Iman is Patience and Forgiveness
Islam is in many ways a religion of communion, of togetherness. This brings to mind verse 21 in Surat Ar-Ruum [30:21], “And among his signs is that he created spouses for you from yourselvs for you gain rest for them, and kept love and mercy between yourselves; indeed in this are signs for the people who ponder.” On the thought of togetherness, I came across the following hadith today:
Our Prophet (saw) said, “Iman is patience and forgiveness.” [related by At-Tirmidhi]
Subhanallah, every sense of the word “unity” can be derived from the analysis of this hadith.
Patience: Allah (swt) says in Suratul Baqarah, verse 153: “O you who believe, seek help in patience and As-Salaat (prayer); verily Allah is with those who are patient.” This patience may be referring to when dealing with a calamity or in one’s dealing with a fellow being (Muslim or otherwise). In another hadith reported by At-Tirmidhi, our Prophet (saw) described the believer in the following manner: He makes friends and is befriended and there is no goodness in (one who) does not make friends nor is befriended. And how important is patience in friendships?! Certainly, patience is the only virtue that keeps one from being annoyed with the minor faults one might find in others.
Forgiveness: In Surah 4 verse 110, Allah says: “If anyone does evil and wrongs himself but afterwards seeks Allah’s forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft-Forgiving and Most Merciful.” The Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them) when they asked Allah of something and they really wanted it, they would ask the same for their brother/sister in islam. That is because “the dua of a muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted, an angel is appointed to his side, whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says “Ameen and may you also be blessed with the same” – [Sahih Muslim]. Even a personal act like asking forgiveness for one’s sins can be extended through the bonds of brotherhood. Allahu Akbar.
While on the topic of brotherhood, our Prophet (saw) said:
“A believer feels pain for the believers, just as the body is distressed with what is troubling the head” [related by Ahmad].
As a reminder, let us remember our brothers and sisters in Somalia, Bangledesh, China (yes, China!), Uzbekistan, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq in our duas. May Allah grant them patience to perserve and ease for them their trails. Ameen.