Patience – The Trait of Every True Believer

A western commentator, William Patron, has observed: “One of the fruits of Islam has been the stubborn durable patience which comes out of the submission to the absolute will of God. This thinking is verily very liable”. Islam fasten enormous significance to patience. Quranic verses directly or indirectly place substantial emphasis on this virtue. In reality, patience is a trait without which the very conception of Islam is unconceivable.

Patience is the first weapon for the believer to use when facing adversities. It is an attribute of morality that is splendid to wide-ranging and is very distinct from the daily behavior of many people. Moreover, it requires the demonstration of determination and congruity during times of ease and hardship and is a lifelong striving that never goes off track, even for a moment.

Islam puts such a hefty and considerable stress on patience that it has been cited in the Noble Quran ninety times and has also been mentioned in the genuine Ahadith of Holy Prophet (S.A.W). In the Holy Quran, we are enjoined to remain patient in these words “Endure with fortitude whatever befalls you.”

Allah gives the most striking examples of patience in the lives of the Prophets, because they showed patience while teaching Allah’s religion and leading a moral life. They never deviated from their devotion to Allah and were patient people who sought only Allah’s approval.

The circumstances under which believer is requested to practice steadfastness are:

  • When you are sick with a severe ailment.
  • When you lose a loved one.
  • When your business encounters certain drawbacks or even great loses.
  • Fasting is a manifestation of patience. As during fasting, a person abstains from eating, drinking and from practicing unlawful pleasures, thus exercising patience.

It is also believed that when man was created, Allah gave him the power to withstand all what he will face in life. Patience in this sense is a manifestation of strength, because to be patient you have to be the master of your feelings and prevent them dominatig over you, which can lead you to fall, but rather allow them to strengthen you. In this respect, we read the saying of Hazrat Ali when he buried the Messenger “If you had not ordered us to be patient and not to lament and bemoan loudly, we would have kept weeping and lamenting ceaselessly.”

Patience is regarded as the exercise of self control in demanding circumstances. It is a integrity, which enables the individual to stem towards precious goals, undeflected by hostile circumstances or customary provokings. If he allows himself to become upset by opposition, nettles or other kinds of unpleasantness, he will never reach his aims. He will simply become entrapped in irrelevancies. The only way to deal with the annoying side of daily living is to exercise patience. It will enable one to absorb shocks and to continue, undeterred, on one’s onward journey.

Patience makes a person capable of finding a affirmative and successful solution to any problem. When someone explodes with anger while facing his adversary, he loses the capacity to respond effectively or to think of well-planned action. But when he applies patience and tolerance, he finds himself competent to make a rational move instead of an impulsive reaction. History testifies that one who acts on impulses and emotional reactions, invariably fails; and one who responds rationally, always succeeds.

Patience is undoubtedly the superior solution to all problems. (5.SS/9.95)