Patience is virtue

Do you guys remember the story of Moses? When Moses friend Khidr put a hole in a (side of a) boat and Moses object. The owner of the boat is poor. Shortly an oppressor King came to the river and forcedly took all boat except the one that have hole in it. So the owners of the boat praised Allah due to the fact that there was a hole in their boat.

Do we know what’s good for us?

How many times do we get upset due to an event (or rejoice) because of our limited perception of what that event may
hold for us?

I come across an article of where a young man receive a blessing from God disguise as a tragedy. He was supposed to board a plane back to Britain for a teaching job from Egypt. The immigration hold him back because his Visa missing one of stamp required. That was the last plane to Britain for the day. He will be late and won’t be able to report to the job and will get fired. He pleaded to the immigration, crying do everything he could but they still don’t let him board the plane.

Disappointed, he returned home only to learn a few hours later that the flight he was meant to take (Gulf Air flight GF072) crashed killing everyone on board. While feeling so sad for all the passengers onboard, he thanked Allah for his decree.

In times of distress or when we desire something badly, we shouldn’t always assume what’s good for us and what’s not because Allah may have decreed a different outcome. As Allah says in the Quran (part of the verse): “… and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” (Quran Al-Baqarah:216

Patience, that’s what a lot of us lack.
“patience can be defined as a manner of spiritual superiority by virtue of which we refrain ourselves from doing evil. it is also a faculty of the intellect that enables us to live properly in this world.” Qatada said, “Allah has created angels having reason but with no desires, animals have desires and no reason, and man has both reason and desires. Therefore, if one’s reason is stronger than his desires, he is like an angel. On the other hand, if his desires are stronger, he is like an animal.” (ibn Al-Qayyim – “The Way to Patience and Gratitude.”)

“….. whoever strives to be patient, Allah will make him patient” (Al-Bukhari).”


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