I want to draw some lessons for us all from the advice of Lukman (
Alaihissalam) on patience and its benefits to us.
The Importance of patience cannot be over emphasis in Islam and
this was why Lukman AS in one of the numerous Advise to his Son stated the
following as Quoted from the Quran.
“And bear with patience whatever befalls you, Verily These are some
of the important commandments ordered by Allah with no exemption [Surah Luqman
Its Thus Clear that patience is a necessary factor in achieving
success both in this world and the hereafter,
It is a distinctive traits of the Beloved Servant of Allah
Subhanahu Wa Taala, the Messengers sent by Allah SWT were patient and that was why they were successful, Allah SWT Says About them thus that
“Verily(Many) Messengers were denied before you (Oh Muhammad
) but with patience they bore the denial, and they were hurt, Until Our
Help reached them and none can Alter the words ( decisions ) Of Allah, surely
there have reached you the information of the messengers( Before you )[
benefits the sincerely patient servant.
Patience is also thus divided into three.
Patience in Obeying the commands of Allah
Patience in Refraining from the prohibitions of Allah
Patience During the times of trials
OBEYING ALLAH’S COMMANDS
Allah SWT made it clear in the following Quran
verses as follows.
“Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is in between so
worship him( Alone) and be constant and patient in his worship”[Maryam 19:65]
“And Those who remained patient , seeking their lord’s countenance,
perform Salat and spend out of which we have bestowed on them, secretly and
openly, and defend evil with good, for such there is a good end”[Ar-Ra’ad
Obeying the commands of Allah SWT is manifested in carrying out the basic tenets of
Islam such as the following and many more.
Timely Observance of All the 5 Obligatory daily prayers.
Diligently Observance of fast during the months of Ramadan.
Paying Of Zakkah on our possessions and wealth that qualifies.
Observance Of Hajj when we can afford it( it’s not excusable that
you waste money extravagantly on what you do not need and claim to not be able
to afford Hajj, May Allah make it easy for us all)
Patience in your observance of your Ibadah no matter how critical you environment is on you or how discomforting you are intentionally made to feel by those who do not want you to,and you knowing well that Allah's reward is far greater than whatever you suffer in doing so.
REFRAINING FROM THE PROHIBITIONS OF ALLAH
Allah SWT made it clear in the following
Quran verses as follows
yourself ( oh Muhammad) patiently with those who call on your Lord( your
companions who remember their Lord with glorification, praising in prayers and
on other righteous deeds) morning and afternoon, seeking His face and let not
your eyes overlook them, desiring the pomp and glitter of the life of this
world, and obey him not whose head we have made heedless of Our remembrance,
one who follows his own lust and whose affair ( deeds) have been lost [Al-Kahf
from prohibitions such as the following and many more.
Committing Adultery and fornication.
Alcohol and intoxicants( cigarette, shisha, etc.)
Of Interest Or participating in Interest based transactions( Loans, Insurance,
Higher Purchase, Interest based Trades and so on )
Lying and giving false witness.
Consuming the wealth/inheritance of Orphans or those whose possessions entrusted with us.
disrespecting our parents and many much more other sins in Islam.
DURING THE TIMES OF TRIALS
“And We shall
test you with something of fear, Hunger, loss of wealth , lives and fruits, but
give glad tidings to the As-sabireen( The patient ones)[ Al-Baqarah 2:155]
And in a narration, Abu Sa’id and Abu Hurairah reported that the
Prophet SAW said“Never is a believer
stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or a mental worry
or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of
his patience ”[Bukhari And Muslim]
This Hadith mentions the special Grace
And Mercy of Allah SWT for the Muslims, it relates how Allah turn the hardship
and troubles suffered by a Muslim into a means of expiation for his sins.
this is only possible if the believer exercises patience, However if he
starts wailing instead of showing patience, then besides suffering hardship, he
would be deprived of the reward which lies in bearing them patiently.
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala also Says.
“O you who believe, Seek help in Patience and As-Salah( Prayer)
Truly Allah is with the As-Sabireen( The Patient)[ Al- Baqarah 2: 153]”
May Allah make us from the patient so that He may be
pleased with us and us with Him, may He give us the strength, wisdom and
guidance towards being Obedient to his commands.
May He give us the wisdom to refrain and seek
forgiveness and repentance from Him for our wrongful acts, make us steadfast and
patient during the advent of His trials on us,
May he accept from us and make the last part of our lives
the best, make the best of our deeds the last and make the best day the day
that we meet Him.
May He forgive us our Sins, guide us right from the
evil of insincere intentions and save us from misguided knowledge and grant us
what is beneficial to us.
May he make us as patient as the Prophets and May
His help reached us as it reached Them. AMEEN