Faith: Submission and sacrifice

Alhamdulillah, our only Creator and peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad (Sallal laahu Alihi wasallam)

All power in this world belongs to Allah. None else has any strength. Nonetheless, God has endowed man with the capacity to acquire knowledge, the faculty to think and the rationality to judge between right and wrong. God has granted man freedom in this world so that he may be tested. He wants to see how man utilizes the power and free will with which he has been endowed. If he is realistic he will submit to Allah. 

What is submission and sacrifice? Does it simply mean giving up the things which we love and hold dear?, or is it relinquishing power for Allah?, or is it refraining from food, drink and other worldly pleasures with the intent to worship Allah?, or hastening to remembrance of Allah when you are summoned to pray?, or is it being patient and constant, or taking time out to fight in the way of Allah, to do Da’wah, to read the Holy Qur’an?

To what extent can you go in the name of sacrifice and submission to please Allah? 

The essence of worship is consummate love, fear and submission. Are we in any way even remotely close to our dearest Prophet (PBUH), who was and is the paragon of patience, endurance, perseverance and complete submission to the will of Allah? Or like Prophet Ibrahim whose challenge was how a righteous Muslim deals with his father when his duty to his father conflicts with his duty to Allah, or when he is ready to sacrifice his only child because Almighty Allah has asked him to do so? Unarguably he is known as Khalil’ulah- Friend of Allah for his staunch faith in the unseen God. Do we appreciate what is like to be Ibrahim? Can we grasp in thought what happened? Why is that we regard Ibrahim as the father of faith and an epitome of sacrifice? Or like Hazrat Imam Husain Ibn Ali, who along with seventy one others were killed in the battle of Karbala? Or like Nuh, whose heart cried out for his son who was drowned. Or like any of the Companions of the Prophet (PBUH).

Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope; we as Muslims have to cling tenaciously to the Qur’an and Sunnah-which will remain our guiding principles. We also have to remember that nothing belongs to us, everything belongs to Allah and the act of spending for the cause of Allah has been interpreted as advancing loan to Allah Ta’ala, which means that just as the return of a loan is obligatory, the recompense and reward for spending in charity is a certainty. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’an, 

“Those who believed and left their homes and strove for the cause of Allah, and those who took them in and helped them-these are the believers in truth. For them is a pardon, and a bountiful provision”. (Surah 8 Al-Anfal Ayah 74).

Faith, perseverance, patience, constancy and fear of Allah- are the true test of the believers. Faith gives courage, and it is the most important asset of a Muslim and we should guard over it and not let it tarnished or impaired. Faith teaches us to be sacrificing and submissive and these two qualities combined bring in divine blessings and mercy, which are better than all the riches of the world. Faith also teaches us to be selfless, giving, forgiving, responsive and empathetic. 

Don’t let the shaitan in you over-power you. Let me share a Hadith 

“Narrated Abu Hurairah, the Allah’s Messenger (Pbuh) “When anyone of you sleeps, Satan ties three knots at the back of his neck. He recites this incantation at every knot; you have a long night, so sleep. If he awakes and remembers Allah, one knot is loosened; and if he performs Wudu, the second knot is loosened, and if he performs prayer, all knots are loosened. He begins his morning in a happy and refreshed mood; otherwise he gets up in bad spirit and sluggish state”. (Sahih Muslim Book #004, Hadith #1702)

We have to distinguish between loyalty to God and loyalty to family, between arrogance and piety, between responsibility and pleasure. The answers for all these lies within us. We have to be like those men and women who surrendered, who believed, who obeyed, who were truthful, who endured, who gave in charity, who fasted, and for them InshaAllah, there is forgiveness and a mighty wage.

Article submitted by Sarah Zameer Shaikh