Only good things come to a believer but this world is a kind of hell for him: What does this statement mean?


Someone wrote to Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa and said, “I have read that only good things come to a believer but also that this world is a Hell for a believer.” He asked, “Which of these two statements is true?”

Huzooraa, in a letter dated 20 February 2020, gave the following reply: 

“In fact, a true believer has no interest in worldly things. They use them only as temporary goods as per the command of Allah to a necessary extent. Their eyes are always on the pleasure and happiness of Allah the Exalted. Therefore, since a believer does not run after worldly things lest they erase the remembrance of Allah from their heart, they face hardship in worldly terms. However, they do not feel any discomfort from it; they rather happily endure this worldly hardship for the sake of Allah the Exalted. 

“An example of this is found in the prayer of Hazrat Yusufas in which he prayed, ‘O my Lord, I would prefer prison to that to which they invite me.’ (Surah Yusuf, Ch.12: V.34)

“On the contrary, a disbeliever considers this world to be everything. They run after it all the time and greatly enjoy worldly possessions that are their sole interest. Thus, while explaining this subject, the Holy Prophetsa has said that the world is a prison for the believer and a Paradise for the disbeliever. (Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-Zuhdi wa al-Raqaiq) […]”

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