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How to Battle Difficulties with Patience and Perseverance (A Quranic Perspective)

by Towheed Fatma

We will test you with a certain amount of fear and hunger and loss of wealth and life and fruits of your toil. But give good news to the steadfast: Those who, when disaster strikes them, say, “We belong to Allah and to Him we will return”. Those are the people who will have blessings and mercy from their Lord; they are the ones who are guided.  ~Chapter 2, Verse 155-157

Problems are Universal— and Help is Always Near

Every single person in this world is facing some sort of trial or test. There may be some facing trials in education, others in their jobs, still others in their businesses, and still more facing problems with family or friends. But Allah (swt) says:

Oh you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer, for God is with those who patiently persevere.                  ~Chapter 2, Verse 153

For those who exercise patience, Allah (swt) will help and show a way out of every difficulty.

And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out,

 And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.                                                                 ~Chapter 65, Verse 2-3

Allah (swt) in various places in the Holy Quran links patience and perseverance to success.

Seek Allah’s help with patient perseverance and prayer. It is indeed hard except for those who are humble.                            ~Chapter 2, Verse 45

The Ingredients of Success

If we want to be successful in this world and the hereafter we have to be patient. Allah (swt) clearly sets out the ingredients for success: perseverance, prayer, steadfastness, and the fear of Allah. If one does these things one is going to act according to the laws of Allah (swt). One will also accept and say that whatever happens is by the will of Allah (swt). Allah (swt) says:

It may be that you hate something when it is good for you and it may be that you love something when it is bad for you. Allah (swt) knows and you know not.

~Chapter 2, Verse 216

As Muslims we must remember that Allah (swt) says:

Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.

Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.     ~Chapter 94, Verse 5-6

The Promise

And for Allah (swt) to say this once is enough. But Allah (swt) says it twice, one after the other. This is how much Allah (swt) is kind towards us. He says ‘O my slaves be patient. Be patient, because with any trial that you are going to face there will be ease. He tells us that for sure we all will be tested. We all will go through trials and tribulations but nevertheless we will be relieved.

Our burden, our trouble, our difficulty will be removed. How? Through prayers, through patience, through complete faith in Allah (swt).

And be steadfast in patience, for verily Allah will not suffer the reward of the righteous to perish. ~Chapter 11, Verse 115

Dealing with Crises

So many times in our lives something happens to us and we feel that this is the worst thing that can happen to us. But then after the trial we realize that this is the best thing that could have happened to us. So we have to be patient and know that Allah (swt) is sufficient for us and is the best disposer of all our affairs. He will guide us to that which is good.

We must not say I believe and then think Allah is not going to test us. Allah (swt) says in the Quran:

Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested? And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test).   ~Chapter 29, Verse 2-3

With Every Trial, a Solution

So whatever trials we are going through, we should know that we have already been told about this by Allah (swt) in the Quran. But we are not left alone with all the trials and difficulties. Allah (swt) gives us the way out.

“Patiently, then, persevere – for the Promise of Allah is true, and ask forgiveness for your faults, and celebrate the praises of your Lord in the evening and in the morning.”                                                                           ~Chapter 40, Verse 55

 No one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, none but persons of the greatest good fortune. ~Chapter 41, Verse 35

We should always remember that our wealth— our family, our children, our wives and our status— is a test from Allah (swt).  Allah (swt) says

Your wealth and your children are only a trial (fitnah). And Allah – With Him is a great reward (Paradise).                                                 ~Chapter 64, Verse 15

All Tests from Allah

Everything that we have in this world is a test from Allah (swt). A person is going to continue to be tested throughout his lifetime only to wash off his sins so that on the day of resurrection Allah (swt) puts him in jannah.

Whatever test we are going through in this world, we should remember that it is from Allah (swt) and that these test bring us closer and closer to Jannah, provided we deal with them with patience and perseverance.

The Reward of Patience

There is a beautiful story about patience in the Holy Quran of Prophet Yusuf A.S.

His brothers threw him into the well, but he was patient and so Allah (swt) raised him out of that well. He ended up in the house of one of the most powerful people of Egypt, but then Allah (swt) tested him again.

