Are Muslims who live polygamy being tested by Allah? If yes, is the test painful? Should we expect to have pain when Allah tests or tries us? We hear quite often that Allah tests us. We all must have heard someone tell another that what he or she is going through is a test.
Before we can answer the question, Are Muslims who live polygamy being tested, we need an idea of what a test for a Muslim in a polygamous marriage may be. One then must ask herself, how she could pass the test? In the Holy Quran, Allah tells us that we cannot enter Paradise/Jannah without being tested like those who came before us. Those who came before us were Allah’s Prophets/Messengers and the Believers. Let’s take a closer look at tests.
Are Muslims who live polygamy being tested by Allah?
Allah tests us. He gives us our tests. We do not select them. Choosing a test is not an option. Many times tests come to us unexpectedly. I will share a little with you some of a story from the Holy Quran about Prophet Moses (PBUH) and his people. You will see how Allah tested them.
There came a time when Pharaoh’s people killed the male children of Moses’ people, and kept their women alive. It was a trial from Allah. How do we know it was a trial and it was from Allah? We know it, as Allah said it was. Allah said:
“And remember We rescued you from Pharaoh’s people, who afflicted you with the worst of penalties, who slew your male children and saved alive your females: in that was a momentous trial from your Lord.” Quran: Surah 7, ayah 141
Imagine a trial such as it. What did Prophet Moses (PBUH) instruct his people to do when it happened? He advised them to wait in patience and constancy. Allah tells us, in the Holy Quran, to seek His help with patience, perseverance and prayer. He says it is hard except for those who bring a lowly spirit. To bring a lowly spirit means to humble oneself to Allah. It’s what Prophet Moses (PBUH) instructed his people to do. Some people don’t like when others tell them to exercise patience.
“Said Moses to his people: ‘Pray for help from Allah,” and (wait) in patience and constancy: for the earth is Allah’s to give as a heritage to such of His servants as He pleaseth; and the end is (best) for the righteous.” Quran: Surah 7, Ayah 128
The people of Prophet Moses’ (PBUH) were not pleased with him. They let him know it. Prophet Moses (PBUH), in turn, said, Allah tries us by our deeds.
“They said to Prophet Moses (PBUH): ‘We have had (nothing but) trouble, both before and after thou camest to us.’ He said: ‘It may be that your Lord will destroy your enemy and make you inheritors in the earth; that so He may try you by your deeds.” Quran: Surah 7, Ayah 129
Next, Allah drowned Pharaoh’s people in the sea and Prophet Moses’ (PBUH) people inherited the land.
“And We made a people considered weak (and of no account), inheritors of lands in both East and West – lands whereon We sent down Our blessings. The fair promise of thy Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel, because they had patience and constancy, and We leveled to the ground the Great Works and fine buildings which Pharaoh and His people erected (with such pride). Quran: Surah 7, Ayah 137
The stories in the Holy Quran are there for a reason. They have a purpose. We are to learn from them. The stories are not fairy-tales, bedtime stories or past-time. We are to apply the stories to our lives. All of Allah’s Prophets are our examples. A woman in a polygamous marriage must ask herself what is happening in her marriage that could be a test. She needs to ask herself how she could pass it.
Are Muslims who live polygamy being tested by Allah? Muslims who live polygamy sometime wonder if it is a trial or a punishment. Allah may test some of us with polygamy. He may punish some of us with polygamy. We need to take a good look at our lives. See if we have or haven’t been serving, worshiping, and obeying Allah as He has ordered us to do. Have we been obeying ALL of His commands. Allah says He tests the believers.
If the answer is, yes, to the question, are Muslims who live polygamy being tested, then why do some of the wives blame their husbands for what Allah has done?
Does a woman in a polygamous marriage suffer more than the mothers of those children whom Pharoah’s people killed? If a husband wrongs his wife, a punishment may await him. Allah may forgive him, if he repents.
If a woman is patient and constant with her tests, she will win. She will be victorious. If she puts Allah first in her life, focuses on Him, and obeys His commands, He will shower His gifts, blessings, and bounties upon her. Are women who live polygamy being tested? It could be so.
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