The Benefits of Tribulations


Alhamdu Lillahi Rabbil ‘Al Amin wa As Salatu Wa As Salamu ‘Ala Rasulillahi Wa Ala ‘Alihi, Wa Ashabihi Wa Sallim 

This post was inspired by our posts on Facebook regarding the benefits of tribulation and I felt that it would be worth writing a more detailed post to complement the brief points that I have started to post on the Facebook page.

These posts are primarily based on the CD by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. However, this will not be a transcript of the talk but rather my own interpretation of the Shaykh’s talk. The order and the exact definitions of the benefits may differ from the CD and I will be adding my own thoughts and experiences to the post. I hope that you find this beneficial and request your duas. 

Tribulations are a part and parcel of our daily lives in this world. No matter what our states in the worldy domain, as human beings and creatures of Allah (SWT) we will experience tribulations, hardships, calamities throughout our lives. The way in which we deal with these tribulations and our responses and reactions to them will determine whether they are a source of benefit for us or a source of harm. 

In a hadith related by Imam Muslim the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said that these is good in every trouble that befalls a believer, even in something as small as the pricking of a thorn, and that the troubles of this world expiate for the sins that we have accrued in our lives. Based on this we as Muslims beleif that there is good and benefit in all forms of trials, tribulations, calamaties and hardships that befall us. The following is a non-exaustive list of some of these benefits (to be updated on a regular basis):

Benefits of Tribulations No.1: Tribulations bring you back to Allah (SWT). When hardship hits, we all turn to Allah. How
many a time have we been living happily, heedless of Allah’s blessings, until hard times hit us like someone close passes away, or we get ill, or an exam approaches etc and we turn back to Allah for help and assistance. This is why Allah created hardship in the world, in order to remind us of Him and to return us back to Him. An example of this may be when you’re on a plane and the plane experiences turbulance and shaking during your journey, one of the first reactions of most people who believe in God would be to turn to God and start praying. This turning to Allah at our time of need is one of the benefits that tribulation brings. Continue reading The Benefits of Tribulations