The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,
- “Wondrous is the affair of the believer as there is good for him in every matter, and this is not true for anyone but the believer. If he is pleased, then he thanks Allah and there is good for him. If he is harmed, then he shows patience and there is good for him.” (Muslim)
- “If Allah loves a people, then he afflicts them with trials. Whoever is patient has the reward of patience, and whoever is impatient has the fault of impatience.” (Ahmad)
There are 3 types of patience:
- Patience when the calamity strikes
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Verily, patience is at the first strike.” [Bukhari]
When a calamity strikes we should not question the Qadr (decree) of Allah. We should recognise that Allah is in control of everything.
- Patience in avoiding sin
Avoiding sins requires you to have self-control and discipline. We need to have the determination to stay away from sin.
- Patience in being obedient to Allah
It’s easy to start doing good deeds, but it’s a bit more difficult to be consistent in our obedience to Allah. Patience is needed if we want to continue to do good, even when we go through hardships.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.” [Ibn Majah]
When we fast, we are patient as we are in a state of obedience to Allah. When we pray, we try to stay in a state of focus and this also requires us to be patient.