All That’s Left Behind……
The tests and challenges of life are numerous, with everybreath, every morsel of food, every drop of a drink and with every passing second of sleep, we may not always fully realize that every action we take is indeed, a test from Allah. He is testing our intention, sincerity and willingness to bear with patience just as those righteous servants in the times before us did.
To show that even if we take the right action, Allah (swt) will test our sincerity , patience and perseverance with that action. Im just going to focus on one example….
This example is set at a time when a young legend was making his mark on the world. The soldiers were ordered to march forth and stop the enemy. They did, they intended to go out and destroy what was evil and protect what was good. Just like many of us who have noble intentions at the start.
But then the order came, not to drink from a river. But the march across lands, carrying weapons and armour was much to bare. They gave into to that inner whisper, to the inner craving desire for this world. They drink from the river and it was their downfall. They could not go on to complete their deed and reap the reward that follows.
“And when Saul set out with the army, he said: Lo! Allah will try you by (the ordeal of) a river. Whosoever therefore drinketh thereof he is not of me, and whosoever tasteth it not he is of me, save him who taketh (thereof) in the hollow of his hand. But they drank thereof, all save a few of them. And after he had crossed (the river), he and those who believed with him, they said: We have no power this day against Goliath and his hosts. But those who knew that they would meet Allah exclaimed: How many a little company hath overcome a mighty host by Allah’s leave! Allah is with the steadfast.” ( Surah Al Baqarh :249)
Lesson Allah will always test you, even if you are doing something good. Recognise and understand this is all a test the dawah work and the hardships that accompany the struggle in his path.
These men already left their house, wives, children. Yet they still fell, what was felt were the real gems. This hardship was like a filtering process to see which ones would remain and follow allahs commandments.
Everyone falls short and makes mistakes. Anyone can give a fancy sermon, talk and act well when no pressure is on them or at times of ease. But once out there, in the middle of battle, with things at stake, then to be tested with a trial. This is where you can tell where your real eman is.
One of the heroes that remained was young man, most likely in his teens, called Dawud, or later grew to be a Prophet who was given many gifts from Allah and voice that could attract the hearts of nature. This young man held firm and was with those few mentioned who stood firm and bore with patience.
We will go through many trials in our life time, a mother may lose a child at birth, father may lose his job, child may fail an exam, or flip the switch, some one may excel in exams, may have many kids in this life. So where is the test? Allah will test our character, your pride and arrogance or will you attribute success to Him and thank Him for all that he has blessed you with.
The key lies in the strength and resolve of your heart and to transform that into outward action and compliance with what Allah wants.
As the verse end, many muslims use to say that during the battles at the time of Khalid bin walid……”how many times did a small force overcome a large force”.
Why? This small force was made up of those who, like dawudalayhissalam, stood firm in the face of trials, following Allahs commandments, sacrificing worldly pleasure for His sake. Knowing that Allah is the one who rewards the believers and how many times does Allah say, “he loves those who are patient” “he is with those who are patient” . These were people of real inner quality, true inner strength and faith.
This religion never required a large force to move the world, just a group of sincere dedicated muslims.
The question is…….who are we? Would we be one of them? Or just another number.
And Allah knows best.
[An article from my Abdullah… May we gain benefit from it inshaa Allah.]