From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to every Muslim who reads this:
May Allaah help us remember Him and take warnings and lessons from the destinies unfolding before our eyes and lead us to sincere Tawbah (repentance to Allaah) from all sins and misdeeds. Aaameeen. al-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!)
Indeed, Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) wills with His Deep Wisdom, absolute Proof, and all-Encompassing Knowledge to test His Servants with prosperity and adversity, poverty and affluence, blessings and calamities, to try their patience and thankfulness. Anyone who is patient at the time of adversity, thankful at the time of prosperity, humbles themselves and supplicates to Allaah upon facing hardships, acknowledges their sins and shortcomings, and asks Allaah for His Mercy and Forgiveness, has succeeded and will be granted the blessed end. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) revealed in His Book: Alif-Laaam-Meeem. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur’aan, and none but Allaah (Alone) knows their meanings.] Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allaah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allaah knows all that before putting them to test). The Fitnah (trial) mentioned in this Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) means the test of faith that makes evident the truthful from the liar, the patient and the thankful, as Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.
Note: This article was published in Islaamic Research Journal, 11th Edition, Editorial, Page: 7-12.