With the Hardship there is Ease !


أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

قال الله تعالى في سورة الشرح

إِنَّ مَعَ العُسرِ يُسرًا


“Undoubtedly, along with the hardship there is ease.” (Sūrah al Sharh: Verse 7)


While explaining this verse at a Jumu’ah lecture, Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (مد ظله) mentioned that this can have three meanings/possibilities :

1. Along with every hardship, there are numerous factors of ease as well (for example, while having a particular disease(s), a person is still saved from a thousand others).

2. Hardships are generally temporary and hence, after every hardship, there comes a period of ease.

3. Hardships allows us to gain huge rewards which we shall be able to reap in the Ākhirah (Hereafter). Hence, with every hardship in this life, there’s an increase in the ease and pleasure in the life after death.


Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (رحمه الله) used to say that the hardships are also faced by the pious (Ahlullāh) and they may even appear to be concerned, anxious and/or grieved about it. However, that anxiety and grief doesn’t enter their “heart”, due to which, the core of their “heart” remains peaceful and content.

Hazrat would also say that one can experiences proximity with Allah the Most High during the times of trials and difficulties (and this “closeness to Allah” itself renders an immense and pleasurable “ease” while being in the “hardship”- Talhah).

– Adapted from a Jumu’ah discourse of Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani and published discourses and anecdotes of Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib.

A view of Darul ‘Uloom Karachi on a cloudy day