I am still discovering the Quran, thus my question might look stupid.

From the Quran's perspective, why good people often suffer from awful diseases which are often not related to their lifestyle (ex: cancer)? Do pain and suffering among these good people is something covered somewhere in the Quran? Is there a reason to that since it could like some sort of injustice?

Thank you.

  • I won't call injustice: But a Islamic POV would be considering it as a assessment or test for their faith. But i would like to know if the Question is general or has something to do with what you've read in Quran?
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 13:23
  • I'm looking for references or a starting point to understand the Islamic point of view on this. Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 13:44

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Your question is not at all stupid but it is suited as to why Allah makes his loved servants suffer or put trial. References to your question:- HOLY QUR'AN And surely We shall try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives and crops; but give glad tidings to the patient, Who says, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”: They are those on whom (descend) Blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance. (Al-Baqarah 2:155-157)

In another verse, Allah Almighty says:

He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving. (Al-Mulk 67:2)

Whatever misfortune happens to you, is because of the things your hands have wrought, and for many (of them) He grants forgiveness. (Ash-Shura 42:30)

Surah Hajj 22:11 And there is, too, among befalls him, he is satisfied with Him; but if a trial assails him, he turns away utterly, [9] losing [thereby both] this world and the life to come: [and] this, indeed, is a loss beyond compare! [10]

HADITH (sayings and actions of the Prophet):-

Abu Huraira (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: If Allah intends good for someone, then He afflicts him with trials. Sahih Bukhari 5321

Mus’ad ibn Sa’eed reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: The servant will continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sin. Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2398

“…and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” [al-Anfal 8:46].

Conclusion:- These test, sufferings, trials are to try us in our decisions and and strengthen our faith and bond with Allah. Every test you pass or succeed, you raise a level higher and closer to Allah. May Allah be with you!


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