In this regard, the true philosophy of life should be understood. We
have been created to be tested and tried as to which of us does good deeds and
which among us commit bad ones. This trial has been conducted through the
circumstances which we are put in. If we are put through good circumstances,
then our trial is whether we remain thankful to the Almighty who gave us without
asking and without our having any right. If we are put through bad
circumstances, then our trial is whether we show perseverance and patience in
these times or not.
Both these circumstances generally come in a person’s
life. They are his real test. He cannot be given total happiness or total misery
since that would make the trial profoundly difficult.
It is evident from the Qur’ān that the Almighty tests us
1. to punish us for our own misdoings (42:30),
2. to shield us from greater misery (18:74, 18:79),
3. to sift out the evil within us (3:179),
4. to give us the opportunity to earn reward by showing
patience (3:142, 76:12).
In such circumstances, it is expected that a Muslim will
surrender to God’s will and always seek Him. He is our only saviour and refuge.
One Whom we will never lose like our other relations; Who is always with us and
Who always thinks well for us.