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Patience in the wake of calamities- Sh. Salih al-Munajjid


Mujaahid, [may Allaah have mercy upon him], said:

“Beautiful patience is the type that consists of no worry or overt sadness.”

[Tafseer Ibn Katheer (2/619)]


The thing that contradicts patience is the actions of wailing women, as well as women who slap their own faces, tear their clothes, strike their heads, along with screaming, wailing, and calling with calls of pre-Islaamic ignorance. As for a person telling a doctor about their sickness in order to be cured, then there is no harm in that. Also, the wailing or moaning when one is sick, the purpose of which is to relieve some pain, is not a problem.


Sufyaan Ath-Thawri, [may Allaah have mercy upon him], said:

“There are three aspects of patience: To not speak about your pain, or calamity, and to not praise yourself.”

[Tafseer At-Tabari (7/160)]

However, it means to not inform about your sickness or pain in the form of showing discontent with that sickness or pain.


As for talking about it with a good cause, such as asking about how to have your sickness cured, or how to get out of your disaster, and so forth, then this is not out of discontent, and does not take a person out of the realm of being patient.


Also, not everyone who claims to be patient is actually patient; rather, many people show apparent patience in the wake of calamities, but in the depths of their hearts, they have been afflicted with extreme sorrow.


Sa`eed ibn Jubair, may Allaah be pleased with him, said:

“Patience is for the slave to realize the calamity that they have been struck with, and to expect reward and good recompense with Allaah due to it. Some people are sorrowful while showing that they are strong, and only showing that they are patient.”

[Az-Zuhd by Ibn Al-Mubarak (pg. 111)]


So, the one who has lost a son, and the people find them strong and patient, might just as well be impatient in their heart by losing trust in Allaah the Exalted or showing discontentment with what He has done, and with His predestination.

[Patience by Sh. Salih al-Munajjid, page 18-19]


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