What is Sabr (Patience)?

Bismillahirahmanirrahim.

In the name of the Most Compassionate and Most Benevolent.

Patience, like love, takes form in many beautiful ways.

Beautiful in the way Allah subhanaa wa taala [swt] has commanded of us while we face our different adversities in this life. “Therefore, endure with a beautiful patience.” – Surah Al-Maarij (70:5)

It is also beautiful because whilst there is no definite or limited form, Allah SWT has promised that the reward for practising patience is immense, definite but not limited.

There is the patience at the first strike of calamity.

There is the patience while waiting.

There is the patience in self-restraint.

There is the patience while controlling extreme emotions of anger and sadness.

No matter the forms of patience that we have to learn to adopt at different time and situations in our lives, it will require us to have an unwavering trust in the fate and predestination set by Allah and His wisdom, hope in Allah’s endless mercy and love; and ultimately, fear of Allah.

These trust, hope and fear will alter and improve our behaviour before, during and after the moments in which patience has to take form. As the saying goes, patience is not only the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.

We should always have good opinions of Allah [swt] and his plans, and that He only wants the good and beautiful for you. May Allah [swt] give us strength to endure with beautiful patience, reward us immensely for this patience and grant us a beautiful ending. Amin.

Till the next time Insya’Allah.

Dua for patience:

رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَتَوَفَّنَا مُسْلِمِينَ – 7:126

Rabbana afrigh ‘alayna sabran wa tawaffana muslimeen. -Surah Al-Araf (7:126)

Our Lord! Pour out on us patience and constancy, and take our souls unto thee as Muslims (who bow to thy will)!

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