Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Being brave for one's faith


La hawla wala quwwata illah billah.
There is no power no strength except by Allah.

Yes, we all say this, but his conviction may not be as strong as hers, mine may not be as solid as yours.  

Imagine the conviction that the brave men of the past, had. I am reading about the history of Islam of a certain nation where Islam is a minority, how the Muslims were made to fight and were promised lands to build mosques, should they win the battles. And they won! They won a few plots of land, so that several mosques got built on account of their bravery. MashaAllah! Imagine what must have gone through their minds when they were on battlefields. Indeed, fortune favors the brave.

Today, we need not fight for another person's cause in order to strike a good deal for our faith. Today, all we have to do is part with some of our money so we could help build a mosque. The ballgame is different now.

It's good to reflect and ask oneself, how I can be braver in regards to my faith? Are we brave enough to have a high degree of tawakkul that things will all be fine when it looks impossible and miserable. Are we brave enough to love unconditionally without expecting anything in return? Are we brave enough to trust wholeheartedly? How do we conquer our fears in all these areas - in having tawakkul, in loving and in trusting? It is of course, easier said than done. 

Just think about those Muslim soldiers (drafted by non-Muslims) who were promised lands for mosques in exchange for a victory. Because of their bravery and victories, they set the foundation for Islam to grow in terms of numbers and strengths, decades after decades. I am referring to Muslims in South Africa in the 1800s. God bless them all!

May Allah make us brave for the right reason and fight our fears for a good cause, as they did.

Photo credit: BriceFR

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