Islamic Perspectives

Stay Patient in Hard Times

One of the best remedies for tough times is to be patient. State of patience requires that we not resort to complaining, and remember Allah often. We take this lesson from the story of Prophet Yusuf (upon whom be peace) who went through various ordeals in life only to be rewarded with a large kingdom in his later years.

Allah tells us in the Qur’an: “They said: ‘Are you indeed Yusuf (Joseph)?’ He said: ‘I am Yusuf (Joseph), and this is my brother (Benjamin). Allah has indeed been gracious to us. Verily, he who fears Allah with obedience to Him (by abstaining from sins and evil deeds, and by performing righteous good deeds), and is patient, then surely, Allah wastes not the reward of the good-doers.’” (The Qur’an, 12:90)

The Qur’an also says, “Thus did We give full authority to Yusuf (Joseph) in the land, to take possession therein, when or where he likes. We bestow of Our Mercy on whom We will, and We waste the reward of the good-doers.” (The Qur’an, 12:56)

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Jibreel recited the Qur’an to me in one way. Then I requested him (to read it in another way), and continued asking him to recite it in other ways, and he recited it in several ways till he ultimately recited it in seven different ways.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim).(Adam Mohamed Sait)