Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Learning Patience

Patience (n.)
1. good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
2. solitaire: a card game played by one person

Religiously, I was taught patience by reading the Holy Qur'an and praying Salah (daily prayer). The Qur'an's meaning isn't the only thing that contributes to this education, but the pace at which I read it. I read it in Arabic, a language that I am slow-paced at reading, as well as ignorant of it's meaning. After reading it, I often read the translation of it.

The process of reading the Qur'an for me personally is often frustrating (because of the fact that I'm slow and don't understand it)- but once I understand why I'm doing it, I learn to be patient. I make a mistake with pronouncing almost every other word or so, but have learned to continue.

This has led ME to be patient. Although I still haven't finished reading the entire Qur'an, and although my sisters finished it at a way younger age then I envision I will - I have STILL benefited from it.

We are a society of many different cultures and religions, and patience is a virtue we MUST all portray. Patience is the mother to tolerance, [self] respect, and wisdom. However, it is an aspect of life that is learned by everybody in a unique way.

The only solution to learning it that I can possibly give you is through inspiring you.

My Dad told me a story when I was younger, of a Muslim couple who inspired me to become more patient. I thought I would share it to you all as well. I don't know where it's referenced from, or word from word, but here it is:

It was a hot day, and the Dad was tired of doing so much work throughout the entire day. He laid down for a rest, and called his wife over to ask her for water. The wife immediately came to his call. He said, "Wife, will you please get me a glass of water?" The wife replied, "Yes." She went to get some water, and came back some minutes later to see her husband had suddenly fallen asleep. She didn't want to wake him up, nor did she want him to remain thirsty. So, she waited, and stood there for several long hours, with the glass of water in hand, patiently. The husband awoke after a very long nap, to see his wife in front of him with a glass of water in hand. "What are you doing here, wife?", he asked. She replied, "I waited and didn't want to disturb you, here's your glass of water."

This story teaches us that patience is the key to wisdom, knowledge, respect, tolerance, happiness- and every other virtue known to man. Whether it's through experience or sorrow, one must learn how and when to be patient.

Brothers and sisters, elders and kids, please - learn to be patient. It is the key solution, to almost all of our society's problems.

I personally will continue to strive for it, and believe you should to.

-That's the TFAT.


  1. Same thing for me with the Bible. I don't understand it often, but I still read it and benefit from it. It helps me become patient.

  2. "Patience is the mother to tolerance, [self] respect, and wisdom. However, it is an aspect of life that is learned by everybody in a unique way."~~~Oooh, I love it!

    My husband noticed when we first met that I was impatient about certain things. The biggest problem with impatience for me is that my impatience always turns to anger, which turns into harsh words, and then turns into broken relationships.

    He (my husband) told me a story about an ant. He told me that one day he watched an ant attempt to climb the leg of a table and every time it climbed, it fell. He watched the ant attempt this climb for a long time. Over and over again the ant would make little progress than fall. The ant never gave up, it had patience and eventually made it to the top of the table. When it accomplished it's goal, my husband smashed it. Okay, the last sentence is a lie. But eventually the ant indeed made it to the top.

    Many lessons can be learned from your story and mind, it is up to interpretation and what we wish to get out of them.

    I definitely agree, there is a lesson to be learned about patience because in the end it only serves to help us rather than hurt us.

    Good post.


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