A Test of Submission
This article examines why humans lose patience and compel others despite God’s warnings.
God commands us to resort to patience
God commands us to be patient in the Quran:
[16:127] You shall resort to patience - and your patience is attainable only with God's help. Do not grieve over them, and do not be annoyed by their schemes.
[42:43] Resorting to patience and forgiveness reflects a true strength of character.
[21:37] The human being is impatient by nature. I will inevitably
show you My signs; do not be in such a hurry.
Patience is a quality of submission requiring composure and endurance while the qualities of compulsion are obsession, duress and urgency.
Satan terrorizes us to lose our patience
[33:10] When they came from above you, and from beneath you, your eyes were terrified, your hearts ran out of patience, and you harbored unbefitting thoughts about GOD.
God Forbids Compulsion
[2:256] There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now
distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in GOD has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient.
[21:37] The human being is impatient by nature. I will inevitably show you My signs; do not be in such a hurry.
[70:19] Indeed, the human being is anxious.
We are reminded in the Quran that all of us are subject to questioning except God.
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