Why does Allah test us?
Allah says in His Holy Quran,
”وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ”
(And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and
a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient), (Surah Al-Baqarah:155)
We understand from this Aya that Allah’s tests are inevitable. But why Allah is testing us? There are many reasons that Allah sends His trials to humans. Firstly, to purify believers and remove their sins. Also, some grades in Jannah will not be reached by the believer unless he/she goes through hardships. These hardships, rather than creating spaces between the self and Allah, it builds a close bond with Allah, and thus deep in your heart, you believe that Allah is loving you.
Allah is the Compassionate and the Merciful, He is not testing you to torture you but to mercy you. Life is filled with ups and downs, you can make use of these hard times instead of cursing it. You can make lots of duas as dua is worship, make Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah), and do Sadiqah (charity). Once these amazing acts are done, you will feel peace and love to Allah. On the other hand, these trails are here to educate and guide you, as sometimes it can be a wake-up call. You can be sad for your loss, and you are rewarded on your sadness if you are pleased with Allah’s actions. Eventually, in all cases you are rewarded if you felt pleasure with Allah’s plans for you. Remember that Allah only does the goodness for you. May Allah be pleased with us all and may we feel pleased with Allah.