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?
The people asked: O Allah's Apostle! What is relieved and relieving?
He said: A believer is relieved (by death) from the troubles and hardships of the world and leaves for the Mercy of Allah.
The hadith indicates that the life of a believer is full of hardship and as we know there are other ahadith that also indicate this. Then what is the meaning of verse: And He has not laid upon you in religion any hardship? (22:78)
Why does the verse say in the religion there is no hardship? Yet we know from our life that there are a lot of difficulties and hardships that we face due to being Muslims. The hadith also explains that there are hardships. Please comment on the apparent contradiction.