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The Predetermination of Death

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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 November 2021 09:55

يٰأَيُّهَا الَّذينَ ءامَنوا لا تَكونوا كَالَّذينَ كَفَروا وَقالوا لِإِخوٰنِهِم إِذا ضَرَبوا فِى الأَرضِ أَو كانوا غُزًّى لَو كانوا عِندَنا ما ماتوا وَما قُتِلوا لِيَجعَلَ اللَّهُ ذٰلِكَ حَسرَةً فى قُلوبِهِم ۗ وَاللَّهُ يُحيۦ وَيُميتُ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بِما تَعمَلونَ بَصيرٌ﴿١٥٦﴾‏ وَلَئِن قُتِلتُم فى سَبيلِ اللَّهِ أَو مُتُّم لَمَغفِرَةٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرَحمَةٌ خَيرٌ مِمّا يَجمَعونَ﴿١٥٧﴾‏​

O you who have believed! Do not be like those who disbelieved and said about their brothers when they travelled through the land or went out to fight, “If they had been with us, they would not have died or have been killed.” So Allah makes that (misconception) a regret within their hearts. And it is Allah who gives life and causes death, and Allah is watchful of what you do. And if you are killed in the path of Allah or die – then forgiveness from Allah and mercy are better than whatever they accumulate (in this world). (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v156-157)

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Turn to Allah Alone for Guidance and Help

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 October 2021 08:59

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ إِن تُطِيعُوا۟ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ يَرُدُّوكُمْ عَلَىٰٓ أَعْقَٰبِكُمْ فَتَنقَلِبُوا۟ خَٰسِرِينَ ﴿١٤٩﴾‏ بَلِ ٱللَّهُ مَوْلَىٰكُمْ ۖ وَهُوَ خَيْرُ ٱلنَّٰصِرِينَ ﴿١٥٠﴾‏ سَنُلْقِى فِى قُلُوبِ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ ٱلرُّعْبَ بِمَآ أَشْرَكُوا۟ بِٱللَّهِ مَا لَمْ يُنَزِّلْ بِهِۦ سُلْطَٰنًا ۖ وَمَأْوَىٰهُمُ ٱلنَّارُ ۚ وَبِئْسَ مَثْوَى ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ ﴿١٥١﴾​

O you who have believed, if you obey (and listen to) those who disbelieve, they will turn you back (from Islam) on your heels, and you will (then) become losers. Instead, Allah is your Protector, and He is the best of all helpers. We shall put awe into the hearts of those who disbelieve, since they have associated with Allah something for which He has not sent any authority. Their ultimate place is the fire (of Jahannum); and evil is the abode of the unjust. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v149-151)

During the Battle of Uhud, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) suffered a temporary defeat in which many of them were martyred. The munaafiqeen (hypocrites) seized this opportunity to sow the seeds of mischief. They came to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and told them that had their Deen been the true Deen, they would not have suffered these losses. They then told the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) that they should return to idol-worship, as this would restore peace with the people of Makkah Mukarramah and would solve their problems.

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Four Du‘aas of the Pious Striving in the Path of Allah Ta‘ala

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 September 2021 14:03

وَكَأَيِّن مِّن نَّبِىٍّ قَٰتَلَ مَعَهُۥ رِبِّيُّونَ كَثِيرٌ فَمَا وَهَنُوا۟ لِمَآ أَصَابَهُمْ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ وَمَا ضَعُفُوا۟ وَمَا ٱسْتَكَانُوا۟ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ يُحِبُّ ٱلصَّٰبِرِينَ ﴿١٤٦﴾‏ وَمَا كَانَ قَوْلَهُمْ إِلَّآ أَن قَالُوا۟ رَبَّنَا ٱغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِىٓ أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَٱنصُرْنَا عَلَى ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْكَٰفِرِينَ ﴿١٤٧﴾‏ فَـَٔاتَىٰهُمُ ٱللَّهُ ثَوَابَ ٱلدُّنْيَا وَحُسْنَ ثَوَابِ ٱلْـَٔاخِرَةِ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُحْسِنِينَ ﴿١٤٨﴾‏​

There have been many Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) with whom many men of Allah Ta‘ala have fought; they did not lose heart for what they suffered in the way of Allah Ta‘ala, nor did they become weak, nor did they give in. Allah Ta‘ala loves the steadfast. They had nothing else to say except that they said, “Our Rabb, forgive our sins and our excesses in our conduct, make our feet firm and help us against the disbelieving people.” So, Allah Ta‘ala gave them the reward of this world and also the better rewards of the Hereafter. Allah Ta‘ala loves those who do good. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v. 146-148)

In these verses, Allah Ta‘ala mentions that there were many Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) of the past who fought wars and battles, accompanied by their pious followers. In the course of war, they also suffered setbacks and experienced challenges, and from time to time, many of the Muslims would have lost their lives as well. In fact, there may have even been occasions when the Muslims lost a battle.

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Maintaining Focus in Calamity

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 June 2021 15:49

وَمَا مُحَمَّدٌ إِلَّا رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِن قَبْلِهِ الرُّسُلُ ۚ أَفَإِن مَّاتَ أَوْ قُتِلَ انقَلَبْتُمْ عَلَىٰ أَعْقَابِكُمْ ۚ وَمَن يَنقَلِبْ عَلَىٰ عَقِبَيْهِ فَلَن يَضُرَّ اللَّهَ شَيْئًا ۗ وَسَيَجْزِي اللَّهُ الشَّاكِرِينَ ﴿١٤٤﴾‏ وَمَا كَانَ لِنَفْسٍ أَن تَمُوتَ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ كِتَابًا مُّؤَجَّلًا ۗ وَمَن يُرِدْ ثَوَابَ الدُّنْيَا نُؤْتِهِ مِنْهَا وَمَن يُرِدْ ثَوَابَ الْآخِرَةِ نُؤْتِهِ مِنْهَا ۚ وَسَنَجْزِي الشَّاكِرِينَ​

Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is but a messenger (Rasul of Allah Ta‘ala). There have been messengers before him. So, if he dies or is killed, will you turn back on your heels? The one who turns back on his heels can never harm Allah in the least, and Allah will soon reward the grateful. And it is not (possible) for one to die except by the permission of Allah at a stipulated time. Whoever seeks a reward in this world, We shall give him out of it, and whoever seeks a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give him out of it. We shall soon reward the grateful. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v. 144-145)

Every Muslim possesses love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in his heart, and indeed love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is a demand of imaan.

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The Key to Victory

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 March 2021 16:05

وَلَا تَهِنُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَنتُمُ الْأَعْلَوْنَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ ﴿١٣٩﴾ إِن يَمْسَسْكُمْ قَرْحٌ فَقَدْ مَسَّ الْقَوْمَ قَرْحٌ مِّثْلُهُ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَيَّامُ نُدَاوِلُهَا بَيْنَ النَّاسِ وَلِيَعْلَمَ اللَّـهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَيَتَّخِذَ مِنكُمْ شُهَدَاءَ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الظَّالِمِينَ ﴿١٤٠﴾

Do not lose heart and do not grieve, and you will be victorious if you are believers. If wounds have afflicted you, similar wounds had afflicted the people (the disbelievers previously). Such days (of victory) We alternate among the people, so that Allah Ta‘ala may know those who believe and take some of you as martyrs – and Allah Ta‘ala does not like the oppressors. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v139-140)

The Battle of Badr was the first major battle in Islam. In this battle, Allah Ta‘ala blessed the Muslims with decisive victory over the forces of falsehood, despite them being vastly outnumbered and facing an army that had superior weaponry and equipment.

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