What have Allah and His Messenger said about

The Power of Patience

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ
O you who believe! Seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer). Truly! Allah is with As-Sabirun (the patient). Surah Al-Baqarah (2) – Verse 153
إِنَّ مَعَ العُسرِ يُسرًا
Indeed ease accompanies hardship. Surah Al-Sharh (94) – Verse 5
عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ، وَأَبِي، هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّهُمَا سَمِعَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ مَا يُصِيبُ الْمُؤْمِنَ مِنْ وَصَبٍ وَلاَ نَصَبٍ وَلاَ سَقَمٍ وَلاَ حَزَنٍ حَتَّى الْهَمِّ يُهَمُّهُ إِلاَّ كُفِّرَ بِهِ مِنْ سَيِّئَاتِهِ ‏”
Abu Sa’id and abu Huraira reported that they heard Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) as saying: “Never a believer is stricken with discomfort, hardship or illness, grief or even with mental worry, except that his/her sins are forgiven” Sahih Muslim: Volume 3 – Hadith #6562
حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ يُوسُفَ، أَخْبَرَنَا مَالِكٌ، عَنِ ابْنِ شِهَابٍ، عَنْ عَطَاءِ بْنِ يَزِيدَ اللَّيْثِيِّ، عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ أَنَّ نَاسًا مِنَ الأَنْصَارِ سَأَلُوا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَأَعْطَاهُمْ، ثُمَّ سَأَلُوهُ فَأَعْطَاهُمْ، حَتَّى نَفِدَ مَا عِنْدَهُ فَقَالَ ‏ “‏ مَا يَكُونُ عِنْدِي مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَلَنْ أَدَّخِرَهُ عَنْكُمْ، وَمَنْ يَسْتَعْفِفْ يُعِفَّهُ اللَّهُ، وَمَنْ يَسْتَغْنِ يُغْنِهِ اللَّهُ، وَمَنْ يَتَصَبَّرْ يُصَبِّرْهُ اللَّهُ، وَمَا أُعْطِيَ أَحَدٌ عَطَاءً خَيْرًا وَأَوْسَعَ مِنَ الصَّبْرِ ‏”
Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri: Some Ansari persons asked for (something) from Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) (p.b.u.h) and he gave them. They again asked him for (something) and he again gave them. And then they asked him and he gave them again till all that was with him finished. And then he said “If I had anything. I would not keep it away from you. (Remember) Whoever abstains from asking others, Allah will make him contented, and whoever tries to make himself self-sufficient, Allah will make him self-sufficient. And whoever remains patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.” Sahih al-Bukhari: Volume 1 – Hadith #1469
What is Patience? Benefits of Patience

Patience is to hold one’s soul from being impatient and displeased, holding the tongue from complaining and the body parts from harming himself or others. The patience is mentioned at many places in Quran and Sunnah of the beloved Prophet (SAW), which shows the virtues and greatness of Patience. In the Arabic language, (Sabr) Patience means to confine or contain.

Patience in Islam

Patience has great status in the sight of Allah Almighty and in Islam. Patience is of best from deeds and has the great reward with no limit. Allah Almighty said in Holy Quran: “Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without Hisaab (without limit, calculation, and estimation).”(Quran, 39:10). There is great reward only for those among us who are patient with the Decree of their Lord. In this world, we face many difficulties or trials and sufferings but we have to be patient because Allah Almighty loves those who did Patience (Sabr) in a difficult time.

As Islam is a complete code of life and it guides and teach us in every sphere of life. So it teaches us we have to do patience in our difficult situation in this way we have the strong belief on Almighty Allah that He will never leave us alone. In Quran, Allah said: “And be Patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are patient.”

Allah said to those who are facing difficulties or trials that He is with them by guiding and supporting them and granting them a clear victory. Allah said: “Surely, Allah is with those who are As‑Saabiroon (the patient)” (Quran, 8:46). From this verse of Holy Quran, we can say that no matter what’s the situation we are facing we should be faithful and patient as Allah is with us He will never leave us alone.

