By Zeneefa Zaneer
When we’re blessed with many bounties it’s common to think we’re better than others. We tend to feel superior if we’re blessed with beauty, health, wealth, children, or knowledge. We often forget why we’ve been blessed with something that’s been denied to others.
Proud of What We Are
It’s a natural human weakness to forget to value the bounties we’ve been granted. We want to think that good things have come to us because of our own goodness, and we forget that the more we’re blessed, the more we’re tested.
Some of us go beyond this and assume that we’re even qualified to go to Jannah with what we have in this world. Some of us assume that being born to Muslim parents gives us a free ticket to Jannah. Still others among us think that having a proud lineage, connected to great personalities in history, automatically reserves our seats in Jannah.
Allah Almighty says in the Glorious Quran, And know ye that your possessions and your progeny are but a trial; and that it is Allah with Whom lies your highest reward. [Quran, 8:28]
Every Bounty is a Test
Allah (swt) will test us according to that with which he has provided us, so we must not take life for granted; we’ll have to answer Almighty Allah one day for the way we used His bounty.
Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. [Quran, 2:155]
Allah will surely credit us for the way we used His bounty for others. If we’re rich Allah (swt) will judge us according to the way we treated the poor.
If we’re blessed with children Allah (swt) will judge us according to how we raised them and also according to how we treated those women unable to bear children.
If we’re healthy Allah (swt) will question how obedient we were in following His instructions.
If we’re blessed with intelligence and talent Allah will judge us by how we used these gifts in His service.
Everything blessed in this life is a test for us on the Day of Judgment.
Not Their Fault
A person who is physically challenged is not in this condition because of sins he or his parent have committed; rather this is a test for him and his parents. Whoever bears the pains patiently and accepts what life brings, believing, will be rewarded on the day he or she meets The Almighty Allah (swt).
He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving. [Quran, 67:2]
The proud who oppress others will win today but not in front of Almighty Allah (swt).
Nothing Allah (swt) gives you is due to your superiority; rather it is Allah’s mercy, and surely He is testing you!
There’s Always a Cost
Remember that the most tested on this earth were the ones who were sent with glad tidings from Allah (swt). Every prophet, may Allah (swt)’s blessings be on them, was tested with difficult tasks on earth.
Accept life as if it’s borrowed and you have to return it! The worldly deeds we earn will never serve as qualifications to enter Jannah. And remember that being beautiful, healthy, wealthy, or blessed with children or knowledge won’t take us to Jannah unless we use these things according to how Allah (swt) wants us to use them in this world.
There’s always a cost for the best, so there’s no free ride to Jannah. Let’s strive to use the blessings of Allah (swt) for the sake of Allah alone.
Zeneefa Zaneer is a published Sri Lankan author (female), a fiction writer in both English and Sinhala, the founder of IiWords (A Global Muslim Youth Creative writing organization), and a member of IWA (Islamic Writers Alliance).