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There is a test on every corner…
Posted by almuqarraboon in Lectures That I Be Lovvin'!, Miss Muqarraboon's Concoctions, Niqabi Support Group, Notes from Events & Lectures on February 27, 2011
SubhanAllah, I get the feeling that there is a test for me (and all of us) on every corner. That is the nature of this dunyah, one test after another. Even when it seems the tests have stopped, you open up your eyes and realize you’re in the middle of one right now.
The Prophet peace be upon him said, ‘That Paradise is surrounded by hardships and the Hell-Fire is surrounded by temptations. (Saheeh Muslim)
“Alif-Laam-Meem. Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: ‘We believe’, and will not be tested? And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make known, those who are true, and will certainly make known those who are liars.” [Surah Al Ankaboot, 29:1-3]
–Explanation: “Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested?”. This is a rebuke in the form of a question, meaning that Allah will inevitably test His believing servants according to their level of faith. The stronger the religious commitment, the stronger the test.” [Tafsir ibn Kathir]
“Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” Surah Baqarah:214
And with every test that we face, we come out a different person. A sister once said, the person before the test, and the person after the test, they are two different people. And it was once said that “oranges are squeezed, so that you can have the juice that comes out of them” — or in other words, we are put through tests, so that the best of our qualities can come shining through.
This feeling of one test after the next, reminds me of something I heard once in a lecture:
“The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: The first part of this ummah were given their preservation (3aafiya), but the last part of this ummah will have tests, will have trials, will have difficulties they will undergo. A fitnah will come. One that will seem hard compared to others. One that will come and the believer will say ‘In this fitnah, in this trial, in this temptation, in this deception is my destruction, like I can’t defeat this one, I can’t overcome, surpass, I can’t deal with this one.’ And then it will pass. And another one will come. So whoever wants to succeed, brothers and sisters, whoever wants to pass in this difficult time, whoever wants to pass in this time, then let his moment of death come to him whilst he believes in Allah and the last day. Let his end come to him, firm upon La ilaha illallah, uncompromising in his belief in Allah, not wavering in those core elementary beliefs and principles of Islaam. Because we will live in a time, brothers and sisters, in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: All of you, run and race, and be quick towards good actions, why, because the fitnah will cover you like the darkness of the night covers you. It will cover you, like the darkness of the night envelopes and covers you. A man will wake up as a believer, he will go to sleep in the evening, (not just as a munafiq, not as a faasiq, not just as a fahjar, but) as a KAAFIR, as a disbeliever. He wasn’t just a Muslim, he was a Mu’min, he had risen to the level of imaan, but the evening will come upon him and he will be in a state of disbelief, in a state of kufr. And in the evening, he will be a believer, a Mu’min, but by the morning he will be a kaafir. Why? Why will someone change his religion, leave Islam, renounce Islam, in the matter of a day, in the matter of a night, the hadith says: because he will sell his religion, (literally sell his religion), for a small price from this dunyah…He will renounce Islam, for the sake of name, for the sake of fame, for the sake of some kind of position…He will renounce his deen.”
— The End of Time: A New Beginning Part 1
aka The Return of Jesus a.s. by Uthman Lateef
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“You should rush towards virtuous deeds before you are overtaken by turbulent times like a portion of a pitch-dark night, times in which a person may wake up believing and lose faith by nightfall, or believe at nightfall and lose faith by morning, selling one’s religion for a paltry, worldly profit.” [Related by Muslim, al-Tirmidhi, Ahmad ibn Hanbal and Ibn Hibban on the authority of Abu Hurayrah]