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Islam and Spiritualism (15 Feb 2020 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Patience in Hours of Affliction- A Way to Consolidating Divine Relationship

By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

15 February 2020

 Patience is one of the most emphatic moral and spiritual values taught by Islam. This is the value that each practicing Muslim should affirm in his life. The greater he is patient in hours of affliction, the better blessings he shall achieve. Allah Almighty says, “Surely those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full without reckoning” (39:10). The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, “Whoever persists in being patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience” (Sahih Bukhari).

Through several verses of the Quran and Ahadith, Islam teaches Muslims to adopt the path of patience in hours of afflictions, promising them great rewards, benefits and closeness of Allah. Allah says, “Surely Allah is with those who are patient (Sabiroon)” (8:46). This verse creates ray of hope and surety in our hearts which eagerly seek to fulfill the spiritual desire for meeting Allah Almighty and attaining His closeness. In this connection, what we need to do is simply face all destructive forms of affliction with patience and perseverance. No matter whatever the affliction we are confronted with, we should be faithful and patient.

Having patience is not a difficult task, provided we get to experience spiritual feeling and enlightenment of the Quranic verse “And be patient. Surely Allah is with those who are patient”. The preposition ‘with’ in the verse assures us that we will achieve closeness with our True Lord of the worlds by walking on the path of patience. It is this divine blessing that enables us to face affliction very easily.

Affliction is bound to befall us in this world. The only thing we need to get ready for is patience. Allah Almighty says, “And We will test you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth, lives and fruits; but give glad tidings to the patient, those who, when affliction befalls them, say ‘Surely to Allah we belong, and to Him shall we return. It is these upon whom the blessings and mercy come from their Lord, and it is these who are rightly guided” (2:155-157)

This verse comes to teach Muslims to have patience when suffering diverse forms of affliction which will be imposed on them as a trial. The tests by means of which God Almighty intend to bless the believers and shower His mercy upon them, as stated in this verse, are (1) Fear that may be related to any sort of diverse dangers coming from the enemies or natural disaster, (2) Hunger that signifies shortage of food in any ways, for example, the enemies might leave them stranded without food or provision, (3) Loss of wealth and property by any means, for example, the enemies might repeatedly raid the Muslims and inflict heavy losses on them, (4) Loss of lives, that is, the violent war inflicted by the enemies may also cause loss of life, (5) Loss of fruits, as the enemies will not only cause loss of life and property but will also extend to inflicting loss of crops or the fruits of labour received by any sources. All these losses coming together constitute a heavy burden and affliction, but if the Muslims bear them all with complete restraint, patience, fortitude and perseverance, they will indeed attain great rewards from Allah Almighty.

The part of the verse “….Surely to Allah we belong and to Him we shall return” includes a formula which every Muslim is directed to utter when he is afflicted with any calamities and afflictions relating to life, land and property. There also lies the spiritual truth that we should not take these worldly things to the extent that we lose our energy of patience and perseverance. Since we come from God, we will have to go back to Him and be accountable for our deeds. Therefore every affliction that befalls us should, instead of depressing us, spur us to make yet greater efforts to win better results in life, and that is the purpose should be achieved by way of patience.

We Muslims should take the teachings of patience encouraged by the Quranic verses and Ahadith as a great counseling and warning. Thus it is our religious duty to tightly hold patience in hours of loss, grief and affliction in order that we succeed in consolidating our relation with our Creator and make Him the centre of our heartfelt thoughts and actions.

A regular Columnist with NewAgeIslam.com, Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi Dehlvi is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar), with a Sufi-Sunni background and English-Arabic-Urdu Translator. He has also done B.A (Hons.) in Arabic, M.A. in Arabic and M.A in English from JMI, New Delhi. He is Interested in Islamic Sciences; Theology, Jurisprudence, Tafsir, Hadith and Islamic mysticism (Tasawwuf).

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  • Dear Ghulam Mohiyuddin sb, please let Mr. Hats off accuse me of Munafiqat, as his accusation gives me a chance to do self-introspection. Anything done with the intention of Munafiqat is really an act for which one will be accountable to Allah Almighty. The divine punishment determined for the munafiq is severe, as per the Quran and Sunnah. In numerous verses of the Quran and Ahadith, Munafiqat has been disliked and discouraged through the promises of divine torment on the Day of Judgement.

