Surat al-Mulk, aaya 2 is translated, “[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving.” This aaya is an important reminder that our lives are a test, and Allah SWT judges us based on our deeds. This aaya is related to an important outlook I wanted to share.
When Umar (r’a) faced any sort of calamity or hardship, he responded “If Allah strikes me with a calamity, I will thank him for four reasons:
1) The calamity is not losing one’s deen/emaan
2) It could have been worse
3) Allah forgives my sins for my suffering
4) Any loss after losing the Prophet (SAW) is nothing
It is easy for us to be displeased; yet so hard for us to be content. Some say this is a part of human nature. Just be mindful that the reward for every other deed than patience is known. Also keep in mind that Allah tests us not only when He takes something away from us, but also when He gives anything to us. Having too little or too much of something is not a sign that Allah SWT is pleased with you; it is all a part of one’s test to see how one uses this abundance or deals with the lack of something significant.
Lastly, a simple reminder, but one that we often neglect: always thank Allah SWT, glorify your Lord, ask for Him to bestow His mercy upon you, repent and ask for forgiveness, and ask Allah SWT to keep your emaan at its highest, always.