face of difficult situations, because they deny that everything they are experiencing is a test. Here is a point of which we must take careful note: “If you feel pain, they too are feeling it just as you are. But you hope for something from Allah, for which they cannot hope” (Surat an-Nisa’, 104). As this verse says, both believers and unbelievers are struck by the same kinds of difficulties and frustrations. But because unbelievers have no faith in Allah and do not consider that every event has been created by Him, they do not expect to receive from Allah what believers hope to receive. So, the basic difference is that they remain oblivious of life’s true meaning. In other words, the believers’ belief in Allah totally separates them from the unbelievers in the afterlife.

For example, Allah tells us that people will be tried by hunger and poverty. While hunger is a major difficulty and frustration for unbelievers, for Muslims it is a trial in which they can show the quality of their moral character and a good opportunity that they should not miss. In such times, submission to Allah, trust, and patience gain great importance, and the fact that they do not lose hope but rather see the good in what is happening are indications that they are passing the test.

Unbelievers consider their own advantage and comfort first; however, the believers’ moral quality always gives precedence to the other person. Believers freely give to other believers the best seat, the best food, and the best clothing. When it is cold, sincere Muslims will always take care of their fellow Muslims by offering them blankets and hot drinks, even when they themselves are cold. They take joy in ensuring their friend’s health, safety, comfort, and happiness, for they know that the pleasure derived from these acts of self-sacrifice cannot be compared with the pleasure of drinking the hot drink themselves.

People can exhibit fine moral qualities if everything is going well amid an abundance of blessings, if their health is good and their needs are being met. But showing exemplary moral quality in times of difficulty, or displaying good treatment toward others while being shunned, slandered, or vilified by harsh words, is to respond to evil with good. Another sign of good moral character is when a person who is not hungry gives food to another and a person who is warm gives clothing to someone who is cold. Both people are very valuable in Allah’s sight, but showing moral excellence in the face of difficulty and bad treatment is very important and valuable, for it displays the strength and sincerity of an individual’s faith, devoutness, and superior virtue.

In addition, those who live a virtuous life listening to their conscience may hear their lower self constantly urging them toward evil, suggesting that they will find it hard to be virtuous, and trying everything to prevent them from being so. This voice makes people fear that they will be cold if they give away a sweater or that they will be hungry if they give away their food. This is one of Satan’s tactics, for he uses the fear of poverty in an attempt to prevent believers from helping the poor:

O you who believe. Give away some of the good things you have earned and some of what the ground produces for you. Do not have recourse to bad things when you give, things you would only take with your eyes tight shut! Know that Allah is Rich Beyond Need, Praiseworthy. Satan promises you poverty and commands you to avarice. Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and abundance. Allah is All-Encompassing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Baqara, 267-68)

This passage goes on to say that Allah foils this weak trick of Satan and announces to human beings the good news of His good pleasure. In return for their high moral character, Allah allows them to experience a spiritual delight that cannot be compared with any earthly pleasure. There is no limit to the joy that comes from self-sacrifice, patience, faithfulness, generosity, humanity, and loyalty. In one verse, Allah praises the superior moral character of those believers who eagerly and happily open their houses to other Muslims who migrated to their country, providing everything they need despite the fact that they are needy themselves:

Those who were already settled in the abode and in faith before they came love those who have migrated to them, do not find in their hearts any need for what they have been given, and prefer them to themselves even if they themselves are needy. It is the people who are safe-guarded from the avarice of their own selves who are successful. (Surat al-Hashr, 9)

Allah also describes the rewards granted after the trial of thirst, fatigue, and hunger to those who work in His way:

It was not for the people of Madinah and the desert Arabs around them to remain behind the Messenger of Allah, nor to prefer themselves to him. That is because no thirst or weariness or hunger will afflict them in the Way of Allah. Nor will they take a single step to infuriate the unbelievers or secure any gain from the enemy without a right action being written down for them because of it. Allah does not let the wage of the good-doers go to waste. (Surat at-Tawba, 120)

As this verse says, every frustration that a Muslim experiences on the way of Allah is, in fact, a good deed. Given that all people were created to serve Allah and do good deeds, they will receive the perfect reward for their patience and moral character, and will suffer no injustice.

