Tuesday, 11 June 2013


‘Patience’ they say is a virtue.

If we apply patience in all our actions, we shall be successful if Allah wills. Impatience at our work places causes a lot of havoc. People are not patient enough to wait for promotions, postings, etc. hence they tend to engage in all sorts of abominable acts just to satisfy their needs. Some people bribe their ways to the top just because they are not patient enough to wait for Allah’s time. Some even go to the extent of patronizing soothsayers, performing rituals and other various forms of shirk.

Anyone that believes there is another source of power, harm or blessing besides Allah has committed shirk (polytheism) which is the greatest sin one can commit. All Power and Dominion belongs to Allah Alone, He Alone can solve one’s problems hence we should seek from Him Alone. Anyone that indulges in such acts should repent immediately and dispose of any such belief because if he/she dies in such a situation, paradise is forbidden to him/her because Allah says:
Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but he forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills, and whosoever set up partners with Allah, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin.” Ch4 V48
Similarly, narrated Anas (RA): The Prophet (S.A.W) said: “Allah will say to that person of the (hell) fire who will receive the least punishment, if you had everything on the earth, would you give it as a ransom to free yourself (i.e. save yourself from this fire). He will say, ‘Yes’. Then Allah will say, while you were in the backbone of Adam, I asked you much less than this, (i.e. not to worship others besides Me) but you insisted on worshipping others besides Me.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol 4, Hadith No.551)
With the above verse and hadith, we should be very careful not to associate partners with Allah. We should avoid all forms of shirk (major and minor).
Allah has told us to be patient in a number of places in the Holy Qur’an. In all situations, especially difficult ones, we should be very patient and pray to Allah to help us. Allah says:
And obey Allah and His Messenger (S.A.W) and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength departs, and be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are As–Sabirun (the patient).” Ch8 V46
In Suratul Baqarah, Allah says:
O you who believe! Seek help in patience and As–Salat (the prayer). Truly! Allah is with As-Sabirun (the patient).” Ch2 V153
From these verses, we learn the importance of patience. Allah says he is with the patient ones, this shows us the need to leave all matters to Him after prayers. However, this does not mean one should not strive and work hard. We should attend interviews, exams and so on and be patient while expecting results. The outcome should be accepted in good faith whether good or bad because the sixth (6th) article of faith in Islam is to believe in Al-Qadar (divine pre-ordainment), what Allah has ordained must come to pass. We might not know what Allah has in store for us but we must believe He is there to solve our problems because 
He said;
Verily, along with every hardship is relief” Ch94 V5

from the Ideal Muslim Worker

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