I remind myself first and foremost. Have we forgot the beautiful iyat Allah (s.w.t) sent down as revelation to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)?
Surat 94 Verses 1-6
اَلَمۡ نَشۡرَحۡ لَـكَ صَدۡرَكَۙ
((O Prophet), Did We not lay open your breast)
وَوَضَعۡنَا عَنۡكَ وِزۡرَكَۙ
(and relieve you of the burden)
الَّذِىۡۤ اَنۡقَضَ ظَهۡرَكَۙ
(that had well-nigh broken your back?)
وَرَفَعۡنَا لَـكَ ذِكۡرَكَؕ
(And did We not exalt your fame?)
فَاِنَّ مَعَ الۡعُسۡرِ يُسۡرًا
(Indeed, there is ease with hardship.)
اِنَّ مَعَ الۡعُسۡرِ يُسۡرًا
(Most certainly, there is ease with hardship.)
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was distressed in the beginning because few people accepted his message. This is why Allah (s.w.t) revealed the verse about opening Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) breast.
Comforting His most beloved creation Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Allah (s.w.t) asks in other iyats the same question. Such as in Surah Al-Anaam, Ayat 125 and Surah Az- Zumar, Ayat 22.
Allah (s.w.t) revealing “ease with hardship” has been repeated twice so as to reassure the Prophet (peace be upon him) that the bad times he was passing through at that time would not last for ever, but were going to be replaced by good times in the near future.
On the surface this appears to be a contradiction that hardship should be accompanied by ease, for these two things do not co-exist. But the words hardship with ease instead of ease after hardship have been used in the sense that the period of ease is so close to it as if it were a concomitant of it.
I wish to share these verses with you because they reassure me of one thing. No matter how hard we try to protect one another, stay safe, or create procedures to stop terrorist attacks. None of these efforts will work.
Allah (s.w.t) reminds us that we will be tested relentlessly because of the fact we grabbed the flag of tawheed and labels ourselves as believers.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) reminded his companions what it means to be a sincere believer. It was narrated from Anas ibn Malik (ra) that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:
“Great reward comes with great trials. When Allah loves a people, He tests them, and whoever accepts it attains His pleasure, whereas whoever shows discontent with it incurs His wrath.”
Narrated and classified as hasan by at-Tirmidhi (2396); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in as-Silsilah as-Saheehah, no. 146
Muslims have forgotten what it means to accept responsibility for the great trials Allah (s.w.t) placed in front of us. To deny this part of the Deen will only incur His wrath.
The terror attack in Paris, Genocide committed by American Presidents and Assad in Syria, Zionist Genocide against Palestinians, Somalia being droned by the U.S, Burmese Muslims being slaughtered among the many great trials we suffer from in order to reap the great rewards Allah (s.w.t) promised us.
We must not forget as Muslims. If the disbelievers were not to commit such atrocities we would not be reaping the great rewards Allah (s.w.t) promised.
So as we go about our daily lives we must remind one another that great trials are only a test for whether or not we will attain Paradise.
In sha’ Allah, I hope this message is well received and shared.