It is narrated from Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (a.s) that the Prophet of Islam (a.s) said: “For great suffering, the man gets equally rewarded by Allah. When Allah considers a person His friend, he puts him to severe test too. If the person confronts those hardships with patience and forbearance, he would receive Allah’s Help. If the person doesn’t resign to the Will of Allah, his suffering will be the more.”

Abdallah bin Bakr asked Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (a.s), “Can a pious Momin ever suffer from leprosy and other serious ailments?

The Imam (a.s) replied, “Hardships are only for testing the Momins.

Then he added, “Allah has taken a promise from the momins that their wishes will not be granted in this world and their enemies will therefore not be punished here. The momin may have to bear several indignities in his lifetime.

And said: “A Momin will not be free of four things:

First: He will always have a nagging neighbor.

Second: The Satan will shadow the momin at every step to misguide him.

Third: The hypocrite will look to the chance of exposing the momin’s faults.

Fourth: The momin will have jealous people around him. This will be the most difficult aspect of a momin’s life. The jealous would make false allegations against him and the others in the society would accept those as true.”

The Prophet of Islam (a.s) said, “O Abu Dharr! The world is hell for the momin and heaven for the infidel!

Hazrat Ali (a.s) said, “Those who had maximum hardship have been the Prophets (a.s). Then followed their Vicegerents. The hardships and sufferings have been so close to the momins as the rain is to the earth.

Then the Imam (a.s) added, “If a momin locks himself in an invincible fort, Allah will create the instrument to cause hardship to him for the purpose of enhancing his rewards!

Imam Mohammed Baqir (a.s) said, “When Allah holds a person dear, gives him a plunge into the river of hardship. When he prays, Allah says, ‘O My creature! What you have asked for, I am Omnipotent to bestow on you! I can give you more than you have asked for! But the rewards and Bounties that I have in store for you are far better than all the pleasures of the world!’

Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (a.s) says, “A momin doesn’t spend forty days when a new difficulty does not confront him. In fact, he is not a momin who is free of all worldly difficulties!

The Imam (a.s) said: A person invited the Prophet (a.s) over a meal. When the fare was laid in the courtyard of the house, the Prophet (a.s) looked towards the wall of the house. He noticed a pigeon has laid an egg that was resting on the top of the wall. And thus was saved. He told to the host, “

He told the host, “Your pigeon has laid an egg that is lying safely on the top of the wall!

The man said, “O Allah’s Prophet (a.s)! What is there to be surprised about that? I swear by the Creator, Allah, that in my entire life I have not suffered any loss!

When the Prophet (a.s) heard this, he got up and said, “I cannot share a meal with a person who has never suffered any loss whatsoever during his entire life! I do this because you have no contact with Allah and you don’t possess any quality. A momin, even if he is comparatively comfortable in the world, will be in difficulty when compared with the comforts he would enjoy in the Hereafter! Even if a momin is given the entire world, the status that awaits him in the Hereafter is far superior to what is available to him in this life! In comparison, this world is like the Hell for a momin. Similarly, if an infidel is involved in all the worldly hardships, his life here will be like living in the heaven when compared with the hardships that he would bear in the Hereafter.

Source: Extract from the book Ain al-Hayat by Allama Mohammad Baqir Majlisi (a.r)

May Allah grant us patience over the worldly misfortunes and grant us taufiq to lead a pious life, on the guided path of Muhammad (saww) and His Pure Progeny (asws). Ameen!