Tawakkul, Taslim, Tafwiz, and Thiqa (Reliance, Surrender, Commitment, and Confidence)

Tawakkul, Taslim, Tafwiz, and Thiqa (Reliance, Surrender, Commitment, and Confidence) Tawakkul (Reliance), Taslim (Surrender), Tafwiz (Commitment), and Thiqa (Confidence) are the four steps or stations of a spiritual journey beginning with reliance on (or trust in) God, continuing in full awareness of one’s helplessness and destitution before God, and ending...

Muhasaba (Self-Criticism or Self-Interrogation)

Muhasaba (Self-Criticism or Self-Interrogation) Muhasaba literally means reckoning, settling accounts, and self-interrogation. In a spiritual context, however, it takes on the additional meaning of the self-criticism of a believer who constantly analyzes his or her deeds and thoughts in the hope that correcting them will bring him or her closer...

Self-control

What Is Self-control? Self-control, an aspect of inhibitory control, is the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behavior in the face of temptations and impulses.[1][2] As an executive function, self-control is a cognitive process that is necessary for regulating one’s behavior in order to achieve specific goals.[2][3] A related concept in psychology is emotional self-regulation.[4] Self-control...

sabr Patience and Perseverance

The Art of Living: Patience and Perseverance

The Art of Living: Patience and Perseverance When experiencing sorrow, we might be tempted to close in on ourselves. We might allow negative emotions to gnaw at us. We might fail to be attentive to others’ needs because we are so preoccupied with our troubles. We might also become sluggish...

Tawwakul (Arabic Concept for Reliance)

Tawwakul (Arabic Concept for Reliance) Tawakkul (تَوَكُّل‎) in the Arabic language, is the word for the Islamic concept of reliance on God or “trusting in God’s plan“.[1] It is seen as “perfect trust in God and reliance on Him alone.”[2] It can also be referred to as God-consciousness.[2] In fact, the Qur’an speaks of the fact that success is...

Patience

Patience

What Is Patience? Patience (or forbearance) is the ability to endure difficult circumstances such as perseverance in the face of delay; tolerance of provocation without responding in annoyance/anger; or forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can have before negativity. It is...

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