Posts Tagged ‘Patience’

A Light From God

This narrative took place about six years ago. This is a repost from 2008 with some general modifications. Within five minutes of class I began to feel angry at myself. I had an exam to move on to the next level in Arabic within the hour, and I had not spent enough time studying. I […]

Prophet Ya`qub: A Role Model Father

By Manal Hatab Prophet Yusuf’s (Joseph), alayhi as-salaam (blessings be upon him), story carries timeless spiritual, moral and literary lessons, among many others. One of those timeless lessons is the eloquent portrayal of Prophet Ya`qub’s (Jacob) (as) exemplary character, which stands as a testimony to his unshakeable faith. The Qur’an highlights his wisdom and divine […]

A Living Faith: Faith and 5

A Living Faith: Part I The word faith (Ar. imān) is constantly mentioned in communities, bellowing from pulpits and lessons, floating through the classrooms of Islamic schools or, most importantly, whispering to us from a deep place inside our hearts. Faith walks with us; it is there when tears run down our cheeks, and it […]

Beautiful Patience

By Adnan Majid By its own admission, the Qur’an contains verses known as mutashābihāt or allegorical – verses with no definite interpretation whose ultimate meaning is known only to God (Qur’an 3:7). Despite this, however, the beautiful imagery of these verses never ceases to inspire us towards a deeper remembrance of God. One such verse […]

Psychology, Islam & Self-Control

By Saadia Khan One of the things I like to do in my spare time is read psychology books. When I was about to complete my undergraduate degree—a double major in history and political science–I was informed by the registrar’s office that I was only two half-courses short of completing a minor in psychology. Apparently, […]

You Will Find Me, if Allah so Wills, Among Those Who Are Patient

By Shohala Hakim In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful. “And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You […]

Give Good Tidings to the Patient

Originally Published in October 2011 It is one of those unavoidable facts of life: sometimes we find ourselves in situations we don’t want to be in. Often, we have to do things or resist doing other things. The Qur’ān and Ḥadīth mention such occurrences, and also elaborate on our response to them. Thus the following […]

Dealing with Loss

By Abida Aura Mustafa Whether through death, loss, or disagreement, when we lose someone or something dear to us, we become overwhelmed by the pangs of grief; the pain of loss feels overbearing as though it would never end. Having to face the consequences of detachment can be a traumatic experience. All we can think […]

Patient Shaytan, Impatient Insaan

by Sabeen Mansoori The light is red. It seems to have been red for an eternity. The minutes tick slowly forward as the heat of the sun mercilessly beats down. Is it broken? You are so late! Not a single vehicle is passing through the intersection. It seems to be red for everyone. The empty […]

Allah is with the Patient

How to Achieve Tranquility of the Heart Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX “O you who […]

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

On May 6th, 2011, Hassan Elwan gave a lecture titled “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?” at the Islamic Institute of Orange County (IIOC).

12 Tips for the Convert Muslim

By Brother Alex (Dallas, TX) 1. Practice Islam as much as you can “He who loves my Sunnah has loved me, and he who loves me will be with me in Paradise.” -The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Tirmidhi) As a new Muslim, you will have trouble keeping up with prayers every day, fasting during Ramadan, and […]

The Du’a’ of Umar ibn AbdelAziz

by Imam Ash-Shawkani1 | Translated by Jinan Bastaki The just caliph Umar ibn AbdelAziz, may Allah have mercy on him, used to say, “O You whose Mercy encompasses everything, I am a thing so let Your mercy encompass me – O Most Merciful of those who show mercy!” I prefer: “O You who has written mercy […]

Toiling…and the Light at the End of the Tunnel

It’s amazing what motherhood teaches you. Three weeks ago today, I took my turn in one of the greatest struggles a woman endures. It was an experience that would forever change my life. Three weeks ago, I gave birth. The pain of childbirth is certainly called labor for a reason. But in that struggle, and […]

How to have Istiqaamah

Istiqaamah is often translated to mean ‘uprightness, steadfastness and correctness.’ It comes from the root word قام (qaama) meaning ‘to rise’ or ‘to stand upright’ and from this we derive words like مستقيم (mustaqeem) as in ‘Siraat al-Mustaqeem’ (Straight Path). For the believer, Istiqaamah is a virtue that cannot be done without. It’s a quality that we […]

Mariam’s Spiritual Journey

What Would Mariam Do? Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Our second lesson: Mariam (as) had a deep spiritual relationship with Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala – exalted is He).  We see in her example how a mind, body, and soul can be spiritually dedicated to Him. As we examine these elements, […]

Ihsan and Lateef

It was just one of those days that make you want to crawl back into bed, put your covers over your head, and sleep until things just fix themselves. But I crawled out of bed, got dressed and moved on with my life. Why? Why didn’t I just sulk in my unhappy state? Because I […]

A Soul’s Burden

Trials and tribulations are a part of life. We do not like them; we do not like to go through them; but eventually we accept them. Even if we pray, fast, pay our zakat and do all different forms of ibadat we still get tested. Sadness sometimes fills our hearts. We could be the best […]