In the Quran, Allah ta’ala says:
اِنَّ اللهَ مَعَ الصّٰبِرِيْن
Indeed, Allah is with those who are patient (as-Śaabireen).
The word ٓمَع is used here – the things that are mentioned with this word accompany one another. Thus, in this ayah it means that Allah ta’ala is with as-Śaabireen, and اِنَّ is emphatic of this relationship between the the two.
Who are as-Śaabireen?
As discussed in a previous post about patience, one is only recognised by a characteristic when that characteristic is found consistently in that person.
Upon reflection, we find that patience has several aspects.
- Patience – desire
- Patience – anger
- Patience – hope, prayer, tawakkul.
Patience to resist a desire is not only refraining from obtaining that desire at any cost. Absolute patience, in this regard, is not pursuing the desire AND being content with what one has. To be satisfied and thankful to Allah ta’ala for what we do have, and appreciating that it is better than what it could have been otherwise.
It is the realisation that any worldly need ultimately is possible only by the will of Allah ta’ala, and that rather than going after the desire, one needs only to turn to Him and ask for what is best for oneself.
One who is patient in anger is able to take on any insults or harsh words, to avoid a reaction, to give up for the sake of making peace, to put their points across without causing anyone else to be insulted.
The other type of patience is when going through sadness and difficulty. When a calamity befalls, the easiest thing to say is “Why me? Why did this happen to me despite my faith in Allah?” Ironically, this very saying questions whether we really trust Allah. If you have faith in what Allah says and does, do you really question why life throws it’s difficulties only at you? Or does one accept that it is as Allah ordained it?
In the Quran, we find that:
“Allah does not lay on any soul a burden except to the extent to which He has granted it; Allah brings about ease after difficulty.”
Indeed, we must have tawakkul, that is, that we must make Allah ta’ala our ‘wakeel’ (one who deals with someone’s problems).
إِن يَنصُرْكُمُ اللَّهُ فَلَا غَالِبَ لَكُمْ وَإِن يَخْذُلْكُمْ فَمَن ذَا الَّذِي يَنصُرُكُم مِّن بَعْدِهِ وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
If Allah assists you, then there is none that can overcome you, and if He forsakes you, who is there then that can assist you after Him? And on Allah should the believers rely (ie. do tawakkul).
The above aspects of patience are difficult to maintain. But it is the struggle against this difficulty that Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala rewards, so we must continue to strive to observe it.
May Allah make us of as-Śaabireen.