Patience and its rewards

Quran says that for sure Allah Taala will test us in this world by inducing a bit of sufferings and those who observe patience upon those sufferings will be awarded rewards not only in the here-after but in this world too.

(وَلَنَبۡلُوَنَّکُمۡ بِشَیۡءٍ مِّنَ الۡخَوۡفِ وَالۡجُوۡعِ وَنَقۡصٍ مِّنَ الۡاَمۡوَالِ وَالۡاَنۡفُسِ وَالثَّمَرٰتِ ؕ  وَبَشِّرِ الصّٰبِرِیۡنَ ۙ ۝ الَّذِیۡنَ اِذَاۤ اَصَابَتۡہُمۡ مُّصِیۡبَۃٌ ۙ  قَالُوۡۤا اِنَّا لِلّٰہِ وَاِنَّاۤ اِلَیۡہِ رٰجِعُوۡنَ ؕ)
[Surah Al-Baqarah 155 – 156]

Surely We will test you with a bit of fear and hunger, and loss in wealth and lives and fruits, and give good tidings to the patient. who, when a suffering visits them, say: “We certainly belong to Allah, and to Him we are bound to return.”

My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Sb RA whenever recite these verses used to stress on the word بِشَیۡءٍ . He was such a great person that he would always give hope to the ummah. He says that the word بِشَیۡءٍ shows that the believers should not be afraid of these sufferings and observe patience as these sufferings will be very limited and scanty in nature and will be for a short duration.

Losses in business, low grades in academics, financial burden, illness in the family, fear of foes, car crash are few examples of these sufferings. When we observe patience, as these sufferings start pinching, believe that this is the very moment of our victory. Tidings are given on some extraordinary achievement not on ordinary labor.

My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Jalil Ahmed Akhoon sb damat barakatuham elaborates that patience not only means to accede to the sufferings but also to believe that there must be some hidden betterment that Allah taala wants me to have in lieu of these sufferings.

Allah taala has taught us to recite اِنَّا لِلّٰہِ وَاِنَّاۤ اِلَیۡہِ رٰجِعُوۡنَ whenever we are afflicted by a suffering. This not only helps in reducing the heatbreaking feelings but the person will also be rewarded with a better alternative in this world, inshaallah.

Courteous Behavior

It is reported in a hadith

أكمل المؤمنين إيماناً أحسنهم خلقاً

The most perfect of the believers in faith, is the one with the best behaviour among them.

Good deeds are a gift and favour from Allah SWT which creates noor and brightness in our hearts but it is important to preserve it. Unpleasant behavior ruins all of these hard-earned bounties.

My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb RA says that the most perfect of all believers are not mentioned as those who offer tahajjud or perform nafl fastings rather it is the behavior.

Our Prophet Muhammad’s [PBUH] behavior is the guideline for us. He not only forgave his staunchest opponents upon overpowering them at the conquest of Mecca but, right after that, also blessed the newly converts with a lot of booty after the battle of Hunayn.

My Shaikh says that even if we find our relatives at fault we should not wait for them to ask for forgiveness. Do not stop meeting and greeting them and giving them gifts. تَهَادَوْا تَحَابُّوا. Giving gifts is actually a means of increasing compatibility and love.

However, at times, we find ourselves at the crossroads where we have to choose between appeasing the society and obeying Allah SWT. In all such scenarios opting to appease the society will lead to ruin the purpose of life.
It is reported in a hadith لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق  that it is forbidden to disobey the Creator in order to appease the society.

My Shaikh, Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar RA used to advise that if a person invites us to his/her wedding party where some immoral acts are expected to take place, even in such situations instead of becoming harsh we should give them presents before the wedding date and explain the reason of our absense from the party in a decent manner.

Radoolullah Sallallahoalaihe Wasallam advises that we should try to mend fences with those who push us back, support those who withdraw their support from us, and forgive all those who perform injustices to us. This is the glimpse of behavior that we should try to practice.

صِلْ مَن قَطَعَك وأَعْطِ مَن حَرَمَك واعْفُ عمّن ظَلَمَك

We must ask ourselves as to who deserves our attention the most and start the journey towards perfection.