Sunday, 8 August 2010

The Relationship between Patience & Faith

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is extracted from Treatise of the Seekers of Guidance by Imam al-Harits al-Muhasibi (q.s.).

Imam al-Harits al-Muhasibi (q.s.) wrote, “You should know that the relationship between patience and faith is like relationship between the head and the body.  When the head is cut off, the entire body dies.  Therefore, if you hear something that angers you or offends your honour, forgive the perpetrator and overlook the wrong.  This is firmness of purpose.  If you have no patience, your faith will eventually be eroded.

Patience is the necessary ingredient that allows faith to produce its fruits.  Actions cannot be consistent if one lacks patience.  Procrastination sets in when a person is not patient.  The most Beloved acts with Allah are those done most consistently even if they appear mundane.

When others attack you or offend you, forgive them and avoid your focus toward them, whether in anger or in gullibility.  We are on the Path to Allah which requires focus and patient determination; do not let the distractions of others divert you from the path to spiritual elevation.”

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