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Trouble Understanding Destiny and Life’s Difficulties

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Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt

Question:

Whatever happens does so for a reason. Sometimes I want to know the reason and I really get upset because Allāh does not answer. People as well do not have answers. How do I believe that ‘everything happens for a reason’?

I always hear from people that whatever happens is good for us. How can we assume we are getting good only? Alḥamdulillāh, I try to follow most obligations of Allāh, since I was a teenager. I have always been very obedient to my parents also. I am treated as an ideal person among my friends and relatives; however, I still face hardship for past couple of years and I am tired of asking help from Allāh as I get no help. Sometimes, I feel regret of being obedient because of this helplessness nature. Now where is the good? Should we not expect any good in this duniya (world). Is this not unjust?

Answer:

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for contacting Mathābah Institute.

It should be noted that this dunya (worldly life) is full of ups and downs. We can never be in a situation of absolute success and peace. That is reserved for Paradise. True peace in this world, for a believer, is in obedience to the Almighty despite outward hardship and difficulty. You should know that people can never have all the answers. Hardships are part and parcel of life.

My advice to you is to let go of things that are not in your control. Strive to achieve all the good. Never stop nor regret your good work and religious practices. You are sure to see the results of your good either in this world or definitely in the hereafter. – (See: Al-Ta’līqāt Al-Aqīdah Al-Ṭaḥāwīyyah, Page 20[1])

“We test you with difficulty and good [conditions], as a trial; and to Us you will be returned.” – (Qur’ān 21:35)[2]

“It is He who sent down tranquillity into the hearts of the believers.” – (Qur’ān 48:4)[3]

“Whatever you do of good, indeed, Allāh is Knowing of it [and therefore will reward you handsomely].” – (Qur’ān 2:215)[4]

“For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” – (Qur’ān 94:5)[5] Only Allāh knows best


[1] وأصل القدر سر الله تعالى في خلقه لم يطلع على ذلك ملك مقرب ولا نبي مرسل – كتاب التعليقات الأثرية على العقيدة الطحاوية ص٢٠

[2] وَنَبْلُوكُم بِالشَّرِّ وَالْخَيْرِ فِتْنَةً وَإِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ – سورة الأنبياء ٣٥

[3] هُوَ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ السَّكِينَةَ فِي قُلُوبِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ – سورة الفتح ٤

[4] وَمَا تَفْعَلُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ بِهِ عَلِيمٌ – سورة البقرة ٢١٥

[5] فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا – سورة الشرح ٥ ‎‏إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا

This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.

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