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 The Way to Patience and Gratitude - Introduction

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As-salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

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Praise be to Allah,the Most High, the Greatest, the All-Knowing, the All-Hearing, and the Almighty. Praise be to Allah to Whom all Power and Praise belong and Who is able to do everything. It is He to Whom the final goal is, and it is He Who knows all that which hearts contain.

I testify that there is no god but Allah, Who has neither a match nor a partner, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and the best of all His servants.
May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon the Messenger, who adhered to patience and gratitude to the extent that no one could reach his degree, neither from among the patient nor the grateful. Allah had called the Prophet's nation.
Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) has made patience as firm as a horse that never stumbles and as effective as a sharp sword. Therefore, it is always regarded as the basic step of victory; there is no victory without patience. It is more sufficient for people than the strongest weapon. Allah the Almighty has granted the patient the privilege of receiving His support in particular, both in this world and the next. He has also made patience a major requisite of leadership.

It is very difficult to limit the characteristics of patience. It is better in every way for those who hold to it. As long as you are patient and conscious of Allah, no evil plan can harm you.Moreover, it leads to glory, dignity and success. As a whole, it is enough that Allah, the Most High, has stated that He loves the patient.

In the Quran, Allah (Glory be to Him) gives glad tidings to the patient, every one of which is better than all worldly pleasures:

“But give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, who say, when afflicted with a calamity: “To Allah we belong , and to Him is our return”: they are those on whom (descend) blessings from their Lord, and Mercy. And they are the ones that receive guidance.”

(Al-Baqarah: 155-157)
He, moreover revealed such a statement that is confirmed with His swearing:
“By the time, verily Man is in loss, except such as have Faith and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual enjoining of truth, and of Patience and Constancy.”

(Al-‘Asr: 1-3)
In four verses of the Qur’an, Allah stresses with the same words that it is the patient and the grateful who get the benefit of His signs: “Verily in this there are Signs for such as are firmly patient and constant, grateful and appreciate.”

These are just a few examples, for the scope of patience and gratitude is too wide to cover in an introduction. In short, we may highlight the fact that the best of life is obtained with patience, and the highest position is reached with gratitude. Accordingly, those who keep to both of these, they in fact fly to Paradise between two wings: patience and gratitude. This is a favour of Allah that He bestows upon whomever He wills, for He is the Lord of grace abounding.

Click HERE to go to Chapter One ~ Definition of Patience .

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