An interview was published in the Arabic daily 'Ukkaaz,
with a blind man named Mahmood ibn Muhammad al-Madani. He studied books of
Arabic literature through the eyes of others. He would listen as others read to
him books of history and commentaries on the classics. He used to have one of
his friends read to him until 3 o'clock in the morning. Today, he is considered
to be a reference book in literature and history.
Mustafa Ameen, a columnist for Ash-sharq al-awsat,
"Be patient with oppressors and wrongdoers for
only five minutes. After a short time, the whip will fall, the shackles will break,
the prisoner will be released, and the clouds will dissipate; upon you, then,
is only to be patient and to wait."
An Arab poet wrote:
"How many calamities cause one to lose patience?
But from them, the exit is with Allah."
l once met with the Mufti of Albania in Riyadh. He
told me of how the ruling communists imprisoned him with hard labor for twenty
years. While serving his sentence in prison, he was constantly subjected to
torture, darkness, and hunger. He would secretly perform the five daily prayers
in a corner of the washroom, for fear of being caught. Through all of this he
was patient and anticipated his reward with Allah, until finally relief came.
(So they returned with Grace and Bounty from Allah) (Quran
Consider Nelson Mandela, the one-time President of
South Africa, who for twenty-seven years endured imprisonment. He sought
freedom for his people and he struggled to break off the shackles of tyranny
and oppression. He was steadfast and firm, and he almost appeared to be seeking
out death. As a result, he reached his goal and achieved his worldly glory.
Allah, the Exalted, said:
(To them we shall pay in full [the wages of] their
(Qur'an 11: 15)
lf you are suffering [hardships] then sure@ they [too]
are suffering [hardships] as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allah
[for the reward, i.e. Paradise] that for which they hope not... ) (Quran 4:
(If a wound [and killing] has touched you, be sure a
similar wound [and killing] has touched the others) (Quran 3: 140)