Difficulties, problems, and hardships are the stuff of life. Every living person finds difficulties in many areas of his or her life. Sura 94 (Ash-Sharh) explains their positive purpose.
One important insight in this sura is in ayas 5 and 6 where it says that every problem we face comes with its solution:
إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًافَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
And, behold, with every hardship comes ease, Indeed, with every hardship comes ease.
Problems and difficulties are everywhere. Whatever goal you pursue, you encounter obstacles. For example, if you want to be healthier and look better, you have to exercise and change your eating habits, and that is very difficult.
You want to be highly educated and find it is difficult to get into a good college, and the really important classes are very hard.
You want to start a business, but it is a lot of work to be organized and get capital.If you have a business you find that there is lot of competition or that your employees are not as motivated as you are.
Maybe you work in an office and you have a demanding and unreasonable boss and your fellow workers are uncooperative.
A person’s outlook on life and its problems becomes totally different once he or she becomes convinced that the statement in these ayas is true. Note that the statement in the ayas is repeated for extra emphasis because it is so counter-intuitive. When people are engulfed in difficulties, they think there is no solution to what they are facing.
You will notice that people who are not aware of this teaching spend a lot of time talking and complaining about their problems to themselves and to others, again and again. In this way they harm themselves by becoming discouraged. They internalize the idea that they are stuck in their circumstances and there is nothing they can do about it. They give up on their plans and dreams and think of themselves as unfortunate.
These ayas guide us to a different way of thinking. They say that every difficulty is accompanied by its solution. The solution or relief does not come after the difficulty, but is provided with it, which means we can find it if we look for it.
This insight has important practical application. Once I recognize a difficulty I am facing, I will benefit if I stop saying again and again that I have a problem, and instead look for solutions. This step by itself produces relief because I get away from discouraging and stressful talk.
I can then say to myself, “What can be a positive outcome of this difficulty? What can I do to make this situation better?” Or “Who can help me in this?” Experience teaches that many times we don’t find answers to such questions right away, but if we persist with an optimistic focus, answers are always shown to us.
We can then formulate plans on steps we can take to move forward.
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