Verily with hardship there is ease
You know we’re always taught this ayah, with hardship comes ease. But the way we’re taught how to understand is always that if you have a difficulty in your life then after it will come a time of ease. But recently I’ve come to understand this in a very different way.
It says with hardship comes ease not after hardship comes ease, so surely that means even in times of difficulty there is still blessings in your life? This is how the dunya was created right? Not all bad but not all good. We have a bit of both together. Not as people normally interpret it as you will have something bad in your life then something good then something bad and so on.
So even when you are going through something difficult and painful we will still have good things in our life. That’s the nature of the dunya. It is only in the aakhirah where we will have either all good (Jannah) or all bad (hellfire).
But we are always quick to focus on what is bad in my life, even I am guilty of this, rather than seeing the good. When something bad happens to us we feel as if there is nothing good left in our life. But this is completely wrong, Allah always send blessings, from us being able to breathe, see, hear to our family and friends to our ability to work and study to achieve so many things. If even one of these things are taken away from us, even temporarily, we feel as though every single one of these things have been taken away.
But what if we remembered that Allah has infinite wisdom and He knows exactly what is best for us, better than we could ever know? It’s difficult for us to do that, I know, I struggle with it too. When we work hard for something and suddenly it’s taken away from us. But over the years I’ve learnt that this “bad” thing always turns out for the best. I can look back through my life and see the wisdom in it now but I couldn’t then. Even at that time when you’re struggling that is the most important time to remember all the blessings in your life. We have to show gratitude in the most difficult times and trust me it really does make things easier to handle. Saying alhamdulillah for everything in your life from being able to wake up, to your food, to your health, everything. Even if you have to spend 5 minutes a day writing down things you are grateful for, it really helps.
And most importantly, remember that this life is temporary and if we are patient during the difficulty then Allah will reward us with the ultimate ease, Jannah. And who doesn’t want that?