Have you ever thought about the dua of Ya’qoub (alayhi salam) when he lost his son Yusuf? He spent many years turning to Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) in pain, sorrow and anguish over his lost son. His extreme sorrow eventually made him blind. Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) finally returned his beloved son to him and cured his blindness.
At no point did Ya’qoub (alayhi salam) stop making dua or lose hope in Allah’s ability to return his son to him. In fact, he instructed his sons:
“Despair not of relief from Allah. Indeed, no one despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people” (Qur’an, 12:87).
To this day, his beautiful duas are preserved in the Qur’an.
Yet how many of us when Allah sends us a small test or trial, we make a little dua, wake to pray qiyam once or twice, then kick up a fuss when Allah does not immediately grant us relief.
Where is our patience? We are forgetting that being Muslim means submitting to Allah’s will and struggling for His sake. We will not attain al-Firdous by sitting back, relaxing and enjoying this journey.
May Allah make us of those who are patient and of those He is pleased with. Ameen