Difficulty and hardship have become widespread in the world today.
People are suffering in various forms throughout the globe. The simple solution for this is a ‘collective revival’ of the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam).
Nevertheless, for a believer, no difficulty, loss or suffering goes unrewarded.
Hereunder are three authentic Hadiths [from among many] on this topic, as a reminder and inspiration to all:
1. Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu’anha) reports that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:
Every calamity/difficulty that befalls a Muslim is a means of Allah expiating his sins, even if it’s [as trivial as] a thorn prick.
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5640 and Sahih Muslim: 2572)
2. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:
By the oath of Allah! When a Muslim is harmed by illness or anything else, Allah sheds his sins from him, like a tree sheds its leaves.
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5648 and Sahih Muslim: 2571)
3. Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:
The greater the test [on someone] the greater the reward [from Allah]. When Allah loves a people, he tests them, those who are pleased [with Allah’s decision] receive Allah’s pleasure [in return]. Those who are unhappy, will receive Allah’s wrath.
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2396)
May Allah Ta’ala alleviate the distress in the world, reward all believers for their sufferings, and grant us sabr (patience) over our losses. Amin.