MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, JAKARTA – One of the lessons of Ramadan fasting is regarding patience. Enduring hunger and thirst and refraining ourselves from performing bad deeds which may nullify the fast may enhance patience of Muslims.
The Secretary of Muhammadiyah, Izzul Muslimin, said that Allah highlights the patience on Surah Al-Baqarah verse 153, meaning “O believers! Seek comfort in patience and prayer. Allah is truly with those who are patient.”
“If we are trying to be patient, we will become pious. The patience we gain during Ramadan is a victory and an asset to welcome Shawwal, a month of improvement,” said Izzul at the program of ‘Oase Iman’ broadcast on TVMu YouTube Channel on Monday (10/4).
Regarding rewards for those who have faith and patience, Izzul cited the story of the struggle of Bani Israel and Thalut in the Quran Surah Al-Baqarah verses 246 to 251.
After the passing of Moses, the Children of Israel was colonized by the Babylonian people. Because of the prayer of Samuel, a physically strong carpenter named Talut (Saul) who was physically strong was assigned to be a king of the Children of Israel to fight against the Babylonian empire.
Since the the Children of Israel were afraid to fight, Talut’ marched forth with his army. Upon arriving at the Euphrates River, Talut commanded them not to drink the water. Many of them drank it, and the number of troops with him became smaller.
“Long story short, Talut and his army arrived in Babylonia. They faced Goliath and his warriors. Talut and his troops lost in number, but they defeated Goliath because they prayed to Allah to get victory. Allah mentions the story on surah al-Baqarah verse 249, meaning “….. But those believers who were certain they would meet Allah reasoned, “How many times has a small force vanquished a mighty army by the Will of Allah! And Allah is always with the steadfast.”
The patience of Talut’s troops may inspire Muslims after Ramadan, so they become faithful and ihtisab.
“May we perform the fast properly gain patience that will bring success to our lives in the future, Insya Allah” said Izzul.