By time, indeed, mankind is in loss, except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience (Al Asr, 1-3. Glorious Quran, English version).
This is the very significant teaching to a human not particularly to Muslims is decipher through the very word as mankind.
Hardships, lurches, vexes, challenges, fluctuations, diseases, detriments, damages and many more incalculable conditions are common phenomena to happen in one’s life. But there are the differences among these in befalling people. These remain with people in variety of the factors of being haves and have-nots in the world.
The strength and weakness among people has also different levels. Myriads of the news stories of suicide being committed by either of the genders for time and again are happened to be read and listened via integrated media. The reason behind these misdeeds may also be categorized as they do not follow the Islamic teachings.
The history is imbued with incalculable examples of the patient people around the globe. Those who survived their lives with severe patience have made their histories own. It is somehow because they can be characterized as to have their confidence in themselves. It not only makes people strong believers but also makes them get rewarded by almighty Allah. It is likely and usually said that patience is something hard to get but its output and consequence happen to be sweet at best. Not getting patience firmly is having two bad consequences like Hazart Abu Bakr Siddique (RA) has rightly said that it is difficult to be patient but to waste the rewards for patience is worse. So, one must be patient in facing the music collectively.
The patience is having variety of its types, such as having good attitude against the misdeeds being pouring over one’s personality, staying cool in facing the damage comprising the harm to one’s crop, death of one’s kiths and kins, getting loss of the wealth, earning income not suitable to survive, and not succeeding in getting the high results after one strives hard in his/her life.
The integrated patience in a verse of holy Quran comprising the diverse forms of patience is described in a decipher manner. It is: “and we will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient” (Al Baqrah 2, verse 155, English translation of glorious Quran). It is something various shapes of sorrows over which one has to get help through patience and partly via prayer.
A patient is fortunate to have been mentioned in the list of those who are particularly asked to have the especial company of Allah almighty with them. Quran suggest the same story as: Oh you, who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer, indeed, Allah is with the patient (Al Baqrah 2, verse 153, English translation of glorious Quran). Really, the men having an unprecedented company of Allah almighty is regarded high in the mundane life as well as in day-after-here. The significance of patience is that it gives much more significance to a man getting help from it and grabbing it firmly.
In terms of waiting whatever a man wants for, it is closely depending on how much the faith and stamina he/she possesses and the constant struggle results in achievements a lot. Patience does not demand for ability to have it but the waiting calmly to achieve something it requires at best. Because, in Sudanese proverb, patience is the key which solves all the problems.
Time and patience, according to some quarter’s view, are the most powerful warriors. Waiting to get something valuable or precious is from time and being cool while waiting is the patience, thus, they inclusively play a successful role in rewarding the people with what they demand for and also, on the other hand, are they rewarded with especial mercy, company and pleasure of Allah almighty.
Hazrat Ali has argued over the patience bearer as, “He who practices the patience will never be deprived of the success, even though it may take a long time to reach him” [sic]. On another place, he has said that “the patience ensures victory”. He is highly confident in what he has said about the patience because he has practiced the patience (a hard and bitter practice) in his life.
Beside holy Quran teachings, the most prominent personalities of the world are available to read them about how they practiced the patience and how they achieved the rewards, pleasure and got Allah almighty agreed with them. Through their lives’ stories we can strongly be succeed to achieve all we want highly.
So let’s have the practice of patience even if we would have to pass through its bitterness and stay believed to achieve its sweet fruits and get our Allah be agreed with us.
Author: Rameez Ali Mahesar