Life is a Test
“Lo! We have placed all that is on the earth as an ornament thereof that We may try them: which of them is best in conduct.” Surat Al-Kahf, Verse 7
If you think about this verse, you’d come to understand an important concept in Islam: This earth, and this dunya was created to test you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor, old or young, smart or not so smart, hardworking or lazy, we’re all getting tested. What’s needed from us is trying to pass this test in every situation so we could be the “best in conduct”.
What’s this test for? Simply put: To see which of us is worthy of Jannah.
It’s a shockingly simple truth, but we’re completely heedless about it. We live life thinking will be here for ever and not realizing that we’ll one day meet our Lord. This heedless makes us not ‘feel the test’, and when we don’t feel this test, we stop being productive and using Allah’s blessings for others benefit. We become selfish and lazy, and just want to enjoy ourselves and relax when in fact this life was not created for that.
Life being a test is not a ‘bad’ thing, if anything, it’s a blessing. It’s a blessing so that we get to plough in this dunya to reap the benefits in Akhira.
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