From the Field of Intention the Field of Patience is born. Allah Most High says, “…it is better for you to practice patience.”
Patience has three cornerstones: (All three are mentioned in the Quranic ayat 3:200, “O you faithful ones, persevere in patience and constancy, vie with each other in such perseverance, strengthen each other and remain in awe of Allah that you may prosper.”) the first cornerstone is to “persevere in patience and constancy” during hardship and suffering and this Quranic verse refers to this level of patience.
The next foundation is to “vie in such perseverance” in the face of wrong-doing, and this Quranic verse refers to this foundation. The third foundation is being patient in offering worship, and this is what the Quranic verse refers to as “strengthen each other.”
The power of love helps the seeker to remain patient during adversity….
The power of fear will cause a seeker to remain patient when faced by wrong-doing.
Remaining patient in performing worship can be attained by means of hope, and hope will result in three things: hope will stop hardship from entering one’s life, hope will help one to receive one’s share without striving and hope will help one to seek the companionship of pious people.
Allah is the Patient.
Indeed Allah is with the patient. (8:46)
And Allah loves the patient. (3:146)
Muzaffer Effendi, ra, would say that patience is the key to knowledge.
Ya Sabur, Ya Hu
Dear Companions on the Path of Direct Experience,
A few more remarks on Patience:
What does it mean that ‘patience is the key to knowledge’ as Muzaffer Effendi, ra, said?
One of the understandings that has come is that knowledge is weighty. Without patience we will not be able to bear the knowledge we are given. And without patience we will not be able to hold confidential what needs to be confidential. Remember that Imam Ali, may his countenance be ennobled, reported that he told the secrets that were too heavy for him to carry to the well. Without patience we could lose our adab toward the knowledge or toward people. There is the possibility to become arrogant, may Allah forbid that to us.
Knowledge requires a firm vessel to be poured into. This will encourage us to be patient in working on our vessel.
Here are remarks contributed by Baqi Taslima while we were in New Mexico.
Patience requires trusting
Trusting whatever Allah is going to provide
Surrendering to not knowing.
We have to become the child of the moment -to sit with the moment rather than project on it or trying to direct it
In the station of Patience we are moving from our way to Allah’s way
A lot of times our impatience comes from fear, not allowing the guest into the guest house, and wanting to avoid pain – not wanting to bear the pain, and cover fear.