Out of countless blessings of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, vehicle is also a great blessing, through which, we successfully reach our destination by travelling a distance of months within days, the distance of days within hours and the distance of hours within minutes. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has mentioned this blessing at many places in the Glorious Quran.
In the commentary of Surah An-Nahl Ayah 8, it is stated in Tafseer Siraat-ul-Jinaan, it incorporates all those things which bring about comfort and benefit for a person and these things were not present until that time but it was the Will of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ to create them later, for example, ship, train, cars, buses, airplane and thousands and millions of such scientific inventions. In addition to all these things, no one knows what other things will be invented in future but whatever they will be, are included in the mentioned blessed Ayah. (Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 5, pp. 285)
Dear Islamic brothers! Sometimes we also have to face difficulties during travel, for example, traffic jam, slow driving by a slow drivers, a vehicle breakdown, flat tyre, not getting bus on time, finding no seat available in the bus, having an accident, facing red signal light repeatedly etc. Everybody usually face all these problems. At such times, showing impatience, losing temper and using foul language will give no benefit because neither will impatience improve the system nor will traffic start moving forward whereas showing hastiness during close traffic signal and violating traffic signals are forbidden lawfully and according to Shari’ah as they involve a potential risk of disrespect and giving bribe in case of being caught. Therefore, having patience, at such times, in fact is wisdom.
Regarding patience, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated: Whoever wants to have patience, Allah Almighty will grant him Taufeeq (ability) of patience and no one has been bestowed better and more encompassing than patience. (Sahih Muslim, pp. 406, Hadees 2424)
Some people start cursing their beloved homeland when they get stuck in traffic jam. Remember! This beloved homeland was not gifted to us in this well-prepared form. Long struggle for liberation was taken place and innumerable Muslims were sacrificed; so, having patience and not expressing anger on such occasions is also a demand of patriotism as well as loving our homeland and city is also a way of righteous and Allah loving people.
Remember! Sometimes these troubles and worries are the blessings for a Mu`min as the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated: Whatever trouble a Muslim is afflicted out of sickness, worry, sadness, agony and sorrow, even a thorn’s prick, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ makes it an expiation for his sins. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 4, pp. 3, Hadees 5641)
It is my request to all the devotees of Rasool that whenever they have to wait somewhere due to the traffic jam or a vehicle breakdown etc., they should possibly spend their time making Zikr and reciting Durood or listening to Sunnah-inspiring Bayan in the vehicle. Thus, along with having patience, one will have a treasure of Islamic knowledge, اِنْ شَــآءَ الـلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ.