What is Sabr?

I used to think of Sabr or Patience as accepting trouble and pain as Allah’s will.  But recently, while researching for one of my blogs ‘Recipe of Success in Life’, I found that the meaning is much more than what I used to think. In this blog, I write about the exact meaning of Sabr, as explained by Mufti Muhammad Shafi in Maariful Quran in the light of Quran and Sunnah.

This meaning has helped me a lot as I try to implement it in my life. And it something which I would be reading again and again, so that I can adopt it easily.

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.

  1. Restraining oneself from Haraam.
  2. Forcing us to obey all commands as laid down in Quran and Sunnah.
  3. 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.

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.

Rewards for Sabirun

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.

May Allah help me in understanding Islam and implementing it accordingly. Ameen.


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