أَوَلَا يَرَوْنَ أَنَّهُمْ يُفْتَنُونَ فِي كُلِّ عَامٍ مَّرَّةً أَوْ مَرَّتَيْنِ ثُمَّ لَا يَتُوبُونَ وَلَا هُمْ يَذَّكَّرُونَ
Do they not see that they are tried every year once or twice but then they do not repent nor do they remember ? [9:126]
This ayah gives two reasons for trails. Firstly, so we turn back to Allah in repentance for our past. As for our future, by remembering we learn lessons and by implementing them we develop as individuals. A quality of hypocrites is their failure to do either when tested.
- It is from the Sunnah to recite أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ 100 (Astaghfirullaaha wa ‘atoobu ‘ilayhi; I seek the forgiveness of Allah and repent to Him) times during the day.