Teachings of the Prophet on Patience and Suffereing

The Prophet said, “Whosoever would be chaste and modest; Allah will keep him chaste and modest and whosoever would seek self-sufficiency, God will make him self-sufficient; and whosoever would be patient, God will give him patience, and no one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

The Messenger of God (PBUH) said, “How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to God and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him”.
[Muslim].

When the last illness of Messenger of Allah (PBUH) made him unconscious, Fatimah (Prophet Muhammad’s daughter) (May Allah be pleased with her) exclaimed: “Ah, the distress of my dear father.” He (PBUH) said, “There will be no distress for your father after today”. When he died she said: “My father, God has called you back and you have responded to His Call. O father! Garden of paradise is your abode.”

The daughter of the Prophet (PBUH) sent for him as her child was dying, but the Prophet (PBUH) returned the messenger and sent her good wishes saying, “Whatever Allah (God) takes away or gives, belongs to Him, and everything with Him has a limited fixed term in this world, and so she should be patient and anticipate Allah’s reward.” She again sent for him adjuring him for the sake of Allah to come. The Messenger of Allah, accompanied with his companions & disciples went to see her. The child was lifted up to the Messenger of Allah while his breath was disturbed in his chest. On seeing that, the eyes of the Prophet (PBUH) streamed with tears. Sa`d said, “O Messenger of Allah! What is this?” He replied, “It is compassion which Allah has placed in the hearts of His slaves, Allah is Compassionate only to those among His slaves who are compassionate (to others)”.

Another version says: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah shows compassion only to those among His slaves who are compassionate”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: “To anticipate the reward” means every pain and suffereing in life removes and sins and becomes a good deed. The companions asked the Prophet (saw) why would he cry about something is Allah’s wish. The Prophet’s response was to have tears is not to protest Allah’s will rather it is out of compassion that is natural.

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah, the Exalted, says: ‘I have no reward other than Jannah for a believing slave of Mine who remains patient for My sake when I take away his beloved one from among the inhabitants of the world”.
[Al-Bukhari].

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah, the Glorious and Exalted said: `When I afflict my slave in his two dear things ( meaning is his eyes), and he endures patiently, I shall compensate him for them with paradise.”.
[Al-Bukhari].

Commentary: This tradition is reffering to becoming blind or losing ones eye sight.

A woman came to the Prophet (PBUH) and said, `I suffer from epilepsy and during fits my body is exposed, so make supplication to Allah for me.’ He (PBUH) replied: ‘If you wish you can endure it patiently and you be rewarded with parasise, or if you wish, I shall make supplication to Allah to cure you?’ She said, ‘I shall endure it.’ Then she added: `But my body is exposed, so pray to Allah that it may not happen.’ He (Prophet (PBUH)) then supplicated for her”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

A companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,” I can still recall as if I am seeing the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) resembling one of the Prophets whose people scourged him and shed his blood, while he wiped blood from his face, he said: “O Allah! Forgive my people, because they certainly do not know”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Prophet (PBUH) said: “Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

I visited the Prophet (PBUH) when he was suffering fever. I said, “You seem to be suffering greatly, O Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet (PBUH) replied, “Yes, I suffer as much as two persons.” I said, “Is that because you have a double reward?” He replied that that was so and then said, “No Muslim is afflicted by a harm, be it the pricking of a thorn or something more (painful than that), but Allah thereby causes his sins to fall away just as a tree sheds its leaves”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “He whom Allah intends good, He makes him to suffer from some affliction”.
[Al-Bukhari].

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Let not one of you wish for death because of a misfortune which befalls him. If he cannot help doing so, he should say: ‘O Allah, keep me alive as long as You know that life is better for me, and make me die when death is better for me”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “When Allah intends good for His slave, He punishes him in this world, but when He intends an evil for His slave, He does not hasten to take him to task but calls him to account on the Day of Resurrection.”
[At-Tirmidhi].

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The strong man is not one who is good at wrestling, but the strong man is one who controls himself in a fit of rage.”

I was sitting with the Prophet (PBUH) when two men began to quarrel and curse each other and the face of one of them turned red and the veins of his neck were swollen (from rage). Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “I know of a word, if he were to utter that, his rage would vanish and that is: A`udhu billahi minash-Shaitan nir-rajim (I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the accursed).” So they (Companions) said to him: “The Prophet (PBUH) tells you to utter: ‘I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the accursed”.
[Al-Bukhariand Muslim].

A man asked the Prophet (PBUH) for an advice and he (PBUH) said, “Do not get angry”. The man repeated that several times and he replied, “Do not get angry”.
[Al-Bukhari].

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “A Muslim, male or female, continues to remain under trial in respect of his life, property and offspring until the person faces Allah, the Exalted, with no sin record”.
[At-Tirmidhi].

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) at one time when he confronted the enemy, and was waiting for the sun to set, stood up and said, “O people! Do not long for encountering the enemy and supplicate to Allah to grant you security. But when you face the enemy, show patience and steadfastness; and keep it in mind that paradise lies under the shade of the swords.”

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