Patience (The noun, not the name xD). The Arabic counterpart of this word is tossed around a lot when you’re in Riyaadul Jannah. And, ironically, sometimes by the people by that are doing the pushing. Your test comes in you taking the shoving in your stride, without responding in kind (Note to self: Can’t. Give. The. ‘Look’.)
I have siblings. All siblings are nuisances (with the exception of yourself. They’re the irritating one’s :D). Practicing patience when dealing with siblings becomes explicitly more torturous. Maybe because you know they’re tapping their pen on the table especially to annoy you.
They know my room door stays closes. Fully closed. Not open-a-sliver-for-the-boogey-man-to-slip-through closed. They leave it a sliver open. This makes it all the more frustrating. You’re getting up from the bed to close it only a tiny bit more and your brain only halfway rationalizes it, because although the door really needs to be Fully Closed, the lazy side of you argues that it’s too small to matter. So, in actual fact, siblings have the ability to make you fight with yourself. Evil geniuses.
‘Ali (R.A) said, “Verily Sabr is to Iman what the head is to the body. When the head is cut off, the body falls. (He then raised his voice) Verily there is no Iman for he who has no Sabr.”
Hazrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Ishaaq [DB] says that Sabr and Shukr go hand in hand. Something good happens, we make Shukr. Something bad happens, we make Sabr. When a person makes either Sabr or Shukr, he gains the pleasure and closeness of Allah. Hazrat then explains the three forms of Sabr.
- Sabr firstly means to remain steadfast on the obedience of Allah.
- The second stage of Sabr is to stay away from the disobedience of Allah.
- Staying away from all types of sin is the last stage of Sabr.
An example of the first stage is waking up for Fajr every morning. We know, subconsciously, that we need to read Salaah at that time, so we wake up early. The morning when it’s extra cold and the water feels like ice being poured over you, is when the second stage of Sabr comes into play. Because we don’t want to be punished for not performing our Salaah, we still make wudhu and read Fajr.
Allah tests us with hardship and prosperity to determine the validity of our trust in Him. Every Muslim goes through tests continuously. It’s not restricted to only those that commit sins, or only those that don’t commit as many sins as others. It simply depends on the existence of Iman in our heart.
Umm Salamah (R.A) narrates that she heard the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) say, “Any Muslim that says when a calamity befalls him that which Allah commanded him: ‘To Allah we belong and to him we return. O Allah reward me in this calamity and give me better then it’, Allah will grant him better than (that which he lost).” [Muslim]
“O you who believe! Seek Help in patience and Salah. Truly, Allah is with those that are patient.” [Al-Qur’an 2:153]
Huzaifah (R.A) states that whenever a matter became too much for Nabi (S.A.W), he turned to Salaah. Make a fresh wudhu and perform two rakaats Salaah. Allah loves us 70 times more than a mother loves her child, and He is Most-Merciful, All-Knowing.
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,