The Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) said:
اَلطَّبِيب اللّهُ وَ لَعَلَّكَ تَرْفِقُ بِأشْياء تُحْرِقُ بِها غَيْرَكَ
The real physician is God, and the things useful for you may be harmful for others.1
The events happening in man’s life are sometimes due to his wrong policies, choices or will and there are a lot of painful events like these.
Sometimes seemingly unpleasant events occur due to none of the above factors. Such adversities may in fact be medicines administered by God ( who is the real physician ) to treat his servants. Although these drugs may be bitter, they are a much needed wake-up call, a means of remedial attention to man’s weaknesses and for removal of his conceit.