Three Kinds of Worshippers
There are people in the world that worship or call unto Allah (SWT) only in the time of their need. When they are in trouble or have bad health etc. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:
“It is He who enables you to travel on land and sea until, when you are in ships and they sail with them by a good wind and they rejoice therein, there comes a storm wind and the waves come upon them from everywhere and they assume that they are surrounded, supplicating Allah, sincere to Him in religion, 'If You should save us from this, we will surely be among the thankful.' But when He saves them, at once they commit injustice upon the earth without right…” (Quran Surah Yunus Ayahs 10:22-23)
Tragically, when their needs have been met and they have been saved from whatever their problem was, they go back to their old ways where they think they don’t really need Allah (SWT).
There is a kind of person who is the worst among all perhaps. He is the one who says the words of ingratitude whenever some trouble befalls him. The easiest way out for this kind of person is simply to blame Allah (SWT) and question His decisions. For such as person Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:
“And of the people is he who worships Allah on an edge. If he is touched by good, he is reassured by it; but if he is struck by trial, he turns on his face [to the other direction]. He has lost [this] world and the Hereafter. That is what is the manifest loss.” (Qurah Surah Al-Hajj Ayah22:11)
The problem with these kind of people is that they think they are entitled to only good from Allah (SWT) and any trials and hardships that may befall them is thought by them as punishment.
Then there are the best kinds of people who worship and obey Allah (SWT) under all conditions be it hardship or ease. Their faiths do not falter for when hardships come their way, they seek guidance and comfort in Allah (SWT) and when they are blessed with ease, they praise Allah (SWT). When these people are grateful, Allah (SWT) provides them with much more. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said about the believers,
“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.” (Sahih Muslim)
It is the duty of each and every Muslim to worship Allah (SWT) in this way. No matter what the circumstances are, a believer always finds his or her way back to Allah (SWT) be it in the darkest of nights or the brightest of days. A good advice from the Most Merciful Himself is:
“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, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, 'Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return'.” (Quran Surah Baqarah Ayahs 2:155-156)