Patience is the moderate steadfastness against misfortunes. It is also defined as to compel oneself to stand the necessities of the Sharia including the matters to do and the matters not to do. It indicates wisdom, broadmindedness, high morality, and great steadfastness. In more than seventy places in the holy Quran, God refers to and praises patience. He promises the patient of His contentment and liking:

 “Allah loves those who have patience (3:146).”

He promises He should always support them:“Allah is with those who have patience (8:46).”

He promises He should grant them abundance rewarding:

“Allah will recompense the deeds of those who have exercised patience, without keeping an account (39:10).”

He promises He should confer upon them with a variety of kindness: “We shall test you through fear, hunger, loss of life, property, and crops. (Muhammad), give glad news to the people who have patience and in difficulty say, “We are the servants of Allah and to Him we shall all return.” It is they who will receive blessings and mercy from Allah and who follow the right guidance. (2:155-7)”  

Imam al-Baqir (a) said:
Paradise is surrounded by misfortunes and patience. He who shows steadfastness against misfortunes of this world will be in Paradise. Hell, likewise, is surrounded by lusts and appetites. He who allows himself to have these lusts and appetites will be in Hell.” 

“In his final hours, my father embraced me to the chest and said, ‘son, stand the right even if it is bitter, for if you do it you will be granted your rewards without interrogation.” 

 Imam as-Sadiq (a) said: “The rank of patience for faith is as same as the rank of the head for the body. When there is no patience, there will be no faith.”  

“The believer who shows steadfastness against misfortune that befalls him will be given the rewards of one thousand shahids.”

  One may ask how people of patience are given the rewards of one thousand shahids who are the heroes of patience in the fields of jihad? To answer this wonderment, we say that people who practice patience deserve the rewards of those shahids although God will grant them more rewards.

Amir ul-Mu’minin (a) said: “He who is not saved by steadfastness will surely be killed by impatience.” 

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Beating The Servant

Beating The Servant
Once, a companion of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.) began hitting his slave. The slave kept pleading: “By Allah! Do not beat me. For Allah’s sake forgive me.” The master, however, refused to pardon him and continued to shower beatings upon him.

Some people informed the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.) of the slave’s predicament whereupon he (s.a.w.) got up and started out towards the scene of this incident. As soon as the companion’s eyes fell upon the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.) stopped his beatings whereupon the Noble Prophet ( s.a.w.) said to him: “He placed you under the oath of Allah, but you refused to pardon him and now that you have set your eyes upon me, you have restrained yourself?”

The man, in order to make amends for his deplorable behaviour, said: “I now free him for the sake (and pleasure) of Allah!” The Noble Prophet ( s.a.w.) said: “Had you not freed him, you would have
dropped face-down into the fire of Hell.”

( Ref : Anecdotes for reflection, vol 3, pg.156)

The Mother’s Pleasure

The Mother’s Pleasure
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) approached a youth who was dying and said to him: “O’ Youth! Say ‘Laa ilaaha illallah”,but the youth’s tongue would not move and he was unable to speak the sentence.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.)asked the gathering crowd if the youth’s mother was present.  A lady, who stood near the head of the dying person, stepped forward and said she was his mother.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) asked her if she was pleased with her son to which she responded: “No.  I have not spoken to him for the past six years.”

He said, “O’ Lady!  Forgive him and be pleased with him.”

The lady agreed and said, “For your sake, I forgive him.  May God be pleased with him!”

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) again turned to the youth and asked him to testify to the Unity of God and this time, having procured his mother’s pleasure, the youth was able to do so.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) asked him, “O’ Youth!  What do you witness at this moment?”

He said, “I see an extremely ugly person who has a foul odour coming from him and who is waiting to strangle me.”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) then instructed the youth to recite the following supplication:

O’ He, Who accepts trivial (good) deeds and disregards the immense sins!  Accept from me my trivial (good) deeds and disregard my immense sins, for you are the All-Forgiving and the All-Merciful.

When the youth had recited this supplication, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) asked him once more what he was witnessing.

He replied, “I now see a man with a luminous and pleasing appearance.  He is wearing beautiful clothes and possesses an enchanting fragrance.  He is exhibiting kindness andcourtesy towards me”.(Having said this, the youth passed away).

( Ref : Anecdotes for Reflection, vol 1, Topic: Parents, Anecdote no.1)

Remembering the Beloved while in Comfort

Allah had granted immense bounties to Prophet Ayyub (a.s.) such that it has been reported that he possessed five hundred pairs of bulls for ploughing his fields and hundreds of slaves, who used to cultivate his farms. His cargo-carrying camels were three thousand in number while his sheep totalled seven thousand.

In addition to this, Allah had also granted him good health and numerous children. On his part, Ayyub (a.s.) perpetually praised and thanked his Lord, and when faced with two acts of obedience, he would always choose the more difficult of the two.

But then, he became the object of Divine trials – not for having committed any sin but rather for raising his rank and status – such that Allah took back all the bounties that He had given him and afflicted his body with an incurable disease.

However, despite the severity of the adversity, when Ayyub (a.s.) ever abandoned thanking, praising and remembering Allah, the Satan got into the act. He began whispering into his wife’s mind as a result of which she started to complain of the hard times that had befallen them and would moan: “Everyone has deserted us and
we do not possess anything.”

Ayyub (a.s.) said: “For eighty years we had been receiving the bounties of Allah and so we should not
complain for seven years of hardships but instead continue to remember Him in all circumstances!”

