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“And how can you have patience for what you do not encompass in knowledge?” [18: 68]

Humans are impatient by nature – and this is something that stems from the fact that we were created hasty (as Allah said, “Man has been created hasty” [21: 37]). We don’t have patience at our core; it’s something we have to develop. Hence the reason behind the events in our lives, hence the people in our timeline, hence the emotional rollercoasters we go through.

But we mostly struggle with *not knowing* things. We want to know when days will get better, we want to know when our supplications will be answered. When will we get a nice job, healthy income, good marriage, loving children etc. If we are sick and the doctors give us medication, we want to know when it will kick in and when will we get better. The ‘not knowing’ is the hardest thing for us to deal with most of the time, and so to further develop our patience, Allah keeps these things hidden from us. Take care, because sometimes the more you push, the more it become obscure. You’re not learning patience.

Subhan’Allah, how often have we toiled through a hardship and after some time, we come to be at peace with it. We accept it, and learn our path. At the point, the hardship is lifted because the purpose has been fulfilled; you’ve gained patience with something that you had no knowledge of. That is human mastery. And sometimes, that is the hidden point behind some of our tests.

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  • Farhia Yahya from London, UK is a teacher of Qur’anic and Arabic Sciences, and has taught English-speaking audiences in the UK for the past few years. In addition to completing a BSc Biomedical Science degree in London, she has also completed her Arabic, Islamic studies, and Hifdh of Qur’an in Cairo, Egypt. Born in Somalia and raised in the UK, she has lived in various cities around the world and travelling continues to be one of her passions (hey, it’s in the nomadic genes!). Farhia is a published author, upcoming novelist, and a translator of classical Arabic texts. She teaches tailored Islamic courses for sisters online and also runs a blog (as well as its social networks) with a focus on writing around the gems of the Qur’an and the beauty of literature.