Sabr (Patience)

Patience (or forbearance) is the ability to endure difficult circumstances such as perseverance in the face of delay; tolerance of provocation without responding in annoyance/anger; or forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can have before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

1. Will power is the key for patience. More we strengthen our will power, more we are able to control ourselves and be patient.

2. Right timing comes from proper thinking after consultation with sincere experienced persons. When we want start something, we need to think about: 

A) What are the requirements for achieving it?

B) Can we arrange for the requirements?

C) What do we expect from it if we get it?

D) What do we expect if we fail to get it?

E) What are the expected negative points if we get it ?

F) What are the expected negative points if we fail to get it?

Weighing and assessing the possibilities can help us make proper decision as much as we can.

Sometimes Estikhara can help us if we are not able to decide despite consultations.

Seeking help from Allah (SWT) is always required. He helps every servant who sincerely seeks His guidance and help with the Blessings of His most humble servants, Muhammad and his Holy Progeny (SAWA).

Wassalam.

Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 1 month ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. As a general rule of thumb, patience is an attitude that can be adopted after wise action. When you have acted wisely you need to have patience in order to see that action through. If you are still ironing out flaws and mistakes in your approach or strategy that has to be taken into account before switching to something else. But if you have tried and found that either you can't get the hang of that thing, or that you were mistaken in your approach or strategy, then it makes sense to explore your options. The believer relies on God for a good outcome after they have acted as wisely as they can and maintain patience for that outcome until it seems like something needs to be done differently. 
 

May you always be successful 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 7 months ago

Patience in front of injustice is always very good. Every patient will get the reward of it depending on his intention and amount if his suffering. Allah says in Quran : Verily, the patient person get their reward with out counting. (Sura 39, Verse 10).

Wassalam.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answer updated 1 year ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. Patience is a wise and effective strategy in dealing with problems both in terms of their consequences in this world as well as the consequences in the next. As for this world, patience stops problems from becoming more exasperated, as when a person is not patient they become anxious and worried and that means that the problem becomes internal as well as external. At times, being patient in a situation can defuse the problem itself or at least limit it from spiralling out of control.

As for its effects on the personal development of a person, tests and trials are a means through which Allah increases the belief of His servants and in some traditions, it is mentioned that when a person cannot reach a level through their own actions and worship, Allah sends a test for them to be patient through so that He can raise them to those levels that they could not attain themselves. Patience also carries great rewards in the hereafter in relation to the difficulty of the test. 

For more explanation on this issue please refer to this three-part series of The Scale of Wisdom Podcast:

Part 1:

https://anchor.fm/zoheir-ali-esmail/episodes/Episode-75-51-261-263-Ordea...

Part 2:

https://anchor.fm/zoheir-ali-esmail/episodes/Episode-76-51-264-268-Ordea...

Part 3:

https://anchor.fm/zoheir-ali-esmail/episodes/Episode-77-51-269-276-Ordea...

Particularly useful for this discussion are the episodes on faith and anxiety as well.

May you always be successful.