The third type of Test or Hardship [azmaish] is very difficult to understand because to a common man it does not look like a Hardship [azmaish] or a Test at all. When we talk about tests from Allah, we quickly think about hardships in the sense of difficulty, pain, depression and anxiety. These are not the only ways of tests from Allah All Merciful. We are taught by our Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him that, the comforts, honors, respect, enjoyment, health, beauty, wisdom, understanding [hikmat], strength & will to work hard, etc. etc. [all blessings in all senses, ‘ne’meten’ from Allah] are also actually tests “azmaishen”, from Him All-mighty. The servant of Allah All-Mighty must all the time Thank Allah on every blessing ‘ne’met’ that the servant receives from Allah All-Mighty. The servant must thank Him All-Giver for the previous blessings ‘ne’maten’ too which were given to him earlier, which the servant still enjoys and which are not taken away from the servant yet. When ever a new blessing ‘ne’met’ arrives the servant must admit in his heart and also must verbally admit in his supplications that Allah All-Mighty gave him this blessing ne’met as a gift. Therefore to show his gratitude towards Him All-Mighty, the servant must become more punctual in his practical Islam e.g. his righteous deeds and his prayers. Not once shall the servant become proud ‘mutakabbir’. Not once shall cross the servant’s mind that he deserved it because of his hard work or any other worldly reason, because many a times the servant may have worked very hard but his efforts were fruitless. The servant’s hard work is fruit full only when Allah wants it to be fruitful. This is the Muslim thinking and the Muslim spirit which makes Allah’s servant stronger than anything on the earth. The servant knows very well if Allah All-Merciful does not want a certain happiness to go the servant’s way, nothing in this world or the whole universe can make it happen (may Allah forgive me) against His All-Giver’s will.
Allah wants all His servants to live in a perfect harmony with each other that’s why when a servant receives any blessing, ne’met, from Allah All-Giver, the receiver must check his behavior. The receiver must remain humble and helpful to others so that the others are not hurt. The receiver must not in any way become rude and impolite, mutakabber, to people around him. Similarly when a servant observes a blessing, ne’met, from Allah received by another fellow servant, the observer should feel happy for the fellow servant and not be jealous because jealousy is the work of Satan iblees. The observer must remain content remembering that at this time Allah’s happiness is for that fellow servant. Therefore the observer must work harder than before, be regular in his prayers, and in his supplications [du’aa] ask from Allah for more blessings, ne’maten, for himself too. The observer must be thankful to Allah for what He All Giver has already given him. When observer’s hardwork, consistency in prayers, suplications and thankfulness is accepted by Allah All Giver only then Allah may shower His blessings like that fellow reciever’s blessings, or even better than those blessings, ne’meten, on the observer too, at a time when Allah wishes. The servant must all the time remain happy, content and satisfied in Allah’s happiness and work hard because Allah loves hard workers. Hard work of the servant must be for happiness of Allah only. Here it must be mentioned that Allah loves hard work in both cases, whether it is in prayers or worldly affairs [earning a living through religiously permitted, halal, means or studying or doing any work which is religiously permitted, halal]. Although Allah knows all the matters of His servant’s heart but Allah appreciates His that servant most, and gives more to His that servant, who is regular in prayers, who thank Him All Giver, who also prays the supererogatory prayers [nawafil] to show his gratitude, who works hard and who hopes for the gifts of blessings, ne’maten, from Him only. The reciever of blessings must remain humble and helpful towards the people around him and he must not do any thing or say anything which may hurt them, as we all know weak at heart gets hurt easily and a servant is not allowed to test the patience of other people around him.
In Islam we, Muslims are not allowed to judge fellow Muslims as we go through our own lives. We believe Allah is the Only Judge. Only Allah, is worthy of judging His servants. We are not allowed even to say: “See, so and so is going through hardships because of his such and such habit” or “that person is doing that deed, so he will soon be tested by Allah”. We are taught about these tests so we are able to judge ourselves. We must, all the time, check ourselves so that we don’t falter in our duties towards Allah and towards people around us. Also if we keep in mind all these teachings of our Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him, we will be more steadfast and strong in the face of Tests [azmaishen] from Him All-Mighty. And also we will be more well behaved when the blessings of comforts and honors, ‘nematen’, are bestowed upon us or on our fellow servants by Allah All-Giver. He All-mighty keeps an eye upon us as to how do we handle our grief? And also how do we handle our happiness? In any situation, pain or sorrow, or, happiness or contentment, how do we behave? Do we behave as He All-mighty taught us to deal with these situations? In any situation good or bad, Allah All-Mighty taught us to deal with patience, gratitude and hard work. Or do we behave as Satan shaitan tells us? Satan’s way is to become proud, rude, impolite and harsh. When Allah sends a Hardship upon His servant, how the servant behaves after receiving it, determines whether the test is to elevate his position [darajat ki bulandi] or it is to punish him?