Our Prophet Muḥammad is told in the Qur’ān: “Be patient like the strong prophets of old were patient.” Allāh tells our Prophet , “Look at the stories of those before you. Through the trials of the previous prophets, your own chest will become affirmed, and you will get hope and optimism.” One of the stories that Allāh reminds our Prophet Muḥammad about is the story of Ayyūb. Allāh calls him His slave and His servant.
I want to talk about patience because this is the month of patience. Our Prophet said, “The month of Ramadan is the month of patience.” Our Prophet said,
“If you can conquer fasting, fasting is half of all patience.”
If you can perfect your fasting, then you have perfected 50% of patience. The rest of patience will be through other things. Patience (ṣabr) is a part and parcel of our life. Allāh in Sūrat’l-Muddaththir, the first surah to come down after iqra’, Allāh tells the Prophet , “Be patient for the sake of your Lord.” Being patient for Allāh is part of īmān.
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