This booklet is based on ” Imaan is Patience and Gratitude ” and taken from the book: Tools for the Patient & Provisions for the Thankful written by Shaykh ul–Islaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah.
The soul has two forces: a driving force, and a restraining force, and the soul is always going back and forth between the rules of these two forces; driven towards that which it loves, and abstaining from that which it dislikes. The whole of the Deen is based upon, motivating oneself and abstaining. Motivation towards obedience, and abstention from sinning against Allaah. It is not possible to achieve any of these except by patience.
Imaan is of two halves; half is patience (Sabr) and half is being thankful (Shukr).
This is why Allaah – Subhanahu – combines patience and being thankful in His saying: <
Imaan is built upon two pillars: Yaqeen (certainty), and Sabr (patience). They are two pillars that are mentioned in His Ta’ala’s saying: <
It is not possible for the slave to remain steadfast upon carrying out commands, and stopping oneself from prohibitions except with patience, therefore patience becomes half of Imaan, and the second half of Imaan is being thankful, by carrying out what he has been commanded with, and leaving that which he has been prohibited from.