I’ve always wanted to be sincere in practising God’s religion, Islam, and of course I still want to. By definition, a Muslim is “the one who submits to the will of God Almighty”, and not simply “a follower of Islam”. The Sahabah (companions of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) absolutely fit in the category of those who fulfill the criteria of true believers. They willingly submitted to God’s will, giving up their lives, desires, wealth, and tribal honor for Islam. The likes of them would never hesitate in spending in the way of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’alaaa); graciously giving huge sums in charity, their bodies sustained agonizing wounds, they boldly stood up to the torture of oppressors, their souls throbbed with the pain of losing their homes, families and long-held relationships, yet they gave it all in return for the sole Pleasure of their Lord. And, indeed, those are the successful: the best of the generations to have ever lived on earth.
In yearning to be like them, I’ve learned that true peace is in seeking to know God Almighty, in order to sincerely submit to Him. If you choose to take the path leading to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’alaa), then you’re sure to find your way, be it through a thick forest, a violent storm, or the middle of a sea. The light of God’s guidance illuminates the heart and revives the soul, bringing it back to light from darkness. The must-have tool in this journey is the Noble Qur’an, the blessed words of God Himself, a means of guidance to all of humanity. Ever wondered what it means to know Allah (‘azza wa jal)? How much it matters? Honestly, it is beyond measure. To simply say it matters a lot is an understatement, because in fact, it matters most in life. With each hour slipping away from us, taking us closer to our ultimate fate, we should become increasingly concerned about truly seeking Allah (subhanahu wa ta’alaa). We have the time span of an entire life on earth! Alhamdullilah. In spite of the maximum time that a mortal human being can have, there were many whose lives got terminated while they were still drifting in darkness of their ignorance without sparing a single minute to reflect on the One who created them. However, on the bright side, there were our pious predecessors who directed their lives along the path of light, under the Guidance of Allah (‘azza wa jal).
It’s an uphill battle. Darkness vs Light. We’ve got a lifetime. The choice is ours.
Here’s an exercise. Ask yourself the following questions:
1) Am I fearful of Allah?
2) Do I humbly stand in prayer for all the five prayers?
3) Do I avoid ill speech (using bad language, cussing, backbiting, slandering)?
4) Do I abstain from illicit relations?
5) Do I keep my promises?
6) Do I believe in the signs of my Lord, and reflect on it?
7) Do I give in charity without boasting about it?
8) Do I hasten to do good and avoid evil?