The Secret of Freedom
Great Scholar Ja’far Sadiq (A) has said, “The man who is free in every respect is the one who practices patience upon each and every calamity.” If man is patient when faced with some calamity, there is patience hidden behind that calamity which will only be achieved when man is patient upon that calamity.
Great Scholar Sadiq (A) states, “If a believer is afflicted with calamity and practices patience upon it, his reward is equal to the reward of a thousand martyrs.”
The Apostle of God has said that God grants the person who is patient in the face of calamities 300 elevated stations, of which the distance from one level to the next is as much as the distance from the earth to the sky (meaning, these levels are so exalted). If man practices patience upon obedience to God, then God grants him 600 levels, and their distance is also equal to the distance from the earth to the sky. If man is patient when faced with sin, then God grants him 900 levels and their distance (i.e. the distance from one level to the next) is as the distance from the earth to the Throne (Arsh), meaning a place more elevated than the seven heavens.