The Support that comes with Patience and Prayer
In this ayah, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us the key for success, He says,
Whenever the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was tested he would seek the help of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala through prayer. When we are tested we seek help from other people. Instead of turning to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala we turn to the people, make phone calls, send them text messages or e-mails and chase them so we may pour out our hearts to them. People CANNOT help us. Only Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala can and does. So, why turn to the creation when you have the Creator waiting for you to speak with Him?
Patience means to control oneself at the first sight of the calamity. Umar ibn al-Khattab radhiAllahu ‘anhu said, “There are two types of patience: good patience when the disaster strikes and a better patience while avoiding the prohibitions of Allah.” When things are not going your way, have patience. Things will change and become better, but at a time that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has chosen. Therefore, work on your relationship with Him. Use this time to build a strong bond with your Creator – He Who controls all the affairs of the world and of your life.
The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam termed the ability to have patience a blessing. He said no person has been favored more than he who has been given patience.
Who are the Patient Ones?
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us that they are the khashi’een. They are those who have the fear of their Lord in their hearts, and this fear is visible on their skin too. They do not keep crying over their problems, but rather turn to their Lord and speak with Him.
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala further describes them in the next ayah,
They know that they will be gathered before their Lord one day. If they don’t turn to Him in this world, then eventually they have to stand before Him on the Day of Judgment. They cannot escape this meeting. Therefore, they choose to meet their Lord in this world before their eventual meeting with Him.
Prayer is our meeting with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Our meeting with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala should be such as one meets his beloved. There should be no disturbance or distractions. We need to free our minds from the occupations of this world – what to cook, what to wear, where to go, when will prayer end. We should be focused. Knowing what we are saying and before Whom we are standing.
He who stands before Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in this world will have no fear of standing before Him on the Day of Judgment, (in sha Allah).
May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala make us of the khashi’een, aameen.
POINT OF REFLECTION:
Do I long to meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala? Check your heart. What does it say?