Sunday, October 26, 2014

Patience Upon The Path

Patience is to keep the nafs(self) on the obedience of Allah and to withhold it from disobedience and becoming displeased with the will of Allah the Most High. So the person withholds his nafs from displeasure, narrowness, and from slipping off the path. And the Muslim is always active in calling to the way of Allah even if he is harmed (in this path and dawah) because harming the callers to alkhayr (Good) is from the nature of mankind except he whom Allah has guided (from this). Allah says to His prophet,

"Verily, Messengers were denied before you, but with patience they bore the denial, and they were hurt, till Our help reached them." [Al An'aam: 34]

And whenever the harm increases, the closer victory gets and it is not a must that a person witnesses victory during his lifetime and the fruits of his da'wah (call) coming alive, rather victory can be even after his death. This is by Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) making the hearts of the people accept what he would call to. This in itself is considered a great victory for this caller although he died (his efforts will be proof for him on the day of judgment).

So it is upon the caller to remain patient on what he will face in his da'wah and here are the Messengers of Allah (peace be upon them all) who were harmed verbally and physically. Allah says,

"Likewise, no Messenger came to those before them, but they said: "A sorcerer or a madman!"[Adh-Dhaariyyaat: 52] and

"Thus We have made for every Prophet an enemy among the Mujrimoon (disbelievers and criminals). But Sufficient is your Lord as a Guide and Helper." [Al Furqaan:31]

Therefore, it is upon the daa'iyyah(caller) to face all these with patience and perseverance and look at His (Allah swt) words to His Messenger,

"Therefore be patient (O Muhammad-sala allahu alayhi wa sallam) and submit to the Command of your Lord, and obey neither a sinner nor a disbeliever among them."[Al Insaan:24]

-Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (rh) in his explanation of Usool ath-Thalatha

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