O you who believe, be steadfast; be supreme in
steadfastness... (Surah Al 'Imran, 200)
Allah has revealed in a verse, "This is a Book We have sent down to you
so that you can bring mankind from the darkness to the light, by the permission
of their Lord, to the Path of the Almighty, the Praiseworthy" (Surah Ibrahim,
1), thus drawing attention to the Qur'an's attribute of bringing people
from darkness to light.
The Qur'an defines patience as one of the paths that lead people from
darkness to light and as an attribute of morality that is superior to,
wide-ranging, and very different from the daily behavior of many people.
True patience is a moral characteristic displayed in the face of difficulty
and in every moment of life. Moreover, it requires the demonstration of
determination and consistency during times of ease and hardship, and is
a lifelong endeavour that never goes astray, even for a moment.
Allah gives the most striking examples of patience in the lives of the
Prophets, because they showed patience while teaching Allah's religion
and leading a moral life. They never deviated from their devotion to Allah,
and were patient people who sought only Allah's approval.
This book will define this high moral virtue taught by the Qur'an and
invite people to acquire true patience. Inaccurate understandings of patience
will be explained along with the kind of patience Allah requires, how
Allah may test people so that they can acquire a more perfect patience,
and the great return Allah promises to those who exhibit great patience.
Examples of how the Prophets showed patience in
every area until the end of their lives will be presented in the hope
that people will "be steadfast for our Lord" until the end of their own
lives. (Surat al-Muddaththir, 7)
This book also will give the good news that Allah provided for those
who respond to this call with the verse, "give good
news to the steadfast" (Surat al-Baqara, 155). Moreover, emphasis
will be placed on the facts that Allah is "with
the steadfast" (Surat al-Baqara, 153) and that patience is a matchless
key that opens doors to many fine things for the faithful. As Prophet
Muhammad (saas) states:
Whoever remains patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given
a blessing better and greater than patience. (Bukhari)