By Allah, if you are among the people of Iman, the people of conviction, and yet you still see trials in your life, then you should not despair. Allah allows such trials to befall you because He wants to bring you closer to Him. Your trails encourage you to turn to Allah (swt) in supplication and reduce your love for this world because when you taste the bitterness of this world in the trials; you yearn for the Hereafter and pleasure of Allah rather than this worldly life. Your trails serve to increase your Iman, to increase your conviction. And if you think about it, it is the greatest of gifts. What reward could be better than certainty in Him and nearness to Him?"
By guarding our obligations we find that we are protected by Allah. The Prophet, peace upon him, advised one of his young Companions, “Guard the obligations imposed by Allah and He will protect you.” That protection includes the protection from Hell by facilitating the performance of those acts that ward off from us punishment in the Hereafter"
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Jihaad (striving) against the soul has four stages: Firstly: To strive in learning guidance and the religion of truth, without which there will be no success. Indeed, there can be no true happiness, nor any delight in this world and in the Hereafter, except through it. Secondly: Striving to act upon what has been learnt, since knowledge without action will not benefit, rather it will cause harm. Thirdly: Striving to invite others towards it and to teach those who do not know, otherwise he may be considered from those who hide what Allaah has revealed of guidance and clear explanation. Such knowledge will neither benefit, nor save a person from the punishment of Allaah. Fourthly: Striving to be patient and persevering against those who oppose this da’wah (call) to Allaah and those who seek to cause harm - patiently bearing all these hardships for the sake of Allaah.
When these four stages are completed then such a person is considered to be amongst the Rabbaaniyyoon [the Godly ones]. The Salaf were agreed that a Scholar does not deserve the title of Rabbaanee until he recognises and knows the truth, acts upon it, and teaches it to others. So whosoever has knowledge, acts upon it, and teaches this knowledge to others, is considered from the Rabbaaniyyoon."