Islam: A Psychology of Ease or Difficulty?
This small book aims to explore the following questions:
Does Islam promote ease or difficulty? Does the path of spirituality in Islam lend itself to ease or to difficulty?
There are those in Islam who claim that the path to Allah is difficulty. Is this true? More
The Prophet (saw) was brought up as an orphan. As he grew up he experienced trial upon trial upon trial; he didn’t know his father, his mother passes away also, then his grandfather passes away years later.
How do you expect a man who experienced all of this difficulty to be like?
How about a boy who is thrown into a well? By his brothers, those whom he trusted the most... left to rot and die?
Imagine being in the depth of that well and hearing voices and then seeing a rope and basket. You cling onto this rope for dear life thinking that you’re not going to die!
You experience a sense of overwhelming joy.
But just then you are bound and gagged, taken into slavery! How cruel!
That moment of ecstasy extinguished suddenly. You experience days and weeks of being tied and gagged en route to an unknown land.
Nevertheless, you are sold to a man who treats you well, so you experience a ray of light in your dark tunnel. However, the mistress of the house tries to seduce you, leading you to commit sin. But you resist and refrain.
But then the mistress brings her friends and creates an even bigger temptation, you resist but because of HER you get sent to prison. Innocently. The accusation being a crime that you did not commit.
Are these not hardships?
This was the Prophet Yusuf (as).
Statistically speaking, what would you expect of someone who had experienced these hardships?
You would expect a bitter man, in search of revenge. A man out to harm society, most likely a serial killer!
But we know this is not how he responded.