On the authority of Abu Maalik al-Haarith ibn Aasim al-Ashari, (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, ‘Purification is half of the faith. The phrase al-hamdulillah (‘All praises be to Allah ‘) fills the scale. The phrases sub-haanallaah (‘High is Allah above every imperfection and need; He is pure and perfect’) and al-hamdullilah (‘All praise be to Allah’) fill together – or each fill – what is between the heavens and earth. Prayer is a light. Charity is a proof. Patience is a brightness. The Qur’an is either an argument for you or against you. And everyone goes out in the morning and sells himself either freeing or destroying himself.” (Recorded in Muslim)
“Patience is a brightness.”
The Prophet (s) described patience as a dhiyaa which is an intense source of light. Allah (swt) has used this word in the Qur’an to describe the sun. Patience is like a bright shining splendor that can that can assist a person in their time of need.
Patience is not always easy. By definition it involves restraining oneself and controlling one’s actions. But even if things appear very difficult, with patience, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. This light and guidance come from Allah (swt), because He is with those who are patient. Allah (swt) says:
“Have patience. Verily, Allah is with those who are patient.” (Surah al-Anfaal)
Remembrance of Allah (swt) can help us to overcome any trials or tribulations that we face with patience, knowing that there will be a higher reward. When we remember Allah (swt) our hearts find comfort and satisfaction and our we our reminded of our true purpose in life. This can be a light for us showing us the Straight Path back to Allah (swt).
It often happens that when people are faced with a trial, they forget Allah (swt) and turn to other sources for help and assistance, some of them even forbidden. Some Muslims will ask ‘pious men’ such as ‘Saints’ or ‘Pirs’ for help in worldly or religious matters, thinking that they are ‘closer to Allah’. We do not need intermediaries to ask Allah (swt). In fact asking a human to help you in something that only Allah (swt) has power over is Shirk, associating partners with Allah (swt). When we face trials we should use them as a time to turn to Allah (swt) and draw closer to Him (swt), and then our patience will be a source of reward for us.
We also need patience to perform our Islamic obligations of prayer, pilgrimage, fasting and so forth. Allah (swt) has actually given patience precedence over prayer in the following ayah, perhaps for that reason:
“Seek help in patience and prayer. And truly this is hard except upon the true believers who humble themselves [to Allah].” (Surah al-Baqarah:45)
We also require patience to stay away from forbidden things. When we are faced with such things we should remember Allah (swt) and the Day of Judgement and make dua to Allah (swt) to make us patient and steadfast.
So let’s ask Allah (swt) to grant us patience in times of hardship and times of ease; patience to perform our obligatory duties; patience to deal with others in a goodly manner; patience to stay away from forbidden things; patience in the face of trials and tribulations; and patience in turning to Him (swt) only for assistance in our times of need. With this type of patience, the Straight Path will be illuminated for us and Allah (swt) will guide us to what is best. Allah (swt) is with those who are patient, and there is no better companion than Allah (swt).