Greetings, Hare Krishna, Hare Rama,
The similarities are incredible, a pure devotee of God has everything taken away from him until he is left with only as much as is needed to survive, his reputation is gone, his relatives abandon him, and his wealth is gone. I believe that, if someone is being guided toward God, or being turned by God toward Him, God stores that devotee’s or servant’s merit in his account and provides only sustenance for him. For all intents and purposes, that devotee’s life on Earth is one of suffering and no pleasure, the devotee only finds sustenance in God and His religion, which comforts him, yet the servant’s wealth, fame, and name are gone, and he is tried consistently in regards to his relatives and children. In extreme cases, the servant may be tried in regards to his body, but this is only if it does not interfere with what God may have ordained for him.
The servant experiences the ups and downs of worldly life just as a crop experiences being buffeted by the wind, life on Earth is temporary, and sometimes the slave experiences winning and sometimes the slave experiences loss, but in all cases the slave’s experience of God, His Savior, is constant.
I provide some quotes below:
“O Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.)! Which of the people is tried most severely?” He said: “The Prophets, then those nearest to them, then those nearest to them. A man is tried according to his religion; if he is firm in his religion, then his trials are more severe, and if he is frail in his religion, then he is tried according to the strength of his religion. The servant shall continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sins.” (Tirmidhi)
Ka’b reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said that the similitude of a believer is that of a standing crop in a field which is shaken by wind and then it comes to its original position but it stands at its roots. The similitude of a non-believer is that of a cypress tree which stands on its roots and nothing shakes it but it is uprooted (with) one (violent stroke). (Muslim)
When a non-believer does good he is made to taste its reward in this world. And so far as the believer is concerned, Allah stores (the reward) of his virtues for the Hereafter and provides him sustenance in accordance with his obedience to Him. (Muslim)
Perhaps this is why the devotees of God are consistently tried by God in all aspects of their life until they finally return to Allah (S.W.T.)?