How to overcome challenges?

The tragic and untimely death of a UET student just a few weeks ago is a stark reminder of the crushing pressure that currently looms over the youth of today. The pressure to succeed, to make a name for oneself, is higher than ever and with the market overflowing with graduates, just the simple act of getting a job has become a nightmare to say the least. But it’s not just the graduates who have to face the music. University students are also constantly burdened with achieving the perfect GPA or else face a possible backlash from friends and family. Failure to get a job or an acceptable GPA can be a harrowing experience for most, thrusting them into an emotional turmoil. In such situations, an individual might resort to unsound means of ending their suffering.

Although these hardships and trials are undoubtedly agonising and require a lot of will power to overcome, just giving up is not the answer. We, as a human, as a MUSLIM, have a duty to face our challenges and overcome our hardships, for they are what shape us into the best version of ourselves. And we don’t necessarily have to do this alone. We can, and we MUST turn towards Allah (SWT).

As Allah (SWT) himself says

“And seek assistance through patience and prayer”  [Al–Baqarah 2:45]

and again

“…. and be patient.  Indeed Allah is with the patient”  [Al- Anfal 8:46]

and again

“but give glad tidings, to those who patiently persevere – who say when afflicted with calamity: “To  Allah we belong, and to him is our return” – they are those on whom [descend] blessings from their Lord, and mercy and they are the ones that receive guidance.” [Al-Baqarah 2:155-7]

Considering the fact that Allah (SWT) mentions patience in the Quran 90 times, it can easily be seen how valued this quality is. And along with exercising patience, we should also turn to Allah and seek his help for he will surely answer our prayers.

As Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Quran

“And your Lord says : Call upon me, I will answer you” [Al-Momin]

However just praying to Allah, while sitting idly by is also not the way to go. Like it’s said “God helps those who help themselves”. Expecting some sort of divine miracle, while doing nothing ourselves isn’t practical. There has to be an effort from our part too – an effort to overcome our trials and tribulations however hard they might seem. It’s all about focusing on the 3 P’s – PATIENCE, PRAYER and PERSEVERANCE. As it’s said “When life gets tough, the tough get going”.



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