hardship

Isn’t it funny…
how much you can love someone with nothing in return… or so you think.
You know,
how much you let them know how special they are,
and that they put the stars into the sky.
Sometimes, they’re the only thing you notice,
but they’ll notice everything except you,
or so you think.
I’ve loved hard my entire life,
never expecting anything in return,
with absolutely no expectations.
It took me along time to realize that,
I won’t receive the same sort of love I give,
but it doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Isn’t it funny…
—  I’ll (never) stop loving you
Nothing good in life comes easy...

Anas bin Malik reported:
“The Paradise is surrounded by hardships and the Hell-Fire is surrounded by temptations”

حُفَّتِ الْجَنَّةُ بِالْمَكَارِهِ وَحُفَّتِ النَّارُ بِالشَّهَوَاتِ

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Ref: Sahih Muslim 2822
In-book ref: Book 53, Hadith 1
Web (English) ref: Book 40, Hadith 6778

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“The scholars said: This beautiful analogy is from the exquisite, eloquent and comprehensive speech which was bestowed on the prophet (ﷺ). It means that nothing will help you to reach al-Jannah except going through hardships, and nothing will lead you to the Hell-fire except whims and desires. Both are veiled as described, so whoever tears down the veil will reach what is hidden behind it. So the veil of al-Jannah is torn down by going through hardships, and the veil of the Hell-fire is torn down by giving in to whims and desires. And hardships include striving in ‘ibaadah (worship) and persevering upon that, and sabr in the face of hardships, and restraining one’s anger, forgiving and having long-suffering (hilm), giving voluntary charity, having ihsaan (excellent behavior) with those who mistreat you, having sabr against desires, and so on.

And regarding the desires which surround the Hell-fire, and then it is clear that they are the forbidden desires such as intoxicants (khamr), illicit sexual relations (zinaa), gazing at non-mahram women, gossiping, playing musical instruments and so on…”

[Sharh al-Nawawi ‘alaa Muslim #2823]

When Allah decides to make His servant achieve a noble cause, He creates obstacles in its way so that when it is achieved it causes more happiness. It is like the entrance of the Heaven by the righteous people after going through the hardship of death, resurrection, reckoning and crossing the bridge.

Ibn al-Qayyim Source: Ibn al-Qayyim, Supporting the distressed against the tricks of satan, Page 171

Remember this quote while you are experiencing some hardships because of some certain things or people in your life. This will help a lot. In sha Allah

Go easy on yourself, for the outcome of all affairs is determined by Allah’s decree. If something is meant to go elsewhere, it will never come your way, but if it is yours by destiny, from you it cannot flee – Umar bin al Khattab (RA)

Trials and tribulations can be indicators of Allah’s love. The Prophet, peace upon him, mentioned, “If Allah loves a people He tests them.” People are also tested to the extent of their faith. The Prophet, peace upon him, was asked, “Which people are most severely tested?” He replied, “The Prophets, peace upon them, and then on down from them. A man is tested according to his faith.” Thus, trials and tribulations are a sign of faith, and an indication that one has a good standing with Allah. Furthermore, we should understand that Allah does not place on anyone a burden greater than they can bear. So if you are tested by Allah, bear that test with patience and dignity. If you are able to do so you will witness tremendous spiritual gifts and unimaginable benefits.
Ibn ‘Ata Allah reminds us that tests are a gift from Allah that He uses to familiarize Himself to us. They provide us with an opportunity to get to know the reality of His names and attributes. He is the Compeller who is capable of incapacitating us at a time we are enjoying good health. He is the Healer who alone is capable of restoring our health, or bringing us relief from those things that vex or oppress us. If trials, tribulations, disease or afflictions involve circumstances that allow us to gain a deeper understanding of Allah, then they are gifts from Him whose acceptance brings us nearer to Him in ways our actions never could.
—  Imam Zaid Shakir