Q: What is the reason if we desperately pray a lot for a job or something else and when we finally get it, its bad/unenjoyable? Do we have to think that maybe this happened because Allah is testing us? Or are we being punished?
Can you help me figure out how to perceive Allah when I’m struggling? Like if I’m praying for a job opportunity, or something else, and nothing is going my way?
I know I have to remember that Allah is the Provider of Rizq and that He always wants the best for us. But what if I don’t know if what I’m receiving (rejections/sadness) is due to a trial or if its a punishment?
A: Why should you think that you are being punished. Sometimes somethings seem to be good and as you move on Allah Ta`ala will create something better.
Don’t put your mind in all this. Your work is to trust Allah Ta`ala. Everything has a time and place.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)