In The Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Ever-Merciful to His believing servants.
All praise belongs to God, may He extol His Messenger in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, his family and companions and whoever follows them,
God, The Perfect and Most High has decreed that every position His believing servants find themselves in is in fact goodness for them.
So if there comes to you something that your soul inclines towards, then it is a favour from God!
And if something comes to you that instead your soul dislikes, it is still a favour from God.
There is no distinction between then.
The Messenger of God, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, said,
“How amazing is the affair of the believer, indeed the whole of his affair is goodness, if something good comes to him then he is grateful, and this is better for him, and if some harm comes to him, then he has patience and this is better for him.”Authenticated by Muslim
The rest of this article then, is in reality an explanation of this single narration and a clarification.
I ask God to place benefit in it for me and for you, verily He is The Bestower.
Who is a believer?
Is it one who merely believes that he has a God over him, an All-Wise, All-Mighty Creator?
Since the misguided religions believe this also.
Even the misguided polytheists of old, such as the people to whom Abraham was sent, believed that God existed.
God, The Most High, has said,
وَإِذْ قَالَ إِبْرَٰهِيمُ لِأَبِيهِ وَقَوْمِهِۦٓ إِنَّنِى بَرَآءٌ مِّمَّا تَعْبُدُونَ
“And (remember) when Abraham said to his father and his people: “Verily, I am innocent of what you worship,
إِلَّا ٱلَّذِى فَطَرَنِى فَإِنَّهُۥ سَيَهْدِينِ
Except Him Who did create me, and verily, He will guide me.”The Noble Qur’an 43:26-27
So they used to direct worship to God and they believed in His Existence, but they were still unbelievers.
As God has also said,
قَدْ كَانَتْ لَكُمْ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ فِىٓ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ وَٱلَّذِينَ مَعَهُۥٓ إِذْ قَالُوا۟ لِقَوْمِهِمْ إِنَّا بُرَءَٰٓؤُا۟ مِنكُمْ وَمِمَّا تَعْبُدُونَ مِن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ كَفَرْنَا بِكُمْ وَبَدَا بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمُ ٱلْعَدَٰوَةُ وَٱلْبَغْضَآءُ أَبَدًا حَتَّىٰ تُؤْمِنُوا۟ بِٱللَّهِ وَحْدَهُۥٓ إِلَّا قَوْلَ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ لِأَبِيهِ لَأَسْتَغْفِرَنَّ لَكَ وَمَآ أَمْلِكُ لَكَ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ مِن شَىْءٍ رَّبَّنَا عَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْنَا وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْنَا وَإِلَيْكَ ٱلْمَصِيرُ
“Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people: “Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides God, we have rejected you, and there has started between us and you, hostility and hatred forever, until you believe in God Alone,””The Noble Qur’an 60:4
So the believer is one who submits to God alone upon monotheism, yielding to Him in obedience, turning away from polytheism and its people.
The word for this in Arabic is “Islam” and it is the religion of all the prophets and messengers.
God sent to every nation messengers calling the people back to the worship of Him alone.
From them were Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace.
They all singled out God alone in worship and this is true belief.
How can someone claim to believe that God is The All-Mighty, The One Disposing of the affairs, and then worship something He created, that is completely dependant upon Him and is submitted completely to His Control?
So come, slave of God, submit to your Lord upon monotheism, join the religion of Abraham and all the prophets and messengers before and after him.
Who can be better than God in religion?
Willfully Submitting to God
So the first step in becoming patient for God is that you submit to Him alone, turning your heart, tongue and limbs over to Him alone, away from everything and anything that is worshipped alongside Him, whether it be an angel, a prophet, a righteous person, a statue, a grave, a symbol, or anything else .
وَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى ٱلْحَىِّ ٱلَّذِى لَا يَمُوتُ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِهِۦ وَكَفَىٰ بِهِۦ بِذُنُوبِ عِبَادِهِۦ خَبِيرًا
And put your trust (O Muhammad) in the Ever-Living One Who dies not, and glorify His Praises, and Sufficient is He as the All-Knower of the sins of His slaves;The Noble Qur’an 25:58
So know that God is The One, The Ever-Living, The First and The Last and that it is not befitting that He have a son, The Creator of The Heavens and the Earth and everything in them!
