“If aught that is good befalls you, it grieves them; but if some misfortune overtakes you, they rejoice at it. But if ye are patient and do right, not the least harm will their cunning do to you.” (Al-i Imran, 3/120)
The concept of patience, according to Islamic law, is refraining from that which is considered to be unlawful or unacceptable and restricting oneself to that which is lawful and permissible. Patience is a virtue that has many applications in various aspects of life.
Praise and patience are the main requirements for a human being to be successful in this life of trial; this is clearly apparent in the following verses of the Qur’an:
“Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good by way of trial. To Us must ye return.” (Anbiya, 21/35) and “Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and the fruits (Of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.” (Baqarah, 2/155)
For this reason, here at Wisdom we have decided to dedicate this issue to the ‘Importance of Patience in the lives of Muslims’.
Professor Hasan Kamil Yılmaz’s article is concerned with the virtues of being content with everything that Allah has given to us, while Professor M.Yasar Kandemir explains how we need to be patient and advise others to be patient when faced with trials throughout life on the true path. Also in this issue Gusztav Bognar has written a description of the difficulties and trials of being a Muslim in Hungary.
In this edition you can also read our mentor Osman Nuri Efendi’s article from the second part of a four-part series, entitled “This is How Much They Loved Him”, which explains the love and the obedience of the Companions of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
May Allah make us of those who have patience in times of hardship and those who are thankful for His blessings.