This worldly life is a trial. All does not seem fair, and is, in fact, not
fair. One calamity after another may be inflicted on the best of believers,
or no pain may find them; the hardest of laborers may struggle to consume
the basic necessities of life, while the dishonest person may be given all
the amenities of life; the most deserving of students may not score well in
their exams, with the cheaters gaining recognition.
Struggling to consume even the basics for survival, being cheated upon as
well as facing pain and torture are all, surely, trials from the Almighty.
But so is the balanced life of a devout believer, on whom Allah’s bestowed
providence is most evident. That is not a sign of Allah not being close to
His servant. Surely, Allah listens to the prayers of all, He is witness to
every person’s worship, and Knows, Hears and Sees all the good and evil that
goes around. He tests His men through the affliction of pain as well as
through the blessings of affluence.
Both are two different forms of trials, but trials, nevertheless. When
pain is inflicted upon a person, a reaction of tolerance, perseverance and
submission to the Almighty under the crudest of circumstances, will earn him
Allah’s pleasure; complaining and haughtiness won’t. Similarly, when peace
is bestowed upon a person, gratefulness, thankfulness and acknowledgement of
the Provider and the Sustainer behind it all, will earn him Allah’s
pleasure; arrogance, self-praise, self-obsession wont.
Trials, thus, take different forms. Those who respond and react in the
true spirit of a believer are loved by Allah. There is no reason for a
believer to pray for infliction. A believer’s prayer in the Qur’ān is thus:
Lord! Give us good in this world, and good in the Hereafter, and defend us
from the torment of the Fire! (2:201)