Difficulties and problems are everywhere in life. Whatever goals you pursue you encounter obstacles. People we meet usually talk about the difficulties they have, in their business or in the family, or problems in the world. Why has the world been created in such a way that we always face problems and difficulties?
Sura 94 (Ash Sharh) teaches the positive purpose of problems in our lives. Once we understand this sura’s message our outlook on the difficulties in our lives totally changes.
Part 1 of this discussion was about the message that every problem comes with its solution.
أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ * وَوَضَعْنَا عَنْكَ وِزْرَكَ * الَّذِي أَنْقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ
And, behold, with every hardship comes ease, indeed, with every hardship comes ease.
Another important teaching in this sura is that through our difficulties we are raised higher. When a problem is resolved you become more, your strength increases.
وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَالَّذِي أَنقَضَ ظَهْرَكَوَوَضَعْنَا عَنكَ وِزْرَكَ
Have We not lifted your heart, and relieved you of the burden, which weighed down your back,and raised you in status?
Look back at your own life, and the lives of people you know, and you will notice that every time someone overcomes a major difficulty, his or her capacity increases and they rise in status. Let us consider some examples.
If you study hard in school or college, you will have better job opportunities afterwards. If you avoid the hard work and do poorly in your studies your opportunities afterwards will be less.
You have many challenges in your present job. If you learn to deal with these difficulties successfully, you can get promoted to a higher position.
If you can discipline yourself to exercise regularly and eat less, your health will improve, you will have more energy and you can accomplish more.
You have problems in communicating with your wife or husband; if you learn how to improve your communication, your happiness will increase.
You are in the habit of being always late to meetings. If you can overcome this difficulty and learn to be on time, your colleagues will give you more respect.
If you spend one hour every day reading a difficult book in your field, in a few years you would have read several books, and you will be regarded as an expert in your field.
From similar examples in every area of life, it is easy to see that not only do problems have solutions but they are doors to personal improvement. They are opportunities through which we can rise higher.
Read the life history of anyone who is greatly admired, and you will find that their achievements were the result of overcoming great difficulties.
People who understand this wisdom, therefore, are not afraid of the problems they have; instead they work on finding solutions.
People who do not understand this insight are discouraged by the difficulties around them; they complain a lot and try to escape their problems through diversions such as watching a lot of mindless television or gossiping about others.
Read Part 1 Of The Article: Problems and Solutions Part 1