In the Name
of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
no patience, has no faith
Ibrahim/Abraham (PBUH) wanted to
offer Ismai'l/Ishmael (PBUH) as a sacrifice, he said to Haajar,
Isma'il's mother, Haajar:
"Adorn our son, because I want to take him to party of the Beloved (Allah (SWT))."
Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) refrained from sacrificing Ismai'l (PBUH) by the order of Allah (SWT). When Ibrahim (PBUH) brought Isma'il back, Haajar fainted and fell onto the floor as she saw his son's
neck and the red trace of the knife...
Patience is one of the
most important virtues. It is so great that some great men believe that
reaching high status is fulfilled only by being patient and the one who gives
up being patient is deprived of excellence. In regards to the importance of
patience, several Hadiths have been narrated, such as: "Patience
is half of faith."
In another Hadith, it is
narrated: "The relation between patience and faith is similar to
relation between head and body."
And it is narrated in a Qudsi (1)
Hadith: "O Jesus! Be endowed with My Moralities; Indeed patience
is one of My moralities."
According to the
mentioned Hadiths, other Hadiths, and verses of the Holy Quran,
the patient will receive significant rewards. These advantages are for all the
patient people; however, some of the patient people receive more rewards for
the quality and quantity of their patience. Lady Zainab (PBUH) has a special position amongst all
the patient people.
It is the day of Ashura
and the battle field is Karbala.
It is the time when the number of the enemies is great and the number of
companions is few. The enemy increases the pressure constantly and the
companions become martyred one after another. In this situation, Lady Zainab (PBUH) takes the hands of his son, the son
who is similar to the Ismai'l in his time. She comes
to her brother and asks for permission to let her son go to the battle while
murmuring in her heart: If Jihad was set for women, I would definitely
sacrifice myself thousands times.
How amazing! What a
patience that a mother sacrifices her son and sees his ragged body with her own
eyes, but never looses her patience, never complains, and never says something
against the Divine will. She is a mother, but gives her son for the sake of
Allah (SWT), and does not express her feelings
so that her brother would not feel ashamed of her.
This is only one scene
of her great and stunning patience. She was examined many times, and she
remained patient continuously. She was examined with hunger and thirst, with
difficulty and hardship, with loss in properties, and with loss of a brother
like Imam Hussain (PBUH) as the most
important matter. She was examined and was patient for the sake of Allah (SWT), and chose the struggle as a mean to
achieve her goal, as she said:
"I will practice patience to
the extent that patience becomes tired of my patience."
But how do we act?
Everyone of us has simple or complex difficulties in his/her life. How do we
encounter with these difficulties?
"And be patient, for surely Allah does not waste the
reward of the righteous."
(The Holy Quran, 11:115)
(Selection taken from the book
by Ayatullah Sayyed Noor al-Din Jazayeri, with some
We pay our condolences to all Muslims,
the demise of the manifestation
of patience and perseverance,
the messenger of Ashura and the
remembrance of Karbala,
Lady Zainab (PBUH).
Roshd Islamic Shia website
1- Classification of a Hadith that are
believed to be stated by Allah (SWT).