The Value of Sabr

The translations for the Ayaat are taken primarily from M. A. S. ABDEL HALEEM’s translation with some changes and noted exceptions.

Immeasurable Payment

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Zumar:10

Those who persevere patiently will be given their reward in full without measure.

Key to Victory/Success in Dunya

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Sajdah:24

When they [the children of Israel] became steadfast and believed firmly in Our messages, We raised leaders among them, guiding them according to Our command.

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Araaf:137

We made those who had been oppressed succeed to both the east and the west of the land that We had blessed. Your Lord’s good promise to the Children of Israel was fulfilled, because of their patience, and We destroyed what Pharaoh and his people were making and what they were building.

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Aali_Imraan:120

They grieve at any good that befalls you [believers] and rejoice at your misfortunes. But if you are steadfast and conscious of God, their scheming will not harm you in the least: God encircles everything they do.

Key Reason for the Jazaa and Rewards of Jannah

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Yusuf:90

Surely whoever is pious and (endures) patiently, then surely Allah does not waste the reward of the fair-doers [Dr.Ghali]

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Muminoon:111

Today I have rewarded them for their patience: it is they who will succeed.

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Furqan:75

These servants will be rewarded with the highest place in Paradise for their steadfastness.

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Qasas:54

They will be given their rewards twice over because they are steadfast, repel evil with good, and give to others out of what We have provided for them.

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Insan:12

and we reward them, for their steadfastness, with a Garden and silken robes.

The Reason for Peace/Safety and Congratulations from the Malaaikah

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Can someone who knows that the revelation from your Lord is the Truth be equal to someone who is blind? Only those with understanding will take it to heart;  those who fulfill the agreements they make in God’s name and do not break their pledges; who join together what God commands to be joined; who are in awe of their Lord and fear the harshness of the Reckoning; who remain steadfast through their desire for the face of their Lord; who keep up the prayer; who give secretly and openly from what We have provided for them; who repel evil with good. These will have the reward of the [true] home: they will enter perpetual Gardens, along with their righteous ancestors, spouses, and descendants; the angels will go in to them from every gate,  ‘Peace be with you, because you have remained steadfast. What an excellent reward is this home of yours!’

A Small Price to Pay

From Ibn Rajab (Fadl ‘Ilm al-Salaf ‘Alaa al-Khalaf):

It is necessary that the believer have patience for a short while such that through it he will attain everlasting bliss. If he despairs and becomes impatient, he is as ibn al-Mubaarak said,

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Whoever is patient, then how little is he patient for. And whoever is impatient, then how little does he enjoy himself.”

Al-Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee used to recite the following lines of poetry,

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O my soul! It is nothing but a few days of patience;
It’s duration is like muddled/jumbled dreams.
O my soul! Pass through the world quickly;
And leave it alone, for the (true) life is certainly ahead of me.

Allah’s Common Surah Ending Command

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Room:60

so be patient, for God’s promise is true: do not let those with no firm beliefs discourage you.

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Ahqaf:35

Be steadfast [Muhammad], like those messengers of firm resolve. Do not seek to hasten the punishment for the disbelievers: on the Day they see what they had been warned about, it will seem to them that they lingered no more than a single hour of a single day [in this life]. This is a warning. Shall any be destroyed except the defiant?

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Aali_Imraan:200

You who believe, be steadfast, more steadfast than others; be ready; always be mindful of God, so that you may prosper.

Complete Islamic Education

Bismillah.

He is the One who sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger (Muhammad SAW) from among themselves, reciting to them His Verses, purifying them, and teaching them the Book (Qur’an) and Al-Hikmah (the Sunnah). And verily, before they had been in clear, manifest error.

[Al-Jumu’ah:2]

In this verse, Allah [SWT] mentions the 4 aspects of the complete Islamic education. They are:

  1. Tilawah of the verses of Allah (i.e. recitation of the Qur’an)
  2. Tazkiyyah (i.e. purification of the heart)
  3. Education in the Qur’an (i.e. its explanation, preservation, etc.)
  4. Education in the Sunnah (i.e. its explanation, preservation, etc.)

These four aspects provide the complete Islamic education. If you take away one or the other or place an unnecessary emphasis on one over another, then the end result is no different what is mentioned in the verse (underlined above): error and misguidance.

For example, certain groups place so much emphasis on tazkiyyah (purification of the heart) and so little on education in the Qur’an and Sunnah that they end up inventing ways to worship Allah that are totally baseless.

Others place so much emphasis on recitation that the student knows all of the Qur’an with perfect recitation, but hardly understands any of it.

Still others place so much emphasis on studying the Sunnah and the resulting intricate matters of jurisprudence that they delve into advance topics, yet they can’t even recite the Qur’an properly, let alone understand it.

And so on.

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How to Measure Salah Quality

It’s the first thing that Allah [SWT] will ask us about on the Day of Judgement…and if this is good, then everything else will fall into place. It’s our prayer – Al Salah – and it makes so much sense to have a process in place to monitor the quality of salah and to keep improving it.

Here’s a way to progressively improve the quality of salah till we reach the level of emaan where we can worship Allah as if we see him, in sha Allah 🙂

Salah Quality Indicators:

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Be an Orange

This Ramadan…be an orange!

Say what?

The example of a believer, who recites the Quran and acts on it, is like an orange (utrujjah) which tastes nice and smells nice.

And the example of the believer who does not recite the Quran but acts on it is like a date that tastes sweet but has no smell.

And the example of the hypocrite who recites the Quran is like a sweet basil which smells good but tastes bitter.

And the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Quran is like a colocynth (bitter apple) which tastes bitter and has a bad smell.”

[Allah’s Messenger [SAWS], reported in Saheeh al-Bukhari]

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