The wife of Al Aziz, the finance minister, tried to tempt him, but he was patient. Then Allah (swt) tested him again and threw him into prison. But he was patient for the sake of Allah (swt). And in the end Allah (swt) raised him to a lofty station and he became one of the most powerful people in Egypt. This is the reward of patience.

May Allah (swt) provide each one of us with this beautiful quality— patience.

 

 

 

34 Comments

  1. Umm Hafsa October 10, 2012 Reply

    As salaam alaykum,

    Thank you for the beautiful piece on patience and preserverence.
    May Allah SWT reward you abundantly in this life and in the hereafter. Amin

  2. Inayath October 10, 2012 Reply

    Assalamo Alaikum,

    The virtue of patience is something that most of us lack.
    Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.
    Beautifully linked to Prophet Yusuf A.S. story. Yes, Patience is a tree with bitter roots that bear sweet fruits. Good reminder. May Allah accept all our good deeds – Ameen. Jazakallah Khair.

    • Gabrielle October 12, 2012 Reply

      Dear Inayith,

      Alhamdulillaah for sharing the two similes on what sabr is: the motor on but not shifting into gear, and the tree of bitter roots with the sweet fuit. This is very helpful. May you be blessed!

  3. Md. Siddiqur Rahman October 10, 2012 Reply

    May Allah bless you and enrich your knoledge in the field of islam so that you can contribute for the betterment of human being.

  4. Aiza October 10, 2012 Reply

    Thank you very much for reiterating the value of this special quality in our lives – Patience. JAZAKALLAH KHAIR!!

  5. Anwarul Haque October 10, 2012 Reply

    Very important and informative post. May Allah grant you.

  6. ahmed shaukat October 14, 2012 Reply

    asalamualaikum,
    my name is ahmed. i am a hifdh student. i just startd 45days ago… i get difficult in hifdhing quraan.. i stay out of gunnah.. advic ppl not to abuse and listen to music and etc.. i get my sabaq ready before fajr and recit it in my tahajud namaz buh wen i take it to shaik t
    then i forget.. plzzz help me plzzzz i read alot of dua as
    but maybe am going or doing it wrong… and make dua for me

    • Author
      wanda October 14, 2012 Reply

      Wa aliakum salam.
      Dear brother Ahmed, elhamdolilah that you are striving in your deen! This alone is a sign that Allah (swt) is near you. Sometimes we work so hard to reach a goal that we lose hope when we can’t reach it soon. It’s better to say to ourselves, “I know more today than I did yesterday, and I knew more yesterday than I did last week, and see how much I’ve learned since the beginning of my study!” In this way we can know that even if we’re not where we’d like to be, we’ve come a long, long way, subhana Allah!

      If you’re nervous with the shaik and this makes you forget, try to do something relaxing before going to him, such as taking a walk or breathing deeply for a few minutes in silence. Also make dua, asking Allah (swt) to help you.

      Here is a learning tip from Understand Quran:
      “. . . make use of all your brain channels— recite, understand, imagine, feel, and ask dua (according to ayah). An understanding of the whole Qur’an is necessary because when the imam recites surah Al-Fatiha and other surah and we fail to understand them, we’re leaving our brain channels open to the attacks of Shaitaan.”

      If you try to understand each word of your salat and use all five brain channels, it will be easy for you to remember. Take small steps but take them often and with the help of Allah (swt) you will reach your goal. May Allah (swt) bless your efforts.

  7. Assia Shaukat October 24, 2012 Reply

    Asalaam ua alaikum (wrwb)

    Thank you for the reminder, it strengthened my imaan to read it and be reminded of what Allah (swt) has mentioned in the Quran about being patient. May Allah give us the strength and the patience to go through life and to always turn to Allah (swt) for guidance…ameen.

  8. Umm Ahmed October 31, 2012 Reply

    Your article was an assurance for me that the problems that I am facing are indeed no more than the tests from Allah, and that patience, prayer, steadfastness and taqwa will bring me to a better end result.

