“Winning or losing depends on the faith that a person keeps, not what he has experienced in this world.”
Something I learnt recently in a Sîrah lecture, where the teacher was expounding on the story of Musa (a.s), and his experiences with Bani Isra’il.
The above statement was repeated a few times in relation to Fir’aun (Pharaoh) and the testament he exhaled in haste, during the final moments of his life. He testified, that he believed in the God of Bani Isra’il, as the walls of the Red Sea devoured and crashed down on him. Note that he testified out of ignorance, referring to Allah Almighty as the “Lord of Bani Isra’il”, Whom which he had been denying and knew nothing of, much less developed true faith in, enough to express and accept that truly there is no God but Allah.
Having said that, the story of Pharaoh is an ideal explanation of why, winning or losing depends on the faith of a person and not his experiences in this world. In my own opinion this statement means, in this life, we will go through and deal with many things; like power, poverty, decisions, etc and we must find one way or another to utilize these experiences and use them as a means to bring ourselves closer to our Creator. Should we fail in instilling faith through the challenges we face in this life, then they have not served their purpose.
May Allah guide us all, and expand our hearts with wisdom and faith in every obstacle He puts in our way, Ameen.