EXPEDITING THE JOURNEY OF LOVE THROUGH PERSEVERING PATIENTLY OVER DIFFICULTIES
 
Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi Rahmatullahi Alay once mentioned:
 
The saalik progresses in the path of sulook (i.e. the journey of acquiring the love of Allah Ta‟ala) far more swiftly through persevering patiently over the grief he experiences (on account of involuntary difficulties and hardships), than the progress through spiritual exercises and striving in nafl ibaadaat. It is on account of the grief one bears patiently within the heart that causes him to excel and become successful.
 
BEING PATIENT AT THE TIME OF SICKNESS
 
Hazrat mentions elsewhere:
 
Apart from the abundant virtues that have been reported regarding sickness, the Hadith also mentions the immense rewards for the sick. It is well-known that when a person exercises patience, he is rewarded. However, some researchers (Muhaqqiqeen) opine that in sickness, a person receives a separate reward for sickness and a separate reward for being patient.
 
Since sickness is not in one‟s volition and instead comes from the side of Allah Ta‟ala, and patience is in one‟s volition, both are two separate things and a person will be rewarded for both separately. I always say that in principle, even though a person does not exercise patience when he is ill, he will still receive the reward for sickness. However, he will also be taken to task for not fulfilling the command of Allah Ta‟ala with regard to exercising patience.
 
In the month of Ramadhaan, many people fast yet do not perform their Salaah. They will be rewarded for fasting, though they will be taken to task for not
performing Salaah.
 
(Malfoozaat of Hakeemul Ummah )
 
NB: We should always ask Allah Ta'Aala for Aafiyat & protection from difficulties. We should however exercise patience (Sabr) and be content when faced with sickness and other difficulties. (Qalamul Haq)