From our Muslim chaplain archive #4
2nd June 2020
“O you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful.”
[Al Qur’an 3:200]
Patience is an essential attribute of a believer. However, in today’s age, most only “persevere” and forget to “endure.” Being patient doesn’t only mean that we remain calm and hope for Allah’s ﷻ Mercy, but also that our attitude causes no displeasure or harm to the ones living with us. In this difficult time of lockdown it isn’t easy for us all to be spending so much time with each other, under one roof, without any respite from each other. Sometimes, all we do is say “we’re calm”, while our hearts and minds swirl with turmoil. This not only harms our emotional health but also creates stress, which additionally ruins our balance and focus in life. Therefore, it is crucial to understand our attitude and how we are patient in that state. My youngest daughter who is only three has asked countless times, “when will nursery open again?” – even she’s had enough! Spare a thought for our youngsters who will most likely take these memories further than we will. Give them some good stories to hark back at and remember with glee. Think back to your fondest memories from your childhood and use that as a springboard to give the same to the youngsters in your household.
May we all be granted better patience.