The Quran: A Gentle Teacher of Patience

By Warda Krimi

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu brothers and sisters.

In Surat Yusuf we see a gifted young man thrown in prison for years under a false accusation. Imagine how he must have felt, confined within those dark, dirty stone walls for years, suffering loneliness and hunger!

It may be hard to believe it, but Allah (swt) was actually with this man at every step, delivering him from sin and death and in the end setting him in high estate.

A few weeks ago our sister Towheed Fatma wrote a wonderful article about prayer and patience. Today we’d like to expand on that topic by talking about how studying Salah and Quran teach us to be patient.

The Quran teaches patience by 1). commanding it; 2). modeling it; and 3). instilling it in us through study and recitation.

1). The Quran clearly teaches us that patience is an important virtue that will be rewarded.

And those who observe patience in order to seek the pleasure of their Lord and establish Salah and spend secretly and openly from what We have given to them, and repel evil with good. Those are the ones for whom there is the ultimate abode, The eternal gardens they enter, and those as well who are righteous from their fathers, spouses, and progeny. The angels will enter onto them from every gate Saying, “Peace on you for the patience you observed. So, how excellent is the ultimate abode.”                ~Quran, Al-Rad 13:22-24

2). The Quran provides us with many examples of patient slaves of Allah (swt)— those who withstood terrible conditions for long periods but who remained faithful and obedient to Allah (swt)— including Yusuf, Maryam, Yakoub, and Ayoub. Whenever you feel your life is too hard, just read their stories!

The ultimate patience is that of Allah (swt). He leads us gently and compassionately and forgives us when we fail. He doesn’t condemn us when we make mistakes from ignorance as long as we’re sincere in our striving and prayers. Even when we become frustrated with our own failures Allah (swt) surrounds and embraces us with his love and encourages us to keep going.

3). The actual practice of reading and understanding the Quran is an excellent exercise in patience, and this is how we can experience real growth. The more we do it, the easier it gets, and then our task becomes to avoid complacence. Those of us whose mother tongue is not Arabic have a double blessing because we must develop more patience just to learn the language!

Patience is nothing without its companions intention and striving, and all of them are nothing without our sincere prayer that Allah (swt) show us the good road and keep us on it.

Marvelous treasures are waiting for you on this beautiful road. The more you learn Quran, the better you understand Salat, and the better you understand salat, the better you can pray with your whole being— body, heart, and mind.

May Allah (swt) richly bless your study, your understanding, and your deen, bringing you an abundance of patience!




  1. ziyad issa October 17, 2012 Reply

    such great article ! jezakelah!

  2. Laily Hashimi Saidi December 31, 2012 Reply

    Alhamdulillah! very powerful article about patience…..Masha'Allah….indeed, The Quran is teaching us the important virtue of patience and how it purify our sins…..May Allah (swt) guide us and bless us with more patience in life…..ameen.

    • Sayed Sayedy December 31, 2012 Reply


  3. Ahsan Khaja January 4, 2013 Reply

    Very hon’ble daughter,
    Wa Alaykum. ALLAH AZ-ZAWWAJJAL bless you with unlimited resources so that you can become a source for conveying AL-QUR’AN & biography, the practical AL-QUR’AN of our Rasool ALLAH, salle ALLAHU alayhi wa sallam, aameeen. Having given this two books, to our, not yet Muslims, on the Day of Judgement, we will be free of our responsibility. ALLAH AZ-ZAWWAJJAL ALONE guides and none else, in the least bit, to those who are searching HIM.
    Your uncle, Ahsan,

  4. Belayet Hossain January 7, 2013 Reply

    Definition of mulim;sura no27 ayat no 81.sura no 30 ayat no 52, sura no 43 ayat no 69.

  5. fauza April 11, 2013 Reply

    Asalamu alyaikum, lililo bora kwetu ni kufanyia kazi haya mafunzo ili tuweni wenye kunufaika,
    Allah bless u all

  6. Subahi February 23, 2018 Reply

    assaalam alikum
    Thank you for the wonderful word. can I please take these words to say it in khutba for example? is it ok?
    Jazakum Allah

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      UQA_S February 23, 2018 Reply

      Walaikumassalam Br. Subahi,

      Yes, insha Allah you can use it for Khutba but we recommend you first consult with your local Imaam and get the content reviewed by him before delivering this article in Khutba.

      JazakAllahu khair

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