God, The Blessed and Most High, has said,
لَّقَدْ كَفَرَ ٱلَّذِينَ قَالُوٓا۟ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ هُوَ ٱلْمَسِيحُ ٱبْنُ مَرْيَمَ قُلْ فَمَن يَمْلِكُ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ شَيْـًٔا إِنْ أَرَادَ أَن يُهْلِكَ ٱلْمَسِيحَ ٱبْنَ مَرْيَمَ وَأُمَّهُۥ وَمَن فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا وَلِلَّهِ مُلْكُ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَآءُ وَٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
“Surely, in disbelief are they who say that God is the Messiah, son of Mary. Say (O Muhammad): “Who then has the least power against God, if He were to destroy the Messiah, son of Mary, his mother, and all those who are on the earth together?” And to God belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them. He creates what He wills. And God is Able to do all things.”The Noble Qur’an 5:17
To submit to God, the slave must bear witness with the heart and tongue that:
None has the right to be worshipped except Allah (God) alone and Muhammad is His slave and messenger.
With this, he has submitted to God and become of the believers.
Should his life end upon this having not committed anything that makes him a disbeliever, he will enter paradise in peace, the home of the monotheists.
Naturally, the one who does this has started their life upon correct, revealed religion, free from the various polytheistic practices and heresies that have been invented and brought in to the misguided paths.
The servant’s heart has now within it a light, their chest expanded and they experience the beauty of true certainty and faith, in contrast to the various doubts and desires of the invented ways of life.
No doubt this is the path to true patience, controlling one’s self upon what pleases The Creator over what please one’s self.
The Types of Patience
Patience is of three types:
- Patience in obedience to God
- Patience in avoiding disobeying God
- Patience with God’s Decree
And obedience is not known except by revelation.
God has sent prophets and messengers to inform mankind what pleases Him and what displeases Him.
We cannot guess our way to what God loves, nor can we simply blind follow forefathers or so-called religious people, for where is their proof that God is pleased with what they are doing?
Have they not observed that God might allow a tyrant to possess wealth to test the creation by way of them? No person of sense would then say that God is pleased with oppression.
Rather, the details of what pleases The Creator is not known except by His Revelation which He sends to whomever He wills of His creation.
The last of the prophets and the messengers was Muhammad, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and bestow peace upon him, to whom He sent The Final Book, The Qur’an, which God has preserved in its entirety to this day of ours.
As for the revelation that preceded, such as what God revealed to Abraham, Moses and Jesus, then this was for those particular peoples to whom it was sent.
As for The Qur’an, it is for all mankind, as God revealed to His messenger,
قُلْ يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ إِنِّى رَسُولُ ٱللَّهِ إِلَيْكُمْ جَمِيعًا ٱلَّذِى لَهُۥ مُلْكُ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ لَآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ يُحْىِۦ وَيُمِيتُ فَـَٔامِنُوا۟ بِٱللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ٱلنَّبِىِّ ٱلْأُمِّىِّ ٱلَّذِى يُؤْمِنُ بِٱللَّهِ وَكَلِمَٰتِهِۦ وَٱتَّبِعُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
“Say, (O Muhammad), “O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of God to you all – to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. There is none worthy of worship except Him; He gives life and causes death.” So believe in God and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet, who believes in God and His words, and follow him that you may be guided.”The Noble Qur’an 7:158
So the slave must bear patience with his soul, striving against its desires to 1. Submit to its Creator and 2. Strive in seeking knowledge of God’s religion by way of which He may attain the Pleasure of His Creator, 3. Strive against his soul and the enemies around him who will try and turn him away from doing good.
In obedience to The Creator is the illumination of the heart, the completeness of the servant, the rising above base desires and the reaching of the noble manners and characteristics.
The authority returns to the heart, the fire of desires falls down and the servant is upon a light from his Lord.
What follows is a series of realisations that the servant may go through when he reflects upon his Lord, His Names, Attributes and Actions, that the slave may use as a means of increasing in their patience and turning their affairs over completely to The Owner, The Bestower of Forms.
God, The Originator
That the servant bears witness that his Lord is TThe Originator, Creator and Sustainer of everything.
So He has granted you yourself and all that which has come to you of good and all that which has come to you of evil.
Whilst the servants are the performers of the actions, God is The Creator of them; the servant’s will, ability and their actions.
Then, this thing which has come to you, it is not except from God.
Whether your soul inclines towards it or away from it.
This means that if there comes to you something of illness, or poverty, or harm from the people, it is from God.
And if there comes to you an increase in provision, strength or removal of difficulty, then all this is from God also.
Though we have manners with God and do not attribute the harm things to Him directly, it is none the less from Him, The Creator, alone.
So why do things come to us that we dislike?
God has said in The Qur’an,
وَمَآ أَصَٰبَكُم مِّن مُّصِيبَةٍ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِيكُمْ وَيَعْفُوا۟ عَن كَثِيرٍ
“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. and He pardons much.”The Noble Qur’an 42:30
So bear witness, slave of God, that this harm has come to you by way of your mistakes.
And in this, God is bringing to you so many benefits that we cannot innumerate.
If we are patient and controll our self during this time, it is for our own good and we will begn to receive some many benefits.
