Ahmad ibn Yusuf wrote that man positively knows that
ease comes after difiiculty, just as the light of day comes after the dark of night.
In spite of this knowledge, the weaker part of his nature takes over when
calamity strikes. A person who goes through trials should take steps to remedy
his situation or else hopelessness takes control of him. Contemplating the
patience of those who were tested in the past is a means of strengthening one's
He mentioned later that hardship before comfort is
analogous to hunger before food: food comes at a time when it has its greatest effect
on the taste buds.
"Hardship is as beneficial to the soul as it is
unwelcome in one's life. Comfort is as harmful to the soul as it is welcome in life."
When someone begins to understand his purpose in life,
he will know that he is being tested either to gain reward from Allah or to gain
atonement for his sins.
After reading a book written by At-Tanooki, I derived
I. Relief comes after hardship. This is a consistent
pattern in the life of man, as consistent as the coming of morning after
2. Hardship is more beneficial to the soul of man than
are comfort and ease.
3. The One who brings good and drives away evil is
Allah. Know that whatever happens to you was decreed for you, and whatever you have
missed out was never meant for you.