But his wife continued to complain and protest, and persistently placed before him irrational ideas till eventually, enraged, he hollered: “Go away from me such that I do not set my eyes upon you ever again.”

When his wife had left him, Ayyub (a.s.) found himself alone and without a caretaker; going into prostration, he began praying to his Lord and communicating with Him. On this occasion Allah answered the prayers of His servant, who had continued to praise and thank Him,
and once again granted him all the bounties!

Meanwhile his wife thought to herself: “Though he has driven me away, it is inappropriate for me to leave him alone. He has none to look after him and he may perish out of hunger.” With this in mind she returned to the place where she had left him but found him missing, while in his place, sat a youth. As she began to weep, the youth asked her: “Why do you weep?” She replied: I had left my old husband here but I do not see him anymore. The youth said: “If you were to see him, would you recognize him?” She said: “Yes.”

Having answered him, she then looked at him hard and realised that he possessed a great resemblance to her husband. The youth then said to her: “I am the same Ayyub.”
( Ref : Anecdotes for Reflection, vol 3, Dhikr, Anecdote 4, pg 38)

Me and God – Inspirational Story…..

One day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my Spirituality… I wanted to quit my life.I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. God, I said. Can you give me one good reason not to quit His answer surprised me…Look around, He said. Do you see the fern and the bamboo
Yes, I replied.
When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.

I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth.

Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.

But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.

He said.

In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit. He said.

Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant…But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots.

Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle. He said to me.

Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots

I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.

Don’t compare yourself to others. He said. The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful.

Your time will come, God said to me. You will rise high

How high should I rise I asked.

How high will the bamboo rise He asked in return.
As high as it can I questioned

Yes. He said, Give me glory by rising as high as you can.

I left the forest and bring back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.

He will never give up on you!  

Lesson from the story: In life never lose hope and never give up or quit in life and Success will come to you later in life 

Some of the Inspiring Quotes which tell not to give up in life so we can learn something from these Quotes 

1) Never expext things to happen..struggle and make them happen. never expect yourself to be given a good value..creat a value of ur own 

2) If a drop of water falls in lake there is no identity.But if it falls on a leaf of lotus its hine like a choose the best place where you would shine..

3) Falling down is not defeat…defeat is when ur refuse to get up…

4) Ship is always safe at shore… but is is not built for it

5) When ur successful your wellwishers know who  you are when you are unsuccessful you know who ur welwishers are

6) It is great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell  him/her

Never take some one for granted,Hold every person Close to your Heart because you might wake up one day and realise that you have lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones.” Remember this always in life.

Shake it off !!!

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well.
The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less..
(author unknown)

Islamic Ethics of Trading

According to Imam al-Baqir (a.s): “ It is not recommendable to buy what was not seen.” [Reference: Tahtheeb al-Ahkam Ch.1]

عن أبي جعفر (ع) : انه يكره شراء مالم ير. {تهذيب الاحكام ج1 }

The Prophet (s.a.w) prohibited bargaining between daybreak and sunrise.” [Tahtheeb al-Ahkam Ch.7]

عن رسول الله (ص) : انه نهى عن السوم ما بين طلوع الفجر الى طلوع الشمس .
{تهذيب الاحكام ج7 }

On the reprehensibility of deceiving a believer, Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) said: “ deceiving a believer is forbidden.” [Tahtheeb al-Ahkam Ch.7]

في كراهة غبن المؤمن عن أبي عبدالله (ع) : غبن المؤمن حرام .{تهذيب الاحكام ج 7 }

The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “ The trader must be mindful of (cautious of) five qualities, otherwise he should not buy or sell: Usury, swearing by God, withholding the defect, commending (the commodity) when he is selling and belittling (it) when he is buying.” [Tahtheeb al-Ahkam Ch.7]

عن رسول الله (ص) : من باع واشترى فليحفظ خمس خصال والا فلا يشتر ولايبيع ، الربا ، والحلف ، وكتمان العيب ، والحمد اذا باع ، والذم اذا اشترى .{تهذيب الاحكام ج7 }

On the undesirability of borrowing from an upstart:
A steward of Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) borrowed food from a man. The man insisted on demanding payment. So, Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) said to the steward: “ Haven’t I forbidden you from asking for a loan someone who had known wealth recently.” [Tahtheeb al-Ahkam Ch.7]

كراهة الاستقراض من محدث النعمة ..
استقرض قهرمان لأبي عبدالله (ع) من رجل طعاما ، فألح في التقاضي فقال له أبو عبدالله (ع) : ألم أنهك أن تستقرض من لم يكن له فكان .{تهذيب الاحكام ج 7 }

On the reprehensibility of swearing by God during selling, Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) said: “ Beware of swearing, for it erases the blessing and exhausts the commodity.” [Tahtheeb al-Ahkam Ch.7]

كراهة الحلف عند البيع … عن أبي عبد الله (ع) : أياكم والحلف فانه يمحق البركة وينفق السلعة. {تهذيب الاحكام ج7 }

On the desirability of keeping up a profession, Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) said: “ If you profit from doing something, keep doing it.” [Tahtheeb al-Ahkam Ch.7]

في استحباب البقاء على المهنة …عن أبي عبد الله (ع) : قال اذا رزقت من شيء فالزمه . {تهذيب الاحكام ج7 }

The Prophet (s.a.w) prohibited that an employee is hired until he knows his wages.” [Reference: Makrim al-Akhlaq]

نهى النبي (ص) أن يستعمل أجير ، حتى يعلم ما أجرته . {مكارم الأخلاق

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