Dealing with Difficult times


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The companions(may Allah Almighty be pleased with them) used to quote a saying very often among themselves. They would say,

If problems afflict you, welcome them in the best of manners, just like you would welcome a guest”. If Allah Almighty sends some difficult times upon you, you should welcome them happily; and if Allah Almighty Bestows Blessings & Bounties upon you, welcome them with humility”

Why? Because sometimes these difficulties are beneficial for us.

How? A person becomes negligent of His Lord; forgets Him; becomes distant from His Lord; Allah Almighty does not Want His servants to turn away from Him and so He sends worries and hardships upon that person. When worries and hardships come,  a person remembers Allah Almighty! They go to the House of their Lord(mosques). If there are some fluctuations in one’s business, that person who didn’t even pray the 5 daily prayers would be seen praying the Night prayer !

So, when a person encounters difficulties, they naturally turn to Allah  Almighty. Glorified is that Being Who draws His negligent  bondsmen towards Him by binding them in ropes of hardships!

Always remember: happiness leads to slumber and sadness alerts . If these hardships didn’t exist who knows in what state we would be in!

‘That is why a Punjabi poet once said something beautiful in a couplet,

سكه دكهان تو ديوان وار
دكهان ان ملايان يار

I would sacrifice this happiness for sorrow; as sorrows united me with my Friend

It could also be that we ourselves asked for these hardships. How?

– One prays saying, ” O Allah Almighty, on the Day of Judgment, let me drink from the fountain of كوثر  from the blessed hands of our beloved Prophet peace and blessing upon Him” and Allah Almighty Accepted the prayer. Now, one’s actions don’t warrant such a great request, but the supplication was accepted. So how will one get to drink it? For such a person, Allah Almighty sends some small problems, difficulties and tough circumstances. If he is patient and perseveres through these difficult times – Allah Almighty Makes that as an excuse to Give him that blessing!

We may have seen that when a child gets dirty, his mother washes and bathes him.One can hear the child crying, and if you ask: Why is this child crying? Where is his mother? It will be replied that his mother is with him.You’d say, then why isn’t she letting him cry? It will be said that, its actually the mother who is making him cry!You’d say, ‘A mother doesn’t make her child cry!’ It will be said that the Child had become dirty, and due to her love for him she couldn’t bear her child being dirty that is why she is washing him and cleaning him so she can embrace him.Just like that, Allah Almighty also cannot bear to see his servants dirty and immersed in sins. And when they commit such deeds, they are told:

وَمَا أَصَابَكُم مِّن مُّصِيبَةٍ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِيكُمْ

[As-Shura 42:30]

And whatever strikes you of disaster – it is for what your hands have earned

So, He Sends us some difficulties and problems to Purify and Cleanse us; so that we become deserving of His Mercy.


  1. Aeesha S. says:

    Jazakumullahu khayr. This was much needed.

  2. Madiha Junaid says:

    Jazakallah khair! I’m going through some severe problems in life and now I know why… you gave me correct path… may Allah bless your team (Ameen)!

  3. Zainab N says:


  4. RASHID says:

    May Allah Almighty give us all the ability to be patient during hard times & give thanks to Allah Almighty during good times..(ameen)

  5. fizza says:

    :) beautiful example. JazakALLAH

  6. mehvish says:

    excellent explaination

  7. uzma gulzar says:

    jazakallah! i m going through a very difficult time,please tell me any dua for this hard time,me in a big problem…

  8. Saman Javaid says:

    jazakAllah:) its been very helping for me..

  9. Safia Owais says:

    JazakAllah! Very nicely put!

  10. SubhanAllah you realy give me a new life just pray for me to overcome my problems.

  11. hareemakhter says:

    A soul touching lecture. Subhaan ALLAH

  12. zainab mamsa says:

    I couldn’t have read this at a much more opportune moment.
    My friend is in a lot of distress. I will give her this article to read. May Allah always keep you in good health for all of us that need you much in our lives. (Ameen)

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  14. Shazia Umer says:

    Jazakillah. Very good example and comparison which explains everything.

  15. fatima ahsan says:

    jazakallah :’)

  16. tuba says:

    Jazkillah.Very good explanation. heart touching example of mother.

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