The same is true of illness, and other frustrations. Believers know that only Allah will reward them and that this world is only temporary. Therefore, they are always discerning, decisive, and firm because they have read in the Qur’an that He will give spiritual strength and support to those believers who work for Him. To know the secret of this world’s trials causes a great feeling of ease in the face of difficulty. People who know that whatever happens to them is a test can neither become unhappy, frustrated, or depressed nor lose hope and be overwhelmed by fear and anxiety.

Source : The Secret behind Trials by Harun Yahya

The Strength that Supports Believers

The eager and joyful strength of character that believers display when they encounter difficulties and frustration is something that those who have no faith in Allah’s supreme power cannot understand. Unbelievers are suspicious and wonder what power supports these people, for since they have no belief in Allah, they remain totally unaware of the truth that only He can send this supportive power. To them, people are strong because of their material means and friends. Thus, they always look for a kind of intention and a different material source that they believe is responsible for the believers’ strength. However, this strength comes from the believers’ belief in destiny and the Hereafter, as well as their trust and submission to Allah. The lives of the Prophets and other devout believers contain many fine examples of the power that comes from this trust.

An important example is the group of Pharaoh’s magicians, who showed strength of character when Pharaoh threatened them with death. The Qur’an tells us that Pharaoh tried to intimidate them with torture and death, and kept them from following the true path that Prophet Musa (as) had brought to them. However, their answer to him showed that they feared only Allah and turned to Him in any difficulty that happened to them. Despite all of Pharaoh’s threats, the magicians told him that they would hold firm to the way of submission and trust in Allah that their faith had given them:

Pharaoh said: “Do you believe in him before I have authorized you? He is your chief, the one who taught you magic. I will cut off your hands and feet alternately, and have you crucified on palm trunks. Then you will know for certain which of us has the harsher and longer-lasting punishment.” They said: “We will never prefer you to the Clear Signs that have come to us, nor to Him Who brought us into being. Decide on any judgment you like. Your jurisdiction only covers the life of this world. We have believed in our Lord so that He may forgive us for our mistakes and for the magic that you forced us to perform. Allah is better and longer-lasting.” (Surah Ta Ha, 71-73)

Another example concerns the young people who believed in Prophet Musa (as). Pharaoh’s threats prevented some of his people from having faith in Allah, and so they suffered a great loss. But devout believers who feared only Allah’s power believed in Him and followed the way Prophet Musa (as) showed them. The oppression and assaults of Pharaoh and his company did not deter them:

No one believed in Musa, except for a few of his people, out of fear that Pharaoh and the elders would persecute them. Pharaoh was high and mighty in the land. He was one of the profligate. (Surah Yunus, 83)

Like these devout young people who believed in Prophet Musa (as), all believers displayed the same trust and courage when faced with society’s hostility or serious difficulties, frustration, or need. The Qur’an tells us:

When the believers saw the Confederates, they said: “This is what Allah and His Messenger promised us. Allah and His Messenger told us the truth.” It only increased them in faith and in submission. (Surat al-Ahzab, 22)

Allah Tries People with Good and Evil

As we mentioned earlier, all people are tested throughout their lives in various ways. The Qur’an tells us that these trials may be by means of good or evil:

We did not give any human being before you immortality. And if you die, will they then be immortal? Every person will taste death. We test you with both good and evil as a trial. And you will be returned to Us. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 34-35)

People may be tested by all sorts of things. For example, while enjoying the blessings of abundant wealth, they must be careful to practice the kind of morality that earns His good pleasure, turn toward Him in all of their intentions and actions, obey His commands, and follow His advice. If they become caught up in the world’s transitory pleasures, wealth can make them oblivious to reality. But believers, no matter how many blessings they may enjoy, remain forever grateful to Allah.

People may also be tested by illness, disaster, pressures from the unbelievers, hurtful words, slander, entrapment, and cruel ridicule. But Muslims realize that all of these things are part of their testing, and so hold on to patience which ultimately leads to good.

As we said earlier, these individuals have made a good trade in exchanging the life of this world for the life of the Hereafter. According to the Qur’an, “Know that your wealth and children are a trial, and that there is an immense reward with Allah” (Surat al-Anfal, 28), they are aware that their lives and possessions all belong to Allah, and so any gain or loss never alters their moral character, their worldview, or their faithfulness to our Lord. Many verses describe this quality, among them the following:

But the Messenger and those who believe along with him have striven with their wealth and with themselves. They are the people who will have the good things. They are the ones who are successful. Allah has prepared Gardens for them with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, forever. That is the great victory. (Surat at-Tawba, 88-89)

The believers are only those who have believed in Allah and His Messenger, then have had no doubt and have striven with their wealth and themselves in the Way of Allah. They are the ones who are true to their word. (Surat al-Hujurat, 15)

We see in these verses that for Muslims, this world is a place where they must strive in the way of Allah to earn His good pleasure. Bediuzzaman tells us that this world is only a place of service, that people will pass through it being tried with difficulties and enjoyments, and that the reward for those who patiently endure frustration and disaster will be great.

