Repost: Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Sabr

26Apr08

In The Name of Allah, The Merciful, The Compassionate

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Sabr [Patience]:

“It is important to look at the life of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and know that no one faced greater tribulation. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم lived to see all of his children buried, except for Fatima. How many people experience that in their lifetime? Out of six children, he saw five of them perish. His father died before his birth. His mother died when he was just a boy. His guardian grandfather then died. When he received his calling, he saw his people turn against him with vehemence and brutality. People who had once honored him now slandered him, calling him a madman, liar, and sorcerer. They stalked him and threw stones at him until he bled. They boycotted him and composed stinging invectives against him. He lost his closest friends and relatives, like Hamza, who was killed on the battlefield. His beloved wife Khadija after 25 years of blissful marriage died during the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم most difficult moment. Abu Talib, his protecting uncle, also died. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was the target of 13 assassination attempts. How many people have faced all of that? Not once in a single hadith is there a complaint from him–except when beseeching his Lord.”

[Excerpted from Purification of the Heart by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf]

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7 Responses to “Repost: Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Sabr”

  1. Yes, indeed, our beloved was THE most patient of men and Shaykh Hamza describes it beautifully here. There is much we can learn from the seerah, one of my favourites is the story of the woman who abused the Prophet (saw) every time he passed and never did he (saw) say or do anything – until she didn’t do it on one occasion and he asked after her to see if she was ok!! Subhanallah, the patience shown here for me is spectacular as i am sure we all would react rather differently .

    Thanks for the post brother.

    Btw, you were right about Facebook! i have deleted my personal page!

  2. 2 mohamed

    belase send me Hamza Yousef email address

  3. Sallam, WoW THAT IS AMAZING May Allah bless our Prophet SAW and his ummah ……….I feel ashamed when I complain, I just dont know what to write just thinking of him right now …….thanks for posting this up ……

  4. 4 zahraa

    Thank you shaykh Hamza for this amazing description. we are terribly in need of recalling Prophet Mohammad’s patience specially when there are some brothers and sisters who who avoid talking and expressing their ideas and attitudes because they feel that they can’t stand other’s objection. they should be proud of their being Muslims and tell others about their great religion and be patient in calling to Allah and Islam as once did Our Great Teacher Mohammad peace be upon him and his progeny.السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

  5. dear brother hamza salam alaikom warahmat allah

    i am ajordanian citizen & i am ahuge fan of ur style u can not tell how much i enjoy wacthing u talking about ISLAM i believe of afact that ALLAH gives us always gifts & one of the most vauable of his is YOU..thanks 4being there 4us please keep in touch ALLAH be with you keeps u safe..

  6. 6 Wael

    This is a great reminder, Jazak Allah khayr. All too often we complain about little things in our lives – silly things, like a flat tire, or something broken in the house, or too much traffic on the street, or the dinner is not exactly how we like it. We forget about the tremendous trials and hardships that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) had to deal with only in order to deliver the message, not for any self-interest. How grateful we must be to him!


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