Ramadhan Ruminations Lesson 9: The Miraculous Gifts for the People of Patience, by Syaikh Hamza Yusuf
We have looked at four blessings of patience: (i) they will gain Allah’s love; (ii) they have the nusr of Allah/ma’iya with Allah (victory, help); (iii) they’re rewarded with high places in paradise; (iv) they’re given the blessings of all the rewards of patience without any accounting/reckoning. The next four are in the verse that Allah SWT, when He says, “O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (QS Al-Baqoroh: 153). It’s a reminder to really seek help from patience, to seek out patience and prayer; surely God is with the shabirin. And then He says, “And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah, “They are dead.” Rather, they are alive, but you perceive [it] not.” (QS Al-Baqoroh: 154). Don’t say about those who have died in the path of God that they’re dead. But you’re unaware of the type of life that they have. And then immediately after that Allah SWT says, “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient,” (QS Al-Baqoroh: 155). Our scholars said that in this verse we are being warned by Allah SWT that we are going to be tested, tried. Life is a tribulation. Allah SWT will try us in our life. So there will be tribulation in our life. This is a warning from Allah, that life is a trial and tribulation.
The trial will be in something in khouf (fear), ju’ (hunger), and naqsin (diminishment) in wealth, food, and lives themselves. All of these things will experience tribulation and diminishment. Then Allah SWT says after that, wa bassyir asshobirin. Give glad tidings to the people of patience. This is the fifth karamat (miraculous gift) of patience. That is you have busyra, i.e. glad tidings, from Allah SWT.
Then in the next ayat, “Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” (QS Al-Baqoroh: 156). Those who are when they’re afflicted in calamity, what do they say? When the calamity comes, they say, innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un. We belong to God and to God we return. So the lam there in Arabic, when we say ha dza laka (this is for you or this belongs to you). That lam is a lam of possession or dominion. So whenever anything happens, the first thing you have to remember, ma ashoba min mushibatin illa biidznillah, i.e. no calamity afflicts except that it was by the permission of Allah SWT. Remember that. Wa man yu’min billahi, yahdi qolbahu, whoever believes in Allah, He will guide his heart. So inna lillahi wa inna ilahi raji’un: we belong to God and to God we return. Upon those people are sholawat from God. So the solace from God; divine solace of the forgiveness, the divine solace of rahmah. So sholawatun minallahi wa rahmah. These are the sixth and seventh gift.
Finally, ulaika humul muhtadun. That you get guidance. This is huda. These are the blessings in these ayat: (i) busyra, (ii) the sholawat or the gift of divine solace that descent upon your heart from God; (iii) the mercy from Allah; and (iv) the fact that God is saying you have my guidance so you’ve been given the huda of Allah. Overall, these are the eight Karamat of patience and they’re great blessings all from the Qur’an. May Allah SWT makes us people of patience. May Allah SWT makes us people that adhere to this truth to the best of our ability. Ramadhan is the month of patience. Fasting is partly to teach us patience. To be patient with our appetite, to be patient with others. This is the time that Rasul said that you have to be particularly careful of not getting upset. So this is time to be patient with obedience to Allah (in devotional practice) and for not falling into sinful activities, e.g. backbiting, slander, bad opinion of others, etc. These are gifts of patient. May Allah SWT make us patient. Next, I hope to look at gratitude and hopefully end with washiyat about the book of Allah that we’ve been intimate with during the month of Ramadhan.