This worldly realm is the field of testing, the abode of service. It is not the place of pleasure, reward, and requital. Considering, then, that it is the abode of service and place of worship, sicknesses and misfortunes—as long as they do not affect belief and are patiently endured—conform fully to service and worship, and even strengthen it. Since they make each hour’s worship equivalent to that of a day, one should offer thanks instead of complaining. Worship consists in fact of two kinds, positive and negative. What is meant by the positive is obvious. As for negative worship, this is when one afflicted with misfortune or sickness perceives his own weakness and helplessness, and turning to his Compassionate Sustainer, seeks refuge in Him, meditates upon Him, petitions Him, and thus offers a pure form of worship that no hypocrisy can penetrate. If he endures patiently, thinks of the reward attendant on misfortune and offers thanks, then each hour that he passes will count as a whole day spent in worship. His brief life becomes very long. There are even cases where a single minute is counted as equal to a whole day’s worship. 6

It is very important to ponder these wise words. As we said earlier, people are responsible for serving Allah and for submitting and remaining attached to Him in all circumstances. One way to show this attachment is to be patient in all difficulties and frustrations in this world. Moreover, such times may come along when least expected and last, or seem to last, for a long time. For example, a rich person may become poor, a successful person may encounter sudden failure, and another person may lose a loved one, become ill, or handicapped. But regardless of the test, Allah promises endless good things to those of His servants who patiently endure them.

For this reason, people must make the best use of every moment of time allotted to them in this world. Before doing any act or saying any word, they must ask if what they are about to do is the best way to earn Allah’s good pleasure. But most importantly, they must avoid getting caught up in this world and forgetting that there is an Afterlife, and must not trade eternity for the sake of some transitory enjoyment. The way to attain endless good things is to turn to Allah:

Everyone will taste death. You will be paid your wages in full on the Day of Resurrection. Anyone who is distanced from the Fire and admitted to the Garden has triumphed. The life of this world is just the enjoyment of delusion. You will be tested in your wealth and in yourselves, and you will hear many abusive words from those given the Book before you and from those who are idolaters. But if you are steadfast and guard against evil, that is the most resolute course to take. (Surah Al `Imran, 185-86)

Blessings and Trials

And Ayub (AS) when he called upon his Lord, Verily, affliction has touched me and You are the Most Merciful. (Quran 21:83)

Out of all the prophets of Allah mentioned in the Quran, there is only one about whom no mention is made about his call, his dawah (propagation) or his followers: that prophet is Ayub (AS) known in English as Job. This begs the question: if the purpose of the prophets was to propagate Allah’s Message, what is the point of talking about a prophet without mentioning his dawah? The answer is that everything in the Quran is mentioned for a reason; nothing is redundant. Ayub’s (AS) story is mentioned because of his sabr (patience and steadfastness) and the lessons that we can derive from it. And what is the story of Prophet Ayub (AS)?

Allah blessed Ayub (AS) with health, wealth and children, then He decided to test him by taking it all from away him. His children died, his livestock died, his farmland was destroyed and he was afflicted with all sorts of diseases, including one in which insects would eat from lesions on his skin. As the years passed and he remained in this near-vegetative state, his relatives, friends and people eventually ostracised and abandoned him. They stopped visiting him for fear of catching his disease themselves. Even his wife, who would go out and work to earn a living for herself and her husband, was marginalized by the community who feared that what afflicted her and her husband, might also afflict them. Ayub (AS) nevertheless remained patient and thankful.

One day, his wife felt unable to take the strain and she cried out to him, How long is this going to go on for? When is it going to end? Why dont you ask your Lord to relieve our suffering?…Upon hearing this, Ayub (AS) became filled with anger and he asked his wife:

How long did we enjoy Allah’s blessings for before this trial?

70 years, she replied.

And how long have we been tested by Allah like this? Ayub asked her.

