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Nay, seek (Allah’s) help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is indeed hard, except to those who bring a lowly spirit,-

Yusuf Ali writes:

C61. The Arabic word Sabr implies many shades of
meaning, which it is impossible to comprehend in one
English word.
It implies;

  1. patience in the sense of being thorough, not hasty;
  2. patient perseverance, constancy, steadfastness,
    firmness of purpose;
  3. systematic as opposed to spasmodic or chance
    action;
  4. a cheerful attitude of resignation and understanding
    in sorrow, defeat, or suffering, as opposed to
    murmuring or rebellion, but saved from mere
    passivity or listlessness, by the element of constancy
    or steadfastness.

Reference:

Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (Surah 2 verse 45). Microsoft Word – 002 Baqarah.doc (quran4u.com)

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