بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Will You Live For Your Religion?
Shaikh Haitham Haddad made the above comment recently. The subsequent tarbiyah comprises of some short musings…
With many Muslims willing to die for their religion, who amongst us is willing to actually live for Islam?
Martyrdom remains one of the highest pinnacles of Islam. Yet having been ordered “not to transgress the boundaries” (2:190) nor to “throw” ourselves with our “own hands into destruction,” martyrdom is tethered by the rules of the Shariah, its acceptance necessitates accordance to the limitations set by Allah.
To otherwise transgress the boundaries is a sign of defeat. In the face of adversity the response was to loose hope and flee. But to whom belongs the most compassion and mercy? Have we not been told that we will be tried and tested? We have been informed that true believers “never lost heart for that which did befall them in Allah’s Way”(3:146) and more strongly still that “none despairs of Allah’s Mercy except the disbelieving people”. (12:87) When Allah swt shares with us his magnificent attributes, sends us the example of the noble Prophets (peace and blessings upon them), and embellishes our hearts with the Qur’an, its no small feat. Clearly the creator knows His creation and guides us accordingly.
So the challenge that will be posed here is: why not actually live life? Live for Islam. Take a deep breath, comb your beard, fix in place your hijab and stand up tall. Take steps, make mistakes, have sincerity and turn in repentance to Him who has promised to forgive even the one whose sins reach to the sky (Recorded in Sunan at Tirmidhi)
And maybe, just maybe, in the smile of your neighbour, the laughter of a young child, or the first blossoms of spring, you might gain the peace of Jannah before you enter its gates. InshaAllah.
“For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present world, and in the Hereafter.” (10:64)