The Trial of the Affluent
God and Monotheism
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Saleem

Why are the affluent people of the world put through lesser trial since they have wealth and riches to play about? They do not have to worry about their food and shelter. The luxuries of life open their arms for them. Also, how should we fight out the vicissitudes of life?


I am afraid your perception is not true. The Almighty has created this world as a trial and test for all of us. Everyone of us undergoes this trial in some form or the other. It is not that only the poor and the needy are put through this test. Affluence also is a form of trial. Here the trial is to test a person regarding his attitude with the Almighty. He is tested on whether he shows gratitude to the Almighty on His favours and blessings. As such, since a person generally tends to forget his Lord if he is blessed with an affluent life, this trial is perhaps tougher than that of a person who is put through the trial of poverty and adverse circumstances; in such circumstances, a person tends to remember the Lord more – or at least, has more opportunities for this remembrance.

Moreover, affluence is just one form of comfort a person may have. There are people who maybe affluent and very rich, but still undergo various forms of mental worries, troubles and tribulations.

Besides, having a strong relationship with the Almighty, the best way to fight out the ups and downs of life is to always look at people who are worse off and, believe me, a cursory glance would bring many to your mind. One will begin to realize what one actually has in contrast with millions of others. Where others have been deprived, he would find himself blessed with many favours. Remember the story narrated by the famous Muslim sage, Sheikh Sa‘dī: A person was found wailing because he did not have any shoes to wear. One day, he came across a lame person and then he suddenly realized, what if he did not have shoes, he had legs to walk barefooted contrary to the lame person who did not even have the feet to wear shoes.


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