Allah loves the Patient...

by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah


Allah, Glorious and Most High, has made patience a race horse that never falters or stumbles, a sword that never loses its sharpness, a vanquishing army that is never defeated, and a fortified stronghold that never breaks and is never taken by force. Patience and divine help are two blood brothers,
Divine help comes with patience, relief follows difficulty, and ease follows hardship. Patience aids and supports a person more than an army of people, and in the attainment of victory it is like the head to the body. In His Book, the Truthful Guarantor has promised that He will repay the patient with a reward that knows no bounds; He informed us that He is with the patient through His guiding them, aiding them, and granting them clear victory. He, Exalted is He says,
He informed us that patience is best for the patient, consolidating this reality by taking an oath,
He informed us that the plots of the enemy are of no avail against the one who has patience and taqwa,
He informed us that it was the patience and taqwa of his truthful Prophet, Yusuf, that led him to circumstances of nobility and authority,
Success is dependent on patience and taqwa,
He, Exalted is He, gave the greatest encouragement possible concerning patience to those who desire Him saying,
He gave glad-tidings to the patient of three things; each of these things being better than anything that could be envied in this world,
He enjoined His servants to seeking aid through patience and prayer in the face of the vicissitudes of the world and religion,
He declared that the grant of victory by way of Paradise and deliverance from the Fire is only for the patient,
He informed us that the desire for His reward and turning away from this world and its allures can only be attained by the patient believer,
Returning an evil with that which is better transforms an enemy into a close friend,
None will attain this quality but those who are truly patient. None will obtain it but those who have great good fortune.[13]He divided the creation in two groups: the People of the Right and the People of the Left. He particularised the People of the Right to be those who urge each other to patience and mercy[15] and particularised the patient and grateful as those who truly benefit from his Signs. He said in four verses of His Book,
Patience and forgiveness are from the resolute, definite, matters such that the one who trades in them will never face loss,
He ordered His Messenger to be patient for His judgment and informed us that patience can only be for His sake, and through this all calamities become relatively minor and easy to bear
Patience is the noose of the believer, tying him down: he may wander for a bit but always returns. It is the pillar of his faith to which he recourses: there is no faith for the one who has no patience. If, in such a case, it does exist, it would be severely weak. The one who has no patience is like one worshipping Allah at the edge of a faltering precipice: if good comes his way he takes comfort, but if trial comes his way, the world turns inside out and he loses both it and the Hereafter.
The best livelihood that the felicitous attained was because of their patience. They rose to the most exalted stations because of their gratitude. On the wings of patience and gratitude they soared to the Gardens of perpetual bliss. That is the grace of Allah which He bestows on whoever He will, He is the possessor of great grace.
Faith is of two halves: patience and gratitude. As such it is befitting for one who is sincere to himself, who desires his soul to succeed, and gives preference to its being felicitous, that he not ignore these two principles, and not swerve from these two paths. In this way Allah would place him in the better of the two parties on the Day of His meeting.
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