How many times, have we done something and regretted that we did it in a rush and without properly thinking it through. How many people have we seen, who give up on something great just because they feel its not working out or not giving quick results. How many talents have been wasted because they wanted something quick and don’t want to put in the hard work, education, skill and experience required to achieve greatness. And how many times we have not even attempted something because it is way too difficult. In this blog I write about this key trait of man and what Allah tells us to solve it.
Man is made of haste -Surah Al Anbiya :37 (Translation taken from Noble Quran by Mufti Taqi Usmani)
In Tafsir Maariful Quran, Mufti Muhammad Shafi, explains that haste is when one desires things to happen before their time, and this trait is bad by nature. This phrase has also been used in 17:11 to denote human weakness. However this does not apply in the performance of righteous deeds, in fact the zeal to do good deeds does not constitute haste and hurry.
As Mufti Muhammad Shafi explains above, wanting to do things and getting quick results (in wordly things) is a sign of human weakness in fact it is a key trait of our personality. Since Allah created us, who knows us more than HIM? HE is telling us that is we are made of a material which always seeks haste and the solution to this is provided by Allah in 2:153
153: O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer. Surely, Allah is with those who are patient (Translation from Noble Quran by Mufti Taqi Usmani)
When we are trying hard and things are not going as per our wishes, when the road ahead is too long and we don’t think we have the strength to reach the end of the road, when the road ahead is just complicated and full of dangers and we think we will not last long, Allah has not only given us a solution for such cases in the above mentioned verse, but has in-directly also given us encouragement and good news of success as in the second part of the verse Allah says that ‘Allah is with those who are patient’. It goes without saying that when the might of the Lord of the Worlds (Rubb Ul Aalameen) HIMSELF has come to the aid of a man, what pain or trouble can overcome him, and who can prevent his concerns from prospering? Allah in his extreme mercy has given us the solution on how to get his help. Once we adopt these two things, we have HIS help, and once we have HIS help, we succeed, there is no option of failing anymore.
Now we just need to concentrate on how to implement this verse in our lives. In order to implement it, we must understand the true meaning of ‘Sabr’ and ‘Salah’.
Meaning of Sabr
In Maariful Quran, Mufti Muhammad Shafi, explains the meaning of ‘Sabr’, which is a bit more than what its translation ‘patience’ reveals. He writes that in the terminology of the Holy Quran and the Hadith, Sabr has three modes.
- Restraining oneself from Haraam.
- Forcing us to obey all commands as laid down in Quran and Sunnah.
- Endure all kinds of trouble and pain which we might face and believe it to be the will of Allah, which will definitely result in reward.
Rewards for Sabirun
We normally think that ‘Sabr’ only means to endure trouble and pain and accept it to be as per Allah’s will. But in the light of Quran and Hadith, the ‘Sabirun’ (the people who are patient), includes all three modes as mentioned above.
According to one Hadith (Narrated by Mufti Muhammd Shafi) in this context, People will hear a call on the day of judgement, ‘Where are the Sabirun?’, at this, those who had been constant in observing the above mentioned three forms of Sabr will stand up, and they will be allowed to enter Paradise without having to present the account of their deeds.
Meaning of Salah
We all know the meaning of Salah, but normally we don’t reach the baatin or the soul of Salah. Which is to bind oneself to obedience and worship. Normally, during Salah, our minds are filled with worldly affairs and we fail to realize, that we are standing in front of Almighty Allah, Lord of all the worlds. If we are to reap the rewards of Salah, we have to make sure that our prayers are offered in the proper way and according to the physical and siritual etiquette laid down by the Shariah. If our prayers seems to be fruitless, it is because we have been deficient in observing this etiquette, and have not turned to Allah in single-minded devotion and total submission.
May Allah help us in implementing the above. Ameen.
. i.e. Restrain from Haraam, Force us to obey all commands as laid down in Quran and Sunnah AND endure all kinds of trouble and pain, which we might face. Restraining oneself from what the Shariah has declared to be illegal or impermissible. Forcing oneself to be regular in the observance of the different forms of worship and to be steadfast in obeying the commandments of Allah and the Holy Prophet To endure all kinds of trouble and pain – in other words, to understand clearly and to be live that it is the will of Allah to make one suffer, and to hope that one shall receive a reward for this suffering.