patience


«We do not abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten except that We bring forth [one] better than it or similar to it. Do you not know that Allah is over all things competent?»

[Soorah al-Baqarah (2):106]

Shaykh bin Baaz (rahimahullaah):

This day and age is a day and age of being gentle, of being patient, and of having wisdom. It is not a day and age of being harsh and strict. The majority of the people are in a state of ignorance and neglect influenced by the worldly affairs of this life. So it is necessary to have patience and it is necessary to be gentle until the call has reached and been conveyed to the people and that they come to understanding. We ask Allaah to grant everyone guidance.

  • Source: Majmoo` Fataawaa vol. 8, p376 and vol. 10 p91
  • Translated by: Aboo `Imraan al-Mekseekee

Ibn al-Qayyim:

The soul will never become pious and purified except through undergoing afflictions. It is the same as gold that can never be pure except after removing all the base metals in it.

al-Fawaa`id, p365

Al-Asma’ee said, “Al-Fudayl saw a man complaining to another so he said,

‘O So and so! Are you complaining about the one who shows you mercy (Allaah) to one who does not show you mercy (man)?!

~ Al-Siyar (8/439)

My beloved!

Those who falter in the path across the desert

Are many, but those who reach the end are few.

Narrated ‘Aa’ishah (radhiyallaah ‘anhaa) [1], “A man came to the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) and said, “O Allaah’s Messenger! Verily, you are more beloved to me than myself, and verily you are more beloved to me than my family and more beloved to me than my children. And verily, when I am at home and I remember you then I cannot be patient until I come to you and I look at you. And when I contemplate about my death and your death, I know that when you enter Paradise, you will be raised with the Prophets and that if I enter Paradise, I fear that I will not see you.”
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The Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) did not respond to him until Jibreel (‘alayh as-salaam) brought down this Aayah [2],
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“And whoso obey Allaah and the Messenger, then they will be in the company of those on whom Allaah has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, As-Siddiqeen, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!””
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Narrated Anas Ibn Maalik (radhiyallaah ‘anh) [3], “A man asked the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) about the Hour saying, “When will the Hour be?” He said, “What have you prepared for it?” He said, “Nothing, except that I love Allaah and His Messenger (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam).” He then said, “You will be with those whom you love.”
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Anas said, “We had never been as glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) ‘You will be with those whom you love.’” Anas said, “Hence, I love the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) and Abaa Bakr and ‘Umar, and I hope that I will be with them because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs.””
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[1] Authentic. Refer to: As-Silsilah As-Saheehah.
[2] Soorah An-Nisaa’, Aayah 69.
[3] Related by Al-Bukhaariy and Muslim.
  • Transcribed from: When Love Overpowers Patience || Fasbir.com

Oh you of little resolve, where do you stand upon this path? Aadam found it difficult and Nuh lamented because of it, while Allaah’s Khaleel Ibraaheem was thrown into a pit of fire due to it. Isma’eel was laid upon his side ready to be sacrificed for its sake, and while upon it Yusuf was sold for a cheap price and then falsely cast into prison for many years. Zakariyah was sawed in half, and Yahya was slaughtered due to it. Ayyub suffered great distress, while Daawood cried copiously, and ‘Isaa cured the wretched poor of their diseases and walked with wild beasts due to it. And how many, how many forms of difficulty and hardship did the Messenger Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) face while proceeding upon it – yet you live through amusements and distractions!

~ al-Fawaaid, page 41 ~

Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah), it has been narrated by Shaykh Badar ibn Naadir al-Mashaaree:

“When he returned from America after (medical) treatment, he was asked as to his health and condition. So the Shaykh said some words worthy of being written in gold:

“Know that both illness and good health do not come before or after their (decreed) time. Indeed my time has been written and your time has been written (even) before Allaah created the heavens and the earth. So believe in this, for certainly I have believed in this.”