The Reward of Patience

A person who loves Almighty Allah finds it much easier to be patient and to persevere. This is because he sees everything as coming from Allah, and if it comes from Allah, there must be a reason for it. A person who loves wants the Beloved to see him in the best of states, and so he proves the best of patience. Patience is a virtue, which enables the individual to proceed towards worthy goals. So many times in our lives something happens to us and we feel that this is the worst thing that can happen to us. But then after the trial, when relief and ease come, we realize that the difficult times had happened for good to come. So, it is important that believers have to be patient and know that Allah (SWT) is sufficient for us and is the best arranger of all our affairs. He will guide us to that which is good for us in this life and Hereafter too. If we don’t get the reward of Patience in this world then it will surely be saved by Almighty Allah for the Hereafter that will never end. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Whoever persists in being patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.” (Al-Bukhari)

Benefits of Patience

Patience is the great virtue and significance of patience that we will recover with great rewards and benefits. Some of these rewards and benefits are immediate and others are longer-term. Among the many benefits of patience in Quran and Sunnah are the following:
Patience in Holy Quran

There are more than ninety verses in the Holy Quran about the virtues and benefits of patience. Some of are given below: From those People who have patience are the rightful people to lead so we can say leadership comes with patience as Allah said in Quran: “And We made from among them leaders guiding by Our command when they were patient and [when] they were certain of Our signs.” (Quran, 32:24) With patience you will get all good things as Almighty Allah says in Quran: “But if you endure patiently, verily, it is better for As-Sabirin.”(Quran, 16:126)
If you are patient in all your sufferings then the patient ones will receive plenty of rewards for their good deeds. Allah says in Holy Quran: “Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning.” (Quran, 39:10)
Allah is with those who are patient. He says in Holy Quran: “And be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are As-Sabirin.” (Quran,8:46 )
Patience is something that is recommended by Almighty Allah which means it requires determination. Allah said in Holy Quran: “And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah.” (Quran, 42:43)
Those who will remain patient will enter into Paradise. Allah said in Quran: “Those will be rewarded with the highest place (in Paradise) because of their patience. Therein they shall be met with greetings and the word of peace and respect.” (Quran, 25:75)

Patience in Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

There are so many examples related to Patience in the life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that we should consider and practiced in our daily lives while facing some trials or difficulties. Some of the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) related to patience are given below: The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said that the Patience is illumination. “As-Sabr (the patience) is illumination.” (Muslim 223). The one who’s beloved ones or relatives die and endures patiently, Allah will also admit him to Paradise as a recompense of his patience. He (SAW) said: “Allah says, ‘I have nothing to give but Paradise as a reward to my salve, a true believer of Islamic Monotheism, who, if I cause his dear friend (or relative) to die, remains patient (and hopes for Allah’s Reward).’” (Al- Bukhari ) The reward of being patient while the true believer is afflicted with any kind of calamities and trials. Holy Prophet (SAW) said: “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” (Al-Bukhari) Holy Prophet (SAW) said: “The believer who mixes with people and bears their annoyance with patience will have a greater reward than the believer who does not mix with people and does not put up with their annoyance.” (Ibn Majah) Be mindful of Allah and be patient as Prophet (PBUH) said: “Verily, patience is at the first strike” (Sahih Bukhari)

There is great judgment behind the trials and tests we go through in our difficult time. All the calamities we face and the troubles which come on our way are character builders which make us stronger than before. May Allah gives us the strength to face difficulties with Patience! Ameen.
adapted from QuranReading.com

