Saturday, 5 January 2008

Patience Takes Courage


It is a small word with a big meaning.Just say the word, it brings many things to mind. A patient person is a courageous person. Patience takes courage, as it is extremelydifficult to obtain. You have to be brave to have patience.When you have trials and tribulations, be patient we should not complain as this is better for us. Patience is a virtue as the common saying goes, how true is this statement. If we look back in history, great people were patient people. Moses (peace be upon him ) had patience, when Pharaoh was terrorising his people. He actually when to Pharaoh many a times to try to prevent him from his wicked ways, he was patient. Look at Gandhi he did not resort to violence however, was patient and got what he wanted in the end. From looking at the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) he was patient to. This is what we need in our world now, patience. Many a times when something happens to us, which is not good.We rush into reactionary actions which is not the best thing to do. We never have patience and think clearly, and end up with even bigger problems.How many times has this happened to us ? Countless times

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Patience:
“It is important to look at the life of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and know that no one faced greater tribulation. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم lived to see all of his children buried, except for Fatima. How many people experience that in their lifetime? Out of six children, he saw five of them perish. His father died before his birth. His mother died when he was just a boy. His guardian grandfather then died. When he received his calling, he saw his people turn against him with vehemence and brutality. People who had once honored him now slandered him, calling him a madman, liar, and sorcerer. They stalked him and threw stones at him until he bled. They boycotted him and composed stinging invectives against him. He lost his closest friends and relatives, like Hamza, who was killed on the battlefield. His beloved wife Khadija after 25 years of blissful marriage died during the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم most difficult moment. Abu Talib, his protecting uncle, also died. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was the target of 13 assassination attempts. How many people have faced all of that? Not once in a single hadith is there a complaint from him–except when beseeching his Lord.”
[Excerpted from Purification of the Heart by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf]

What Great Relgions say on Patience

Islam :
"But give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who say, when afflicted with calamity, 'To God we belong, and to Him is our return.' They are those on whom descend blessings from their Lord, and mercy.
They are the ones who receive guidance." (2:155-157)Holy Quran
"Be patient, for your patience is with the help of God." (16:127) Holy Quran
"Through every difficulty there is relief. Verily, through every difficulty there is relief."
(94:5-6) Holy Quran

"The patient man shows much good sense, but the quick-tempered man displays folly at its height." (
Proverbs 14:29, NAB) Hebrew Bible

"Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, ... It bears all things, ... endures all things. Love never fails." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NAB) Holy Bible

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