    With this knowledge enough to avoid committing munafiqat, I must continue to remind myself of the issue that who is doing actual munafiqat is best known to none other than Allah Almighty. And I thank Mr. Hats off for giving me a chance resulting into self-introspection which works well to consolidate our spiritual relation with our God Almighty.

    They were the Sufi masters who when condemned used to take condemnation as a means to consolidate their relations to Allah Almighty. Now our people are missing that means and get offeneded.    

    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 2/19/2020 10:49:42 PM

  • I had to laugh seeing Hats Off accusing GGS sb. of munafiqat!
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 2/19/2020 11:20:47 AM

  • mohtaram GGS saab,
    agar mai mud ke keh doon ke aap ko yeh behtar hogaa ki aap ghoom ghumaakar baathen karna chod den aur haqeeqat pehchaaney.
    kyunki aap ke jumlon may aise koi baath nahii ke guzaraey waqt me logon ne nahi kehee ho. yaa logon ney unhee baathonko ki muzammat bhi kar lee.
    aap kaa maqaam hai logon ko gumraah karna. khaas may mushrikonko. ya hinduon ko.
    par yeh baath aapko nahee samajh aayegee quyonki aapki islami taleem aapko apaney muh ke donon side say baath karna sikhaa diyaa hai.
    kaafiron ki nafrath karthey ho par comments mey likhthey ho ki aap jab rail gaadi mey kahee jaa rahe the ki kisee hindoo say baath mil gayee. do munafiq kis baath ka sil sila shuroo karengey?
    munafiqat ki bhi koyee hadd hothee hai. yaa shaayad naheen bhi hothee. allah behtar jaanta hai.
    bohat shukriaya

    By hats off! - 2/19/2020 8:00:57 AM

  • people are going to die in detention cetres and do you mean to say that we should live in patience and not do any protests?
    By Abdullah - 2/19/2020 5:14:44 AM

  • Ek fancy question ye bhi hai? “ghar waapsi karake ek khuda ki puja karaaenge ya anek? Ek khuda waale ghar me aane ke liye tayyar hain lekin anek waale me nahi. Ek pundit sahib speech de rahe the, to maine unse yahi sawal kiya wo bole, ek khuda ke ghar me, to mera question hai Hindustan me kitne crores hain jinhe ek khuda ke ghar me aane ki zarurat hai, unka jawab tha majority ko.”

    Hum real question par kaam karne ke liye tayyar hain yaa sirf wahi islam talwar ke zor se phaila waghairah waghairah.....

    By Suhail - 2/19/2020 3:22:11 AM

  • Two questions are important for us to understand much about where we are today: Is it necessary to establish Islamic Caliphate to recognize God? Is it necessary to establish Hindutva to recognize God?

    God does not need any such thing through which you can recognize Him. He just wants you all to enlighten your hearts with His faith and Love. He wants you to spend all your times in His beautiful concepts, beautiful respects, beautiful and pure relation as between THE God and Creatures.

    If so-called interpretation of Hinduism or Islam is an obstacle in your journey of recognition of God, then you should try to reach what is real interpretation. Seek God’s help to enable us to recognize realities of His Attributes.

    By Suhail - 2/19/2020 3:15:07 AM

  • Ghar waapsi karne ke liye tayyar hain agar Quran aur Veda ko achche se samjhaa denge to. Jab talwar baazi aur khel kud se fursat milegi tabhi to aap sikhenge aur hume sikhaaenge. Aap Mazhab samajhte hain nahi, saara din politics me lagaate hain, media ke hate news me itna busy rahte hain ki na veda samjhne ki fursat na quran samajhne ki fursat, to kis munh se aap hamara apne ghar me sawagat karenge, hum aa bhi gaye to aap apne ghar me wahi baaten sikhaaenge jo real Vedas se abhi logon ko door le jaa chuke hain.
    By Suhail - 2/19/2020 2:47:29 AM

  • Hats off bhayya, jo bhi crimes ho rahe hain Baghdad me dar asal wo ek ghinauni saazish ka jaal hai jise kuch logon ne islam ko duniya ki nazar me terrorist religion saabit karne ke liye lagaya gaya hai,

    Faqihana bahas ki gahri maalumat rakhne waale ise apni ilmi aur irfani salahiyoton se samajh lete hain, wo kisi media news ke fareb me nahi aate hain,

