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Overall Views About Patience

If the meanings of patience are interpreted in the light of the clear, explicit, and definite verses of the Holy Qur'an as well as in accordance with the authentic traditions reported from the infallible Imams (may peace be upon them), then the result derived would be completely opposite to the current common understanding of the term.

The above interpretation transforms patience into a lever capable of removing with ease, the heaviest obstacles and solving the biggest problems with one hundred percent positive results. Thus, for an unfortunate society, patience is the key to prosperity and blessings, while on the other hand it will be a strong obstacle to be reckoned with for troublemakers and mischiefmongers.

In order to appreciate exactly the true meanings of patience and its relevant fields, the best methodology is to resort to the Holy Qur'an and authentic traditions. A thorough investigation would enable us to reach a clear and decisive judgement. More than seventy verses of the Holy Qur'an, deal with patience, glorifying the term and praising those who possess this virtue. The Holy Qur'an describes in detail possess this virtue. The Holy Qur'an describes in detail the relevant results derived, and the circumstances where one could count on this characterstic.

For the present discussion, we will not resort to the verses of the Holy Qur'an regarding patience, rather it will suffice our discussion to review the authentic traditions, and accordingly, derive inferences and conclusions because of the following reasons. Firstly, precise and detailed interpretation of the verses of the Holy Qur'an regarding patience would mean a wide discussion, which requires a lot of patience, energy and time.1 Secondly, to try to compensate for the negligence shown towards the traditions which were narrated by the infallible Imams (may peace be upon them), our discussion will be based on traditions. The absence of the use of traditions is clearly felt in current Islamic research and currently published Islamic literature.

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1 A point in contrast to those who have totally disregarded the Holy Qur'an for understanding the principles and branches of Islam, and depend upon traditions, however weak, as the only source of religion.

Adapted from the book: "Discourse on Patience" by: "Seyyed Ali Khamenei'i"

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