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Importance of Struggle

by | Feb 17, 2015

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Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

Once upon a time a man found a cocoon of butterfly. One day while he was observing the cocoon of butterfly he saw a small opening he sat there for a long time and watched the struggle of butterfly, as butterfly struggled to force its body through that small hole, then he saw the butterfly stop making any progress. It seems as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther.

The man saw all this and decided to help the butterfly. The man took a pair of scissor and cut off the remaining bit of cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But the butterfly had a small and swollen body and had shriveled wings.

The man then waited there to watch the butterfly as he was expecting that at any moment the wing of butterfly would enlarge and expand to be capable to support the body which could contract in time.

But this neither happened; in fact the butterfly spent his whole life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. As a result butterfly never was able to fly in rest of life.

The man in his sympathy and haste did not understand that the restricting Cocoon and the struggle was a natural process for the Butterfly to get through the tiny opening and forcing fluid from the body of the Butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the Cocoon.


Sometimes struggles are exactly what we needed in our life. If nature permitted us to go through whole life without any difficulties and obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. And we could never fly. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle.

Allah says in Quran:

Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.” Noble Qur’an (2:155)

So we must understand that key to success is struggle. Without struggle and hard work we can achieve nothing.

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.

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