    Ye samajh gaye hain ki islam ko aql aur science se bhi nahi haraya jaa sakta, sirf is par terrorism ka daagh lagado bas duniya isi guftugu me rah jaaegi aur islam chor kar unhen apna legi, ye guftugu dar asal ek phanda hai, jisi maintain karte rehna hai unka agenda hai...GGS bhayya us fande ko todne ki koshish kar rahe hain taake log Islam ke real peace ko samjhen aur iske so-called terrorism se duri banayen

    Kitaaben bhi isis ke naam se wahi hidden log likhte hain, phir usi ko apna base banate hain, in logon ne kaafi achchi training li hui hain Zionist camps and schools of theology me jiski wajah se wo ye fareb dene me kaamyaab ho rahen hain, lekin unka ye fareb zyada dino nahi chalega, phir Khuda aise mujaddid ko paida farmaayega jo uske deeni fikr ki tajdid karega aur duniya ki nigah se fareb ka parda uthaeega, jahan sirf peace hi peace hoga

    Bas thoda intezaar kijiye aur dekhiye Khuda kab us marde qalandar ko bhejta hai

    By Asif - 2/19/2020 2:20:34 AM

  • the world has grown up, but you remained a child, mr GGS, 
    whatelse can a bookworm like you can be expected from?

    By Ravi Kumar - 2/19/2020 1:15:05 AM

  • Hats off Ji, Aap ise joke of the day maan sakte hain, “agar kawwa khana halala hai ke masle me Baghdad par hamle ka solution ho to samajh lijiye aapko kawwa waale masle me hi ghaur karna padega.”

    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 2/19/2020 12:55:56 AM

  • what is this qareen brother in your comments?
    By Zain - 2/19/2020 12:45:51 AM

  • Agar kawwa khana haal hai ke masle me jo argumentive techniques istemaal hota hai us arguments se Baghdad par hamle ko rok liya jaae yak am az kam koi achcha deduction baramad kar liya to jaae,

    To dono masle se (1) kawwa khana halala hai ya nahi (2) Baghdad par hamla kyon ho raha hai?, se ghaafil hokar sar pakad kar chup chaap baith jaane se achcha to hai ki kuch teesra kaam kar liya jaae, aapke liye behtar hoga, apne dimag ki udan ko sukun ki dreaming me hi rahne den, mehnat karenge to thak jaaenge. Peace upon you.  

    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 2/19/2020 12:43:18 AM

  • Mr. Ravi, Your brain is blindly flying in the sky surrounded by darkness. You have grown but exist with the same childish attitude displayed by you in the school days. So you are surrounded by layer upon layer of darkness and this is why you missed my point.

    To put it in words, let me say, yes of course it was the subject needed to be understood by the people who used to bury their daughters alive, by the people who tacitly commit illegal sex and bear a female and then commit the crime of marrying the same female that has become his dauther (though out of wedlock). This was the evil practice that needed to be abolished and Islam abolished this practice by making it forbidden in the verse quoted earlier (4:23)

    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 2/19/2020 12:06:51 AM

  • Does it necessary for you to debate over marriage with daughter? You say, “As a result, the daughter of an unmarried couple will not be allowed for marriage to her adulterous father of birth in the same way as the daughter of a married couple is not allowed for marriage to her (legal/sharii) father.”?

    Is it the question of debate for you?

    By Ravi Kumar - 2/18/2020 11:46:11 PM

  • Mr. Ravi Kumar, Islam does not make it obligatory on any Muslim to attack any non-Muslim places of worship. You may take interest in reading my article on the same subject:

    Does Islam Allow Destruction Of Churches, Temples Or Any Other Houses Of Worship Belonging To Non-Muslims?


    As for history that witnessed attacks overs temples, churches, mosques, shrines, i do not belive it was commanded by any religions, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Judaism.

    Political agenda took the shape of religion in most parts of history. As per some political thinkers, politics also plays a devious role. When we study history, we get to know that there were the people who played the same devious role to achieve their personal goals but by giving it a religious sense. The same part of history is still being played in practice by politicians in different parts of the world. The reason that makes me understand it this way is that when they are proven to be corrupt in many ways, how can be they called ‘religious politicians’? For proving the concept of Muslim God, Hindu God, Christian God, Judaism God, people claim to fight over. But this is not the true case of fighting in the way of God. The true way of fighting can be between honest and dishonest effort of recognizing God Alone. This is not the way that should be fought violently. There should be spiritual fighting within oneself to reach the right concept of God. This is the responsibity of each human being. Each one is responsible for his ways of reaching God. None is responsible for other’s acts or faith.       

    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 2/18/2020 11:38:04 PM

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