Patience upon the Daʿwah
A 2002 lecture in Philadelphia, USA, Abū Hakīm Bilāl Davis reminds us of the importance of having patience (ṣabr).
Al-daʿwah al-Salafīyyah is the daʿwah of all the prophets. Allāh said to Muḥammad (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) (and it pertains to all the believers as well) that he should be patient and he should not be hasty. He should not be hasty because the promise of Allāh is coming.
Ibn al-Qayyim has mentioned that ṣabr is of 3 types:
1. Patience with what Allāh has commanded His servants with
2. Patience with staying away from sins—those things that Allāh has commanded His servants to stay away from
3. Patience upon the afflictions that Allāh has tested His servants with
Allāh has tested His prophets and they were patient upon that. Such as Ayūb who Allāh tested with different afflictions such as the loss of his wealth, his health, his family and that which was beloved to him. He was tested for 17 years.
Allah said about him, "Indeed he was patient. What a blessed servant he was."
That which will remove one’s affliction and raise one’s station is that one should be always repentant.
Allāh knows what is in the souls; if one is righteous and repents much then Allāh is oft-forgiving. Just as Allāh has tested His prophets so too He will test us, so don’t lose patience by submitting to your desires. One's patience should not last for a short period of time. One should not lose patience with clinging to the manḥaj, in clinging to the scholars, in clinging to the brothers and sisters upon the manḥaj, in clinging to the daʿwah.
To be patient with the acts of obedience to Allāh, one must learn what these acts of obedience are. And to do so one should attend lessons, listen to the scholars.
So be patient with the afflictions that may overcome you because the promise of Allāh is true. Allāh said about those who say, "We believe," Did they believe that Allāh was going to leave them alone just because they say "We believe" and not put them to trial?