Surely, Allah Is With The Patient among us!
Naturally, we find it difficult to wait for things. We become impatient and wish that whatever we were waiting for would happen sooner. Whether it be that we are waiting to find a new job, move to a new house or have a child. The process of waiting can prove to be a struggle. Sometimes it can just feel unbearable and consequently it can distract us from proceeding normally with our lives.
We allow these hopes of ours to manifest themselves in our hearts and minds until we reach a point where it seems that the purpose of each day is for us to be in a state of anticipation and waiting. We should remind ourselves that Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“Surely, Allah is with the patient.” (Qur’an 2:153)
We should not despair. Our Lord and Creator tells us that He is with the patient. Just imagine if we were not ever faced with situations that would require us to wait or endure something. How would we ever practise patience?
If we never had to wait for anything, there would never be a need for us to be patient. As our Lord tells us that He is with the patient, should we not then be extremely grateful for the situations in our lives that require restraint ?
We read that Allah says in the Holy Qur’an: “We will test you in fear, hunger, loss of wealth, life and fruit, but give glad tidings to the patient.” (Qur’an 2:155)
These are the words of our Creator. Our trials and tests of patience are not meaningless. They were written by our Lord for us to go through. We should remember that our Creator knows us more than we know ourselves. He knows what we will be able to endure and what we will not. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear.” (Qur’an 2:286)
We should read this and think very attentively about what our Lord is telling us. He created us. Only He knows what we will be able to bear and what we will not. Why, then, should we lose hope? Why, then, should we feel confused or lost? And why, then, should we let our impatience get the better of us?
Allah says in the Holy Qur’an: “And whoever puts all his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him.” (Qur’an 65:1)
Allah is sufficient for us. We rely completely and only on Him. Only He knows what is best for us. We should remind ourselves that we should be careful about hoping or wishing for something as, in reality, we ourselves don’t know what is good for us.
How do we know that the job we want so desperately is even good for us? Do we know what our lives or our practice of Islam will be like, with certainty, if we were to be given that job? Or, when we are waiting to find to a new house, how do we know that the house we are hoping for will not cause further problems in our lives?
Ultimately, we do not know. We do not know what will happen in future as a result of our hopes. Only Allah knows what is good for us and what is not.