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Day 27: Patience with Prayer

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Patience with Prayer

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Shaykh AbdurRahman bin Nasr as-Sa’adi[1] -Rahimullaah-

Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

Shaykh AbdurRahman bin Nasr as-Sa’adi (d. 1376 A.H.) said in his Tafseer of the saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اسْتَعِينُواْ بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلاةِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ

<< O you who believe! Seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer). Truly! Allaah is with As-Sabirin (the patient ones.>> [al-Baqarah: 153]

‘Allaah Ta’ala commanded the believers to seek aid for their religious and worldly affairs <<in patience and As-Salat (the prayer)>>

Patience is securing the soul and preventing it from that which it dislikes. It is of three divisions:

  • Making the soul patient upon obedience to Allaah until it carries out that obedience.
  • Keeping the soul away from sinning against Allaah until it leaves that sinning.
  • Keeping the soul patient with the painful Qadr of Allaah (what Allaah has painfully destined)  so the soul does not become discontent.

Therefore, patience is a great aid for all matters, there is no way for the one who is impatient to achieve what he needs, especially continuous difficult acts of obedience which are in dire need of having patience and swallowing the bitterness of hardship, therefore, if a person with difficulties adheres to patience then he wins successfully.

If a person rejects difficulties and hardships without patience and being tolerant with them then he does not acquire anything. But has gained that what is Haram, and also that sin which the soul ferociously desires, is inclined  to that sin and that is within the capability of the slave of Allaah. This sinning is not possible to leave except with having great patience, and preventing the heart provoke/invoke the soul and its inclination/tendency  to Allaah Ta’ala, and seeking aid with Allaah and protection from it, since it is from the  Major Fitn (Trials & Tribulations).

Likewise are the  difficult  tribulations, especially if they are continuous and they cause the physical and psychological strengths to weaken and that which results from this sinning is also found, which is displeasure and anger. These occur if a person does not rectify his soul with patience for Allaah’s sake, with reliance upon Him, and seeking refuge with Him and continuously being  in need of Allaah.

You have come to know that the slave of Allaah is in need of patience, rather he is compelled to Allaah in all of his circumstances, so this is why Allaah Ta’ala  ordered to have patience, Allaah mentioned that He is 《with As-Sabirin (the patient ones).》meaning: with those who have the mannerisms of patience, its characteristics, possesses seeking aid with Allaah, His success and Allaah correcting him, then the tribulations become easier upon him due to patience, all the difficulties, dislikes and all major things become easy for him, all hardships are taken away from him, this is a specific closeness to Allaah, which necessitates loving him and aiding him, helping him and being close to him. This is a great characteristic for the people who have patience, therefore, if there were not an excellence for the  patient ones other than they were given success with this being close to Allaah, then this would be sufficient as an excellence and honour. As for the general understanding of being close to Allaah then it is the being close of knowledge [Allaah has knowledge of everything] and being close of Allaah’s Capability [Allaah is capable of everything], as in the  saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

{وَهُوَ مَعَكُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كُنْتُمْ}

<< And He is with you (by His Knowledge) wheresoever you may be >> [Hadeed : 4]  and this is general for all the creation.

Allaah commanded us with seeking aid with the prayer (Salah), because the prayer is the pillar of the Deen, and light (noor) for the Believers, and it is the connection between the slave of Allaah and his Lord.

So if the prayer of the slave of Allaah is a complete prayer, the prayer which comprises of what is necessary for the prayer and that which is the practice  of the Sunnah for  the prayer, and the heart is attentive in the prayer – which is the central core of the prayer – so when the slave of Allaah enters into the prayer he feels as if he had entered upon/visited his Lord, and standing in front of Him, Like a servant slave stands with manners, bringing to attention all that he says and what he does,  immersed privately conversing with his Lord and supplicating to Him, especially since this is Salah. The Salah is the greatest aid in all matters, indeed prayer  prevents evil lowly deeds and evil. Also because this  presence of heart which occurs in the prayer obligates for the slave of Allaah in his heart a characteristic and an invite which calls him to fulfill the commands of his  Lord and avoids His prohibitions, then this is the prayer which Allaah ordered to seek aid with for all things.’

[Tayseer al-Kareem ar-Rahman fee Tafseer Kalam al-Mannaan 1/74]

[1] Shaykh AbdurRahman bin Nasr as-Sa’adi (d. 1376 A.H.) was an orphan and excelled in the sciences of Islaam, Tafseer, Fiqh, Aqeedah etc. His Tafseer is a very easy to read book, it is based upon a correct understanding of the Aqeedah of the Salaf, it is not like the Tafseer of the deviant journalist Sayyid Qutb. See [ ] for an excellently detailed exposition of his Aqeedah.