Remember that this whole life according to our religion is a life of test and trials and therefore everyone of us will be tested in different ways.
The one major mechanism to overcome those tests and trials is patience. Seek Allah’s help when you face the calamities, when you have any problems.
Life is difficult, you need help, what help are you going to get? Allah mentions two things:
Seek help through patience and prayer.
Whenever something bothered the Prophet, he would rush to stand in prayer.
Prayer would make him calm, it would make him conquer those problems, those fears, those frustrations.
So patience and prayers are the two things that Allah has told us to seek help in, and also realize that beautiful verse in the Quran that Allah tells us:
Be patient a beautiful patience.
So patience is of levels and the highest level is beautiful patience. And beautiful patience is one when people don’t even realize you are being patient, nobody know other than Allah that you’re being patient. That is the perfection of patience…
Nobody can see you’re frustrated, nobody can see you’re agitated, nobody can see that you’re feeling anger… You have mastered it so much that only Allah knows and that is the perfection that Allah says:
Perfect your patience until it is a perfect and beautiful patience.
How to be Patient during Trials?
And the final hadith that I’ll remind myself and all of you is that how one achieves patience?
Well, there is no easy mechanism, fasting is one of them, to perfect our fast but the main mechanism of achieving patience is to want patience from Allah to be eager to be patient, to be greedy to be blessed with patience.
And this we learn from the beautiful hadith of Prophet Muhammad:
Whoever desires to be patient, he actively wants to be patient, Allah will give him patience he requires.
What a beautiful hadith. There is no magic trick; there is no mechanism other than wanting to be patient.
When the calamity happens, you realize: “you know what? I need to be patient. O Allah help me to be patient”
You want to be patient, then demonstrate to Allah, show to Allah, have that desire and Allah promised: “You want that patience, you will get it”
Allah tells us in the Quran:
And for your Lord be patient.
If you’re patient for your Lord, then you will get it, and this is by the way of the first commandments that was given to Prophet Muhammad by Allah.
This video is transcribed by Reading Islam team.