Hmmmm… a very vast topic, described by many subjectively.
The Arabic word for patience is صبر (Sabr) and it comes from a root word meaning to stop, disdain, or refrain.
Ibn Ataa defined it as surviving through the problem with good attitude.
Raweem said it’s to leave complaining.
It can be a quality you admire in the driver behind you but can’t stand in the driver who’s in front of you.
I describe it as a luxury some possess while a few actually demonstrate when required.
And how can I forget the famous quotation of all time patience is a virtue.
Going through the stories of many successful personalities, we observe that almost all of them were struck with hardships and debilitating circumstances but they managed through the storm and lighting seemingly clinging to a word they describe as hope, but what made them live through those moments and survive the devastation was, my dear readers PATIENCE.
Patience truly is a virtue. Sadness and worry are part of the human nature. There are two ends to any string, one is the cheerful moment that makes us want it to last forever and the other is the dark moment that turns us into a living mummy. In between is the real life, it is in these times that we need to establish a connection with the divine being.
The great Islamic scholar Ibn al Qayyim said that our happiness in this life and our salvation in the Hereafter depend on patience. It is mentioned in the Quran
“Verily! I have rewarded them this Day for their patience; they are indeed the ones that are successful.”
There are numerous occasions in the Quran where Allah tells us to be patient. The most important part of being patient is that we accept whatever Allah has chosen for us and realize that whatever happens to us could not have missed us and whatever is not written for can never reach us. I will end this in your care with some meaningful words.
Patience with others is LOVE
Patience with self is HOPE
Patience with God is FAITH