5 Reasons On Why Does Allah Test Us.

5 Reasons On Why Does Allah Test Us.
Allah tests His believing servants with various types of crises and disasters in order to:
1) Reveal the Patient from the Impatient:
“And certainly, We shall test you with a bit of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits. But give glad tidings to the patient ones who, when afflicted with a calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” They are those upon whom are the blessings, descend from their Lord, and they receive His Mercy, and it is they who are guided.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:155-157)
“And among mankind is he who worships Allah as if he were upon the very edge (i.e. in doubt); if good befalls him, he is content with it;. But if a trial befalls him, he turns back on his face. He loses both this World and the Hereafter. That is the evident loss.”(Surah al-Haj 22:11)
“So, it is a must for the souls to be nurtured by way of tests, and to be severely tested during the course of the battle between truth and falsehood with fear and hardship, and with hunger and decrease in wealth and life and fruits. This testing is a necessity so that the believer can give his share of what his belief requires; so that it becomes dear to him in accordance with that he gives for its sake of sacrifice and burden; so that it becomes dear to him in accordance with what he is willing to give for its sake! The bearers of worthless beliefs that do not require any type of sacrifice will not hesitate to abandon their beliefs at the first sign of hardship. So, the burden here is the personal price that one pays so that this belief becomes dear and valuable in the hearts of its bearers before it becomes dear to the hearts of anyone else. Whenever they experience pain for its sake, and every single time they are forced to give something up for its sake, it becomes even dearer and more valuable to them, and they become even more honored with it. With this, nobody else will realize its value until they see how its bearers are tested because of it and how patient they are upon such tests.”
(‘Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an’; 1/145)
2) Remove Our Sins and Reward the Righteous:
“And, when he was old enough to walk with him, he said: “O my son! I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you, so what do you think?” He said: “O my father! Do that which you are commanded, if Allah Wills, you will find me to be of the patient.” Then, when they had both submitted, and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead, and We called out to him: “O Ibrahim! You have fulfilled the dream!” Verily! Such do We reward the good-doers.” (Surah as-Saffat :102-7)
Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas reported that he asked the Messenger of Allah (SAW): “Which of the people are tested most severely?” Rasulullah (SAW) replied: “The Prophets, then the righteous, then those who are most like them, then those who are most like them from the people. A man is tested according to his religious commitment. So, if his religious practice is sound, then his testing is increased, and if his religious practice is weak, then his testing is reduced. A servant continues to be tested until he walks the Earth without a single sin on him.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)
3) Purify the Ranks and Distinguish the Righteous from the Wicked:
“Allah will not leave the believers in the state in which you are now until He distinguishes the wicked from the good.” (Surah Al ‘Imrân 3:179)
“And when the believers saw the Confederates, they said: “This is what Allah and His Messenger had promised us, and Allah and His Messenger had spoken the truth,” and it only added to their faith and submissiveness.” (Surah Ahzaab 33:22)
“Allah might make easy the affairs of the people of evil so that they may increase in sin and corruption, and so that they might increase in their buildup of sins and crimes. Then, he may deal with them in this World or the Hereafter – depending on His Wisdom and Decision – on account of this sinister buildup of deeds! On the other hand, He may also prevent them from ease so that they would increase in evil and sin and crimes and suffocation, eventually losing hope in the Mercy of Allah, resulting in an increase in their buildup of evil and misguidance. Likewise, Allah can make easy the affairs of the people of good so that they may become established in their righteous actions and carry out as much of them as they can while increasing in their sustenance, so that they may thank Him for these blessings with their hearts, tongues, and pleasant actions. With all of this, they increase in a buildup of good deeds that they rightfully deserve with Allah because of their righteousness and because of the good that Allah Knows is in their hearts. On the other hand, he may also prevent them from ease in order to observe their patience upon this state, as well as their confidence and hope in their Lord, their relaxation at the realization of His Power, their being pleased with Him as their only Lord – and He is better than all others – resulting in an increase in their buildup of good.”
(Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an)
4) Emphasize the Hardships of This World in Comparison to the Hereafter:
“Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the kingdom, and He is Able to do all things. The One Who has created death and life in order to test you and see which of you is best in deed, and He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving.” (Surah al-Mulk 67:1-2)
5) Expose the Reality of the Human Being:
“Verily, We have created man from drops of mixed semen in order to test him, so We made him hearer, seer. Verily, We showed him the way, so he is either grateful or ungrateful.” (Surah al-Insan 76: 2-3)
“Verily, We have made that which is on earth as an adornment for it so that We may test them as to which of them are best in deeds.” (Surah al-Kahf 18:7)
“And it is He Who has made you generations after generations, replacing each other on the earth. And He has raised you in ranks – some above others – that He may test you in that which He has bestowed on you. Surely, your Lord is Swift in retribution, and certainly He is Oft*-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah al-An’am 6:165)
“A human being is tested so that he may come to know the reality of himself and others. Life is consists of constant testing; testing with what is bad, or testing with what is good. However, what is best for the believer may be found in what he hates, and what is bad for him may be found in what he likes. The true believer is the one who loves that which Allah has chosen for him. So, if He tests him with something that he loves, he thanks Him, and if He tests him with that which he hates, he is patient and thanks Him in this case, as well. And Allah – the Glorified – gives the believer in accordance with what will lead to his happiness in either this World or the next. So, if it is better for him to have something, Allah gives it to him. If it is better for him not to have something, Allah prevents him from having that thing, just as one who is sick is prevented from too much food or water. Therefore, it is upon a person to completely submit to Allah – the Glorified – in regards to what He has chosen for him, and to be pleased with what Allah has given him, and to understand that if Allah prevents him from something, then it is because Allah wishes to save him from being tested with that thing.”

