Of the Most Difficult Forms of Patience

One of the most difficult forms of patience is being patient with the unknown and the uncertain; when you don’t know what’s going to come, when you don’t know the ‘whys’ for whatever that’s happening, when you need definite answers but you’re left with questions and doubts…

And this is why al-Khiḍr said to Prophet Mūsā, before accepting his request to impart sacred knowledge, 

﴾And how can you have patience about a thing which you know not?﴿ al-Kahf:68

Bright side: it’s a statement emphasising its difficulty not impossibility.

Regardless of how little we know and understand and regardless of how great the uncertainty is, we are to still be patient and be positive that things will go well, and we are to still persist in carrying out our responsibilities.

And it is with this spirit that Mūsā says,

﴾He said: “You will find me, if Allāh wills, patient, and I will not disobey you in any order."﴿

All you have to do is invoke the aid of Allāh, and then be.

Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fawzaan Ibn `Abdullaah al-Fawzaan  (حفظه الله ) - in the Chapter of Ahkaam Salaat al-Jumu`ah (The Rulings of Salaat al-Jumu`ah), he said:

…….ومن خصائص يوم الجمعة قراءة سورة الكهف في يومها؛ فقد ثبت عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم

من قرأ سورة الكهف يوم الجمعة؛ سطَع له نور من تحت قدمه إلى عنان السماء، يضيء به يوم القيامة، وغفر له ما بين الجمعتين رواه الحاكم والبيهقي

“And from the specific virtues of Jumu`ah is, the recitation of Surah al-Kahf during its day. For it has been confirmed from the Prophet that he ﷺ said:

‘Whoever recites Surah al-Kahf on the Day of Jumu`ah, a light will come forth from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, and which will shine for him on the Day of Judgment, and all his (minor) sins between the 2 Fridays will be forgiven.”[Recorded by al-Haakim and al-Bayhaqi.]


[18:1] - [All] praise is [due] to Allah , who has sent down upon His Servant the Book and has not made therein any deviance.

[18:2] - [He has made it] straight, to warn of severe punishment from Him and to give good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a good reward

[18:3] - In which they will remain forever

[18:4] - And to warn those who say, “ Allah has taken a son.”

[18:5] - They have no knowledge of it, nor had their fathers. Grave is the word that comes out of their mouths; they speak not except a lie.

[18:6] - Then perhaps you would kill yourself through grief over them, [O Muhammad], if they do not believe in this message, [and] out of sorrow.

[18:7] - Indeed, We have made that which is on the earth adornment for it that We may test them [as to] which of them is best in deed.

[18:8] - And indeed, We will make that which is upon it [into] a barren ground.

[18:9] - Or have you thought that the companions of the cave and the inscription were, among Our signs, a wonder?

[18:10] - [Mention] when the youths retreated to the cave and said, “Our Lord, grant us from Yourself mercy and prepare for us from our affair right guidance.”

[Al-Qur`aan (Surat (18) Al-Kahf (Part of Ayat #1-10)]

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khduri that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on Friday, he will be illuminated with light between the two Fridays.”
—  [Narrated by al-Haakim; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 836]

Indeed, We have made that which is on the earth adornment for it that We may test them [as to] which of them is best in deed. (Surat Al-Kahf, 18:7)