Saturday, November 3, 2007

Patience : A virtue of the Righteous


O you who believe, be steadfast; be supreme in steadfastness...
(The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 3, Verse 200)
God has revealed in a verse, "This is a Book We have sent down to you so that you can bring mankind from the darkness to the light, by the permission of their Lord, to the Path of the Almighty, the Praiseworthy" The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 14, Verse 1, thus drawing attention to the Quran's attribute of bringing people from darkness to light.

The Qur'an defines patience as one of the paths that lead people from darkness to light and as an attribute of morality that is superior to, wide-ranging, and very different from the daily behaviour of many people. True patience is a moral characteristic displayed in the face of difficulty and in every moment of life. Moreover, it requires the demonstration of determination and consistency during times of ease and hardship, and is a lifelong endeavour that never goes astray, even for a moment.

God gives the most striking examples of patience in the lives of the Prophets, because they showed patience while teaching God's religion and leading a moral life. They never deviated from their devotion to God, and were patient people who sought only God's approval. The Qur'an tells us that God loves those who trust Him and show patience in all circumstances:How many of the Prophets fought (in God's way), and with them (fought) large bands of godly men? But they never lost heart if they met with disaster in God's way, nor did they weaken (in will) or give in. And God loves those who are firm and steadfast. The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 3, Verse 146.

Life comes and goes just as quickly for those who live morally as for those who do not. Those who exhibit impatience when facing the tests that God creates while they are in this world, who revolt against them by becoming impatient, and who are not constant in their morality and worship one day will die and find themselves between Heaven and Hell. Those who choose patience and surrender to Destiny spend their temporary life here in the finest possible way and will enter Paradise due to their trust in God. Those who spend their life being impatient, and complaining about their difficulties and troubles will find themselves in the darkness of Hell, just as they lived here in the darkness of irreligion, and will realize that they have sacrificed eternal life for a short temporary life on Earth.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: Whoever remains patient, God will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.

4 comments:

Maryam said...

Patience surely is a important feature that has to be present in every creature. But Fatima ... There is an another thing to contradict it, It is said that Allah gives us sorrow only till the extent we can take it, If my patience level is less then my sorrows will be less too,Isnt it ????

Well .... Allah forgive me for my nonsense...I at times get irritated as i dont see a ray of hope in my life right now ... :-(

Fatima Mirza said...

Ya , actually i agree with what you are saying, coz I can tell you with my personal experiences that I am and have always been a very patient person and as a result always end up being sad and depressed and the day i published this post was actually one of the days where things were going beyond my patience level , and reading this actually helped me.

Firoze Amjad Zaidi said...

Patience truly is a virtue seldom found in people these days. I myself feel, I'm beginning to lose patience... I've always been quite cool throughout... but lately I've noticed I lose my temper quite fast... at the drop of a hat... as they say... a real spitfire...

But I know Bhabhi for a long time now... I've been with her since 1991??? since the time she got married... and I don't think I can recall any incident where she may have lost her temper... or not been patient. We all need to learn this from you...

May God guide us all to the right path... and may HE give us patience.

Fatima Mirza said...

Well, thanks a lot Feroze for yr comment, and very surprising to know tht u not patient ne more....hwcome...Take Care.And haan u know me since 92 nt 91 (hehe) , as it is it makes me feel ancient and u added another yr to it(hehe- just joking).