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.