I do admit that the Prophets and the other truthful persons have also, at times, to pass through grave hardships (what can be termed as calamities) but to think that that happens to them because of some of their sins is a great mistake and a sin. There is a vast difference between the calamities that befall the truthful persons and the dear ones of God and those who disobey Him and are sinners. The truthful persons are granted patience which makes these calamities and hardships a source of sweetness. They enjoy them; because they, are cause of their spiritual upliftment for, the calamities are most conducive to their advancement – They are like a ladder for them.
He who does not pass through this kind of calamities and hardships can make no progress whatsoever.
On the other hand the calamities and the hardships that are the result of one’s own evil deeds, they are a real calamity which brings about a sort of burning and makes the life unbearable. Such a person prefers death to living any longer. But of course he does not know that the death will be no end to this calamitous situation. This state of affairs will continue for him in the next world as well.
In short, the law of nature pertaining to these calamities is that any of them that are the result of one’s own evil deeds are quite different from those which are truthful and Prophets have to confront, and which are as a matter of fact meant to grant them spiritual advance. The ignorant people who do not properly understand the secret of this phenomenon, instead of gaining something from such calamities and bringing about a change in their lives, begin to equate them with the calamities and hardships that the Prophets and the Messengers have to confront with. Whereas they cannot be in any way compared with one another. How bad a malady is ignorance that when it affects a person he compares things which are incomparable. It is a great delusion that one should equate the hardships of the prophets with the hardships of the common man.
You should remember that the hardships of the prophets and the other chosen ones of God are a token of love, for, through their hardships God wills them to grant them higher ranks in the spiritual realm. But when the evil doers are faced with calamities and hardships, the intention is that they should be destroyed.
(Malfoozat vol. 7, pg. 151)