6 Quran Verses And Hadiths To Get You Through Hardship
Two years back, when I experienced depression and panic attacks, my life turned upside down. I came in an unusual situation where everything looked dark. There was hardly any light of hope.
Neither friends nor family was able to tackle my situation. For some, my problem was spiritual, while others consider it a psychological disorder.
In this battle, one Quran teacher invited me to join her classes of Quranic translation. With the grace of Allah, I joined those classes, and from that day, I started feeling a difference in my mind, body, and soul. Though I am also taking psychotherapy sessions, the change that this Holy Book brought in my life is tremendous.
Today, I am going to share a few insights into what I have learned about dealing with hardships. I will share the hadiths and Quranic verses about hardships. This might help millions of other Muslims going through a tough time. So, let’s begin:
1. You may dislike something although it is good for you, or like something, although it is bad for you” – Qur’an (2:216)
This small verse has the power of changing our entire life. Undoubtedly, Allah is the best planner, and He knows everything about our future. Whatever is happening with us is for our good. We might dislike some things when they happen, but after some time, we realize the purpose of those incidents. Then we can notice how Allah has brought a positive change in our life.
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So, whenever we go through hardships, we need to remind our minds that Allah can never plan anything bad for us. There must be a reason for whatever is happening with us. Furthermore, we will get the reward in this world or the hereafter.
Besides this, our Holy Prophet has also announced a reward for patience at one point. He said, “Whoever persists in being patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience (Sabr).” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
In my case, I learned about seeking hope in darkness through this verse. I became optimistic and experienced about showing patience in difficult times. Though it was tough, it made me closer to my Creator.“
2. Do people think they will be left alone after saying ‘We believe’ without being put to the test?” – Qur’an (29:2)
This verse confirms that all of us will be tested at some point in life. Apart from it, it gives us relief from the burdens of hardship by showing that we are not alone. We can even notice it practically. When my psychotherapist advised me to walk for half an hour every day, I met many people. Each of them had a different story to tell. One was going through difficulties in relationships while others were struggling to make their ends meet. I then related these stories with this Quranic verse and learned how everything that is mentioned in the Quran is practically happening.
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So, it is my sincere advice to all Muslim brothers and sisters to prepare our minds even before the test begins. When our hearts are filled with the teachings of Islam, and we have a firm belief in Allah, we will not find it harder to face the tough times.“
3. God does not burden any soul with more than it can bear” – Qur’an (2:286)
Undoubtedly, facing hardships is difficult and losing hope is common. At times, even the most pious persons think that they can no more fight with the burdens of hardships. But, this is the main point where we need to show our belief and trust in Allah. If we understand the above saying that whatever hardships Allah gives us, they can never be more than what we can bear, we can never lose hope.
There are millions of people sleeping on the roads in chilly winters, but they do not die. Thousands of people suffer from insomnia, but they still carry out routine activities. Similarly, many people fight with heart, lungs, kidneys, and other diseases. Not all of them die in the initial stage.“
4. When Allah (SWT) desires good for someone, He tries him with hardships.” – Sahih al-Bukhari
Being Muslims, we should feel lucky when tested with hardships. Besides the Quranic verses, our Holy Prophet has also told us that hardships are for our good. Allah does not have any limitations in rewards; all He needs is the reassurance of our belief and firmness in our faith. Once He checks us with multiple tests and we succeed in all of them, He rewards us greatly.
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This hadith and the above Quranic verse can tremendously change our perception of hardships. Moreover, people suffering from anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders can give their minds great relief with this hadith.S
5. Sa’dibn Abi Waqqas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: ‘I said: “O Messenger of Allah, which of the people are most sorely tested?” He said: “The Prophets, then the next best and the next best. A man will be tested by his level of religious commitment. If his religious commitment is strong, he will be tested more severely, and if his religious commitment is weak, he will be tested by his religious commitment. Calamity will keep befalling a person until he walks on the earth with no sin on him.”‘ – Sahih at-Tirmidhi
Whenever you go through hardships, just remember that even the Prophets have been tested. Their level of belief was much more than ours, and we cannot get up to that level. So, if they have been tested, we should feel lucky that we are also being tested. Additionally, it assures us that Allah is happy with us. As mentioned in the above hadith, Allah tests us as per our level of belief. For those who are high in faith and belief, their level of hardships will also be higher.“
6. God does not change the condition of a people unless they change what is in themselves” – Qur’an (13:11)
Allah has clearly stated that He can make things better for us, but for that, we need to have a will for betterment. For instance, when I accepted and understood the meaning and purpose of hardships, I decided to welcome them wholeheartedly. Instead of becoming hopeless, I decided to stay active and connected with Allah. I also dedicated a part of my day to family. Then, I started to walk and joined gym classes. All of these things happened because I made up my mind to change my life, and Allah helped me in doing so.
Tip: Never stop praying and lose connection with Allah during hardships. Keep reciting Quran or download an app on your phone that reminds you about prayer times. One such app is Muslim Pro. It can provide you hadiths and Quranic translations too.
So, feel lucky when you are being tested. Not everyone gets this opportunity to please Allah and earn rewards for life after death. Allah has mentioned that all of us will be tested, and it is for our good. We should stay firm and never lose the path of Allah, no matter how difficult our life is. After a few days of hardship, good days will come, and Allah will shower His blessings on those who show patience in difficult times.
Myrah Abrar is a computer science graduate with a passion for web development and digital marketing. She writes blog articles for Muslim & QuranMuslim & Quran.