Were you ever upset about something or wondered why something bad happened to you, and someone simply shrugged and replied, “Well, it’s life”? A response like that doesn’t comfort me—it makes me want to pull my hair out. Saying something happens because that’s how life works can take Allah out of the equation. And that’s the most hopeless state of living.
Life becomes easier when we realize most things are tests. The hardships are temporary conditions, and being patient when dealing with them will only bring good:
Believing everyone’s life and future is dictated by a random occurrence of events is depressing. Things happen for a reason, and Allah is aware! Sometimes the bad that happens to us is actually purifying us of our sins—if we handle them correctly.
Once we bring the featured image atop the title of this post into our hearts, there’ll be no reason to cry out to the sky, “Why me!?” or curse in anger when we stub our toes on a rock or prick our fingers on a pineapple. Instead, by saying Alhamdulillah, Insha’Allah our sins will get knocked off. Now, how great is stubbing a toe or pricking a finger? :) They don’t even hurt anymore—that’s how temporary a pain we’re talking!
Next time something bad happens to you, know that it’s not random and it’s not just life. It was meant to happen to you. Bad and good things happen for different reasons. They could happen to you to test your faith, to bring you back to Islam, or to erase some sins. So smile, and don’t fret about unfortunate events, and know Allah subhana wa ta’ala is thinking about you and wants you to ask Him for help and forgiveness.