A Beautiful Patience
It is easy to get caught up in the negativity of the world around us. The anxiety of living with many predictions but no answers is certainly overwhelming. The knowledge that all we can do is wait until the world slowly begins to move through this time, is itself a test. However, finding the silver lining, and the sliver of hope in every situation should be something we practice and aim to achieve on a daily basis. A source of comfort for us should be the Quran, for it will always have the answers, especially in times of need. A worthy lesson that I want to share that might sometimes be forgotten as the days go by:
“وَاصْبِرْ لِحُكْمِ رَبِّكَ فَإِنَّكَ بِأَعْيُنِنَا ۖ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ حِينَ تَقُومُ”
“And be patient, for the decision of your Lord, for indeed, you are in Our eyes. And exalt [ Allah ] with praise of your Lord when you arise.” (Qur’an 52:48)
We are all under Allah’s ever-watchful gaze. He sees our anxiety and uncertainty, and He tells us to be patient, for He is indeed the best of planners. How many of us have spent what has passed of this month doing more ibadah than we could have possibly had time for in the years previously? And how many of us have been in dire need of this month, to help cleanse our souls and put us onto the right path? Many of us will look back at this Ramadan with longing for this time back in the future. There is always a positive aspect, depending on how we choose to look at things.
However, is it wrong to be feeling this anxiety? Does it indicate a low level of iman, and belief in Allah’s plan? I always remember the story of Yaqoub (as) when I hear these questions. He embodied the epitome of patience in the Quran. Despite this, he verbalized his pain and was entitled to his grief. When he was told of the capture of his second son, he complained of his sadness and deep grief to his lord. And yet he was still described to have ‘beautiful patience’. This indicates that patience and the expression of emotions are not mutually exclusive. It is ok to feel your emotions, for living life without them takes away all meaning. But also “Don’t despair of Allah’s mercy, for it is the unbelievers alone who despair of His mercy.” (Quran 12:87)
So as the days of this blessed month slip away from us faster than one could have imagined, I want to focus my thoughts on the takeaway message. Let us make the most of these final days, and apply the lessons of patience and hope into the rest of our life, for Allah will never leave anyone. Let us place our trust in Him, smile and say alhamdulillah, for He is indeed the best of planners.
Jannat Alkarmi is a MABY member. A pharmacist by profession, and has been active with the MABY North London committee in the past.