Tough times come, and tough times go. But sometimes, it can feel like you can’t get ahead and things just continue to pile up It just doesn’t seem like it can get anywhere worse – and then it does, and does again. So how do we maintain our patience during times that test us?
To accept that difficult times are going to happen, whether we always do good or not is a skill.
Patience has been mentioned multiple times in the Quran and the Sunnah of the beloved Prophet (SAW). It has such a great status in the sight of Allah and in Islam. It is one of the best deeds and has limitless rewards.
Allah Almighty said in the Holy Quran:
“Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without Hisaab (without limit, calculation, and estimation).”(Quran, 39:10).
Islam is a complete code and guide for how to live and lead a life that Allah (SWT) would be pleased of.
Allah (SWT) said to those who are facing difficulties or trials that He is with them by guiding and supporting them and granting them a clear victory.
“Surely, Allah is with those who are As‑Saabiroon (the patient)” (Quran, 8:46).
From this verse of the Holy Quran, we can say that no matter what’s the situation we are facing we should be faithful and patient as Allah is with us, He will never leave us alone.
The Reward of Patience
Everything is about perspective. If you see everything that happens or comes your way is from Allah, and that everything happens for a reason, you are more inclined to think about the lessons from it instead of why things happened. Patience is a virtue, and it enables us to proceed towards worthy goals.
Ever been in a state where something terrible happens to you and you just feel like it was THE worst thing that could have EVER happened? But when you look back on them, you realize that a difficult time had happened for good to come. This is why it is important to have patience during at all times, especially when you feel like things are going all wrong. By believing that Allah (SWT) wanted things to go the way they do, then we can better appreciate our lives and the things we go through. By seeing obstacles as a lesson and a blessing, our perspective changes.
Always remember that your patience will never go unrewarded whether it is in this life or the next. The reward of every deed is known except for patience, imagine being amongst those who the angels will salute on the day of judgement- yes those will be the people of patience.
“…And the angels will enter upon them from every gate, [saying],”Peace be upon you for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home.” [ar-Ra’d 13:23-24].
We are encouraged to always Alhamdulillah, no matter the situation.
“And seek help in patience and As-Salah and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for humbly submissive [to Allah]”[Quran chapter 2, Verse 45].