Does God Ever Give Us Tests We Can’t Handle

Omar Suleiman

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Sh. Omar Suleiman reflects on the subject of handling more than we can bare while referencing the ayah that states that God does not burden or test us beyond our scope.

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So why don't you come work with Allahumma cattle spinarak mama Haman handed in

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salatu salam on our city and kitty mana and he he will be he was settled into semen concealer. So the title has got ever given us a test we can't handle? Or does God ever give us a burden? We can't bear? And this is a subject that I want to reflect on inshallah, because it's, it's on the minds of a lot of people.

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You know, have I gotten to a point where I've been tested too much? Or is this a test that I really can't handle? And I really want to speak to this for a bit and just share some reflections and show on how we approach this subject. Number one, fundamentally, a view of God, how we look at a lot how we look at God, does a lot ever punish us? Or put us to test for no need or no benefit of our own? Okay, so is God one who likes to see us go through hardship and suffering without purpose? And the answer to that is absolutely no. And so the first rule, or the first way to sort of approach this and get out of the way in approaching this discussion is that we know that a lot is a non Rahim,

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most compassionate, Most Merciful. We know that Allah subhanaw taala also said that some people are deserving of punishment and punished, but there are some people that are tested, and some that are punished by the exact same thing. So I don't really want to get into the whole theology of punishment versus test. But certainly my effort alone, Dr. Levy come in Chicago from mental, you know, God does not like to punish like to harm like to hurt. And it is not for us to see God as one who is needlessly putting us to the test. Okay? Now, with that being said, and you kind of get that out of the way, what I want to talk about is this a lie, you can live Allahu nevsun illa.

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Allah does not burden a soul beyond its scope, God will not test you beyond your scope. And what that means and how you reconcile that with the idea that if God has given you a test, then he gave it to you, knowing that you can handle it. And if God has given you a obligation and obligation, then he gave it to you in accordance with your capacity, and how we sort of balance all of that, and we're discussing this. And again, this isn't meant to be a lecture, this is more just a reflection on the subject and how it comes up.

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Number one, you know, there are multiple sayings that you'll often hear to this effect, that if God got you to it, then he can get you through it. And that he gives tests to those who he knows, can can certainly Excel, and can certainly elevate themselves. This is a concept that the prophets lie. Some of them mentioned, the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said that most tested people are the prophets, and then the righteous, and those that are in righteousness, in order basically, so you'll often find tests that correlates with righteousness. So God gives his greatest test to his greatest servants, and that yields the greatest reward for them. And these are things that we come to right

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that God has not given you a test that you cannot handle. And if God got you to a test, then God can get you through a test and God can ultimately give you the ultimate reward. Right. So that's sort of the common things that you will hear about the subject and they are true, it's not that. However, I want to give some perspective, I guess, based on this idea of how you can be for long enough certain levels or how when Allah says in the end, that he does not burden you beyond your scope. One of the arguments that the Muslim scholars use the early scholars used to refute the idea of Allah, not or Allah forcing someone. So there was the first movement of the pundit to which the denied Divine

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Decree and said that a lot does not know what will happen tomorrow was not in control. And then there was the opposing movement, a counter movement, which was the other extreme, which was a jeopardy of that we are forced into whatever we do. So if we are wicked, then we're simply playing a role because we were forced into that role. And we're put into the situation and so we have to deal with the situation and there's no way to break it. And one of the things that the companions and the early Muslims pushed back on was that if you look at how Allah subhanho wa Taala deals with us in regards to our obligations, we are forgiven for things that are out of our control. Okay, so that's

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the first thing. So if we are forgiven for things that are that are out of our control, so you'll find some of the early Muslim scholars talking about for example, a person that sleeps through the prayer, a person that the pendant is lifted upon them.

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Because they haven't reached the age of puberty, a person that, you know, that's unable to pray standing up a person that's unable to fast the person. So the point is, is that what's embedded in our jurisprudence is the Spirit of God forgives what is out of our capacity. Okay? However, God will hold us accountable for what is within our capacity, what is within our capacity? Okay? So if your wisata if your capacity is this, then you're going to find that Allah will hold you accountable to that capacity. The question is, though, do we really know our capacity until our capacity is stretched? And I want you to think about this, like a person that's in that's in a gym, you know,

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that's working out, right, you learn to push yourself to the next one, and then the next level and the next level and the next level. And sometimes as you're pushing yourself with weights, and you're physically exerting yourself, you're realizing that your capacity is greater than what you thought it was. And that you are actually expanding your capacity. The same thing is true for our spirituality, what that means is that a test that you might have handled very poorly, initially, as your capacity grows through your proper response to that test, which is your spiritual weightlifting, your capacity will actually get greater. And the greater reward will equal that

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expanded capacity, even if you're not tested according to that full capacity. Okay, so you'll never be tested beyond your capacity. But you also will not necessarily be tested to the maximum of your capacity, right? So a lot customises blessings, he customizes trials that come our way, in proportion, okay. So just as you're physically trying to move to the next level, to the next level, to the next level, in this situation, when it comes to hardships and tests and things that come our way, then sometimes we will actually rise in a way that we would not have thought we were capable of rising and you meet people that have been tested in very severe ways. And they did not think that

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they would be able to realize or reach the level of patience that they were able to exhibit. In those moments, they didn't think that they were able to reach this level, but somehow they were empowered. And they reached that level. And there was an enormous character building in the process, as well as of course, the reward is with a loss of habitat and the reward is with God and the capacity expense, right, the capacity expands. Now, we talked about this in the previous night's we don't seek out those tests, okay. But sometimes the tests will come as well, sometimes the test will come regardless, and we have to trust that those tests will not go beyond our capacity. Now, of

