A lesson from the Quran about persevering in times of hardships and trials

Hardships and trials are part of everyone’s life. The important thing is for us to have the right attitude of trusting Allah and His plans when facing such hardships and trials. During such trying times, always remember that nothing happens without the will of Allah. Second, we may not know that our trials and hardships may be part of a bigger plan of which we may have only limited knowledge. It’s only at a later stage when the bigger plans of Allah reveal themselves to everyone. We can see an example of this from the following verse of Surah Yousuf that when the step brothers of Prophet Yousuf were taking him to throw him into a dark well, Allah revealed to Prophet Yousuf (when he was a child) that,

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So, when they took him away and they all agreed to throw him down to the bottom of the well, (they did so) and We revealed to him: “Indeed, you shall (one day) inform them of this their affair, when they know (you) not” (Quran, Surah Yousuf: 15).

We learn in later verses of the same surah that Prophet Yousuf later became the king of Egypt. Also, his brothers came to realize the truth of what they had done and their mistakes when they were all brought to Prophet Yousuf’s presence when he was the king. It was at this reunion with his family (when he was also the king of Egypt) that Prophet Yousuf made the following Dua of gratitude to Allah:

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“My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and taught me something of the interpretation of dreams – the (Only) Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, God, Lord.) in this world and in the Hereafter. Cause me to die as a Muslim (the one submitting to Your Will), and join me with the righteous” (Quran, Surah Yousuf: 101).

Let’s, therefore, stand firm in our times of hardship and pray to Allah to make things better later in life.

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18 comments… add one
  • Syed Firasath Ahmed

    Assalamualaikum.

    MashaAllah very well explained…With every hardship there is Ease..

  • Sameena

    JazakAllah khair for sharing. Lessons from the Quran help us strengthen our Faith in Allah (SWT). The magnanimity of Yusuf alaihis salaam in forgiving his brothers after all that they had done to him is really admirable. Experiences of this world and its people can so easily make us lose hope and leave us dejected. We need to constantly remind ourselves that our Creator never forgets us and never leaves us helpless. With total trust in Allah, our Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, God, Lord.) in this world and in the Hereafter, let us also pray that we may live and die as Muslims submitting to His Will – Aameen!

  • Indeed, soothing words from ALMIGHTY through the revelation.

  • assalamu’alaikum
    many events in this world that will reinforce the truth of the Quran. Subhanallah. thanks for the lesson.

  • Bishir Yusuf

    Praise be to Allah,this is an important lessons to all muslims.

  • Muhammad Shafeeq

    Good Lesson to me. JazakAllah khair for sharing.

  • fatima

    The holy Quaran is our guidande , Thanks allah for the benefits of Islam .

  • Aishah Wright Abdullah

    As Salaamu Alaikum,

    Allaah is the best of planners. This family has just had three family members pass away surely Allaah will not put more on us than we can bare. Allaah is our protector. I trust in Allaah and I accept what he decrees. Ameen!

  • Naima

    Thanks for this wonderful article, I have been in hardship in a foreign country,I kept praying and asking for Allah’s guidance with his miracles he brought me back safely.
    May Allah bless the ones who are in hardship at this very moment

  • Dawud Mansa Abdul-Malik

    May Allah azzawsjal grant vision to those of us who cannot see… A beautiful and an enlightening lesson to embrace and undertake.

  • Amina

    Beautiful story and reminder of how merciful Allah (SWT) is to his servants.

  • Muhammad Ibn Abu Abaji

    Barakallahu fiikh. I have always taken the story of Anabi Yusuf as a lesson: for patience, endurance and hope for Allah’s favours. Since nothing happens without Allah knowledge and endorsement, whatever we face in life, we must agree with it while begging Allah to change the situation for the better. May Allah bless you for the knowledge your have been imparting on us. Ma salam.

  • Thanks to Iqra Sense. Gained much knowledge and expect to learn more

  • Muhammad Sharafat Ali

    Jzakallah Khairan. We hope that this message will be continue for us as a guidence of Islamic knowledge.

    Thanks with best regards.
    Muhammad sharafat Ali.

  • Anwar

    It is am important message especially considering what we as Muslims are going through today.There must be a bigger plan so we must endure work patience.Algamodulillah

  • Mariam Goodur

    I keep on reading Surah Yusuf and its enriching messages have helped me to a very great extent, especially in terms of patience, truth. Besides jealousy is unrewarding in the case of the brothers of Hazrat Yusuf (as). Patience of Hazrat Yusuf (as) and that of his father proves to be profitable, whereas the greediness, jealousy and plot of the brothers of Yusuf (as) turn out against themselves.

  • Saheed B. Abdul Rahman

    Alhamdulillah…it’s an heart warming article, Jazakumullahu khairan

  • Magezi Ibrahim

    jazak Allah khair for letting us share beautiful stories from the Holly Quran. and a big lesson that benefits us. Ameen.

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