Hardship strengthens your heart, atones for your sins,
and helps to suppress an inclination towards pride and haughtiness. You might remember
that in times of hardship you abandoned senseless folly and you remembered
Allah. When you were afflicted, others extended brotherly compassion to you,
and you became the fortunate recipient of the supplications of the righteous.
At such times, you willfully and humbly surrendered yourself to Allah’s will
and resigned yourself to His decree. Affliction begets circumspection and provides
the afflicted with an early warning against following the path of evil. The one
upon whom calamity has fallen can display courage with patience; and his
circumstances, unlike the one who is drunk with worldly pleasures, permit him
to solemnly prepare for a meeting with his Lord. He is able to pass judgment on
this world with an impartial ruling, and thus he will come to know it as
something that is not worth pining for. Other points associated with the wisdom
and benefits of sometimes facing hardship, though they might escape our
comprehension, are definitely present and known to the Lord of all that exists.