“NO Muslim is afflicted with any harm but for that Allah will cause his sins to be shed as the leaves of a tree fall down,” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said.
According to Islamic faith, Allah in His wisdom prescribed suffering for essential purposes. For the unjust, suffering is a punishment. This is a fact that has long been demonstrated in Holy Scriptures such as the fate of the people of Lot, that of Pharaoh and his army, the people of Noah, and others who were punished for their refusal to stop the mischief, aggression and for their severe treatment of the weak and oppressed.
As for those who believe, even if they are sinners, suffering carries a different message. It could be a test through which God wants to elevate His pious servants to higher ranks in the hereafter. It could be a means to wash away the believer’s sins and bring him or her back to his or her earlier purity. In this context, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.”
This is the reason all of God’s messengers were tried in this life: Jesus was betrayed, Moses was driven out of his land, Abraham was thrown into the fire, and Muhammad (pbuh) was sent into exile where he lost his beloved wife and his protective uncle.
Watching the Syrian revolution unfold over the past 13 months, one thing has always struck me. In spite of suffering the most extreme torture, loss of relatives, cold, hunger and unbelievable pain, people have not lost their faith in God.
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If you would like to help alleviate the suffering of those affected by the uprising in Syria please contact Hand in Hand for Syria.
This charity, registered in the UK, is one of the few managing to send humanitarian and medical aid to people inside Syria. To find out more or to make a donation visit their website www.handinhandforsyria.org.uk.