In a world where global society can be held in the palm of our hands we find ourselves at times in deep emotions of hardship. Depending on the individual this can be a cause of great distress to the self. Hardship is a product that is faced by everyone in society, some more so than others and it comes in various forms and sizes. From unemployment, studies, failed relationships and so on.
In this series I wish to examine the various forms of hardships, its characteristics and how we as individuals should deal with the hardships. I believe it is important that we are aware of hardships and understand them rather than ignore them and setting them to the back of our minds. When we do that it is like wearing shoes with a pebble inside them yet continuing to walk where the pebble digs away at our feet.
Let us go to the dictionary and see how it defines hardship…
Hardship: The loss or absence of a quality normally present
This implies that we suffer from hardship when we lose something that we hold dear to ourselves, for example we all hold our parents close to our hearts and the mere thought of them passing away brings sorrow and sadness. Yet we know this is the inevitable truth that they will return to our lord and so we realise that bereavement is a form of hardship.
If we then turn to the Quran we see that in Surah 94 Allah brings down 2 beautiful verses that to me emphasise and bring faith and comfort that no matter what hardship you may face and go through,there will always be ease at the end. As the saying goes the grass is greener on the other side.
This Surah was revealed early in the message of the Prophet where he faced much hardship from the non believers it was a source of comfort to him from Allah as it should also be to us. The verse is repeated twice which emphasises the fact that there will indeed be ease.
فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا – 5
[94:5] Surely with difficulty is ease.
إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا – 6
[94:6] With difficulty is surely ease.
I have attached a beautiful recitation of verses above ( Surah Sharh) by the renown Abdul Basit Abdul Samad which I feel gives life to these verses its only a minute long and I would recommend you to listen.
Hardship today comes in many various practical scenarios and to me I find that with the rise of courses such as “The Art of Communication” and a new youth initiative who have organised a discussion session on this very topic. It goes without saying that this word has its scent everywhere. If one thinks about it, it really isn’t that surprising, society has become so fast paced that we forget who we are sometimes. It is this human desire to understand hardship that acts as a catalyst for greater good.
I therefore hope to continue these short series of blogs by delving into the following four areas where hardship may occur. Examining what typically may be found in them, What are the practical scenarios attributed to them, the emotions involved and the potential effects on the individual.
In life we will no doubt face hardship across the four areas above and some may overlap but what is important is that we are aware of the hardships, we put the wall in front of us and then proceed to climb it and so I will finish this brief introduction to this topic with a nice chinese proverb..
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.