    I have really benefited from reading this piece.
    May Allah reward you abundantly. Ameen

  9. shuaib November 13, 2012 Reply

    A discussion & correction in Brothers narrative about Prophet Yusuf A.S.:

    ” The wife of Al Aziz, the finance minister, tried to tempt him, but he was patient”.

    Sir, Allah (swt) says, : ” we showed him certain sign “, & also says ” he was one of our chosen ones “, so your statement that he was patient does not hold strong wrt this incident: plz re-ponder on this and read the book again .

    Correction :
    Then Allah (swt) tested him again and ” threw him into prison” . But he was patient for the sake of Allah (swt).”
    Sir, Allah(swt) did not put him in jail, but on his request (Prophet Yusuf A.S. request) to be put in jail .

  10. ali November 7, 2013 Reply

    Thanku…..for telling us logical n the natural verses of quran!

  11. RaJ January 8, 2014 Reply

    jazakallah khair. i am currently amidst such a hard trial and this really is a help

  12. ayashah January 27, 2014 Reply

    it’s hard to be patient at times. but with the right tools, I know I can make it =)

  13. Diya Muhammad March 13, 2014 Reply

    Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahe wa Barakatuhu 🙂

    JazakAllah Kher for sharing such a nice article!

    May Allah Bless us all with the Ability to Battle Difficulties with Patience and Perseverance by His Grace and Mercy, Ameen!

    Wassalam & Regards
    Diya Muhammad

  14. RUQIYAH May 31, 2014 Reply

    JAZAKALLAH KHEIR

  15. khadeejatu ibraheem July 10, 2014 Reply

    May Allah reward u 4 dis beautiful article.@ shuaib,is thr any might nor power except by Allah?Whatever we do,Allah has destined it to be so,when nxt u correct,check d use of ur language.May Allah guide us all,amin.

  16. Br Muhammed October 21, 2014 Reply

    JazakAllah Khair
    A beautiful article and one which made me cry and realise whatever I am facing is a test from Allah (SWT). Allah (swt) knows the best.

  17. Naeema January 29, 2015 Reply

    Thank you…. I really needed to read this article to just deal with my everyday difficulties. I understand now that these are trials from Allah and by praying, having patience, and faith my burden will be removed.

  18. Waldah February 20, 2015 Reply

    Asalam Alaikum,
    Talked about patience, Allah Loves people who are patient and grant them wealth in the end, so being patience is a great thing. I thank you, am going to continue read these articles. May Allah (swt) provide each one of us with this beautiful quality patience and be one of the righteous on each and on the day of judgement.

  19. FARZANA March 27, 2015 Reply

    assalam Alaikum
    We can write so many articles on the different portfolios but SABUR Self control what a powerful tool for humans been ISLAM Is a practical religion i was so hot tempered but alhamdulillah my IMAN gone up allah show me a path SABUR and IMAN like A BLOOD VESSEL FOR HUMANS BEEN

  20. FARZANA NIRAN March 27, 2015 Reply

    Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning. (39:10)

    Sulayman ibn Qasim said, “the reward of every deed is known, except for the reward of patience which will be like heavy rain.”

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  22. Muhammad ali May 26, 2015 Reply

    Assalam o alaikum
    Jazakallah.
    Currently, im suffering, feelijg lost, passing through a hard time and all I need is relief. Searched for patience in Quran and found your website. It made me feel good now.
    Verily, with every difficulty there is relief. ~Chapter 94, Verse 5-6
    Thanks very much for sharing.

  23. sulai May 28, 2015 Reply

    Thank you for the beautifull website.

    I started work after 1 year unemployed very tough time, plz brother and sisters make dua so I will do a good job.

    thank you

  24. Victoria August 29, 2015 Reply

    Just what I need to read today

  25. Aiman October 1, 2015 Reply

    assalamu aliekum.. mashallah this is so encouging for us … kindly remember me & my family in your prayers .. jazakallah

  26. Zai'Yere Akil Kafele Baraka October 27, 2015 Reply

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    I am a Christian who is always on my toes to learn from Quran. I have really been moved by this article. May Allah increase his countenance upon you; may he enlarge your territories

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