“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient”
The Holy Book, Quran, has emphasized the presence of this virtue in many instances. It has time and again revealed ayahs, recurring occasions, stories of great Prophets and their companions, where they displayed exemplary patience and were rewarded in whatever way God deemed best.
Whilst having patience is the sign of a true believer, it is also true that those who proclaim to be the believers will be tested with their wealth, health and family - and tested on the levels of their faith and perseverance. And the Almighty has told us, that in times of distress and helplessness we have to seek guidance and help ‘through patience and prayer.’ Patience in this particular instance comes before prayer, clearly indicating that first we have to maintain calm, tolerance and patience and then ask for help through genuine prayer and dua.
While our tolerance is tested during distress, at times I feel, that despair befalls sometimes to simply inject further doses of this potent medicine called patience! Whether it signifies strong faith, or rock solid faith is because of patience or patience is faith, I don’t know – but excess of this particular human behavior has been encouraged in all cultures, societies and religions.
Moving from patience to Parmesan I have a delectable little recipe here for you. Parmesan cheese puffs are deceptively calm, light, airy, and yet full of cheesy goodness! And beware you will display signs of impatience when delving into them.
And this brings me to the end of my ‘Cheese Boom’ series. Thank you for following it ever so patiently
Signing off with a quote from the Great Imam Hazrat Ali (AS)
“Acquire patience and endurance because their relation with true faith is that of a head to a body. A body is of no use without a head, similarly true faith can be of no use without the attributes of resignation, endurance and patience”