When we suffer, our heart calls out to God:
“Why is there so much pain?”
“Why are you doing this to me?”
“How can an All-Compassionate God put me through this trouble?”
These are good questions, and we shouldn’t ignore them. Because asking questions with sincere intent are ways for us to elevate our understanding of ourselves and our role in the world.
So let’s explore why did God allow pain in this world? And I hope to show you that pain in this world can be a gift
Gaining this insight will not reduce your pain, but will allow you to handle your life challenges with more peace & wisdom.
Let’s start by asking why have we come into this world? Did God force us to come? Did he push us here?
The Qur’an says that God offered the journey into this world as an opportunity, and we made the choice to come into this world.
We offered the trust to Heaven and Earth, and to the mountains too, yet they refused to carry it, and shrank back from it. However man accepted it…Quran (33:72)
We made this choice to achieve a higher spiritual state by reflecting God’s qualities.
And the ability to reflect God’s qualities comes when we experience its opposite. God’s attributes include Love, Mercy & Peace.
To reflect them in our actions we need to experience its opposite.
- To know Love, you need to experience hate
- To know Mercy, you need to experience cruelty
- To know Peace, you need to experience conflict
Therefore when you experience pain in whatever form, ask yourself “Where is the opportunity here for me to reflect God’s qualities?” or “Which of God’s qualities can I be in this situation?”
And reflecting God’s qualities our souls will evolve.
This reaching of a higher spiritual state is the reward we get through affliction.
When we die, all our problems, life circumstances, and the pain we went through will become just memory.
The most important thing we’ll take back from this life is the way we polished the mirror of our souls to reflect God’s light in the circumstances that we face.