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A Muslim man reads from the Koran at the Grand Mosque in Brussels on Match 25, 2016. ©AFP
A Muslim man reads from the Koran at the Grand Mosque in Brussels on Match 25, 2016. ©AFP
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Patience in Islam and as per the Quran is not simply about bearing burdens without complains.

The real test of patience is in staying away from the evil forces of the world, in total rejection of the devil of the time, and upholding the truth and the right, come what may.

It is through this type of patience that one is able to master the natural to attain the spiritual and it is indeed in this light that Allah talks about the importance of patience in the Holy Quran repeatedly.

True sabr (patience) seems to require one to thank Allah for his bounty regardless of whether things are going supposedly well in our life or not.

The Quranic sentiment of ‘Allah does not place a burden on any that is greater than it can bear’ underscores that if we try to be sabir/patient then it is possible to attain that level.

Perhaps the greatest exemplification of sabr is summed by the urdu poet about Imam Hussain grandson of the prophet in the battlefield of Karbala when he prostrates his head before to Allah to give thanks. The poet writes ‘That sajda prostration of thanks on the prayer mat of arrows.’