Spiritual Reminders

A Lesson in the Battle of Uhud
In the Battle of Uhd, the prophet (SAW) gave some very clear instructions involving a group of arches that were not supposed to move from their position until the prophet (SAW) gave him clear instructions to do otherwise. When they saw that the Muslims seemed to be winning the battle, they came down from their posts, and when they did, the enemy saw a gap in their army, and they noticed the perfect opportunity to attack. At that time, Khalid bin Waleed, who was not a Muslim and one of the leaders of the Quraysh army, rushed them from behind with his troops that were on horseback. The Muslims then were pinned between the attackers and the mountain of Uhd. They suffered severe damages and wounds, and they lost many of their bravest fighters, such as Sayid Al-Shuhada’ Hamza (RA), Musa ibn Umayr (RA), and seventy great sahaba. The prophet (SAW) himself was wounded. After this, the Muslims were able to regroup and push them out of the field, so the Quraysh were forced off of the field and fled some kilometres away to regroup, and they said, “Everyone is now wounded. This is the perfect chance to make a final sweep and wipe them out once and for all.” The prophet (SAW) was informed of this; people came and warned them, “The Quraysh have regrouped at a place called Hamra al-Assad and they are preparing for a final attack. This time, it will wipe everyone out.” The prophet (SAW), who already knew they were regrouping, called the sahaba who had already taken part in the battle of Uhd and who were wounded and hurt, and called them together. He said, “You are the ones who will march to Hamra al-Assad and face them there.” The sahaba regrouped; yes, they were wounded and bleeding, but they somehow managed to get themselves moving. When they heard the message of the Quraysh regrouping and preparing for an attack, their Iman increased because they realized that they did not lose at Uhd because their numbers were short, but rather, they lost because they opposed the instructions of the prophet (SAW). If they had stuck to that one instruction with patience, then there was no way they would have lost that battle. They had learned from that mistake and repented to Allah (SWT), and they would never make that mistake again; and because they would not make that mistake again, they were sure to win.
They came with full force to meet the people of Quraysh, battered and bleeding, with more zeal and enthusiasm than before. The Quraysh received the message of their march and that they were more ferocious than ever. Upon hearing this, Abu Sufiyan took the army and fled. This is the power of Iman. This is the power of knowing what to do and what not to do and having complete faith in it. This is the power of knowing that if we obey the prophet (SAW) we will not fail. And this is what needs to be recharged in us. We are learning something of the deen everyday, but at the end of the day, the knowledge itself does not save us; it is the conviction that this knowledge that we have learned will lead us to success if we practice it; and if we do not practice it, we will know the truth and still fail. It is one thing to know the truth, another to live the truth, and another thing entirely to know that the truth is in what you are doing right now. If this comes into the Ummah then this Ummah becomes an unstoppable force in the world. But, if that type of Iman and certitude is not there, then no matter what we do, we will just be floundering; and in fact, we will feel like we are constantly losing and being beaten and battered, because every day, our Iman is getting weaker, and it looks like our numbers are decreasing, and it looks like we do not have the means or resources, and we become hopeless. We need a spark of what the sahaba had at that moment when they were rushing to Hamra al-Assad, knowing that they had nothing physically to help them other than their Iman. Make this a part of your intention for coming here. It is not just the knowledge or books, the facts or the figures; make the intention to come here to recharge your Iman, and to strengthen your Iman, and to boost your Iman. To get that energy with which you can go outside and face the world and stand up to it, in its face, and do something for the deen of Allah (SWT).
Adapted from a talk delivered by Mufti Aasim Rashid

YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF

Sirah

The Patience of Bilal رضي الله عنه
Bilal, the slave of Omaiyah bin Khalaf, was severely beaten by his master when the latter came to know of his conversion to Islam. Sometimes a rope was put around his neck and street boys were made to drag him through the streets and even across the hillocks of Makkah. At times he was subjected to prolonged deprivation of food and drink; at others he was bound up, made to lie down on the burning sand and under the crushing burden of heavy stones. Similar other measures were resorted to in order to force him to recant. All this proved in vain. He persisted in his belief in the Oneness of Allah. On one such occasion, Abu Bakr was passing by; moved by pity, he purchased and emancipated him from slavery. [Ibn Hisham 1/317-318; Rahmat-ul-lil’alameen 1/57]

Sunnah Acts

The Patience of the Prophet (saw)
The Prophet was a perfect model to his followers. His life was the shining example of a man of extraordinary endurance: His father died before his birth; his mother died when he was only 6 years old; and his grandfather who took up his guardianship also died soon. Then it was his uncle Abu Talib who protected him. And when God appointed him His last Prophet, he was faced with the most brutal persecution and hostility from his own people. But these harsh experiences of life did not make him a cynic; on the contrary, they perfected his faith in God, making him all the more strongly committed to his God-given mission. During the 13 years of his life in Makkah as the messenger of God, he faced all forms of abuse, boycott, expulsion and threats of physical violence. Yet he never budged an inch away from his mission. Rather he was gentle, considerate and sympathetic even to his enemies.

Adhkar/Dua

Dua at the time of hardship or calamity
إنّا لِلهِ َوإنَّا إلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ؛ اَللَّهُمَّ أجِرْنِيْ فِيْ مُصِيْبَتِيْ وَاخْلُفْلِيْ خَيْرًا مِنْهَا
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, Allahumma ajirni fi musibati wa akhlif li khairan minha

“Verily we belong to Allah and truly to Him shall we return. O Allah! Protect me in this calamity that has befallen me and replace it with something better.”

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