1- You will be tested!

3 Feb
وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient [2:155].

  • In this ayah, Allah SWT tells us how all of us will be tested.
  • The word used for test is balaa, which includes good and bad. Hence our entire life is a test [67:2]. When Allah SWT gives us, we are thankful, and when He withholds, we are patient.
  • There are four tests mentioned: fear, hunger, wealth, and children.
  • The word used to describe these tests means a little. The tests that we will go through in life are small compared to the blessings of Allah SWT– especially the blessing of Islam — and the everlasting reward of paradise. Additional info (قال القرطبي: لفظ مفرد ومعناه الجمع. وقرأ الضحاك «بأشياء» على الجمع. وقرأ الجمهور بالتوحيد؛ أي بشيء من هذا وشيء من هذا)
  • What should we do? Be patient! The literal meaning of Sabar is imprisonment; it is to restrain oneself; it is inaction in the face of action.
  • How should we be patient? By obeying Allah and not disobeying Him.

PS. Insh’Allah I will try to post more often. I was having trouble balancing school and studying tafsir. Alhumdullilah, Allah SWT guided me.

2 Responses to “1- You will be tested!”

  1. ahmed February 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM #

    Jazakallah khayr bro….The grey is very hard to read though

  2. birkah February 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM #

    Wa Eiyakum. The grey is deliberately hard to read. Sometimes length discourages people from reading even a small post, especially if they are busy. Hence grey is meant to be additional info.

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