One of the keys to happiness in the world is patience. By living a life of patience, we will feel light and serene. Although human life is always changing, there will be ease after distress. Everyone will always experience trouble and ease. So, we need to keep patient and pray to Allah to give encouragement to us.
Here is presented how to be patience in Islam.
1. Intend everything to get Allah’s blessings
Every deed done must be intended to Allah SWT. That is because every action we do must be accompanied by the intention to bear the fruit of goodness. And the most important intentions are the intention only to Allah. With a sincere intention and acting solely for Allah then patience will arise.
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2. Often dzikir remembers Allah
Dzikir means remembering, dhikrullah means remembering Allah. Remembering God in every condition will make the heart become more patient. God in His Word has reminded us to remember Allah whenever and wherever. Always remembering Allah makes us patient in the face of trials. For example, the easiest dzikir is to say Bismillah when going to start activities, such as work, play, travel, or whatever. End the activity by saying hamdalah.
(O you who believe[d]! Be steadfast and [be] patient and [be] constant and fear Allah so that you may (be) successful. (Az Zumar 10)
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3. Read the Quran
Al Quran is one of worship that can be done anytime. Reading the Qur’an can be done from morning until evening. Thus, the practice of reading the Qur’an can be increased as much as possible. Reading the holy book of the Qur’an will make the heart become more calm and patient.
Indeed, We [We] [We] revealed to you the Quran progressively. So be patient for (the) Command (of) your Lord and (do) not obey from them any sinner or disbeliever. (Al Insan 23-24)
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Fasting is to withhold everything that can cancel the fast from dawn to sunset. Things that cancel the fast include eating, drinking, menstruation, puerperium, intentional vomiting, sex related of husband and wife, apostasy, out semen, and others
Fasting is very useful in resisting the passions. In addition, fasting can also serve to increase the level of patience. If patience has been applied, it will also add reward from Allah SWT.
But said those who were given the knowledge, “Woe to you! (The) reward (of) Allah (is) better for (he) who believes and does righteous (deeds). And not it is granted except (to) the patient ones.” (Al Qasas : 80)”
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5. Avoiding bad deeds
One way to increase patience is to maximize yourself to not do bad deeds. Sometimes the negative things that are done are very pleasant. Even so, it is just a pseudo-happiness that someday we will regret.
If touches you a good, it grieves them and if strikes you misfortune, they rejoice at it. And if you are patient and fear (Allah), not will harm you their plot (in) anything. Indeed, Allah, of what they do (is) All-Encompassing. (Ali Imran : 120)
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6. Worship to Allah SWT alone
The purpose of human life in the world is to worship Allah SWT. Because life in the world is only temporary, it can even be said this life is too fast. By always remembering Allah SWT we will be more patient and sincere in life. If a person does not have patience, worship and struggle will not be meaningful.
Whatever (is) with you will be exhausted, and whatever (is) with Allah (will) be remaining. And surely We will pay those who (are) patient their reward to (the) best (of) what they used (to) do (An Nahl : 96)
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7. Exercise patience
With diligence to continue to train yourself, patience can also be formed. Self-training to improve patience is also not easy. Because it will always be a temptation that comes to tempt. But, if we are able to confront it, then we are among the righteous.
and those who fulfill their covenant when they make it; and those who are in [the] suffering and [the] hardship, and (the) time (of) [the] stress. Those (are) the ones who are true and those, [they] (are) the righteous. ( Al Baqarah : 177)
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8. Imitate the Prophet’s patience
The story of the prophets can be a lesson for us in patience. The prophets have gained many tremendous hindrances and trials. But they can pass it patiently. By reading or watching the story of the prophets in patience, we can take lessons from them. Moreover, their example can be applied in everyday life.
So be patient, as had patience those of determination of the Messengers, and (do) not seek to hasten for them. As if they had, (the) Day they see what they were promised, not remained except an hour of a day. A notification. But will (any) be destroyed except the people – the defiantly disobedient? (Al Ahqaf : 35)
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9. Always think positive
Positive thinking is also one way of practicing patience according to Islam. Everything that happens by the will of God and God has arranged everything. Humans often forget to Allah SWT when stricken disaster. And blame Allah for all trials.
Therefore, positive thinking will make us more patient with temptation. When people successfully faces temptation by remembering the name of Allah SWT, then the favor of God received will be greater.
And surely We will test you with something of [the] fear and [the] hunger and loss of [the] wealth and [the] lives and [the] fruits, but give good news (to) the patient ones. (QS. Al Baqarah : 155)
10. Regulate emotions
One way to improve patients is by regulating emotions and breathing. By regulating emotion a long, anger that arises subside. Controlled emotions of breathing relax the tense muscles and increase patience.
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If we are facing a trial, then we should be patient in facing it. One way to keep us patient and tough is to shalat. Compared to just daydreaming and moaning, it’s better to run the shalat. One of them, performing the night shalat (tahajud) and ask for guidance to Allah SWT.
