A general perception is if Allah subhana’watalah loves a person, then He would make his entire life flowers and sunshine. Moreover, if Allah willed, he could have made life on this earth a paradise with no pain, worry or difficulties of any kind. Unfortunately, this is not the reality of this life. But there are good reasons.
The Prophets were the most severely tested, Allah tests people according to their strength in religion. Prophet Ayyub (Job) alayhisalam, had plenty of livestock, cattle and crops, many children and beautiful houses, and he was tested in these things, losing every thing he had. Then he was tested with regard to his body, and he was left alone on the edge of the city and there was no one who treated him with compassion apart from his wife, who took care of him. It was said that it reached the stage where she was in need, so she started to serve people (to earn money) for his sake. Then,Prophet Ayyub (Job) alayhisalam, supplicated to his Lord,
وَأَيُّوبَ إِذْ نَادَى رَبَّهُ أَنِّى مَسَّنِىَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ – فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ فَكَشَفْنَا مَا بِهِ مِن ضُرٍّ وَءَاتَيْنَـهُ أَهْلَهُ وَمِثْلَهُمْ مَّعَهُمْ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَذِكْرَى لِلْعَـبِدِينَ
And (remember) Ayyub, when he cried to his Lord: “Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy (Surah Al-Anbiya 83)
And Allah Almighty responded as,
فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ فَكَشَفْنَا مَا بِهِ مِن ضُرٍّ وَءَاتَيْنَـهُ أَهْلَهُ وَمِثْلَهُمْ مَّعَهُمْ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَذِكْرَى لِلْعَـبِدِينَ
“So We answered his call, and We removed the distress that was on him, and We restored his family to him, and the like thereof along with them as a mercy from Ourselves and a Reminder for all those who worship Us”.
(Surah Al-Anbiya 84)
Mus’ad ibn Sa’eed reported: His father asked,
حَسَبِ دِينِهِ فَإِنْ كَانَ دِينُهُ صُلْبًا اشْتَدَّ بَلَاؤُهُ وَإِنْ كَانَ فِي دِينِهِ رِقَّةٌ ابْتُلِيَ عَلَى حَسَبِ دِينِهِ فَمَا يَبْرَحُ الْبَلَاءُ بِالْعَبْدِ حَتَّى يَتْرُكَهُ يَمْشِي عَلَى الْأَرْضِ مَا عَلَيْهِ خَطِيئَةٌ
2398 سنن الترمذي كِتَاب الزُّهْدِ عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ما رأيت الوجع على أحد أشد منه على رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم
قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ
“O Messenger of Allah, which people are tested most severely?” The Messenger of Allah, said, “They are the prophets, then the next best, then the next best. A man is tried according to his religion. If he is firm in his religion, then his trials will be more severe, and if he is weak in religion, then he is tried according to his strength in religion. The servant will continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sin.”
(Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2398 – Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to At-Tirmidhi)
Allah subhana’watalah made him an example for those who are tested by trials, think that Allah do that to them because He do not care for them, so that they may take him as an example of patience in accepting the decrees of Allah and bearing the trials with which He tests His servants as He wills. And Allah has the utmost wisdom with regard to that.
General Attitude: But some of us are easily swayed away from what is good and true. At the slightest misfortune or difficulty, we turn away from God, forgetting that we owe Him everything.
Exceptional Attitude: However, there are few others, who are more patient and remain steadfast on what Allah and His Messenger have given us in the form of guidance. This guidance is to be followed for our benefit, not Lord’s. We are strengthened by adversity, knowing full well that each test provides an opportunity to prove our faith, and to turn to Him in prayer and gratitude.
What is required: At the time of difficulty we should look to those worse off than ourselves, not those who are better off and thank God for what we have. It is only through great adversity that we truly appreciate what we have. The blessed month of Ramadan, which some of us dread, but the wisest of us long for, will soon return to remind us of this reality.
We should take every opportunity to remain conscious of God at every moment, making every action, every word, every thought, in fact our whole existence, a form of worship.
Benefit: If we can achieve that, and a very difficult road it is to travel, then we will have earned, by the Mercy of Allah alone, a place of eternal bliss where there will be no pain, or worry, or difficulties of any kind.