People in general and believers in particular are exposed to problems which may reach the extent of hardship and puzzlement, even despair, so much so that one feels that all roads have been closed in his face, having no exit out of his problems. The matter may become more complicated to the expatriates because they live in a materialistic environment distantly from anything that reminds one of Allah Almighty and of His power to change and alter things.
You must not ignore the above, so it may benefit you when matters become tense, when an exit is not found, for nobody should lose hope from the mercy of Allah Almighty, from the ease which He brings, for He is the One Who says, "He (always) prepares a way out for those who fear Allah. And He provides for him from (sources) which he can never imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, Allah suffices him, for Allah will surely accomplish His purpose: Truly, Allah has appointed a due proportion for all things” (Qur'an, 65:2-3); and He has also said, "… Who despairs of the mercy of his Lord except those who go astray?” (Qur'an, 15:56).
The Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) used to say this whenever there was hardship: "Whenever you become harder, eventually you will ease."[i] Imam al-Hussain (Allah's blessings with him) said, "Lord! The variations of Your faring [with Your servants] and the speed of Your decrees have prevented those of Your servants who know You from expecting Your continuous outgiving and [also] from despairing from Your mercy when afflicted."[ii]
Imam al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) is quoted as having said, "Allah, the most Exalted One, the most Great, revealed unto [prophet] David (peace be upon him): 'When one of My servants in particular seeks My protection, I will know it from his intention. Even if the heavens and earth and all those in them plot against him, I will make an exit for him out of them all.'"[iii]
In the authenticated narration of Muhammed ibn Isma'eel ibn Bazee', Imam al-Ridha (peace be upon him) is quoted as having said, "Think well of Allah, for Allah, the most Exalted One, the most Great, says: I am just as My believing servant thinks of me: If he thinks well of Me, I, too, think well of him; if he has evil thoughts of Me, I shall afflict him with evil."[iv] There are many such references, and experiences and moral lessons in this regard are countless, innumerable.
So, stress this matter in your souls, strengthen it with bringing it to memory quite often and seek a moral lesson from it. Do not ignore it lest your souls should weaken as you face problems and crises; they may even collapse with despair and despondency. May Allah Almighty, through His mercy, protect you from such collapse, despair and despondency, and may He assist you manage your affairs; surely He is the most Merciful of those who show mercy, the One Who brings relief to those who seek refuge with Him.
[i]Bihar Al-Anwar, Vol. 91, p. 287.
[ii]Ibid., Vol. 95, p. 225.
[iii]Ibid., Vol. 14, p. 41.
[iv]Wasaail Al-Shi'a, Vol. 11, p. 180.