The reward of the patient in this world and in the Hereafter – Imam Ibn Baaz

Q: Could you please tell us about the reward that Allah prepares for the patient in this world and in the hereafter and those who are obedient to Him (Exalted be He)?

A: Allah (Glorified be He) created mankind and Jinn (creatures created from fire) to worship Him Alone and not to associate any partner with Him. He (Exalted be He) thus says:

“And I (Allâh) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).” Surah Al-Dhariyat, 51: 56

Allah (Exalted be He) also says:

“O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allâh), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious – See V.2:2).” Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 21

The `Ibadah (worship) that mankind and Jinn are created for and commanded to do is to obey Allah (Exalted be He), avoid His prohibitions, and mention Him abundantly. The essence of `Ibadah is to believe in Tawhid (belief in the Oneness of Allah) and to manifest this through making Du`a’ (supplication) to Allah Alone, fearing Allah Alone, longing for His Mercy, and being sincere to Him in all forms of `Ibadah such as Salah (Prayer), Sawm (Fast), and so on.

Allah (Exalted be He) promises His obedient slaves that He will bestow upon them abundant goodness and praised rewards in this world and in the hereafter. Allah (Exalted be He) promised them that He will grant them Jannah (Paradise) and dignity in the Hereafter. Thus, Allah (Exalted be He) says:

“So be patient. Surely, the (good) end is for Al-Muttaqûn (the pious)” Surah Hud, 11: 49

Allah (Exalted be He) also says:

“…but give glad tidings to As-Sâbirûn (the patient).” Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 155

“Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allâh we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”” Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 156

“They are those on whom are the Salawât (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones.” Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 157

He (Exalted be He) also says:

“Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning.” Surah Al-Zumar, 39: 10

Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) also says:

“Whoever works righteousness – whether male or female – while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islâmic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter).” Surah Al-Nahl, 16: 97

Moreover, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

Nobody is given a blessing better and greater than patience.” [1]

He (peace be upon him) also said:

Wonderful are the affairs of a believer, for there is good in every affair of them. If they have an occasion to feel delight, they thank ‘Allah’, thus there is good for them in it; and if they suffer from an affliction, they endure it patiently, which is good for them. This is not the case with anyone else except a believer.[2]

Thus, the patient person has a praised reward in this world and in the hereafter or he will be rewarded in Jannah and dignified in the hereafter. It is worth mentioning that such a reward will only be given to the patient person who shows patience regarding being pious, adherence to obedience of Allah, and enduring the hardships that they encounter in this world; poverty, illness, and so on. Allah (Glorified be He) says:

“It is not Al-Birr (piety, righteousness, and each and every act of obedience to Allâh, etc.) that you turn your faces towards east and (or) west (in prayers); but Al-Birr is (the quality of) the one who believes in Allâh, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets” Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 177

until His Saying:

“…and who are patient in extreme poverty and ailment (disease) and at the time of fighting (during the battles). Such are the people of the truth and they are Al-Muttaqûn (the pious).” Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 177

Generally speaking, patience and piety always lead to praised consequences. Allah (Exalted be He) tells the believers regarding their enemy:

“But if you remain patient and become Al-Muttaqûn [the pious – See V.2:2], not the least harm will their cunning do to you. Surely, Allâh surrounds all that they do.” Surah Al-`Imran, 3: 120

Footnotes :

[1] Al-Bukhari, Sahih, Book on Zakah, no. 1469; Muslim, Sahih, Book on Zakah, no. 1053; Al-Tirmidhy, Sunan, righteousness, and upholding ties of kinship, no. 2024; Al-Nasa*y, Sunan, Book on Zakah, no. 2588; Abu Dawud, Sunan, Book on Zakah, no. 1644; Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Musnad, vol. 3, p. 94; Malik, Al-Muwatta*, Book on general matters, no. 1880; and Al-Darimy, Sunan, Book on Zakah, no. 1646.’

[2] Muslim, Sahih, Book on asceticism and heart-softening narrations, no. 2999; Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Musnad, vol. 6, p. 16; and Al-Darimy, Sunan, Book on heart-softening narrations, no. 2777.’

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