The Elements of Victory
Allah’s help to the #believers, is the ful-fillment of His promise.
He never reneges on His words.
“…And it was due from Us to aid those who be-lieve.”
(Al-Qur an, 30:47)
He helped them because they held to the spiritual and material cause of victory. They had the will and discipline that superseded that of their enemies.
They acted according to the plan that #Allah charted for them, as He said:
“So lose no heart nor fall into despair; for ye must gain mastery if ye are true in faith.
If a wound has touched you, be sure a similar wound has touched the others.
Such days (of varying fortunes) We give to men and men by turns, that Allah may know those that believe, and that He may take to Himself from your ranks martyr-witnesses to truth.
And Allah loves not those that do wrong.”
(Al-Qur an, 3:139-140)
With these directives, the Muslims acted with strength, deter-mination and seriousness.
They prepared all elements of power, physical and otherwise, as Allah (SWT) states:
“Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power…”
(Al-Qur an, 8: 60)
With this strength Allah aided them because they aided His cause and His religion of Islam.
“… Allah will certainly aid those who aid His cause, for verily Allah is full of strength, exalted in Might (able to enforce His will).
Also they are those who if We establish them in the land, es-tablish regular prayer and give regular charity, enjoin the right and forbid wrong.
With Allah rests the end (and decision) of (all) affairs.”
(Al-Qur an, 22: 40-41)
In this verse are the attributes that lead to this victory:
First, for us to be established on the earth as khulafah, rulers we must observe total ^ubudiyah (worship) of Allah alone.
If we obey and #worship Allah sincerely in our hearts, pro-nouncements, deeds, and will, and if we do not intend with that action anything but the pleasure of Allah and the last day, and if we do not desire position, praise from people and our peers, wealth, or anything from this world, and this ^ebadah continues in all aspects of our life, only then will Allah (SWT), if he so wills, grant us, to use the Qur’anic term, tamkeen (establish in authority and khilafah).
“Allah has promised to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that he will of a surety grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their religion, the one which He has chosen for them; and that He will change (their state) after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace.
They will worship Me (alone) and not associate aught with Me.
If any do reject faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked.”
(Al-Qur an, 24: 55)
Second, establishing Salaat: that is, to observe it in the way the Messenger observed it.
Be mindful of its prerequisites, pillars, obligations, rules, and regulations.
Cleanliness must be per-fected, standing, bowing, prostration, and sitting must all be observed properly.
Be heedful of the time of each and every prayer, Jum^ah and jama^ah prayers.
Observe Salat with hu-mility and complete Allah – consciousness, which is the spirit of the body of #Salaat.
Without it there is no Salaat.
In a hadith related by ‘Ammar bin Yasir (raa), he said:
“I heard the Messenger of Allah say ‘Verily, a man may turn away from Salaat and nothing is written for him of that Salaat but the tenth or ninth, eighth, seventh, sixth, fifth, fourth, third or half.’ ” (Abu Dawud)
Third, is Zakaat: that is, to give Zakaat to its lawful and rightful recipients willingly and without any rancor or ill feeling, to give a complete amount without cheating, so as to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT).
Fourth, enjoin what is right, amru bil maaruf.
This means up-holding or helping others to uphold anything that Allah (SWT) and His Messenger commanded or instructed of us.
One of the main objectives of enjoining what is right is to revive and maintain the sharee^ah of Allah on the earth.
To be actively involved in reforming the believers and servants of Allah, so as they will stay the cause of straight path, siraatul mustaqeem, and to intend with this, Allah’s mercy and His pleasure.
Fifth, forbid what is wrong, nahyu ^anil munkar.
This means personally avoiding or helping others avoid everything that Al-lah (SWT) or His Messenger forbade, the big or small sins, things that relate to acts of worship, behavior and conduct and relationship with the believers.
This aspect protects the religion and the people, and prevents fasad (evil acts) from seeping into the body of the ummah.
Enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong are the two most important pillars of Islam.
They are necessary for the survival of the ummah, its power, and its unity, so that the um-mah would not be weakened by peoples’ desires and end up going in different directions.
This is why these two principles (enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong) are among the obligatory duties of a believer if he or she is able.
Allah (SWT) commands:
“Let there arise out of you a band of people in-viting to all that is good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong.
They are the ones to attain felicity.
Be not like those who are di-vided amongst themselves and fall into disputa-tions after receiving clear signs. For them is a dreadful penalty.”
(Al-Qur an, 3: 104-105)
Were it not for this principle, the ummah would have been dis-solved, as is our situation today.
“You are the best of people, evolved for man-kind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong and believing in Allah…”
(Al-Qur an, 3: 110)
By neglecting this principle, Allah cursed the Israelites, as He states:
“Curses were pronounced on those among the children of Israel who rejected faith, by the tongue of Dawuud, and of Jesus the son of Mary, because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses.
Nor did they (usually) forbid one an-other the iniquities which they committed: evil indeed were the deeds which they did.”
(Al-Qur an, 5: 81)
Whenever these five elements are fulfilled, along with what Allah exhorted us to, victory will come, provided we cultivate determination, perseverance, and prepare for physical strength.
This is what we are promised, and Allah will never renege or break His promise.
“(It is) the promise of Allah.
Never does Allah depart from His promise; but most men under-stand not.
They know but the outer (things) in the life of this world: but of the end of things they are heedless.”
(Al-Qur an. 30: 6-7)
Only then will victory be accomplished in a way that no one thought possible.
The believer who has total trust in Allah’s promise is aware that physical elements – as vital as they are – no matter how strong, are not enough and are nothing compared to the power of Allah Who created this strength.
The people of ” Aad boasted of their power.
“Who is more powerful than us?” they said. Allah re-sponded, saying:
“…Did they not see that Allah, Who created them, was superior to them in strength.
But they continued to reject Our Signs! So We sent against them a furious wind through days of disaster, that We might give them a taste of the penalty of humiliation in this life; but the pen-alty of a Hereafter will be more humiliating still, and they will find no help.”
(Al-Qur’an, 41: 15-16)
Pharaoh was proud of his vast domain and the rivers that flowed beneath it, so Allah (SWT) drowned him in the same water he was proud of.
Further, Allah made Prophet Musa (ass) inherit his kingdom and his people, whereas he was perceived by Pharaoh as weak and unable to express himself.
The Quraysh were intoxicated by their power and vainglory.
They left their homes in a campaign to demonstrate their power and to terrorize the entire Arabian region.
They were advised to re-turn home, but refused, and continued to march to Badr for an engagement with destiny.
So Allah made them pay a heavy price and taste the most humiliating defeat; the defeat that let
them become the laughing – stock of all of Arabia and the world over from that day on.
If we today, in this day in time, take heed of the numerous warnings of Allah, and establish our religion and become lead-ers of this erring world, not following or imitating others, and take all the physical means of modern times and spiritual
means from our Book with sincerity, Allah will help us as He helped our ancestors.
Allah made good His promise and helped His servants, and He put to fight the confederate alone.
“(Such has been) the practice (approved) of Al-lah already in the past: no change wilt thou find in the practice (approved) of Allah.”
(Al-Qur an, 48: 23)
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