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Many incidences difficult to bear will happen to you.

To understand and succeed against the difficulties, you must know your religion. Here are three ayah (verses) from the Qur’aan. Their explanation comes from ibn Katheer.

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Quran Ch 2:155-157 ♦ Surah alBaqarah Ayaat 155-157

And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient). [155]

Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” [156]

They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e., who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones. [157]

Explanation of ayah 155 Part 1: The Believer is Patient with the Affliction and thus gains a Reward

And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient). [155]

Allah informs us that He tests and tries His servants, just as He said in another Ayah:

And surely, We shall try you till We test those who strive hard (for the cause of Allah) and As-Sabirin (the patient), and We shall test your facts (i.e., the one who is a liar, and the one who is truthful). [47:31]

Hence, He tests them with the bounty sometimes and sometimes with the afflictions of fear and hunger.

Journal Assignment

Write one benefit you gained from this week’s reading. And here are several questions to further explore in your journal.

  1. How do we know we will be tested? What is the proof for it?
  2. What is a “test”?
  3. List 2 things other than death and hunger that a person can be tested with.
  4. Have you even been hungry? If so, describe it in a short paragraph or few sentences.
  5. Research and write about the effects of famine on people.

Part 2 next week, insha’Allah

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