This is one of my favourite verses in the Quran in which God reassures us that even during our most difficult times, hope is still alive. Many Muslims read this verse as “AFTER every hardship, is relief’ but a sermon that I listened to years back argued an alternative interpretation:
WITH every hardship, there is relief.
This means that even as we go through the trails of life, God is constantly throwing us a life jacket to stop us from drowning. We prevail, not after the storm, but inspite of it.
What does this relief look like? Friends and family who support you through a crisis, prayers, hugs from your children, charity from strangers, an inspiring quote, a cup of tea.
Hardships have a way of bringing us closer to grace and closer to our divine selves.
May God grant us relief as we fight the trials of our lives and may He give us all strength to bear our burdens.