Allah Increases His Blessings on those who are Grateful


Every person is in need of God at every instant of life. From the air one breathes to the food he eats, from the ability to use one’s hands to the faculty of speech, from being sheltered to being in a joyful spirit, one lives completely in need of what God creates and grants him. Still, a vast majority of people do not perceive their weaknesses and those they are in need of God. They suppose that things develop spontaneously or that they acquire everything by their own efforts. This is an important error, as well as a serious ingratitude towards God. Ironically, people who render their thanks to a person for even an insignificant gift, spend all their lives ignoring the countless blessings that Allah gives them all through their lives. However, so great are the blessings granted to a person that one could never count them. Allah relates this fact in a verse as follows:
“If you tried to number Allah’s blessings, you could never count them. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surat an-Nahl: 18)
Despite this fact, most people fail to give thanks for any of the blessings they have. The reason for this is related in the Qur’an: Satan, who pledged to misguide people from Allah’s way, said that his ultimate aim is to make people be ungrateful to Allah. Satan’s defiant statements to Allah emphasize the importance of giving thanks to Allah:
“Then I will come at them, from in front of them behind them, from their right and from their left. You will not find most of them thankful.’ He (Allah ) said, ‘Get out of it, reviled and driven out. As for those of them (mankind) who follow you, I, will fill up Hell with every one of you.”’ (Surat al-A’raf: 17-18)
Believers, on the other hand, aware of their weaknesses and in humility before Allah, render their thanks to Him for every blessing granted. Wealth and possessions are not the only blessings for which believers render their thanks to Allah. Knowing that God is the Owner and Possessor of everything, believers express their inner gratefulness for good health, beauty, knowledge, wisdom, love of faith and hatred from disbelief, understanding, insight, foresight and for power. They are thankful for being rightly guided and for being in the company of believers. A beautiful landscape, easy handling of their affairs, fulfillment of their wishes, tidings of great joy, respectful conduct or any other blessings make believers immediately turn to Allah, express their gratefulness to Him and reflect on His mercy and compassion.
In return for good morals displayed, a reward awaits believers. This is another of the secrets revealed in the Qur’an; Allah increases His blessings on those who are grateful. For example, Allah grants even more health and power to those who render their thanks to Allah for the good health and strength they have. Allah bestows even more knowledge and property to those who are grateful for their knowledge or wealth. This is because they are sincere people who are contented with what Allah gives and are pleased with the blessings and who take Allah as their friend. Allah relates this secret in the Qur’an as follows:
“And when your Lord announced: “If you are grateful, I will certainly give you increase, but if you are ungrateful, My punishment is severe.”‘ (Surah Ibrahim: 7)
Being grateful is also a sign of one’s closeness to and love of God. People who give thanks have the insight and capability to perceive the beauties and blessings that Allah creates. Allah ‘s Messenger, peace be upon him, also referred to this when he said:
When Allah gives you property, the bliss of Allah ‘s blessing and offering must be reflected on you.
On the other hand, a disbelieving or ungrateful person will only see the imperfections and faults even in the most beautiful environment, and thus will be unhappy and discontented. Indeed, as a divine purpose in Allah ‘s creation, such people, always come across with seemingly unfavorable events and unpleasant scenes. On the other hand, Allah displays more of His bounties and blessings to those who have a sincere and insightful outlook.
That Allah increases His blessings to those who are grateful is one of the secrets of the Qur’an. However, one needs to keep in mind that sincerity is a prerequisite for being grateful. No doubt, one’s way of showing his gratitude without turning sincerely to Allah and feeling the inner peace of Allah ‘s infinite mercy and compassion, which is solely intended to impress people, would be sheer insincerity. Allah knows what hearts harbor, and will bear witness to this insincerity. Those who have insincere inner intentions may conceal it from other people, but not from Allah. Such people may render their thanks with affected manners when there is no affliction, but at times of hardship, it is possible that they may readily lapse into ungratefulness.
It should be also noted that true believers remain grateful to Allah even under harshest conditions. Someone looking from outside may see the diminishing of some blessings believers enjoy. However, believers, who are able to perceive the good aspect of every event and situation, see goodness in this too. For example, Allah states that He will test people with fear, hunger and loss of wealth or life. In such a situation, believers rejoice and feel grateful, hoping that Allah will reward them with the gifts of paradise in return for the steadfastness they displayed in this test. They know that Allah does not impose on anyone more than he can bear. The steadfastness and submission of such awareness lead them to patience and gratitude. Therefore, it is an obvious attribute of believers to show unwavering dedication and submission and God promises to expand His blessings on His grateful servants both in the life of this world and in the hereafter.

