Patience is consent to the present moment; Patience is crowned with faith. Ya Sabur.
True patience comes from the acceptance of the unfolding of time. Most of the time we don’t realize that we are in the world of time. Rather than being content with the present moment we are rushing from one moment to the next, from one situation to the next. The Prophet said, “Haste is of the devil.” This may sound like a rather strong statement, and yet we must search for its real meaning and apply it to our lives. Is our hastiness sometimes a lack of trust, a dissatisfaction with simply being awake in the present moment?
Another hadith tells us: Live for the things of this world as if eternity were before you; and live for the things of the next world (Akhira, eternity) as if you might die tomorrow.
Surah Asr tells us that “everything is in loss,” except those who joined together for the mutual teaching and encouragement of truth and patience.
What benefit can there possibly be in rushing through some moments to get to others? Every moment is the perfect gift of the divine, manifested for o
ur benefit. Moments of difficulty and challenge are moments in which the soul has the potential to develop and awaken new qualities. Knowing this we can be completely open to each moment accepting it as it is with gratitude.
Yet another hadith tells us: “How remarkable the faithful one’s affairs are, and such a condition is only for the faithful: If something good happens, he thanks God and that is to his benefit. If something bad happens, he endures it and that is to his advantage.”
Patience is referred to countless times in the Quran, and one of the central ayats is this one: Seek help in patience and prayer and this is a hard thing for all but the humble in spirit.