Seven years,  she replied (other narrations put the figure at three or eighteen years, but the point is that it was far less than 70 years).

If we enjoyed Allah’s blessing for 70 years and now He has tested us for only seven years, I am ashamed to go to my Lord and complain to Him. As for you, your imaan has suffered so go and repent to Allah, Ayub (AS) told her.

Eventually, as the story goes, Ayub (AS) made his famous supplication (which even then, was polite and indirect) mentioned in the Quran (21:83): Verily, affliction has touched me and You are the Most Merciful. Allah responded to his supplication and returned to him his health, wealth and children (by bringing them back to life) and on top of that, Allah blessed him with even more, due to his patience and gratitude.

No matter how bad your situation is, or how big you problem is, or how terrifying your circumstances are, there will be relief. On the authority of Ibn Umar (RA), the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said: every bad situation will not last forever: there will be relief after every difficulty, as Allah said in the Quran (94:5-6). So indeed with hardship there comes ease. Indeed with hardship there comes ease. One hardship cannot overcome two eases. No matter how long the night is, there will always be a dawn at the end of it. And the dawn always appears after the darkest part of the night.

The Great Secret

Allah tells us that believers will undergo many tests in this world. For example, they will be tested in their personal lives and with their possessions, or will be confronted with traps set by unbelievers and be falsely accused. In other words, they may encounter difficulties at every stage in their lives. But the important thing is that they continue to practice the Qur’an’s morality in difficult times, remember Allah without ceasing, give thanks, and realize that everything will turn out well.

Of course, it is easier to do these things when one is enjoying His blessings than when one is undergoing difficult times. But one of the main things that prove the strength of the Muslims’ faith is their refusal to compromise their moral character. Muslims who patiently endure poverty, hunger, fear, personal and material loss, illness, threats from unbelievers, slander, and entrapment will receive a better reward for their moral excellence.

The Qur’an gives many examples of the entrapments and tyranny suffered by the Prophets and other devout Muslims. One example of this is the tyranny that Pharaoh exercised over his people. In the Qur’an, Allah says that this was a testing from Himself:

Remember when We rescued you from the people of Pharaoh. They were inflicting an evil punishment on you—slaughtering your sons and letting your women live. In that there was a terrible trial for you from your Lord. (Surat al-Baqara, 49)

As this verse says, everything that unbelievers do to prevent good is a test for believers. Their unwavering moral character, courage, and fortitude they display while enduring these trials will increase their reward and status in Paradise. The Qur’an tells us what kind of tests believers will undergo and the fine moral character they will display, as follows:

We will test you with a certain amount of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth, life, and fruits. But give good news to the steadfast. Those who, when disaster strikes them, say: “We belong to Allah, and to Him we will return.” Those are the people who will have blessings and mercy from their Lord; they are the ones who are guided. (Surat al-Baqara, 155-57)

The trust and submission described in these verses is a good example for all Muslims. But unbelievers cannot understand this patient trust, for they think that believers are just like themselves and behave according to their own misguided criteria. Thus, they think that believers will respond to abundant wealth by getting caught up in it, and will allow difficulties and frustration to make them so afraid that they will abandon their belief.

But this is a grave error on their part, for Muslims who understand the secret of this world’s trials know that one of the finest things to do in such circumstances is to be patient. For those Muslims who practice the Qur’an’s morality and do their best to inculcate this fine morality in others, all such troubles are a sign that they are on the right path. As a result, they increase their eagerness, joy, and determination to continue following His path.

In the Qur’an, Allah speaks of laws that have remained unchanged throughout history. One of them is that believers will encounter difficulty and frustration and be subjected to oppression by unbelievers. However, the unbelievers will never succeed in their aims:

They were very near to scaring you from the land with the object of expelling you from it. But had they done so, they would only have remained there a short time after you. That was the pattern with those We sent before you as Our Messengers. You will not find any changing of Our pattern. (Surat al-Isra’, 76-77)

This is one of the secrets of this world’s trials. Allah has warned Muslims of the many things that they will face, and has revealed that they will be able to enter Paradise only if they face the same difficulties as the preceding believers did:

Or did you suppose that you would enter the Garden without facing the same as those who came before you? Poverty and illness afflicted them, and they were shaken to the point that the Messenger and those who believed with him asked: “When is Allah’s help coming?” Be assured that Allah’s help is very near. (Surat al-Baqara, 214)

Excerpt from the book of Harun Yahya