Evaluate yourself before your death

Evaluate yourself before your death
حاسبوا أنفسكم قبل موتكم
Life is Fragile – Handle with Prayers!

This is the Tale of Average Man,
Who acts contrary to Allah’s Plan.
If you are reflected herein,
Then repent, and commit no sin.

Twas early in the morning at four,
When death knocked upon a bedroom door
‘Who is there?’ the sleeping one cried,
‘I’m Izrael, let me inside’.

At once, the man began to shiver,
As one sweating in deadly fever,
He shouted to his sleeping wife,
‘Don’t let him take away my life’!

‘Please go away, O Angel of Death!
Leave me alone, I’m not ready yet.
My family on me depends,
Give me a chance O please perpend’!

The Angel knocked again and again,
‘Friend, I’ll take your life without a pain.
‘Tis your soul that Allah require,
I come not with my own desire’.

Bewildered, the man began to cry,
‘O Angel! I’m so afraid to die.
I’ll give you gold, and be your slave,
Don’t send me to the unlit grave’!

The man held a gun in his right hand’.
Ready to defy the Angel’s stand.
‘I’ll point my gun, towards your head,
You dare come in, I’ll shoot you dead’.

By now, the Angel was in the room,
Saying, “O Friend! Prepared for your doom.
Foolish man, Angels never die,
Put down your gun and do not sign’.

‘Why are you afraid! Tell me O man,
To die according to Allah’s plan?
Come, smile at me, do not be grim,
Be happy to return to Him.

‘O Angel! I bow my head in shame,
I had no time to take Allah’s name.
From morn till dusk, I made my wealth,
Not even caring for my health’.

‘Allah’s commands, I never obeyed.
Nor five times a day, I ever prayed.
A Ramadan came, and Ramadan went,
But no time had I to repent’.

‘The Hajj was already, incumbent on me,
But I would not part with my money.
All charities, I did ignore,
Taking usury, more and more’.

‘Sometimes I sipped my favorite wine
With flirting women I sat to dine.
O Angel! I appeal to you,
Spare my life for a year or two’.

‘The Laws of Qur’an, I will obey,
I’ll begin Salah, this very day.
My Fast and Hajj, I will complete
And keep away from self-conceit’

I will refrain from usury,
And give all my wealth to charity
Wine and wenches, I will detest
Allah’s Oneness I will attest’.

‘I’m Afraid this moment is your last,
Now be reminded, more of your past.
I do understanding your fears,
But it is now too late for tears’.

‘We Angels do what Allah demands.
We cannot go against His commands.
Death is ordained for everyone,
Father, mother, daughter or son’.

‘Your two ill-gotten, female offspring,
In nightclubs, for livelihood they sing,
Instead of making more Faithfuls,
You made your children Ungrateful’.

‘You lived in this world, two scores or more,
Never did you, your people adore.
Your parents, you did not obey,
Hungry beggars, you turned away’.

‘Your ignored the Muathin’s Azzan,
Nor did you read the Holy Qur’an.
Breaking Promises all your life,
Backbiting friends, and causing strife’.

‘From hoarded goods, great profits you made
And your poor workers, you underpaid.
Horses and cards were your leisure,
Moneymaking was your pleasure’.


Your ate vitamins and grew more fat.
With the very sick, you never sat.
A pint of blood, you never sat.
Which could a little baby save’.

O human you have done enough wrong.
You bought good properties for a song.
When the farmers appealed to you,
You did not have mercy, ‘tis true’.

‘Paradise for you? I cannot tell,
Undoubtedly you will dwell in hell.
There’s no time for your repent,
I’ll take your soul, for which I’m sent’.

The ending, however, is very sad,
Eventually, the man became mad.
With a cry, he jumped out of bed,
And suddenly, he fell down dead.

O Reader, take a moral from here,
Never know, your end may be near.
Change your living and make amends,
For heaven, on your deeds, depends.

This poem is woven around the following Qur’anic verse:

‘WHEREVER YE ARE, DEATH WILL FIND YOU OUT, EVEN IF YE ARE IN TOWERS BUILT UP STRONG AND HIGH.” (4: 78)