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Beautiful patience

Beautiful patience

By Sahlah bint Nayyar

Chennai, India


How many times do we get impatient while going through a difficult situation? If only we knew the reward for patience, we wouldn’t complain as much. The reward for the one who is patient is nothing less than Jannah!

Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) says:

And will reward them for what they patiently endured [with] a garden [in Paradise] and silk [garments].

(Qur’an, 76:12)

Prophet Muhammad( ﷺ ) once passed by a righteous family, the family of Yasir (رضي الله عنه). They were beaten and tortured in the streets of Makkah under the hot sun until two of them died as martyrs. Our beloved Prophet () passed by and told them a few words which had a very deep and profound meaning. He told them, “Be patient, O Family of Yasir. For indeed your destination is Jannah!”

Subhan’Allah! The courage and perseverance these people had is unimaginable.

Sometimes the hurdles and troubles may be too great to bear, but we need to  remain patient. For indeed, the reward isn’t little. It is Jannah, the beautiful gardens with eternal pleasures.

Types of Patience

There are three instances during which patience needs to be observed:

1. Patience in Obedience.

A person who slept late at night, wakes up early in the morning for Salatul Fajr despite wanting to complete his sleep. He overcomes his desires, wakes up and prays Salatul Fajr on its prescribed time. That is patience on obedience.

Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) says:

And enjoin prayer upon your family [and people] and be steadfast therein. We ask you not for provision; We provide for you, and the [best] outcome is for [those of] righteousness.

(Quran, 20:132)

Allah commands us to remain patient and stay in righteous company.

Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) says in the Quran:

And keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect.

(Quran, 18:28)

2. Patience on disobedience

An example of patience on disobedience is of an alcoholic who is quite addicted to drinking, however he tries to turn away from from it, and overcomes his desires.

3. Patience during calamities, hardship, and distress

The person who has lived in the worst of conditions in the world, but remains patient and worships Allah until he pleases Him – Allah would place him in Jannah. Once he gets a glimpse of Jannah; he would forget his worries, his tiredness and all his problems.

Ayub (عليه السلام), the Prophet who lost his friends, family and wealth, continued worshiping Allah even after all the loss. And this what Allah tells us about him.

Allah says:

“Indeed, We found him patient, an excellent servant. Indeed, he was one repeatedly turning back [to Allah].”

(Quran, 38:44)

Let us ask Allah for beautiful patience. Patience like that of Ya’qub (عليه السلام)) when he lost his son, Yusuf ((عليه السلام). Being patient brought back Yusuf (عليه السلام) to him. Be patient, for at the end of it come the most beautiful and precious gifts!

About Sahlah Nayyar

Sahlah is a young Muslimah who aspires to inspire today's youth with her writing. She loves spending reading about psychology, mental health, and well-being.

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