It has been sometime that I have not written anything. For the past few weeks i have been reading quite a number of books and one of them is Patience and Gratitude by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah translated to English. It is very good book which i first read about 1 year ago but unfinished (had to return to the owner).
This book is divided into 2 main parts;
1. Sabr (Patience/perseverance) and
2. Shukr (Grateful/thankfulness).
Sabr is an Arabic word which comes from a root meaning to detain, refrain and stop.. In the spiritual sense, patience means to stop ourselves from despairing and panicking, to stop our tongues from complaining, and to stop our hands from striking our faces and tearing our clothes at times of grief and stress.
Abû ‘Uthmân said: “the one who has patience is the one who trained himself to handle
Amr ibn ‘Uthmân al-Makkî said: “Patience means to keep close to Allâh
and to accept calmly the trials He sends, without complaining or feeling sad.”
Alî ibn Abî Tâlib said: “Patience means to seek Allâh’s help.”