Patience and Perseverance the Key to Success

August 15th, 2011 @   -  No Comments

Allah (SWT) says: “And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, – none but persons of the greatest good fortune.” (Quran 41:35). In this verse Allah is telling us that no one will succeed in this life or the hereafter except those who have patience. These people, Allah tells us, “are of the greatest fortune.”

Indeed Allah mentions in the Quran patience and perseverance and the reward due to those who live by them in over ninety verses. In most of these verses Allah links the greatest success and reward to patience.

Are patience and perseverance part of the core values of your organisation? Are you encouraging people in your organisation to persevere in patience in all situations?

Here are few suggestions which can help you develop the virtue of patience in your people:

Strengthen the belief that everything which comes from Allah is good

Indeed everything that comes from Allah is good for us even if on the surface it may seem bad. Allah says: “But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you.  But God knoweth, and ye know not.” (Quran 2:216).

In the story of Khidr with Prophet Mousa (PBUH), when Khidr made a hole in the boat, Prophet Mousa inquired angrily why he did such a bad thing. Later Khidr explained that there was a tyrant ruler going to war and taking all boats from their owners. When he came to this one he found a hole in it and did not take it. Prophet Mousa then realised that Khidr actually did the owner a great favour.

In another story, it is related that a young man was playing with his friends when he broke his leg. People came to console him about his misfortune. A few days later, the ruler was going to war and was taking all young men of fighting age. He did not take this young man because of his broken leg. People then came to tell him how lucky he was.

When you lose a contract or do not succeed in getting a particular business, believe first of all that Allah meant to teach you a valuable lesson or give you something much better.

Always look at the good in every adversity

Allah says in the Quran: “So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief; Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.” (Quran 94:5-6) in the original Arabic, difficulty is defined as “the difficulty” where relief is unidentified i.e. “a relief”. Quran scholars concluded that the difficulty in the two verses is one but the reliefs mentioned in each are different. This means we have more than one relief for one difficulty. Moreover, the verses do not say that the relief comes after the difficulty; they say it comes with it. Therefore, when we find ourselves in a difficulty we need to focus on finding the relief because Allah has assured us that there is more than one.

Remember that Allah is with you when you are patient

Allah says: “O ye who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer; for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.” (Quran 2:153)  Whenever you are going through some difficulties, just imagine that the most powerful and expert men and women on earth get together around you to help you. How would you feel about this? You would certainly feel that all your difficulties will be over. Well Allah is more powerful than all powerful men and women who have walked, or are likely to walk, on this earth working together. Moreover, while humans may break their promises, Allah never breaks His. So be assured that when you patiently persevere Allah is going to be with you and He will direct you to the best solution.

Life is just a test for us

Allah says: “Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.” (Quran 2-155)  As Muslims we believe that this life is but a minute part of our journey. If we assume eternal life is equivalent to say 100 billion years and we assume we live for 100 years, then our life relative to eternity is equivalent to just 3 seconds of our life! Is it worth going through so much anguish about it? Allah tells us we will only pass the test of life with patience and perseverance.

An organisation that has people who are patient with each other and those around them, will manage its difficulties and problems with great ease. These people will not hold any grudges against each other and will be very forgiving. This organisation will indeed be very successful.

“How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success” Elbert Hubbard

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