Those who meet hardship with a strong bearing and a
patient countenance are in the minority. But we must consider this, though it may
seem obvious: if you or I will not be patient, then what else is there for us
to do? Do you have an alternative solution? Do you know of any provision that
is better than patience?
Those that achieve greatness have to surmount an ocean
of difficulties and hardships before finally achieving success. Know that each
time you escape a difficulty you will have to face another.
Through this constant conflict, you must arm yourself
with patience and a strong trust in Allah.
This is the way of the noble-minded: they face
difficulties with firm resolution, and they wrestle hardship to the ground.
Therefore be patient and know that your patience is
only through Allah. Have the patience of one who is confident of forthcoming ease,
of one who knows that there will be a good ending and of one who seeks reward
from his Lord, hoping, that by facing difficulties, he will find expiation for
his sins. Have patience, no matter what the difficulty and no matter how dark
the road ahead seems. For truly, with patience comes victory, and with
difficulty relief follows close behind.
After having read biographies of some successful
people from the past, I became amazed at the amount of patience they displayed,
at their ability to bear heavy burdens only to emerge as stronger human beings.
Hardship fell upon their heads like the lashing of freezing rain and yet they
were as firm as mountains. Arid then, after a short time had passed, they were
rewarded for their patience with success.