A Virtue Called Patience

THE DAILY ISLAMIC REMINDERS. Yaum Al-Khamis, 5th Jumaadal Uulaa. (Thursday, 9th of December 2021).

*_A Virtue Called Patience_*. BismilLah

Can our impatience about things we cannot change, change anything? To be patient and let things run their course as they should, is one of the secrets of happiness and contentment.

Patience is one of the most important qualities demanded of those who claim to love ALLAH, as the degree of patience determines those who are sincere in their claim and those who are not. The degree of patience needed to endure hardship and difficulties in order to please the Beloved proves the sincerity of one’s love. Many claim to love ALLAH, but when ALLAH tests them with hardship, they forget the true essence of love. No-one can adhere to the love of ALLAH except those who are patient and persevering. If it were not for the test of hardship and sincerity, there would be no proof of the sincerity of a person’s love for ALLAH. The one whose love of ALLAH is greater has a greater degree of patience. Therefore, ALLAH has attributed the quality of patience to HIS close friends (awliya) and most beloved. HE said about HIS beloved slave Ayyub (AS): “… Truly, ALLAH found him full of patience and constancy. How excellent in ALLAH’S service! Ever did he turn to ALLAH!” (Quran 38: 44). ALLAH instructed the most beloved to HIM of everything HE created to have patience in accepting HIS decree and told him that patience comes only by the help of ALLAH. HE praised those who have patience and promised them the best of rewards: the rewards of others are defined and limited, but the reward of as-sabirun is without measure. Patience is vital at all levels of Islam, eemaan, and ihsaan, as well as being a major element in eemaan (faith) and tawakkul (putting one’s trust in ALLAH). Patience for the sake of ALLAH, by the help of ALLAH, and in accepting the decree of ALLAH. So, let’s strive to please ALLAH by learning to say Alhamdulillah regardless of any situation we find ourselves. Always remember ALLAH says nothing can harm us or benefit us without HIS permission.

*_May ALLAH increases us in Patience_*. Aameen.

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