I have observed that pious people face the worst hardships. Why is that? What is the principle of trials and tribulations?
Mufti Shafī' quotes the following narrative while interpreting the story of Ayyūb in Surah al-Anbiyā:
اشد الناس بلاء الانبياء ثم الصالحون ثم المثل فالامثل
Is a person not tested through trial has less dignity in the eyes of Allah? Please explain.
The Holy Qur’ān and the Ahadith show that man is tested for two main reasons. Firstly he is tested when he abandons the path of truth. Secondly Allah Almighty tests him to elate his spirits in the religion like He does to the prophets. Please illuminate the whole matter in the light of the Holy Qur’ān and the Sound Ahadith.