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What Is The Significance Of Sabr In Islam?

Islamic Concept of Patience

Main Points:

1.    The Islamic concept of patience asserts that the cravings of the soul should not be permitted to triumph over the intellect and that the Islamic limitations should not be surpassed.

2.    The Holy Quran states that patience leads to closer relationship with Allah Azzawajal, growth in religious spiritual values, the highest and uncountable reward.

3.    The Prophet peace be upon him not only practised patience personally, but he also instructed his adherents to practise patience in the face of adversity.

4.    Alas! We have moved away from patience. Perhaps this is why so many individuals suffer from deadly ailments like mental stress, depression, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

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By Kaniz Fatma, New Age Islam

3 March 2022


Sabr is an Arabic word that means to work with patience and to restrain oneself from something. The Islamic concept of patience asserts that the cravings of the soul should not be permitted to triumph over the intellect and that the Islamic limitations should not be surpassed. Patience necessitates a strong will and commitment. The ability to do nothing in a situation of helplessness, compulsion, and enduring any sorrow and suffering by weeping is not patience, yet the thread of patience remains with the strength of steadfastness. The only way to keep this level of excellence is to be patient. A Muslim's entire existence should be marked by patience and thankfulness. Everything in the Islamic religion is based on patience and perseverance.

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The circumstances of a person do not necessarily remain the same throughout his life. Some days start out well, while others start out badly; some days are full of joy and pleasure, while others are filled with pain and concern. At times, it is the individual who is affected by these tragedies, while at other times; it is his business and family. In short, sorrows and anxieties are an essential part of life. Islam encourages a man to be patient in times of misfortune and grateful to Allah in times of joy for this reason.

According to a Hadith, a believer’s affairs are strange because it is good in every one of them. It's excellent for him to have a nice time and thank Allah (Azzawajal) for it, and it's also healthy for him to get into trouble and quietly endure it. (Sahih Muslim, Hadith 7500)

The most beautiful patience is when no one can distinguish the person when he is distressed. (Ihya-ul-‘Uloom, vol. 4, pp. 91)

Patience is an excellent attribute to possess. In the Holy Quran, Allah (Azzawajal) mentions patience more than seventy times, and it is credited with several levels and virtues. (Ihya-ul-'Uloom, Vol. 4, p. 75,) Furthermore, Allah (Azzawajal) has stated that he will be with those who maintain patience, as He said,

“…and be patient; indeed Allah is with those who are patient.” (Surah Anfaal, Verse 46)

Furthermore, the Holy Quran states that patience leads to a closer relationship with Allah Azzawajal, growth in religious spiritual values, the highest and uncountable reward, and Allah Azzawajal's support and blessings.

If the person who has been tormented patiently bears it, Allah (Azzawajal) will increase his respect. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 145, Hadith 2332)

'Allah Azzawajal says, 'I provide Paradise as a reward to My believer who remains patient if I take from him the object of this world, dearest to him,' according to the Prophet, peace be upon him. (Bukhari, vol. 4, pp. 225, Hadith 6424)

Alas! We have moved away from patience. Perhaps this is why so many individuals suffer from deadly ailments like mental stress, depression, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Remember that when people become impatient, even the so-called wise ones lose their common sense. People nowadays are on the verge of annihilation as a result of their impatience with worldly and religious matters. They've made brawls commonplace. People hold resentment and animosity toward one another. They always have their sleeves rolled up and are ready to fight.

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Throughout his life, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) has demonstrated patience and forbearance. He was in pain and distress because of the Arabian polytheists and infidels. They threw stones at him, planted thorns in his path, smeared filth on his blessed body, bullied, threatened, used vile language against him, plotted to kill him, but the Prophet, who was sent as a Mercy to the entire world, never responded. He not only practised patience personally, but he also instructed his adherents to practise patience in the face of adversity till the end of the world.

There is a saying of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) that comforts, 'If someone is suffering from misery, he should contemplate my sorrows in relation to his sufferings. That is without a doubt, the greatest of all tragedies.' (Al-Jami’-ul-Kabeer Lis-Suyuti, vol. 7, pp. 125, Hadith 21346)

Whether life is personal or collective, domestic or societal, it is incomplete without patience. We must now constantly monitor our patience. Even when faced with difficulties, fears, unjustified opposition, and grief, the best response is patience. May Allah (Azzawajal) bestow the gift of patience to us!

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Kaniz Fatma is a classic Islamic scholar and a regular columnist for New Age Islam.

URL:    https://www.newageislam.com/islam-spiritualism/sabr-islam-quran-allah-azzawajal/d/126497

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