Kindness is a natural result of faith

The Power of Patience

Patience is an admirable quality which helps us connect with Allah Almighty, speak and act upon the truth, and endure with strength through hardships. There is a great reward only for those among us who are patient. In this world, we face many challenges, difficulties or trials and sufferings but we have to be patient because Allah loves those who did patient in a difficult times. Be patient, surely, Allah is with those who are patient. Allah says:

فَاصْبِرْ إِنَّ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقٌّ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لِذَنبِكَ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ بِالْعَشِيِّ وَالْإِبْكَارِ

“So be patient; indeed, (the) Promise of Allah (is) true. And ask forgiveness for your sin and glorify (the) praise (of) your Lord in the evening and the morning.” (Surah Ghafir 40:55)

Patience is a virtue, which enables the individual to proceed towards worthy goals. As Islam is a complete code of life and it guides and teaches us in every sphere of life. So it teaches us we have to do patient in our difficult situations in this way we have the strong belief in Allah that He will never leave us alone. Those who will remain patient will enter into Paradise. Allah says:

وإن تصبروا وتتقوا لا يضركم كيدهم شيئا إن الله بما يعملون محيط

“…And if you are patient and fear Allah, their plot will not harm you at all. Indeed, Allah is encompassing of what they do.…” (Surah Al ‘Imran 3:120)

Patience is something that is recommended by Allah which means it requires determination. Patience is an admirable quality which helps us connect with Allah, speak and act upon the truth, and endure with strength through hardships. Allah is with those who are patient. The Power of Patience calls on us to reclaim our time, our priorities, and our ability to respond to life with a firmly grounded sense of who we are. It is the best gift, we soon learn, that we can give ourselves.

Here are some great virtue and significance of patience:

  1. Patience has a great status in the sight of Allah and in Islam
  2. Patience adopts the method of avoidance of confrontation
  3. Patience depart from committing the sins and evil deeds
  4. Patience is made a condition of success and prosperity
  5. Patience is the way to earn the companionship of Allah
  6. Patience flows on, swirling around the boulders
  7. Patience is a culture of a man of mission
  8. Patience and taqwa are great protection
  9. Patience is a condition of prosperity
  10. Patience is a very lofty quality
  11. Patience is a culture of prophets
  12. Patience is one of the best qualities
  13. Patience brings power and strength
  14. Patience is enjoined upon believers
  15. Patience gain all valuable achievement
  16. Patience is made a condition of success
  17. Patience is a means of seeking Allah’s help
  18. Patience also brings an amazing source of support
  19. Patience and Eemaan are prerequisites for leadership
  20. Patience and taqwa are conditions for Allah’s help and support

Patience is of best from deeds and has a great reward with no limit. We need to adopt this same principle in our lives, too. Otherwise, there is no gain, no success, and no achievement. The only other option is destruction. So, when achievement in the world depends on patience, one cannot underestimate its importance in every aspect of life— personal, social, national and international. Only those people will find entry into Paradise who are purified souls.

Ways to Cultivate Patience:

  • Noticing times when you lost your patience and what it felt like
  • Enjoy a deep breath and let the impatience go on the exhale
  • Practising being patient with the smaller stuff
  • Taking a break by moving and shifting focus
  • Reflect on circumstances
  • Describe patience-building techniques
  • Recognize the benefits of being patient
  • life is those things we wait for the longest for
  • Practice patience while interacting with your team

Patience in Islam is not about adopting a passive attitude. The Quran does not teach us to remain silent, but neither does it encourage confrontation. Life is a mix of challenges, with everyone having the freedom to do as they wish and live the life that they see fit. This, of course, means that there will be times when another person’s freedom is not compatible with our own. Allah says:

وجعلنا منهم أئمة يهدون بأمرنا لما صبروا وكانوا بآياتنا يوقنون

“And We made from among them leaders guiding by Our command when they were patient and [when] they were certain of Our signs. “ (Surah As-Sajdah 32:24)

In Islam, having patience (sabr in Arabic) comes with many benefits and rewards. Allah said to those who are facing challenges, difficulties or trials that He is with them by guiding and supporting them and granting them a clear victory. If you are patient in all your sufferings then the patient ones will receive plenty of rewards for their good deeds.

There are many verses in the Holy Quran about the virtues and benefits of patience. Some of them are given below:

  • Those People who have patience are the rightful people to lead so we can say leadership comes with patience. “And Allah loves As-Saabiroon (the patient).” (Imran 3:146)
  • With patience, you will get all the good things. “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. “Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning.” (Quran, 39:10)
  • Allah is with those who are patient. “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. “And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah.” (Quran, 42:43)
  • ”Await in patience the command of your Lord…” (Quran, 52:48)

Patience is when a person works constantly to fulfil obligations and to do righteous deeds for pleasing Allah. Allah commands His servants. Patience is considered a virtuous good deed. At times, we may think that we are at a loss when our patience does not bear the result that we aspire to. True patience is foregoing the bounties of this life for the bounties of the next life. Allah says:

إلا الذين صبروا وعملوا الصالحات أولئك لهم مغفرة وأجر كبير

“Except for those who are patient and do righteous deeds; those will have forgiveness and great reward.” (Surah Hud 11:11)

The importance of patience is a recurring theme in the Quran with the word ‘sabr’, appearing more than 100 times in the scriptures. Problems arise because of the differences in nature amongst people. Patience is only another name for the management of these differences. Patience is thus the basic condition for success in this world. People of patience will be awarded unlimited rewards.

Use the STOP practice:

  • S: Stop what we’re doing or maybe saying to take a deliberate pause.
  • T: Take a mindful breath or several mindful breaths. Narrowing the focus of attention to what the breath feels like as it moves in and out of the body.
  • O: Observe the bodily sensations, thoughts, emotions and even urges that are present in the moment, acknowledging they are natural and already here.
  • P:  Proceed. Having taken the opportunity to check in, choosing the wisest way to proceed. What next step is best to take, or not to take with the longer term in mind. If the body is still highly activated, maybe choose to do the STOP practice again.

Patience has many graceful effects, good benefits and generous consequences. It is an excellent means of strength against adversities, harms, hardships and anxieties. Patience provides us resistance against weakness and endows us with a steadfastness in obeying Allah. It is the best tool of firmness against tribulations and temptations. Moreover, it is the weapon of a Muslim through which he will be successful both in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah says:

فَاصْبِرْ لِحُكْمِ رَبِّكَ وَلَا تُطِعْ مِنْهُمْ آثِمًا أَوْ كَفُورًا

“So be patient for (the) Command (of) your Lord and (do) not obey from them any sinner or disbeliever.” (Surah Al-Insan 76:24)

Allah is with those who are patient, more specifically during calamity and suffering. It is our belief and Faith that Allah  Alone can protect us from all harm and ease our difficulties. Therefore, patience is obligatory in such panic situations and hardships in all that Allah had decreed for us. It is a distinct moral of a Muslim. May Allah gives us the strength to face difficulties with Patience! Ameen.