Quran 3 - 186 (Lesson – 496)
Trial of life and wealth
Surah ‘Aali- ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran -3),
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
186. Assuredly ye will be tried in your property and in your persons, and ye will hear much wrong from those who were given the Scripture before you, and from the idolaters. But if ye persevere and ward off (evil), surely it is a work of strong determinations.
186. Latubla-wunna fiii ‘am-waali-kum wa ‘anfusikum, wa latasma-‘unna minal-laziina ‘uutul- Kitaaba min- qablikum wa minallaziina ‘ashrakuuu ‘azan-kasiiraa. Wa ‘in-tasbiruu wa tattaquu fa-‘inna zaalika min ‘azmil-‘umuur.
The Muslims have been addressed in this verse that, “As you have sacrificed earlier your lives and wealth, and you were being examined, likewise you will be tried in both things in future too and you would have to sacrifice in each respect. Your life may be endangered at any time and you would have to risk it, you are injured, you may suffer from imprisonment, Diseases and sickness may attack on you, your properties are destroyed and your near relatives slip away. You would have to bear different kinds of troubles and difficulties. You would have to hear many wrong and vexing talks from the People of the Scripture and the Idolaters. Remember that it is very necessary to have patience and God-fearing for passing through these entire trials. If you are challenged by these severities and you face them with steadfastness and sobriety, then really; it will be a work of strong determinations.
It is known through a Hadith (Saying) of the Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) that this verse was revealed before the commencement of the Battle of Badr. The order regarding war for self-defense and Jihad was revealed afterwards. However, if there is either battle or peace, adopting patience and fearing God is compulsory in all conditions.
Another Saying of the Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) teaches us that this world is a paradise for the Infidels and a prison for the Believers. The reason of it is that Allah Almighty puts the Muslims in different trials to teach them the life of abstinence and piety. The Muslims fear God Almighty, run away from (ward off) evil and toil hard for Goodness. On the contrary, telling a lie, backbiting, lending and borrowing money at the interest, trying to gain in each matter and earning through black marketing seems (apparently) very easy to the Infidels and Hypocrites. Moreover, for the lawful earning, a true person has to pass through very difficult circumstances. The deniers of the truth oppose and hurt the good-natured people. But a person who is of good deeds, challenges all troubles and difficulties with patience and steadfastness. And he deserves the Paradise after bearing different calamities from Allah Almighty. In short, actual secret of success in intricacies and calamities is hidden in two principles, which are Patience, steadfastness and God-fearing. The person who will produce these characteristics into him, surely he will succeed.