Perseverance and Mental Toughness
This lecture was delivered by Shaykh Hamid Waqar at the Imam Husain Islamic Centre on Friday, 15 August, 2014. This was the third lecture in his series on Imam Sajjad’s 8th Supplication of Sahifah Sajjadiyah. Shaykh discussed patience, perseverance, and mental toughness, emphasising their importance and toughing upon how to increase the traits. Read below for lecture notes:
Arabic term for patience: صبر; Arabic term for perseverance: استقامة
Allah states: “So be steadfast, just as you have been commanded— [you] and whoever has turned [to Allah] with you…” (Quran, 11:112)
Imam Sadiq (a): “Every Mu’min, who happens to be afflicted with a misfortune and (then) exhibits patience in the face of it, shall be granted rewards equivalent to that of a thousand martyrs.” (Jami’ al-Sa’adat, v.3, p.404)
Sometimes these terms are misunderstood; patience leads to success while laziness leads to failure.
Patience and perseverance is bearing the hardship to reach success.
Mental Toughness in sport given great importance. Definition: Having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to generally cope better than your opponents with the many demands that sport places on a performer…
Patience in Religion: A Muslim is at war with himself: must persevere along the path of obedience. Adversity strikes – death of a loved one, loss of a child, loss of a parent – Must be strong, no doubting; the patient finds ways to console his heart while persevering on the path of obedience. Rest, comfort – must persevere and resist desire of comfort; must put effort into religion. Stagnation leads to failure. Carnal desires – pleasure.
The Prophet of Islam (s) said: “There are three types of patience: patience during misfortune, patience in worship, and patience against sin.”
Strengthening Perseverance: Paying attention to the positive affects of patience, such as victory in the world, transforming misfortune to grace, divine mercy, answering of supplication, and heaven.
- Realizing that patience is a condition of success in observing the obligatory actions of religion and refraining from sin.
- In addition to receiving a pleasurable hereafter, one who is patient will have a peaceful and successful life. Thinking about this will encourage one to become patient.
- One must practice patience in order to obtain it. Before we obtain the habit of patience we should try to refrain from putting ourselves in situations which are beyond our patience (cam and misbah).
- One should ponder upon the misfortunes of those who do not have patience, such as nervousness, distance from divine mercy, and regret.