The Expiation of Sins
The Messenger of God, Muhammad, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, said,
“A Muslim is not afflicted by hardship, sickness, sadness, worry, harm, or depression – even if pricked by a thorn, but God expiates his sins because of that.Authenticated by Bukhari and Muslim
And the slave has many sins, so look at the mercy of God that the slave will have fewer sins on his account on the Day of Standing before him if he fulfils the right of his Lord during this harm (patience!)
Turning Back to God
So naturally, witnessing the above should turn the slave back to his Lord, and this is from the wisdom of calamities.
God, The Blessed and Most High, has said,
ظَهَرَ ٱلْفَسَادُ فِى ٱلْبَرِّ وَٱلْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِى ٱلنَّاسِ لِيُذِيقَهُم بَعْضَ ٱلَّذِى عَمِلُوا۟ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ
“Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned so He may let them taste a portion of what they have done, in order that they may return.”The Noble Qur’an 30:41
So God has made this a means by way of which the servants may be turned back to Him, purifying their intentions for Him, their deeds for Him, leaving that which is harmful to them and the rest of the needy creation around them.
So upon the slave is seeking forgiveness of his Lord, The Most High, turning to Him repentantly, taking himself to account (in this world) before he is taken to account (by his Lord in what follows this life).
Removal of Diseases of the Heart
So if the servant is granted success to turn back to his Lord upon repentance, then God, The Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful, will remove from his heart some of the covering that may have come along with the slave’s disobedience.
And with this there are so many benefits, from the uncovering of the intellect, the weakening of his enemy (satan) from him and increased remembrance of The Lord and what is with Him of reward and forgiveness.
Removal of the World from The Servant’s Heart
With the turning of the creation towards the servant in a way that the soul dislikes, the servant should be reminded that this is not the abode of eternity, merely the abode of action, the planting place for the next life wherein he will see the fruits of his labour ten or more fold.
The Messenger of God, may He extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, said,
“Renounce the world and God will love you, and renounce what people possess and the people will love you”Ibn Majah with a Good Chain of Narration, The 40 Narrations of Imam Nawawi
So Blessed is He, who made a harm which He brought to His servant an aid upon the means of acquiring His Love!
God Turning the Creation Towards The Servant
His saying, The Most High,
وَمَن يَتَّقِ ٱللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُۥ مَخْرَجًا
“…And whoever fears God – He will make for him a way out
وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُۥٓ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ بَٰلِغُ أَمْرِهِۦ قَدْ جَعَلَ ٱللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدْرًا
And will provide for him from where he never could imagine. And whoever relies upon God – then He will suffice him. Indeed, God will accomplish His purpose. God has already set for everything a measure.”The Noble Qur’an 65:2-3
and in the next verse,
وَمَن يَتَّقِ ٱللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُۥ مِنْ أَمْرِهِۦ يُسْرًا
“And whoever fears God, He will make his affair easy for him.”The Noble Qur’an 65:4
The wife of the Prophet Muhammad, may God be pleased with her, said,
“I have heard the Messenger of God, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, say,
‘Whoever gains the Pleasure of God by the anger of the people, God suffices him of the people’s troubles. And whoever gains the pleasure of the people by the Anger of God (i.e. in the process he gains His Anger), then God leaves him to the people.’”Reported by at-Tirmidhi , Declared Authentic by Shaykh Al Albani
With turning back to The Creator – The Creator and Disposer of affairs turns His creation towards him to aid the servant upon establishing His religion.
Truly God has established the heavens and the earth in truth and whoever stands firm upon the truth and holds onto the rope of God, then God will aid him in accordance with the servant’s aid of His religion.
So look, slave of God, at the bounties God has prepared for the one who bears harms with patience!
There is a door to bliss in this life and the next and all you need to do is not act.
Simply do not answer the call of your soul or the caller to the fire and stay on the path of your Lord and very soon, after this test, God will aid you and make easy for you the path!
Though, if you want to seek an increase in the aid of The Helper, The One Who aids the believers, then rise to the higher levels of patience – that you become pleased and thankful to God for this position which He brought to you,
And pleased and thankful for the guidance to be able to see through the base desires of this World to the reality of affairs.
And if you wish to increase more in the aid of The Protector, then allow this pleasure and thankfulness to rise to the tongue in the form of the legislated praising and remembering him and in the calling of the people to remember him also!
The Prophet Muhammad, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, said,
“No one has been given such a gift better and more ample than patience.”Authenticated by Bukhari and Muslim
I ask God to make you of those whom He places in their heart a light, guides their tongue to what is correct and make easy for them the path to ease.
May He extol His Messenger Muhammad in the highest company of the angels and grant him peace, his family and companions altogether.