Sabr In Islam

Being Muslims we have always heard about the term “Sabr”. We have been taught to practice sabr in every phase of life. Our ancestors, teachers, and parents have always reminded us to practice Sabr in tough times. 

When we have a financial problem or misplace our priceless possessions, we are instructed to perform sabr. Additionally, Sabr helped us in situations where we were waiting to get admission into a prestigious college or university but were not accepted. Or when we were trying to find work but were unsuccessful despite putting in a lot of effort.

We have observed Sabr many more times, but have we ever considered what Sabr is? In this blog, we will find out the actual meaning of Sabr its essence, and how it can positively impact our life.


Sabr is an Arabic word that is derived from the phrase SABBAR. The Sabbar is an aloe vera plant that tends to grow in deserts. It has healing properties and is quite beneficial. Even in the harsh scorching heat of deserts, the plant grows well and its leaves can treat many problems.

The same goes for Sabr – which means patience or endurance. It is the ability to be patient in the difficult situations of life. It helps us to remain calm in the hardships of life and to face difficulties with strength, strong will, and patience.

The term Sabr is mentioned in the Holy Quran approximately 90 times. ALLAH (SWT) has mentioned the significance of being patient in the Holy Quran. In Islam, sabr is a virtue that one should strive for. It is an act of being consistent and spiritually steadfast even in times of hardship. Being patient is usually misunderstood to accept the wrong by staying silent. However Sabr in actual terms means to follow the right path and to say the right things even when people around you oppose it.

The biggest and the greatest example of Sabr is the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He (PBUH) was sent to the world to spread Islam. The people of Makkah opposed him and tried different ways to harm him. But still, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) stayed consistent and faced all the hardships with patience. He did not harm, fight, or hurt anyone but still, he continued to spread the words of ALLAH (SWT) among the people of Arab.

Hadith On Sabr

The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:

  • “Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

  • Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.” Sahih al-Bukhari 5645

The Holy Prophet (PBUH) at many events taught Sabr not only through words but also through his actions. He (PBUH) has taught us that being patient is the biggest strength of Muslims. Those who face the storms of life with patience will be rewarded with great blessings by ALLAH (SWT).

Quranic Vesres On Sabar

ALLAH (SWT) has taught Muslims the essence of Sabr and how much significance it holds. It is the characteristics that are possessed by only those who are dear to ALLAH (SWT).

  • “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient”

Surah Baqarah Ayah 155

  • If good touches you, it distresses them; but if harm strikes you, they rejoice at it. And if you are patient and fear Allah, their plot will not harm you at all. Indeed, Allah is encompassing of what they do.

Surah Imran Ayah 120

  • O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.

Surah Baqarah Ayah 153

How To Develop Sabr

Developing Sabr, or patience and perseverance, is an essential aspect of Islamic teachings. Here are some practical ways to cultivate Sabr in our personality:

  • Understand the concept of Sabr by learning its significance in the light of Islamic teachings.
  • Practice gratitude in everyday life. Being thankful plays a vital role in developing the habit of being patient. It shifts our focus on the things we have been blessed with and diverts our attention from the things that are lacking in our lives.
  • Try to be calm and composed during the hardships of life. Rather than acting impulsively, take some to process things. Be patient and believe in Allah’s plans.
  • A Muslim should always stay connected with ALLAH (SWT). But in difficult times, Muslims should only reach ALLAH (SWT) for help. They should seek help from him only as he is the only one who can give us the strength to face the hardships of life
  • Strengthen your faith by seeking knowledge from the Quran and Hadith. A strong faith aids in practicing Sabr and reminds you that everything happens at Allah’s will. It gives you courage and strength to stay calm and patient in all phases of life.
  • Practice self-control by managing your emotions effectively. Instead of giving in to anger or frustration, strive to remain calm and composed. Always remind yourself that everything happens according to Allah’s plan.
  • Stay positive and do not let yourself get affected by negative thoughts. Accepts the hardships and takes them as an opportunity to grow and heal.

Final Words

In Islam, Sabr, or patience, isn’t just enduring hardships; it’s a profound virtue that shapes our character. It’s about staying calm, positive, and trusting in Allah’s plan during life’s trials. Sabr isn’t a weakness; it’s a strength in facing challenges with grace. Throughout history, prophets, saints, and strong Muslims exemplified Sabr in their lives, inspiring us to follow their example. By cultivating Sabr, we deepen our faith, strengthen our resilience, and find peace amidst chaos.

Remember, every difficulty is a chance to grow closer to Allah, and through Sabr, we can navigate life’s ups and downs with steadfastness and grace.

As ALLAH (SWT) has also mentioned in the Holy Quran Surah Al-Baqarah (2:286)

“God does not burden a soul with more than it can endure”

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