Patience is a virtue that is highly valued in many cultures and religions around the world. It is the ability to endure difficult or challenging situations without becoming angry, frustrated, or giving up.
While it is an admirable quality, it can be difficult to maintain in the face of adversity. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of patience in Islam and the importance of dua for patience.
Dua For Patience In Arabic
رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانْصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
The transliteration of this dua is Rabbana afrigh alayna sabran wathabbit aqdamana wansurna ala’ qawmil kafireen.
Meaning in English
The meaning of the Dua is Our Lord, pour upon us patience and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people.
Source: Surah Baqarah ayah 250
رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَتَوَفَّنَا مُسْلِمِينَ
Transliteration: Rabbana afrigh aalayna sabran watawaffana muslimeen.
Translation in English: The meaning of the Dua in English Our Lord, pour upon us patience and let us die as Muslims [in submission to You] Surah Al-A’raf Ayah 126
This are the Dua of the righteous and Quranic Dua for patience.
According to scholars, asking for patience should only come after the calamity has befallen or the disaster has struck, or any situation in which a person needs to be patient.
But when one is in a state of well-being, it is appropriate to ask Allah to complete His blessing, and to grant well-being and protection.
Dua For Sabr
Another dua for sabr is written in Arabic text as:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الصَّبْرَ
Transliteration: Allahumma innee as’aluka sabar.
Meaning: O Allah, I ask You for patience.
Dua For Patience And Anger
One of the supplications of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was:
اللَّهُمَّ بِعِلْمِكَ الْغَيْبَ وَقُدْرَتِكَ عَلَى الْخَلْقِ أَحْيِنِي مَا عَلِمْتَ الْحَيَاةَ خَيْرًا لِي وَتَوَفَّنِي إِذَا عَلِمْتَ الْوَفَاةَ خَيْرًا لِي اللَّهُمَّ وَأَسْأَلُكَ خَشْيَتَكَ فِي الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ وَأَسْأَلُكَ كَلِمَةَ الْحَقِّ فِي الرِّضَا وَالْغَضَبِ وَأَسْأَلُكَ الْقَصْدَ فِي الْفَقْرِ وَالْغِنَى وَأَسْأَلُكَ نَعِيمًا لاَ يَنْفَدُ وَأَسْأَلُكَ قُرَّةَ عَيْنٍ لاَ تَنْقَطِعُ وَأَسْأَلُكَ الرِّضَاءَ بَعْدَ الْقَضَاءِ وَأَسْأَلُكَ بَرْدَ الْعَيْشِ بَعْدَ الْمَوْتِ وَأَسْأَلُكَ لَذَّةَ النَّظَرِ إِلَى وَجْهِكَ وَالشَّوْقَ إِلَى لِقَائِكَ فِي غَيْرِ ضَرَّاءَ مُضِرَّةٍ وَلاَ فِتْنَةٍ مُضِلَّةٍ اللَّهُمَّ زَيِّنَّا بِزِينَةِ الإِيمَانِ وَاجْعَلْنَا هُدَاةً مُهْتَدِينَ
The dua is transliterated as Allahumma bi ilmikal-ghaiba wa qudratika ‘alal-khalqi ahyini ma alimtal-hayata khairan li, wa tawaffani idha alimtal-wafata khairan li. Allahumma wa ‘as’aluka khashyataka fil-ghaibi wash-shahadati wa ‘as’aluka kalimatal-haqqi fir-rida’i wal ghaḍab, wa as’alukal-qaṣda fil faqri wal-ghina, wa ‘as’aluka naīman lā yanfadu wa ‘as’aluka qurrata ainin lā tanqaṭiu wa as’alukar-riḍā’i badal-qaḍā’i wa ‘as’aluka bardalaishi badal-mawti,
wa ‘as’aluka ladhdhatan-naẓari ilā wajhika wash-shawqa ilā liqā’ika fī ghairi ḍarrā’a muḍirratin wa lā fitnatin muḍillatin, Allāhumma zayyinnā bizīnatil-īmāni wajalna hudātan muhtadīn.
