The Secret Behind Our Trials

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Conclusion

At this moment, every person is drawing closer to the moment of his or her death. Death does not respect a person's age, for it is just as far away from a young person as it is for an old person. A 68-year-old man on his sickbed, just waiting for death to come, is just as near for an 18 year-old woman walking down the street, for accidents involving pedestrians are rather frequent. Maybe that moment could be his or her last…

This is one of the most important realities of human life.

In any case, everyone is engaged in a contest to make as many advances toward the next life as they can in their allotted time in this world. As Bediuzzaman said, "This temporary world is like a field. It is a place of instruction, a market. " 10 In other words, people can do some very profitable trading here and receive an endless recompense in the Hereafter for what they have done in this world.

Here, all people with common sense should listen to the voice of their conscience and remember that Allah tests them continually. On this road that seems so difficult, Allah has revealed the Qur'an to guide every individual and has sent his Prophets and devout Muslims to show others the true path. No matter what difficulty they encounter, people who turn to Allah with a sincere heart will be granted relief on the road to salvation. In other words, one of the greatest secrets of these trials is that they are filled with great possibilities for each believer.

From now on, the only thing believers must do is observe destiny unfold and adopt the moral character of devout Muslims, as revealed in the Qur'an. The Qur'an described the state of those who always remain faithful to Allah and show patience and determination as they advance toward the life to come, as follows:

Many a Prophet has fought when there were many thousands with him! They did not give up in the face of what assailed them in the Way of Allah, nor did they weaken or yield. Allah loves the steadfast. All they said was: "Our Lord, forgive us our wrong actions and any excesses that we went to in what we did. Make our feet firm, and help us against these unbelieving people." So Allah gave them the reward of this world and the best reward of the Hereafter. Allah loves good-doers. (Surah Al `Imran, 146-148)

 

NOTES

9. Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, Risale-i Nur Collection, The Words, The Tenth Word, Twelfth Aspect

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