Patience, Perseverance and Prayer
Thursday, August 16, 2012 | 7:32 PM | 1 comments
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته


Life. Its just the beginning. It fills with colors of wonder and bitter. Everyday we face tough challenges that may put us in the stray or in the righteous path. It all depends on how we have faith on Him. 

Some people can't cope with the confrontations and that put them crying on their knees blaming Him. Oh so they forgot, they're lucky. They forgot they are the chosen ones. Allah only gives encounters that we can cope with and leads us to the righteous path. 

During times of deep trial, despair, and sadness, Muslims seek comfort and guidance in the words of Allah in the Qur'an. Allah reminds us that all people will be tried and tested in life, and calls upon Muslims to bear these trials with "patient perseverance and prayer." Indeed, Allah reminds us that many people before us have suffered and had their faith tested; so too will we be tried and tested in this life.

"Seek Allah's help with patient perseverance and prayer. It is indeed hard except for those who are humble." (2:45) 

"Oh you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer, for God is with those who patiently persevere." (2:153) 

"Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives, and the fruits of your toil. But give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who say, when afflicted with calamity, 'To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.' They are those on whom descend blessings from their Lord, and mercy. They are the ones who receive guidance." (2:155-157)

"Oh you who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy. Vie in such perseverance, strengthen each other, and be pious, that you may prosper."(3:200)

As Muslims, we should not let our emotions get the better of us. It is certainly difficult for a person to look at the tragedies of the world today and not feel helpless and sad. But believers are called to put their trust in their Lord, and not to fall into despair or hopelessness. We must continue to do what Allah has called us to do: put our trust in Him, perform good deeds, and stand as witnesses for justice and truth.

"It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards East or West.
But it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the Last Day,
And the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers;
To spend of your substance, out of love for Him,
For your kin, for orphans, for the needy,
for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves;
To be steadfast in prayer
And give in charity;
To fulfill the contracts which you have made;
And to be firm and patient, in pain and adversity
And throughout all periods of panic.
Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing.
Qur'an 2:177
Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.
Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.
Qur'an 94:5-6

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