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What to do about frustrating times?

Islam exhorts a believer to the highest form of patience through 4 steps: (1) practice patience, (2) outdo one another in practicing patience, (3) stand firm / maintain constancy, and (4) be God conscious


يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اصْبِرُواْ وَصَابِرُواْ وَرَابِطُواْ وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ


003.200 O ye who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy; vie in such perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear Allah; that ye may prosper.


Key elements:

  • The verse is meant for those people who already believe (i.e. in God, the Hereafter, etc.)
  • Double emphasis on the exhortation to be patient so that we practice it and attempt to outdo each other in practicing patience (اصْبِرُواْ and  صَابِرُواْ) from the Arabic word S-B-R ص-بِ-ر
  • Additional exhortation for رَابِطُواْ, which means literally, “to fortify”, “to keep one’s control”, “to take position and stand firmly”. Additional information on the meaning of rabata is here
  • Having done all the above, the believer is exhorted to اتَّقُواْ i.e. “God consciousness” / “peity” / “self-restraint from prohibited acts”
  • The verse ends with a promise that these actions will make the believer successful


- Mujtaba Khambatti, November 2006

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