ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ ٱلۡمَوۡتَ وَٱلۡحَيَوٰةَ لِيَبۡلُوَكُمۡ أَيُّكُمۡ أَحۡسَنُ عَمَلاً۬ۚ
وَهُوَ ٱلۡعَزِيزُ ٱلۡغَفُورُ
(Allah, is he) Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed.
And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving
Surah Al Mulk 67:2
We are the only creation besides the Jinnis who were created to be tested. Both the human and the jinnis will be judged. And they will find our way to either in heaven or hell.
The Angels were created for a specific reason. There is no heaven or hell for them.
The mountains, trees, animals were created with a specific purpose. There is no heaven and hell for them.
What’s the difference? Allah equipped us with something extra. Something extrodinary… العقل… The Mind & it’s Intellectual capacity. The ability to choose good from bad, and doing what is best – is the ultimate test of life.
It is through the mind and the intellect that the human and jinnis learn intent and make choices. It is this that differentiates the human and jinnis from the basic natural tendencies of the animals (which is the nafsul ammarah).
What will you be tested on?
وَلَنَبۡلُوَنَّكُم بِشَىۡءٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡخَوۡفِ وَٱلۡجُوعِ وَنَقۡصٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡأَمۡوَٲلِ وَٱلۡأَنفُسِ وَٱلثَّمَرَٲتِۗ وَبَشِّرِ ٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ
And surely We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives and crops (possibly sweet successes & prospects); but give glad tidings to the steadfast. Surah Al Baqarah 155
Life is NOT the pursuit of Happiness.
The believer is the person who makes a decision to subscribe – i.e sign up – to be a doer of good – the maintainer of harmony – preserver of balance.
It is a job, or a volunteer position – where prospects are un-grandly, very much limited and mostly unseen – yet you feel good doing it.
Like any good worker, the believer believes in the good that will ultimately come, from the organisation that sustains his job. He does his duties and carries out his responsibility, despite the daily struggles and challenges.
Rasulullah ﷺ said:
“How amazing is the case of the believer. There is good for him in everything, and this characteristic is exclusively for him alone. If he experiences something pleasant, he is thankful, and that is good for him; And if he comes across some adversity, he is patient, and that is good for him.”