Day 12: When times are good, when times are bad

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

11:9
11:10
11:11

And if We give man a taste of mercy from Us and then We withdraw it from him, indeed, he is despairing and ungrateful. But if We give him a taste of favor after hardship has touched him, he will surely say, “Bad times have left me.” Indeed, he is exultant and boastful – Except for those who are patient and do righteous deeds; those will have forgiveness and great reward. (Qur’an, 11:9-11)

How do you react when you are in ease and when you are in hardship? The nature of this world is full of ups and downs. We are seldom grateful for the good that we have, but when it is taken away, we despair. And when good returns, that should remind us to be grateful; but for some of us, that causes us to be arrogant.
These verses remind us to be grateful to Allah when we have good, and to be patient when things are difficult. All are from Allah; gratitude brings you closer to Allah when times are good and helps to preserve your blessings. Patience and continuing to do good brings us closer to Allah when times are hard, and His forgiveness as well as Paradise. That is the secret to the Prophet’s (pbuh) statement:

“How amazing is the affair of the believer. There is good for him in everything and that is for no one but the believer. If good times come his way, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him, and if hardship comes his way, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.” [Muslim]

May Allah make of the grateful and of the patient.

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