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course, by the way to get to the to at least address the core of this that just as we said in the spirit of our jurisprudence is a greater understanding of how we're put to the test. The wisata here is referring to what's within our obligations, what's within our within our, our responsibilities, okay? So it's up a lot of muscle partum

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means do the best that you possibly can. So if you can't pray, standing up, then you pray sitting down. And if you can't pray sitting down, then you pray laying down. What that means is that just because you can't pray standing up doesn't mean you immediately go to praying, laying down, you go to praying, sitting down, and then if you can't pray sitting down, then you go to prayer laying down. Now sometimes people mistake these two, or this Hadeeth with another headache, and it'll help us get some more perspective on the subject. There's a difference between a person that praise sitting down because they can't pray standing up. That person has the full reward of someone who's

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praying standing up, because they can, because that person is not sitting down as a matter of choice. There's another Hadith where the Prophet Sly Stone said that the one who prays sitting down gets half the reward of the one who prays standing up and the one who prays laying down gets half the reward of the one who prays sitting down. This is referring to a voluntary prayer. This is referring to the no effort not to the obligations, this is not referring to a person whose capacity only allows them to pray sitting down, that person has the full reward as someone who's praying, standing up. So just as you know, the early Muslims sort of, you know, used the spirit of our

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jurisprudence, the spirit of the way that a lot legislates within fit within jurisprudence. To understand the theology better. in this situation we look at we look at it the opposite way. Okay, we look at it the opposite way. You have a capacity in regards to your obligations and regards to the things that God has legislated upon you. You act to the best of your ability and you have to be able to stand on the day of judgment and say that you did your best, right? You're standing before God on the Day of Judgment is that I did my best I tried with what was given to me I did my absolute best. And in Charlottetown may last for her to accept from all of us. The second line

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Love that though with the trials and hardships where it's not as it's not as spelled out as if you can praise standing up, you pray sitting down, we often will wonder, after a test whether we actually did pass that test, we'll actually wonder, did we respond in the best way, some people actually will have regret, and say, you know, wish I would have had more patience, I wish I could have done this better, I could have said this instead. And they'll go back and they'll regret those moments. That's not the point of this. The point is, is to think of our perspective, in this way.

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Allah is going to give us our share of blessings and our share of trials. And we're not really going to be able to understand in this life, why we got that customized selection of blessings and trials. I always hear people talking about how, when it comes to trials and tests, you know, I don't understand why this is happening to me. But you know, some How will I do? Can I really come to terms? Do I really understand why I've been so privileged and so blessed with what I do have the others don't have? I can't understand that either, is it because I'm more deserving than that person, that's in a difficult situation. So just as I'm not going to be able to understand my

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blessings, I'm not going to be able to understand my tests. But what I can do is make the most of them, and do with them, what's best in terms of how I reach that next level? And so yes, there's great wisdom, and if God brought you to it, then he'll get you through it. And instead of God doesn't, you know, so nakida perspective, in the cradle perspective, God doesn't give you what's beyond your scope. But also God does not oblige you with what's beyond your scope. And that's where we start to hurt ourselves. So we start to hurt ourselves when we start to do more than what's beyond our capacity. So a person that's dying, does not, you know, a person that's going to

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physically harm themselves by fasting should not fast, for example, right? Because God did not ask that or require that of you. That's not in your wisa. That's not in your capacity. That's not the point. Same thing is true that if a lot legislates in that way with us, then of course, surely Allah subhanaw taala legislators Divine Decree with in the same spirit, right, that he's not going to give us what we can handle, he's not going to give us tests that we can handle, he's not going to give us blessings that we can handle. And that's the last point that I want to make here. Just because God gave you blessings,

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or tests and you think, you know that and, you know, we come to the conclusion that there's no way that I can, you know, or I can handle this because God does not test me beyond my scope. God also doesn't bless me beyond my scope. What that means is that if a person is blessed, and then they become arrogant and prideful, that's not the fault of God for giving them too many blessings. Right? It's not the fault of God, that God gave that person so much money. And that's why that person is prideful, conceited, arrogant, greedy, selfish, okay, a lot gave them enough perspective and blessings would that well, for them to understand that that share of blessings was not meant to make

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them greedy, but to make them more generous, was not meant to make them more arrogant, but to make them more humble, they failed that test, right? Same is true when it comes to hardship. Okay,

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if I fail the test, or if I'm not doing well, by the test, that doesn't mean that I can't handle the test. That means that I need to figure out how to make the best of that test, I'm not going to figure out the wisdom, but I can see what's in my capacity with the understanding that Allah will not test me beyond my capacity, because God does not burden a soul beyond its scope. So again, those are just some reflections on the subject. And I know that it's not as organized as a lecture and I just wanted to sort of talk about it, because I know it's going through a lot of people's minds right now. That if you're feeling like you have a great test in front of you think about the great

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reward that can come with that great test. And that a lot finds me worthy of that test, just as he finds me worthy of that blessing. And I'm going to do the best that I possibly can with that test. And that blessing, because Allah would not given me have given me that blessing or that test unless he knew that I was capable of passing that blessing or that test in a way that would yield the maximum reward and not put me in a worse situation. If I if I do end up in a worse situation that is my own weakness and not because a lot did not put the strength in me to be able to do well with what he has given me. So I pray that Allah subhanaw taala allow us to respond to our tests and our

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blessings in a way that yields the greatest reward. And just as a lot does not burden us beyond our scope. I pray that we do not we do not minimize our own potential to please Him and to rise to the occasion. May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to find strength in what he has given us. May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to be humbled by what he has given us. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala allow us to ultimately gain the greatest rewards possible through those things. The greatest

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All of those rewards being his pleasure may last pantai give us the best of this life, the best of the hereafter as well. May Allah subhana wa tada accept this and again, I hope you all are doing okay through all of this and making that for you and looking forward to continuously

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