Patience brings power and strength

Allah Is With The Patient

Patience is an aspiration because it is not just something that we do, but rather something that we need to build in ourselves and adapt to different situations. Its importance is highlighted in the fact that it has been mentioned in the Qur’an over ninety times. When something bad happens, we can force ourselves to be patient by reminding ourselves that with hardship comes ease and that after a period of hardship Allah gives relief. Allah says:

وَاصْبِرْ وَمَا صَبْرُكَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ وَلَا تَحْزَنْ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا تَكُ فِي ضَيْقٍ مِّمَّا يَمْكُرُونَ

“And be patient and not (is) your patience but from Allah. And (do) not grieve over them and (do) not be in distress for what they plot.” (Surah An-Nahl 16:127)

Patience’s position to faith is similar to the position of the head to the body. We can only be truly patient when we realize that everything is from Allah, and that is how everything is illuminated. It is the opposite of darkness and impatience. Impatience is darkness because it frustrates us, we can behave rashly and we do not see the wisdom in the delay. Our belief is based on the truth that has come from the Creator of this world.  Allah says:

وَمَا تَنقِمُ مِنَّا إِلَّا أَنْ آمَنَّا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّنَا لَمَّا جَاءَتْنَا رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَتَوَفَّنَا مُسْلِمِينَ

“And not you take revenge from us except that we believed in (the) Signs (of) our Lord when they came to us. Our Lord! Pour upon us patience and cause us to die (as) those-who-submit/Muslims.” (Surah Al-A`raf 7:126)

Patience is a key element in the life of a believer. Life is full of trials that an individual must face with patience. Patience is basically when a person restrains himself from being fearful during hard times. Patience is the first weapon for the believer to use when facing hardship.  Many people do not know the true meaning of patience, how truly patient people are required to behave, or how important this is in Allah’s sight. A believer is that of a fresh tender plant.

Patience enables us to analyze things and situations beyond their face value:

  1. Patience has the ability to step away from a stressful situation
  2. Patience is the way to earn the companionship of Allah
  3. Patience and Eemaan are prerequisites for leadership
  4. Patience also brings an amazing source of support
  5. Patience and taqwa are conditions for Allah’s help
  6. Patience brings alongside righteous actions
  7. Patience is made a condition of success
  8. Patience be aware of the power of Allah 
  9. Patience helps us achieve our goals
  10. Patience is a condition of prosperity
  11. Patience practice positive self-talk
  12. Patience is linked to good health
  13. Patience brings guidance
  14. Patience be firm in doing good
  15. Patience brings power and strength
  16. Patience is enjoined upon believers
  17. Patience is one of the best qualities
  18. Patience keeps a log of your triggers
  19. Patience befriend the people of Allah 
  20. Patience and taqwa are great protection
  21. Patience is a means of seeking Allah’s help
  22. Patient people are better friends and neighbours
  23. Patience has more generosity, compassion, mercy
  24. Patience enables individuals to tolerate flaws in others
  25. Patience is linked to self-control, and regulate our emotions

Patience to resist a desire is not only refraining from obtaining that desire at any cost. One who is patient in anger is able to take on any insults or harsh words, to avoid a reaction, to give up for the sake of making peace, to put their points across without causing anyone else to be insulted.

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran: 

  • “And Allah loves As-Saabiroon (the patient).” (Imran 3:146)
  • ”Await in patience the command of your Lord…” (At-tur 52:48)
  • “…And be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (Anfal 8:46)
  • “But if you endure patiently, verily, it is better for As-Sabirin.” (Quran 16:126)
  • “…indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account.” (Quran 39:10)
  • “And we did some of them, exemplary leaders, to guide the men with our will. This by being patient and having been convinced of our signs.” (Sajdah 32: 24)
  • “…And if you are patient and fear Allah, their plot will not harm you at all. Indeed, Allah is encompassing of what they do.…” (Imran 3:120)
  • “Oh, you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer, for God, is with those who patiently persevere.” (Quran 153)
  • “Those who fear [punishment] and are patients [to adversity] know that Allah will not fail of reward to the benefactor.” (Yusuf12: 90)
  • “…Indeed, We found him patient, an excellent servant. Indeed, he was one repeatedly turning back [to Allah]. “ (Sad 38:44)
  • “Except for those who are patient and do righteous deeds; those will have forgiveness and great reward.” (Hud 11:11)
  • “O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (Quran 2:153)

Patience is of best from deeds and has a great reward with no limit. Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. Every single person in this world is facing some sort of trial or test. God’s promise will promise rewards and help you if you are one of those who are patient. Allah says:

وَلَمَن صَبَرَ وَغَفَرَ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ لَمِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ

“And whoever (is) patient and forgives, indeed, that (is) surely of matters of determination.” (Surah Ash-Shura 42:43)

Patience makes a person capable of finding a positive and successful solution to any problem. Patience is a good, praise-worthy and desirable character. It is a distinct moral of a Muslim. It has many graceful effects, good benefits, and generous consequences. It is an excellent means of strength against adversities, harms, hardships, and anxieties. Allah says:

إِنِّي جَزَيْتُهُمُ الْيَوْمَ بِمَا صَبَرُوا أَنَّهُمْ هُمُ الْفَائِزُونَ

“Indeed, I have rewarded them this Day because they were patient, indeed, they [they] (are) the successful ones.” (Surah Al-Mumin 23:111)

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. We must learn and develop how to have patience in our personalities. Therefore, we should try hard to practise patience in our lives; we also should know that we could all gain patience with practice and struggle. May Almighty Allah make us among those who are patient! Ameen