LEADERSHIP COMES BY PATIENCE AND CERTAINTY
(26) And He, free from all imperfections, has informed us that this
leadership is obtained by patience (sabr) and certainty (yaqeen) for
He, the Exalted said:
And We made from among them, leaders, giving guidance
under Our Command, when they were patient and believed
with certainty in Our Signs. [Soorah as-Sajdah (32):24]
Therefore, it is by patience and certainty that leadership in the
religion is obtained.
(27) It is said that it is Patience (in keeping) away from the world
(by being occupied in worship), and it is said, Patience in the face
of trials, and it is also said, Patience in keeping away from the
forbidden things. However, what is correct is that leadership is
obtained by patience in all of this, patience in fulfilling the obligatory
duties of Allaah, patience in avoiding His prohibitions and patience
over the decrees (of Allaah).
(28) Allaah put both patience and certainty together since they are
both (the source of) the happiness of the servant. Losing them both
makes him lose his happiness. The heart is invaded by the various
calamities of desires and lusts (shahawaat) which are in opposition
to the command of Allaah, and also by the calamities of doubts
which are in opposition to His goodness.
(29) Therefore, by patience, the desires and lusts are repelled and
with certainty, the doubts are repelled. The desire (shahwah) and
the doubt (shubhah) are in opposition to the religion from every
single aspect. None will be saved from the punishment of Allaah
except the one who repelled his desires with patience and his doubts
with his certainty.
(30) This is why Allaah, free from all imperfection, informed about
the loss and ruin of the actions of the people of doubts, lusts and
Like those before you, they were mightier than you in power,
and more abundant in wealth and children. They had enjoyed
their portion awhile, so enjoy your portion awhile as those
before you enjoyed their portion awhile … [Soorah at-Taubah
This enjoyment is their enjoyment of their share of lusts and
desires, then He said:
…And you indulged in play and pastime (and in telling lies
against Allaah and His Messenger Muhammad) as they
indulged in play and pastime… [Soorah at-Taubah (9):69].
And this is arguing with falsehood about the religion of Allaah and it
is the argument and fooling around of the people of doubts. Then He
…Such are they whose deeds are in vain in this world and in
the Hereafter. Such are they who are the losers. [Soorah at-
(31) So Allaah, free from all imperfections, attached the wastage
and ruin of ones actions and loss with the following of desires, which
is taking enjoyment from one’s share of desires, and with the
following of doubts, which is arguing by falsehood.