The Beloved (pbuh) and Perseverance

April 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء  والمرسلين
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers


Antara ibn al-Shaddad was a pre-Islamic poet and hero. It was said that he never lost a battle. So a man came to him and asked him what his secret was. Antara then replied to him with something very strange; he told him, “put your finger in my mouth, and i’ll put my finger in yours, and we will bite. Then you’ll know the answer.”  So they both bit on each other’s fingers until Antara’s opponent couldn’t take it any more, and he pulled his finger out. Antara smiled and said “If you had persevered for a moment longer, i would have removed my finger. That is my secret”

While this is quite a gruesome example, the point of it is to show the strength of perseverance. If we just push ourselves for a little more, we can achieve our target inshAllah.





When the Prophet (pbuh) began to publicly spread the message of Islam, he was abused severely by his people. One example is when the Prophet (pbuh) was praying by the Ka’ba and

Abu Jahl was sitting with some of his companions. One of them said to the others, “Who amongst you will bring the abdominal contents (intestines, etc.) of a camel of Bani so and so and put it on the back of Muhammad,  when he prostrates?” 


One of them got up and brought it.  He waited till the Prophet (pbuh)  prostrated and then placed it on his back between his shoulders. They started laughing and falling on one another. Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) was prostrating and he did not lift his head up until his daughter Fatima (ra) came and threw that (camel’s abdominal contents) away from his back   (Bukhari)

This is one example of many of the abuse the Prophet (pbuh) had to endure. It got so bad that the people began to pressure his uncle and protector, Abi Taleb, to make him desist from his message. They even offered him great riches as a change of strategy to make him stop. When Abu Taleb told the Prophet (pbuh) that, he said “I swear by the name of God, O Uncle, that if they place the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left hand in return for giving up this matter (calling people to Islam), I will never desist until either God makes it triumph or I perish defending it.”


We should learn from this trait of the Prophet (pbuh) and apply it to all that we do; whether it is something seemingly simple such as finding the right job or catching up with our studies, or if it something great such as fighting injustice.
Success for working hard is almost a sunna of life; it is not just believers who get success, but anyone else who works hard. This is why Allah gave us our faculties, and we get what we intended. If your aim is for this life, and you work for it, inshAllah you will get it.
But the Prophet’s example (pbuh) gives us the best way. In order to persevere, we must have patience too; patience with the hardships that come our way, but still persisting with the path. These two go hand in hand in order to achieve something with true success; we could be just patient and not complain, but then give up working for something. On the other hand, we could persist but get frustrated and lash out at every obstacle that comes our way, and depressed when things go wrong. The Prophet (pbuh) put patience and perseverence together, and guided his acts with ikhlas (sincerity) and tawakul (trust in God).
Having ikhlas guides our what we do and how we do it. At the treaty of Hudaybia, the terms that were signed were greatly disadvantageous to the Muslims, yet the Prophet (pbuh) signed it. Even though some of the Muslims, for example Umar (ra), thought it was humiliating, and indeed did not allow them to perform the pilgrimage that year, the Prophet (pbuh) signed it because he had a much greater aim and knew what his goal was. While it was an inconvenience to begin with, it was one of the best decisions and Allah gave them what was better than if they had fought; it prevented unnecessary bloodshed, the Muslims could perform pilgrimage the following year and it enabled the bloodless conquest of Mecca. When we know our goals, we will know when to compromise and when to take a different path to the most simple one that presents itself to us.
Having tawakul, and indeed alway seeking the help of Allah ensures we have our priorities straight and as a result increases our hope. We need to know, that when we are after something that is good, whether it is for this life or the next, or both, Allah helps you (obviously not something like “i want to open the best night club in the world… whattt i’ll be serving halal meat!”). There needs to be certainty in this, as Allah says Himself “…Allah brings about ease after difficulty” (Surat At-Talaq, 65:07) and “…and your striving shall be recompensed” (Surat Al-Insan, 76:22). So what is needed is the effort, and the result is on Allah. This also ensures that we have redha, contentment, with whatever happens and helps with having patience.
When we adopt this method, we will constantly be evaluating ourselves. Our striving for sincerity will make us think twice about our goals and our methods and indeed will cause us to rectify other aspects of our lives that seem to have nothing to do with the task at hand; when we try to do something for Allah, it is difficult to do so if we, for example, drink and we know that this is haraam. Thus we would force ourselves to rectify this aspect of our life so that Allah gives us success, inshAllah.
Remembering always that the highest and best aim is the contentment of God with you, come what may 🙂 
May Allah always inspire us to follow the example of his Messenger (pbuh), and to sincerely strive for His sake.

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