Tips for Muslims for Overcoming Obstacles of Life

No person in this world can claim to live a life completely devoid of difficulties and calamities. Everyone goes through one thing or the other, whether the world knows about it or not. The established fact is that we all are going to go through some tough times in life; it is an unavoidable, undeniable fact. 

Sometimes, these difficulties waver us from the right path and make us utter unpleasant words. Staying firm and patient in such times is very important since it reflects your integrity and your faith in your Lord.

Below are a few things listed which help one remain steadfast in his faith and encourage his perseverance.

Remember it is a test from Allah and He knows better:

This life is a test. Our lives are bumped up and down with hurdles so Allah can see the strength of our Imaan. We must stand our ground and be patient.

“Do people think they will be left alone and they will not be tried?...” (29:2)

Allah is All-Powerful and All-Knowing. Do not ever be under any illusion that anything that befalls you is not under His knowledge or His power. Trust His plans.

“No disaster strikes except by permission of Allah. And whoever believes in Allah – He will guide his heart. And Allah is Knowing of all things.” (64:11)

Do your best:

Even though it is a sure thing that all the tough times are written for us by Allah, we must strive to improve the situation. We are, at times, placed in such circumstances to increase our strength and wisdom. Do not sit idly but play your part without forgetting your Rabb.

Turn to Allah:

Allah is the only One who has the power to ease your pain and give comfort to your heart. Turn to Him and ask Him for solace. He can do miracles; He can provide you with ways that you never thought existed. His wisdom is more than that of all the humans combined. Let Him take care of your affairs. Talk to Him and trust Him. Sooner or later, as He wills, you will find a way out.

Salah, zikr, sadaqah, dua:

Humans have innate spiritual needs. Our hearts find peace in the remembrance of our Creator. Worship has many forms. Perform all your obligatory prayers. And then, take a step forward. Perform optional prayers, do zikr, give extra charity, fast when possible, recite and learn Qur’an, and make extra dua. Call upon Allah in as many ways as you can. Do at least a few of these extra forms of worship to please Him.

"…Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." (13:28)

"And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way." (2:186)

Don’t lose hope; stay optimistic:

Faith is a believer’s weapon; his ray of light in the darkness of sorrows. Believe that your Lord will help you out of any situation, however impossible it may seem. We must accept and trust His distribution. He blesses every one differently and tries each of us as He wills.

Also, we must remember that patience is a virtue loved and treasured by Allah Subhanawa Ta’ala. The reward of a person who remains patient and faithful will never be wasted.

“Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has Faith, verily, to him will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.” (16:97)

Have you been on the right path?

Sometimes, the calamities are a result of our wrongdoings. They may be a form of punishment.

“Whatever misfortune befalls you is a consequence of your own deeds…” (42:30)

Whenever you find yourself in a difficult situation, try to examine your deeds and correct your ways wherever needed. Repeatedly ask for Allah’s forgiveness. Do astaghfar.

Life is good and bad alternately. Count your blessings and have faith in Allah. He knows what is best for each of us.