Fear Allah and be patient

Anas (radi Allahu anhu) reported that The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) passed by a woman who was crying over a grave and said, “Fear Allah and be patient.” She said, “Away from me! My calamity has not befallen you and you are not aware of it.” The woman was later told that it was the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) (who had advised her). She came to his door where she found no doorkeeper. She said, “(I am sorry) I did not know you.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Patience is (becoming) only at the first (stroke) of grief.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]


This Hadith indicates the excellence of the Prophet’s character. The woman whom he advised to have patience did not behave properly, but the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was neither annoyed nor did he reproach her. When she appeared before him for the second time, he again repeated his advice for patience. This Hadith has a great lesson for those who call people to the Right Path. Our scholars and preachers should follow this excellent example.

And Allah Knows Best!

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