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December 27, 2010


Seriously Short Reminder No. 8: Remember that you will get tested…

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, you will. It’s as simple as that.

“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test).” [Surah Al-Ankabut 29 : 2-3]

After all, one cannot expect to get a big prize for free.

“Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 214]

And these tests also show us who the cream of the crop are.

Saad ibn Abee Waqqas said: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, which people are most severely tested?’ He said: ‘The Prophets, then the next best and the next best. A person is tested according to his religious commitment. If he is steadfast in his religious commitment, he will be tested more severely, and if he is frail in his religious commitment, his test will be according to his commitment. Trials will continue to afflict a person until they leave him walking on the earth with no sin on him.’” [Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4023. Graded “Hasan Saheeh ” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4023.]

Abu Saeed Al-Khudri said: “I entered upon the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) when he was suffering from a fever, and I placed my hand on him and felt heat with my hand from above the blanket. I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, how hard it is for you!’ He said: ‘We (Prophets) are like that. The trial is multiplied for us and so is the reward.’ I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, which people are most severely tested?’ He said: ‘The Prophets.’ I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, then who?’ He said: ‘Then the righteous (as-Saalihoon), some of whom were tested with poverty until they could not find anything except a cloak to put around themselves. One of them will rejoice at calamity as one of you would rejoice at ease.’” [Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4024. Graded “Saheeh” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 4024.]

So,  we shouldn’t worry about being tested, rather we should worrying about passing the test.
2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Umm Moosa
    Dec 28 2010

    Asa. Hope you are doing well.
    A suggestion: As these are like short tafaseer of ayaat, how about mentioning the Arabic as well along with the translation? This will bring alive the sharh you give when one comes accross these verses when reading if listening to the quran. I don’t know how many actually look up the Arabic script after having read these short explanations. May Allah guide you to all that pleases Him.
    Love you for the sake of Allah.
    Umm Moosa

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Dec 31 2010

      Wa Alaikum Assalam.

      I’m fine, alhamdulillah. What about you?

      Jazakillahu kheira for the suggestion. I prefer the Arabic text as well. However, it comes out looking quite strange or too tiny every time I try adding it to a post. That’s why I don’t put it along with the translation.

      I’ll try to find a solution for this, insha-Allah.

      Note: These are NOT tafaseer. It’s just some thoughts on these ayaat.

      Ameen to your dua and may Allah grant you the same.

      May He, for whose sake you love me, love you.


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