I have observed that pious people face the worst hardships. Why is that? What is the principle of trials and tribulations?
There seems to be an inconsistency between the principle of no compulsion in religion and the punishment meted out to several ummahs in the past. If the former is a basic principle, why is the latter necessary?
We know striving in the path of Allah is a source of reward. For example; it is hard to offer the fajr prayer or wear hijab etc. We must therefore strive to work hard. Facing the hardship and remaining steadfast on deen is a basic part of Muslims life. Narrated Abu Qatada bin Rib'i Al-Ansari: A funeral procession passed by Allah's Apostle who said: Relieved or relieving?