Patience is actually defined as bearing the provocation, pain and misfortune without any complaint and loss of temper. It can also be regarded as an ability to be patient and tolerate all the bad happenings of life. Patience, being the most powerful tool to overcome frustration, is one of those attributes that everyone must possess in order to critically analyze things and to live a life of dignity, peace and patience. It allows to delay judgments of daily life long enough to make valuable and right decisions, hence, paves the path to happy life ahead.

That is why, it is often quoted:
“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
(Nepoleon Hill)

In Islam, patience with firm believe in Allah Ta’ala is called sabr (Arabic: sabr), considered as among one of the best virtues of life as Muslims believe that an individual can surely attain inner peace through sabr to get more close to Allah. Those who are patient mainly during suffering and calamity, Allah is always with them everywhere. Holy Quran is the best guide to all that contains several verses that urge the followers of Islam to seek the assistance from Allah in the time of loss and fear with prayers, patience and the perseverance of Almighty Allah.

For example:
Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere; who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”.
(Quran, 2:155-156)

Not only in Holy Quran but also in Hadith Sahih Bukhari, patience in mentioned as the best virtue.

Narrated Aisha: Iasked Allah’s Rasool about the plague. He said, “That was a mean of torture which Allah used to send upon whomsoever He wished, but He made it a source of mercy for the believers, for anyone who is residing in a town in which this disease is present, and remains there and does not leave that town, but has patience and hopes for Allah’s reward, and knows that nothing will befall him except what Allah has written for him, then he will get such rewards as that of a martyr”.
(Sahih al Bukhari, 8:77:616)

A person who truly loves Allah Almighty feels its much easier to be patient because he sees that everything is coming from Allah Ta’ala, and if comes from Almighty Allah, there must a solid reason for that. It enables an individual to step forward towards noble goals. We often experience that when something happens and we feel that as worst thing that can happen, but after that period of trial, when relief comes we surely realize that previous bad time had happened for good time to come.

Patience obviously rewards, this reward is immediate in some cases and may be longer term as well. Patience is declared as something that is recommended by Allah Almighty means it is requiring much determination and steadfastness. All the challenges that we face and the trials we cross actually come on the way as character builders and make us even more stronger than ever before. It cultivates the positive personality being a divine shield that surrounds its believers. We can make much better decisions and preserve our those relationships we really care about by virtue of the patience.

Beside other benefits, it is directly related to the mental health of individuals and so, to the physical health too. Patience enables us to cultivate the positive thoughts, it suppresses the stress and frustration making mind peaceful and free of negative thoughts. Being an exercise of the self-control, it keeps everyone away from doing immediate decisions that are often inaccurate and wrong.

We all are supposed to be patient in every field of life in all the circumstances as it is the only way to lessen stress and immediate decisions by creating a healthy and active environment around by leading a frustration and stress free life. May Allah bless all of us with this divine shield to enjoy peace an happiness in this world and the world hereafter. (Ameen)

Author: Tayyaba Usman.

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