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  • The Reality of Patience

    By Imam Ibnul Qayyim

    In truth, patience is a virtuous manner that exhorts the Muslim to do that which is good and to shun that which is evil. Al-Juneid defined Patience as, "graceful endurance of adversaries."

    Dhun-Noon characterized it as, "distancing oneself from sins; self-control in times of crisis; and showing contentment when one is penniless.

    Al-Khawas defined patience as, "steadfastness to the injunctions of the Qur'an and Sunnah."

    The Guided Caliph, Ali Ibn Abi Talib, described patience for what it is, an essential means for good life, by saying, 'patience is a dependable vehicle."

    From another perspective, Intolerance is the opposite of patience, and Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) says about the dwellers of Hellfire, "It is all the same for us whether we show intolerance or are patient; there is for us no place of escape." (14:21)

    Intolerance is akin to impotence, whereas patience is akin to capability. If intolerance was asked: who is your father, the answer would be: impotence. And if countenance was asked: who is your father, the answer would be: patience!

    The self, thus, is the vehicle that carries its owner to either Hellfire or to Paradise. Patience is the steering wheel of this vehicle, and a vehicle without a steering wheel would definitely go awry.

    Al-Hajaj was quoted as saying in one of his sermons, "Restrain yourselves, for they have tendency towards corruption, and may Allah shower his mercy upon someone who controls himself and directs it in the path of obedience (to Allah), and leads it away from sins, for acquiring the patience one needs to avoid Allah's Prohibitions is easier than having the patience one needs to bear His punishment."

    Within each self - or soul - there are two forces: one is a force of thrusting forward, venturing and daring, and the second is a force of abstinence and retreat. Respectively, these forces provide a person with the ability to act and achieve things and the ability to desist from, and avoid things.

    Patience is to utilize the first ability in beneficial actions, and to utilize the latter in avoiding harmful actions. Some people's patience in doing beneficial things is stronger that their patience in avoiding things that are evil and harmful. Thus, they show patience and tolerate the difficulty associated with being steadfast on doing good deeds, while succumbing to the leanings of themselves towards bad deeds and corruption.

    Others' ability to do good deeds is stronger than their ability to tolerate staying away from sins. Some have no patience either in doing good deeds or avoiding sins.

    The best ones are those who have enough patience in being steadfast both in the doing of good deeds and the avoidance of prohibitions and sins. Many people are capable of enduring the difficulty of performing night salah (Qiamul Layl), even in cold winter, and of performing fasting, but fail to lower their gazes. Many tolerate the difficulty of lowering their gazes, whereas they fail to endure the difficulty of enjoining good, forbidding evil and participating in jihad against evildoers.

    In this regard it is said, "Patience is the steadfastness of the motive of one's Deen (religion) and intellect, in the face of the motives of one's whims and desires." This means that habits pull man towards his desires, while the forces of Deen and intellect pull him in the opposite direction.

    So, these two forces are in a permanent state of war. So, let us all be aware of such war and seek to strengthen the right motive for winning it.

    [From: Al Jumu'ah Vol. 14 Issue

    Sunday : 15/09/2002

    http://www.islamweb.net/web/misc.Art...9091&thelang=E
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    .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
    نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
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      Originally posted by AbuMubarak
      .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
      نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
      دولة الإسلامية باقية





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