And enjoin (on) your family the prayer and be steadfast therein. Not We ask you (for) provision; We provide (for) you, and the outcome (is) for the righteous[ness].(QS. At Thaha : 132)
Allah will grant the wishes of the devoted servant of Allah SWT. In order for our prayers to be answered by Allah SWT, we must often help the difficulties of others. Although we are also in trouble, acting selfishly will keep us far from being patient. In fact, the burden of trouble will come more and more and make us impatient, emotionally high, and often angry.
O you who believe[d]! Seek help through patience and the prayer. Indeed, Allah (is) with the patient ones.( QS. Al Baqarah : 153)
And seek help through patience and the prayer; and indeed, it (is) surely difficult except on the humble ones, Those who believe that they will meet their Lord and that they to Him will return. (QS. Al Baqarah :45-46)
Asking for God’s help will not be easy except for those who are khusyu ‘. People who khusyu ‘means those who believe that in prayer will meet Allah SWT and one day will return to Allah SWT.
When a person believes that their life will return to Allah SWT, then no matter how big the problem faced, everything becomes small, because the big business is preparing for the hereafter.
14. Believe that God tests a servant according to his ability.
For a Muslim, they must believe that God will not test Allah’s creatures beyond their limits. So, we need to stay strong and believe the God.
“(Does) not burden Allah any soul except its capacity, for it what it earned, and against it what it earned.” (QS Al Baqarah : 286)
“Not necessarily a Muslim insulted himself. The companions asked, “How to insult him, Rasulullah?” The Prophet replied, “engage in examines and trials that he can not bear to suffer. ” (Narrated by Ahmad and Tirmidzi)
“It is not from our group who slapped his cheeks and tear off his shirt let alone pray with jahiliyyah prayers.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
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15. Pleased with the favor of Allah that a lot or a little
Verily, Allah Azza Wajalla test his/her servant in the provision of God to him/her. If he/she is pleased with the part he/she receives then God will bless him/her and extend his gift. If he/she is not pleased with his/her gift then God will not give him/her a blessing.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
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16. Patience to remove sins
“No believer is afflicted with pain, fatigue, suffering from illness or sorrow (distress) until the thorny thorns (his body) except that Allah removes his sins.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
“Whoever is get disaster in his treasure or in himself and keep it secret and does not complain it to anyone it becomes the right of God to forgive him.” (Narrated by Ath-Thabrani)
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17. Heaven for the patient
“Whoever Allah wills with kindness will be put to the test.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
“Verily Allah ‘Azza wajalla when loving a people of God to test them. Whoever be patient then for him /her the benefit of his/her patience and whosoever wrath hath to him the wrath of God. (HR Tirmidzi)
Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while Allah has not yet made evident those who strove hard among you and made evident the steadfast? (QS Ali ’Imran : 142)
18. Gain the reward of patience
Or (do) you think that you will enter Paradise while not (has) come to you like (came to) those who passed away from before you? Touched them [the] adversity and [the] hardship, and they were shaken until said the Messenger and those who believed with him, “When [will] (the) help (of) Allah (come) Unquestionably, [Indeed] help (of) Allah (is) near. (QS Al Baqarah :214)
Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqash said, “I asked the Messenger of Allah, “O Messenger of Allah, who is the one who has the greatest test and the culprit?”. The Prophet Saw replied, “The prophets then imitate (resemble) them and who imitate (resemble) them. Someone is tested according to the levels of religion. If his religion is thin (weak) he has tested accordingly (lightly) and when his faith is firm he has tested accordingly (hard). One is tested constantly so that he walks the earth clean of sins. (Narrated by Bukhari)
“A servant has a degree in heaven. When he can not attain it with his good deeds, then Allah tests and tries it so that he reaches that degree. “(Narrated by Ath-Thabrani)
“When I test my servant with blindfolded eyes, and he endures, I will keep his eyes in heaven. (Narrated by Ahmad)
“One of them would rather have trials and test than one of you (pleased) to receive gifts.” (Narrated by Abu Ya’la)
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19. Know the truth of faith
Do think the people that they will be left because they say, “We believe” and they will not be tested? And indeed, We tested those who (were) before them. And Allah will surely make evident those who (are) truthful and He will surely make evident the liars. (QS Al ’Ankabut : 2-3)
20. Convinced the world is a test spot
So that we will be ready to live hard (which is not according to desire) with full sacrifice. We will be sincere (because God is not because of the people we hate), can still smile and do good to those who oppress us. We will be able to have personalities like the Prophets and Apostles.
“There is nothing that can exacerbate the weights of a believer on the Day of Judgment other than his moral goodness.” (Narrated by Tirmidzi)
Every soul (will) taste [the] death. And We test you with [the] bad and [the] good (as) a trial, and to Us, you will be returned. (Qs. al-Anbiya’: 35).
That’s all how to be patience in Islam. Hope all of us get benefit from this article. Thank you.