Blessing in Disguise
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[67:23] Say, "He is the One who initiated you, and granted you the hearing, the eyes, and the brains. Rarely are you appreciative."
[14:34] And He gives you all kinds of things that you implore Him for. If you count GOD's blessings, you can never encompass them. Indeed, the human being is transgressing, unappreciative.
As a human being, I sometimes find myself having negative thoughts, wondering, and questioning. I ask myself why I have to go through this difficult test, and I find the answer in Sura 6, verse 42.
[6:42] We have sent (messengers) to communities before you, and we put them to the test through adversity and hardship, that they may implore.
I implore God to guide me through this test and help me to remain steadfast. I ask God to heal me and remove my adversity. In the Quran, God gives the example of Job.
[21:83-84] And Job implored his Lord: "Adversity has befallen me, and, of all the merciful ones, You are the Most Merciful." We responded to him, relieved his adversity, and restored his family for him, even twice as much. That was a mercy from us, and a reminder for the worshipers.
I don’t know how long I will be going through this test, but God willing I will continue to pray and strive to pass it. Thank God, I have wonderful friends and family that continue to support me and help me, and soon I will triumph.
[2:214] Do you expect to enter Paradise without being tested like those before you? They were tested with hardship and adversity, and were shaken up, until the messenger and those who believed with him said, "Where is GOD's victory?" GOD's victory is near.
The Righteous Do Not Really Die: They Go Straight to Heaven
Give good news to those who believe and work righteousness that they will have gardens with flowing streams. When provided with provisions of fruits therein, they will say, "This is what was given to us in the past." They will be given similar provisions, and they will have pure spouses therein. They abide therein forever. (2:25)
Do not think that those who are killed in the cause of God are dead; they are alive at their Lord, being provided for. (3:169)
Do NOT say about those who are killed in the cause of God, "They are dead." For they are alive, but you do not perceive. (2:154)
O you who believe, you shall respond to God and the messenger when he invites to what keeps you alive. (8:24)
Those who emigrate in the cause of God, then get killed or die, God will surely provide for them a good provision. (22:58)
They do not taste death, beyond the first death, and God spares them the retribution of Hell. (44:56)
He was told, "Enter Paradise." He said, "I wish my people (on earth) know; that my Lord has forgiven me and honored me." (36:26-27)
As for you, O content soul. Return to your Lord, pleased and pleasing. Welcome into My servants. Welcome into My Paradise. (89:27-30)
The angels terminate their lives in a state of righteousness, saying, "Peace be upon you. Enter Paradise (now) as a reward for your works." (16:32)
[See Appendix 17 of Quran: The Final Testament, translated by Rashad Khalifa, PhD for more details.]
Comments from Readers
I have been on a search for the truth for quite some time now. I have already dedicated my life to the one true God and was trying to sift through all the false doctrines.
I was raised a Christian but as I got older I started to realize that we were not following any teaching that I could locate, other than the doctrines and by-laws of our church. I separated myself from the church and for a long time was lost.
I recently starting researching facts about religions and trying to uncover the true word of God that wasn’t changed and altered by many different alterations. I felt moved when I started to look up Islam and thought to myself: I have found it.
I admit I became disheartened when I found the mixed teachings of the Hadith. I didn't quite understand them or their purpose within the Islamic religion, but everywhere I turned they seemed to be quite important to those who followed.
I do believe that the Quran is the word of God but was so perplexed by the traditions and rituals being performed according to the teachings in the Hadiths. I decided to research the Hadiths and what they were and why they were so important. I came
to find out that maybe they shouldn’t be that important: as in how we worship or submit.
I am so thankful I found your website. I know the Creator guided me here to see the truth. Thank you for clearing up all these confusing barriers that have been placed in our way.
Peace to you all.
Peace be upon you.
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