Meaning in English
The meaning of the Dua O Allah, by Your knowledge of the unseen and Your power over creation, keep me alive so long as You know that living is good for me and cause me to die when You know that death is better for me.
O Allah, cause me to fear You in secret and in public. I ask You to make me true in speech in times of pleasure and of anger. I ask You to make me moderate in time of wealth and of poverty.
And I ask You for everlasting delight and joy that will never cease. I ask You to make me pleased with that which You have decreed and for an easy life after death.
I ask You for the sweetness of looking upon Your face and a longing to meet You in a manner that does not entail a calamity that will bring about harm or a trial that will cause deviation. O Allah, beautify us with the adornment of faith and make us among those who guide and are rightly guided.
(Narrated by an-Nasai, 1305; Classed as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih al-Jami‘, no. 1301)
The prophet SAW asked Allah, may He be exalted, to bless him with contentment with that which He decreed.
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Virtues Of Patience
Allah has made patience like a horse that never gets tired, an army that can never be defeated and a strong fortress that can never be breached.
Patience and victory are twin brothers, for victory comes with patience, relief comes with distress and ease comes with hardship.
Quranic verses on the virtues of patience
In the Quran, Allaah has guaranteed those who are patient that He will give them reward without measure.
He tells them that He is with them by guiding and supporting them and granting them a clear victory. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Surely, Allah is with those who are As-Sabirun (the patient).” [Surah al-Anfal 8:46]
Allah tells us if we are patient and pious, the plot of the enemy cannot do any harm, even if he is powerful, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“But if you remain patient and become Al-Muttaqun (the pious), not the least harm will their cunning do to you. Surely, Allah surrounds all that they do.” [Surah Al ‘Imran 3:120]
Allah tells us that the patience and piety of his Prophet Yusuf brought him to a position of power and strength, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, he who fears Allah with obedience to Him (by abstaining from sins and evil deeds, and by performing righteous good deeds), and is patient, then surely, Allah makes not the reward of the Muhsinun (good-doers) to be lost.” [Surah Yusuf 12:90]
Allah has connected success to patience and piety, and the believers understand that. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Endure and be more patient (than your enemy), and guard your territory by stationing army units permanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you, and fear Allah, so that you may be successful.” [Surah Al ‘Imran 3:200]
Allah tells us that He loves those who are patient, and that is the greatest encouragement. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And Allah loves As-Saabirun (the patient).” [Surah Al ‘Imran 3:146]
Allah has given glad tidings of three things to those who are patient, each of which is better than that for which the people of this world envy one another. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“but give glad tidings to As- Sabirun (the patient). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: ‘Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.’
They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones.” [Surah al-Baqarah 2:155-157]
Allah states that the victory of attaining Paradise and being saved from Hell will be won only by those who are patient, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, I have rewarded them this Day for their patience; they are indeed the ones that are successful.” [Surah al-Mu’minun 23:111]
Allah tells us that patience and forgiveness are among the things recommended by Allah and those who pay heed to this will never lose, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives, that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah.” [Surah al-Shura 42:43]
Allah commanded His Messenger to wait patiently for His Decision, and told him that his patience is not but from Him, and by virtue of patience all calamities become easy, as He said (interpretation of the meaning):
“So wait patiently (O Muhammad) for the Decision of your Lord, for verily, you are under Our Eyes.” [Surah al-Tur 52:48]
Hadiths on the virtues of patience
With regard to the ahadeeth which speak of the virtue of patience, they include the following:
Al-Bukhari (1496) and Muslim (1053) narrated that Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“…whoever is patient Allah will bestow patience upon him, and no one is ever given anything better and more generous than patience.”
Muslim (918) narrated that Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah say:
“There is no Muslim who is stricken with a calamity and says what Allah has enjoined – ‘Verily to Allah we belong and unto Him is our return. O Allah, reward me for my affliction and compensate me with something better’ – but Allah will compensate him with something better.”
Muslim (2999) narrated that Suhayb (may Allah be pleased with him)said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.”