  • Transcribed from: Safahaat Mushriqah min Hayaat al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen – p111 || Ref: Audio cassette entitled: “Ahabba Liqaa.a Rabbihi

Ibn Abbaas (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said: One day, I was riding behind the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) when he said, “Oh boy!” I will teach you some words. Be mindful of Allaah (Commandments of Allaah), He will preserve you. Be mindful of Allaah, He will be ever with you. If you beg, beg of Him Alone; and if you need assistance, supplicate to Allaah Alone for help. And know that if all the people gather to benefit you, they will not be able to benefit you except that which Allaah had preordained (for you); and if all of them gather to do harm to you, they will not be able to afflict you with anything other than that which Allaah had pre-destined against you. The pens have been lifted and the ink of the pages has dried up.”

At-Tirmidhee

Commentary:

1. No one has the power to change the Decision of Allaah.

2. Whatever trouble one suffers in this world, it does not last forever. Every trouble is followed by prosperity, pleasure and happiness.

3. One should never ask other than Allaah’s help in supernatural things because it amounts to ascribing partnership with Allaah. If a person is mindful of the Rights of Allaah, then Allaah in return takes care of his needs and helps him.

Kumayl ibn Ziyaad[1] said, “‘Alee ibn Abee Taalib (radiallaahu ta’aala ‘anhu) took me by my hand and brought me out in the direction of the desert.[2] Once we had travelled into the desert, he sat down, took a deep breath and then said:

“O Kumayl ibn Ziyaad! The hearts are receptacles, so the best of them are the most attentive. Memorise what I am about to say to you.

The people are of three categories: The upright scholar (‘Aalim Rabbanee)[3], the one seeking knowledge upon the path of salvation, and the hooligan type rabble who follows anyone who cries out[4], turning whichever way the wind blows. This last category has not been illuminated by the light of knowledge and they have not fallen back upon the support that offers safety, strength and security.[5]

Knowledge is better than wealth, for knowledge guards you while you have to guard wealth. Knowledge increases the actions, but wealth gradually decreases as it is spent. And the love of the scholar is Deen – it being professed through this act of love.

Knowledge secures obedience for the scholar during his life and praise after his death. But the benefit of wealth stops once it finishes.

The people who hoard are [in reality] dead while they live their lives. However the scholars remain as long as time remains – for their bodies may no longer be present, but their examples are found in the hearts.

Look! Indeed here – [and he pointed to his chest with his hand] – there is knowledge! If only I could find for it people who will carry it![6]

But indeed I have befallen upon those who comprehend quickly[7] but are not trustworthy. They use the Deen as a tool for [obtaining] the Dunyaa, using the proofs of Allaah against His Book and using His favours to overcome His servants. Or else I have befallen upon those who are docile in their obedience to the people of the Truth. They have no insight or understanding in their lives, with doubt piercing into their hearts with the first attack of uncertainty – they are neither this way nor that. [Do they not know where the Truth is? If someone said to one of them that he had made an error - when he had indeed made an error - then he would not realise, because such a person is infatuated by his own ignorance of the reality of the matter. Hence such a person is a trial for the people. Indeed, the one who is better than all of these is the one to whom Allaah has given knowledge of the Deen. And if a man does not know his religion, then this is enough of a proof that he is ignorant][8]. Or else such a person desires lusts and delights, being compliant to desires or tempted by collecting wealth and hoarding it. Those two [types of people] are not among those who call the people to the Deen, but they are more like the freely grazing livestock.[9] Thus knowledge dies with the death of its carriers.[10]

By Allaah, indeed the earth will not be devoid of one who stands up for Allaah with proof, in order that Allaah’s proofs and clear arguments do not become obsolete. These people are few in number, but in Allaah’s estimation, they are greater and more important. It is through them that Allaah pushes His proofs, until they take these proofs to others who are like them, and then plant [these proofs] into the hearts of such people.

Knowledge has entered these great people upon its true reality. Hence they find soft what the ones who live in affluence would find rugged and difficult, and they are accustomed to that which the ignorant are adverse to, for they may physically be companions of this world, but their souls are attached to the higher objective. These are the Khulafaa appointed by Allaah[11] in His lands and they are the ones who call to His Deen.[12]

There it is! How I long to catch sight of them!

And I ask Allaah’s forgiveness for me and for you. Now you may get up if you wish.”[13]

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