09 September 2014

Stay Patient in Hard Times

Stay Patient in Hard Times

One of the best remedies for tough times is to be patient. A state of patience requires that we not resort to complaining, and remember Allah often. We take this lesson from the story of Prophet Yousuf (alayhi sallam) who went through various ordeals in life only to be rewarded with a large kingdom in his later years. Allah tells us in the Quran:

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 makes not the reward of the Muhsinun (good-doers) to be lost." [Soorah Yoosuf 12:90] 

The Quran 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 make not to be lost the reward of Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers)." [Soorah Yoosuf 12:56] 

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The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) 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]

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