to the Qur’ān, a Muslim should always try to remain thankful to the
circumstances the Almighty has ordained for him. Our objective as a Muslim
is to surrender to His will since we know that He always means well for us.
It is His will which has to ultimately prevail and it is to this will that
we must submit. This is the essence of Islam.
regard, the true philosophy of life should be understood. We have been
created to be tested and tried regarding our deeds. This trial has been
conducted through the circumstances which we are put in. If we are put
through good circumstances, then our trial is whether we remain thankful to
the Almighty, Who gave us without asking and without our having any right.
If we are put through difficult circumstances, then our trial is whether we
show perseverance and patience in these times or not.
circumstances generally come in a person’s life. They are his real test. He
cannot be given total happiness or total misery since that would make the
trial profoundly difficult. It is evident from the Qur’ān that the Almighty
tests us through difficult circumstances:
punish us for our own misdoings (42:30),
shield us from greater misery (18:74, 18:79),
sift out the evil within us (3:179),
iv. to give
us the opportunity to earn reward by showing patience (3:142, 76:12).
In such circumstances, it is expected that a person
surrender to God’s will and always seek Him. He is our only saviour and
refuge – One Who we will never lose like our other relations.