Patience is an ever-evolving process in all of us. It’s also probably one of the most challenging things to master as a believing slave because it requires so much of us, spiritually, psychologically, and even physically at times. The amazing thing is that Allah is completely aware of how difficult this task can be. Imam Ahmad said that Allah has mentioned patience 90 times in the Qur’an! Not only does this show it’s overwhelming importance in all matters of deen and dunya but it also serves as motivation and encouragement… to know that Allah is in control and that all matters belong to him. In ayah 156 of Surah al Baqarah, Allah subhanahu wata’ala says:

الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُواْ إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.

As I was going through the tafseer of this ayah, I was truly humbled by the word choice and the clarity of it subhanAllah. In the previous ayah, Allah took an oath and described that the believers will surely be tested with hardships through fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives, and sustenance, and after all of this, Allah sends glad tidings to those who are patient. So this ayah continues to describe the sabireen, that when a museebah reaches them, they immediately respond with an affirmation that we indeed belong to Allah, and to Him, we will return. What’s interesting about the word museebah is that it comes from root sowb, which literally means to hit the mark. For example, when an arrow hits a target, it did not happen to land there by chance; rather, it was meant to pierce through the designated target. Yuseebu gives the meaning that something reaches exactly where it is meant to reach, it was never an accident to begin with. SubhanAllah. How humbling. :)

From a young age, we memorize the six pillars of iman and verbally tell our teachers that the sixth one is “Qadr–believing that everything seemingly good and bad is from Allah”. Only after a few doses of life are we really able to understand our limits after which, we can reflect on Allah’s all-encompassing Might and Power over us. Why should we ever complain when everything belongs to Allah to begin with? If we truly believe that everything comes and goes as Allah pleases, why do show even a hint of impatience when He, ‘azzawajal, takes something away? The believers are those whose knowledge can be an evidence for them inshaAllah. If we know all these things about patience, we should be even more careful about ever letting out a sigh of complaint no matter how trying a circumstance may be. Show a little patience and watch how Allah blesses you in dunya wal akhira.. without limit (inshaAllah)! :)

People generally go through different degrees of patience as a part of this evolving process.

  • The first degree, is when the person becomes angry and finds a way to express that frustration. This is completely normal but for a believer, we should always strive to reach the highest degree.
  • The second is Sabr: One controls his emotions and his tongue. For example, when Ibrahim passed away, Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said “The eyes shed tears and the heart is saddened, but we only do that which pleases our Lord. Indeed, Oh Ibrahim, we are grieved at your departure from us”. SubhanAllah.
  • The third degree is Ridaa’: When a person is pleased with the decree of Allah. Knowing that whatever has happened, is eventually for the best inshaAllah, no matter how confusing it may seem to us at the time. Radheetu billahi rabba. 
  • The fourth and highest degree is Shukr: This is when you are genuinely thankful to Allah. You hope for better, trust in Allah, and you are thankful that Allah tested you now instead of taking account of you in the hereafter. Allahumaj ‘alni minaSabireen. Ameen.
Of course, there are many waqi’aat that teach us about patience but the one that’s coming to mind right now is the story of Umm Salama (radhiallahu ‘anha). After losing her beloved husband, she recited the end of ayah 156 and followed it with Allahumma ajirni fi museebati wakhlufli khayran minha–Oh Allah remove this distress from me and give me a good substitute. A short while after Abu Salama’s passing, Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) proposed to her. :) Let’s make a habit of reading and implementing this beautiful act of patience.
You may have experienced that when you are being put through a trial or tribulation, the sweetness of asking and imploring Allah to help you is SO uplifting that you actually wish for the answer to your request to be delayed, just so your eyes don’t dry, and your heart remains spiritually alive. SubhanAllah, it’s during these times that we should be extremely elated with what Allah has decreed for us.. knowing that if it wasn’t for this very “problem,” we would not have had the chance to get to know our Rabb, and speak to Him without even and inkling of worldly concern. It’s at this time, that Allah is descending His mercy upon those who act upon their knowledge of His Greatness, His Majesty, and His Love for His ‘ibaad. May Allah make us among those who turn to him in times of ease and hardship. Allahumm Ameen.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
“No one can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.”
-Fi Amanillah-

2 thoughts on “Museebah

  1. Jazakillah khair! I love this ayah, and I always need to remind myself of it. This was an excellent, needed post. My favorite part was this: “What’s interesting about the word museebah is that it comes from root sowb, which literally means to hit the mark. For example, when an arrow hits a target, it did not happen to land there by chance; rather, it was meant to pierce through the designated target. Yuseebu gives the meaning that something reaches exactly where it is meant to reach, it was never an accident to begin with.” I had forgotten that.

    This post also reminds me of an ayah in at-Taghabun:
    مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ
    No disaster strikes except by permission of Allah .

    Jazakillah khair again for this reminder and the hadith at the end. :)

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