In the midst of difficulties, a person with the sweetness of Imaan, exercises sabr and is neither found to be disturbed nor perplexed. He does not complain of his Master, Allah Ta’ala, rather he adopts patience and views this patience as the gateway to the closeness, Ma’rifat and Muhabbat of Allah Ta’ala.
When blessed with abundance in bounties from Allah Ta’ala, like wealth, prosperity, etc. he makes shukr and regards this gratitude as the gateway to the proximity, Ma’rifat and Muhabbat of Allah Ta’ala.
In both conditions, the person retains his trust and his faith in Allah Ta’ala. When afflicted with difficulties and trial, then sabr is exercised and the heart is blessed with the sweetness of Imaan. When granted the best of bounties and gifts, plenty of gratitude and appreciation is expressed and the heart is blessed with the sweetness of Imaan.
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said : “The Mu`min is indeed wonderful. When goodness comes to him, he praises Allah and offers shukr (gratitude), and when misfortune strikes him, he praises Allah and adopts sabr (patience).”
This relationship with Allah Ta’ala is analogous to two pages stuck firm by glue : That glue has created such a ‘strong’ bond that the page can be torn, but the two pages will not separate. This is the kind of relationship we need to build with our Allah; that irrespective of the condition, we will not separate ourselves from Allah Ta’ala.