Something that I want to share with the Muslims and the non-Muslims as well. Allah says in an amazing verse in the Quran, and this for me is the most motivational, the most inspiring verse of them all:
Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. (Quran 2:286)
Allah is speaking to you and I my brothers and sisters. He says: “I will never burden a soul with anything more than that which it can carry.”
Whatever you’re going through no matter how hard, know that Allah knows you can get through it. Allah knows you can pass. And you have to believe this. Otherwise what you’re implying indirectly that ‘Allah is unjust and He is burdening me with something I can’t handle.’
Allah says, ‘I will never do this to my slave.’
You Can Pass
So, let’s create the worst scenario you could ever think of: you came home, you just lost your job, on the way you had a car accident, you smashed your car, by the time you’re home everyone in your family was murdered… Throw the worst scenario you could ever possibly put together…
If you are really in that situation, Allah says, ‘I know you can pass and I know you can get through it. Because I put you there and I will never put you in a situation that you cannot handle and you cannot get through.’
And the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says in a very amazing hadith (words of the Prophet Muhammad):
Amazing is the condition of a believer.
Notice how the Prophet Muhammad doesn’t say ‘the condition of a Muslim’. Because to be a Muslim is entry level, anyone can really become a Muslim. But here he’s been very specific because being a believer is a higher level. He says:
Amazing is the condition of a believer. Whatever happens to him or her is good.
What does that mean? Whatever happens to you and I is good; when something good happens the Prophet (peace be upon him) says you praise Allah and you thank Him and this is good for you. And when something bad comes your way or a test or a trial or a tribulation… then you are patient and you turn back to Allah, and this is also good for you.
For the case of a believer anything and everything that happens in his or her life it’s all good; there is no bad.
Why? Because ultimately where did that come from?
“Oh Allah you’re the one who’s in control. If you give me lots of money, well then this is good. If you don’t give me money, well then you know what’s best and I have faith in You. Oh Allah, if I get married, well then this is good and great, and if I don’t get married, then You know what’s best. My faith is in Allah.”