Monday, 23 August 2010

Patience the Virtue

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) has stated that “Every son of Adam sins and the best of these sinners are those who repent.” My brothers and sisters, this opportunity during Ramadan is the perfect time to seek forgiveness and repent, If one is disobedient, then Inshallah (by the will of Al'Mighty God) one can gain obedience through sincerity in their prayers and thus, utilizing this month of perfect alignment fully.

“O soul at peace, return to your Lord, well pleased and well-pleasing. Enter with My servants, enter into My Garden.” Surah al Fajr - The Dawn verses 27-30

The Prophet of Islam (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) is quoted in a hadith (books of narrations concerning the words and deeds of the prophet of Islam) saying: “Every human being is born pure and holy.” When people strive towards good, it emphasizes their spirituality harmonizing. However, an intellect and freewill allows man to aspire towards an evil nature. As mankind has been endowed with the finer moral qualities by his Lord and creator “We have indeed created man in the best of moulds, then do We abase him (to be) the lowest of the low, except such as believe and do righteous deeds: For they shall have a reward unfailing,” Surah At-Tin - The Fig verse 4-6

This surely expresses the on-going battle between good and evil, that man must endure as the battle against our evil tendencies requires us to stay strong and steadfast. Hence, attaining good deeds can seem more of a hardship than giving in to temptations of evil. In regards to our ability to fight toward what is good, there is a verse that states “Man has been created weak” Surah Al-Nisa - The Women verse 28.

I have concluded that there is a need for patience (sabr) and perseverance in our devotion towards the sirat al-mustaqeem (the straight path). As it is mans' inclination to be sinful, we must seek to gain strength in our spirituality with our creator. As He is from which all strength emerges, “Blessed is He in Whose hands is dominion, and He has power over everything” Surah Al-Mulk - The Dominion verse 1.