To the tired or saddened heart… I can offer you some encouragement, some of the promises of the Most Kind.
Allah is with you. He is with the patient1, those whose hearts are good2 and those who do good3. Allah does not burden you beyond what you can bear4. He wants ease for you, and He does not wish for you hardship5. And anything that you face from pain or grief, it only befalls you either because Allah loves you and is therefore testing you6, or He loves you and is therefore purifying you from your sins7. Through your tests, Allah increases your reward8 and rank that you may be closer to Him. So do not despair of the Mercy of Allah9. He does not tire of listening to you and answering your prayers and forgiving you10. And Allah is as you think He is11. If you perceive Him to be Most Kind, and Most Generous, indeed to you, Allah is Most Kind and Most Generous.
1Quran 2:153 “O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.”
2Quran 9:123 “And know that Allah is with the righteous”
3Quran 29:69 “And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.”
4Quran 2:286 “Allah does not burden any soul with more than it can bear: each will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned.”
5Quran 2:185 “…Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.”
6Musnad Ahmad 23122 The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: If Allah loves a people, then he afflicts them with trials. Whoever is patient has the reward of patience, and whoever is impatient has the fault of impatience.
7Sunan at-Tirmidhi 2398 The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: The servant will continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sin.
8Sunan at-Tirmidhi 2396 The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Verily, great rewards come with great trials. Verily, when Allah loves a people he will test them. Whoever is pleased will be satisfied, and whoever is displeased will have indignation.
9Quran 39:53 Say, (Allah says) “O My slaves who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
10Sunan at-Tirmidhi 3540 The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Allah the Almighty said, “O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind…”
11Sahih al-Bukhari 7405 The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Allah says, “I am as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him when He remembers Me…”