Tethered

Your patience is rooted in gratitude. The more refined your gratitude is, that is; how aware you are of the presence of divine love in the cosmos including yourself, the more inconsequential negative and unpleasant things become. You see the wisdom and love shrouded in the hardships and you’re patient because you’re hopeful. You’re patient because you’re connected to the meaning within and without yourself.

وَلَقَدْ هَمَّتْ بِهِ وَهَمَّ بِهَا لَوْلَا أَن رَّأَىٰ بُرْهَانَ رَبِّهِ

And indeed she did desire him and he would have inclined to her desire, had he not seen the evidence of his Lord.

[Yusuf :24]

قَالَ بَلْ سَوَّلَتْ لَكُمْ أَنفُسُكُمْ أَمْرًا فَصَبْرٌ جَمِيلٌ عَسَى اللَّهُ أَن يَأْتِيَنِي بِهِمْ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْعَلِيمُ الْحَكِيمُ

He [Yacqoob] said: “Nay, but your ownselves have beguiled you into something. So patience is most fitting (for me). May be Allaah will bring them (back) all to me. Truly He! only He is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

وَتَوَلَّىٰ عَنْهُمْ وَقَالَ يَا أَسَفَىٰ عَلَىٰ يُوسُفَ وَابْيَضَّتْ عَيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْحُزْنِ فَهُوَ كَظِيمٌ

And he turned away from them and said: “Alas, my grief for Yusuf!” And he lost his sight because of the sorrow that he was suppressing.

قَالُوا تَاللَّهِ تَفْتَأُ تَذْكُرُ يُوسُفَ حَتَّىٰ تَكُونَ حَرَضًا أَوْ تَكُونَ مِنَ الْهَالِكِينَ

They said: “By Allaah! You will never cease remembering Yusuf until you become weak with old age, or until you be of the dead.

قَالَ إِنَّمَا أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللَّهِ وَأَعْلَمُ مِنَ اللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

He said: “I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allaah, and I know from Allaah that which you know not.

[Yusuf :83-86]

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