Helpful guidelines in enduring people’s harm
Shaykh Abdur Razzaaq bin Abdul Muhsin al-Badr, may Allah preserve him,
explains a splendid treatise of Shaykh-ul Taymiyyah (May Allah have
mercy upon him) concerning the issue of enduring people’s harm.
A small excerpt from the book:
Indeed, patience is one of the greatest status in the religion and
occupies one of its loftiest classes. Allāh mentions it in numerous
places throughout His Book. Imām Ahmad (may Allah have mercy upon him)
said about it,
“Allāh mentions patience in the Noble Qur’ān more than ninety times.”
This statement (of Imām Ahmad) shows in a clear fashion the great and
prestigious status of Patience; in addition to the servants’ dire need
to practice if in both performing acts of obedience and abandoning acts
of disobedience; patience is also required during destined trials to
avoid impatience and displeasure. The servant is in need of patience.
Patience accompanies the Muslim in all of his circumstances; it is
essential in performing acts of obedience, avoiding acts of
disobedience, and receiving trials with what pleases Allāh.
So how much in need is the Muslim (of this)! Rather, he is in more
severe need to adorn himself with patience in all of his circumstances!
Allāh mentions Patience in numerous places throughout the Qur’ān. It
comes in the form of a command; it comes in the form of a prohibition
(i.e., impatience); It comes in the form of a praise to those who have.
The Qur’ān mentions what Allāh has prepared for them of an abundant
reward and beautiful abode. Unlimited glad tidings are promised to those
who have patience. Allāh informs (us) that He loves them, and that He
gives them aid, support, and protection; Patience is mentioned in
different shapes/forms elsewhere in the Book of Allāh.
All of this attest to the great status of Patience; its lofty station,
and (our) urgent need for it.
 Refer to the book Madārij as-Sālikīn by ibn ul-Qayyim (1/130);
published by Dār ul-Kitāb al-Arabī in Beirut.