Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Apr 2018 12:36:40



By sana s akbani

PATIENCE is the key of success was said by a great scholar of India. It is repeatedly stressed in the final revelation of almighty also. One is related to this worldly life—that is, the pre-death period of our life. The second is related to the world hereafter, that is, the post-death period of our life. Our worldly life is beset with challenges. The reason being the world we are living in presently is a world where everyone is free. This freedom creates competition and challenges, which in turn creates problems constantly.

We very well know that we cannot abolish the freedom given to man by God Himself. So, no human being has the power to abolish that situation which leads to competition and challenges. Hence, we are compelled to live in a situation of problems. Given this scenario, what do we need to face the challenges successfully? The solution lies in adopting the concept and teaching of patience. It tells us that we simply have to learn the art of problem management, rather than seeking to eliminate problems, which in any case is impossible. Problems arise because of the differences in nature amongst people. Patience is only another name for the management of these differences, patience is thus the basic condition for success in this world. The Prophet of Islam said: “God’s help is for those who keep patience.” (Musnad Ahmed). Patience is not a passive attitude. Without patience, without avoidance, one cannot gain any valuable achievement. This is a law of nature, and “there is no altering the creation of God.” (30: 30).

To further explain how patience can be a divine shield one needs to just look at nature to find an illustration of avoidance and patience. In nature, you can perceive a validation of the benefits of avoidance and exercising patience. Consider a mountainous stream. When it flows, it encounters many boulders in its way. What does the stream do? What is its way? It isn’t the method of the stream to seek to remove the obstacles that lie in its path. Instead, it adopts the method of avoidance of confrontation. It flows on, swirling around the boulders, instead of clashing against them. This is what the Prophet of Islam meant when he said that patience is what a believer relies on. Patience is a divine shield for the believer. Like the stream the believer moves on with his mission without clashing with others. There is another illustration given to us in nature—the rose plant. On every branch of it you will find both flowers as well as thorns. Although they live side by side, the flowers never try to eliminate the thorns or vice versa. They live in total compatibility with one another. So, the rose plant has adopted what may be called the principle of peaceful coexistence. We need to adopt this same principle in our lives too. Otherwise, there is no gain, no success, and no achievement. The only other option is destruction. So, when achievement in the world depends on patience, one cannot underestimate its importance in every aspect of life— personal, social, national and international. A verse in the last revelation tells “reconciliation is best” (4: 128). It means if there is some controversy between two parties, one must adopt a conciliatory course of action, rather than a confrontational course of action. The same principle is applicable to the other aspect of our life—our spiritual life. The final word of God says: “That [Paradise] is the recompense for those who purify themselves.” (20: 76). Only those people will find entry to this positive response of forgiveness in the face of provocation is a main source of cultivating a positive personality.

When one discovers truth, one becomes cautious and avoids all distractions. One is able to save oneself from all negative thoughts thereby becoming a positive person.
In this world, we experience many negative situations. Every now and then we face provocations. How can one live amidst these negative experiences with positive thinking? How is it possible? There is a verse in the Quran which says that those who believe “forgive when they are angry.” (42: 37). This positive response of forgiveness in the face of provocation is a main source of cultivating a positive personality. Once, a man came to the great scholar and asked him for a master-advice by which he could manage all the affairs of his life. He said “Don’t be angry.” What does this mean? It means that when one is provoked, one should be able to keep control over anger. If you become angry and react it will save you from this distraction. Another scripture say: “Truly, those who persevere patiently will be requited without measure.” (39: 10).(The author can be contacted at [email protected])