I hope your Ramadan is going amazing. Can’t believe we have completed 3 fasts now. Time flies! But May Allah (swt) keeps us steadfast and persistent in our strive for attaining His closeness and the great reward this month has to offer.
Continuing the theme of lessons from Ramadan…
Another valuable lesson Ramadan teaches us is that of Sabr. In arabic صَبْرٌ is “endurance” or more accurately “perseverance” and “persistence”. Ṣabr is characterized as being one of the two parts of faith (the other being shukr).
Usually we practice perseverance in our life in Ramadan, to prevent ourselves from bad deeds and keep on doing good deeds.
Imagine this same behavior becomes part of our life throughout the year. We as Muslims have to keep doing Sabr in order to keep our families together, to protect ourselves from harm and to prevent ourselves from overreacting.
The deep lesson in understanding sabr is that there are scenarios and circumstances in life in where there isliterally no way out for us except for practicing Sabr. In such difficult times we have to take help from Sabr because Allah (swt) advises us to seek help through Sabr and Salah.
The profound lesson in Sabr is that it works.
Perseverance pays off. Even though it may look counterintuitive because we are always asked to take physical actions, keep doing something and be action oriented. But sometimes all we need to practice is Sabr, the silence, the calmness and the wait after all the actions are done.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt from one of my teachers is after taking all the measures and putting all your effort in place, now keep your eyes on “Musabbib-ul-Asbaab” and not the “Asbaab”. This would require a lot of Sabr in you, or you will fall down to the trap of Shaitan. May Allah save us all from that.
Ramadan is the homeschooling for this most valuable life lesson that can help you live a great life and gather great rewards in doing so.
Your exercise today is to think back to times where not doing Sabr in a situation became consequential for you. Take note and pray to Allah (swt) to help you adopt this quality of Sabr in this blessed month and make it a permanent feature of your life.
May Allah beautify our lives with this beautiful life lesson. Aameen.