Surah Muhammed, Ayah’s 33-36
33 O ye who believe! obey Allah and obey the Apostle and make not vain your deeds!
34 Those who reject Allah and hinder (men) from the Path of Allah then die rejecting Allah, Allah will not forgive them.
35 Be not weary and faint-hearted crying for peace. When ye should be Uppermost: for Allah is with you and will never put you in loss for your (good) deeds.
36 The life of this world is but play and amusement: and if ye believe and guard against evil He will grant you your recompense and will not ask you (to give up) your possessions.
To all those who are struggling to try to root out evil, the question is not of peace or conflict, but of whether Good or Evil is to prevail. They must remember that Good must ultimately prevail, and Allah’s help is with those who, as far as they can, are trying to further the universal plan.
Amusement and play are not bad things in themselves. As preparations for the more serious life, they have their value. But if we concentrate on them, and neglect the business of life, we cannot prosper. So we must always remember to use our life in this world as a preparation for the next life.
Complete self-sacrifice, if voluntarily offered, has a meaning: it means that the person’s devotion is exclusively and completely for the Cause. But no law or rule can demand it, and a mere offer to kill yourself has no meaning.
One must be ready to take risks to your life in fighting for the Cause, but you should aim at life, not death.
If you live, you should be ready to place your substance and your acquisitions at the disposal of the Cause. But it is not reasonable to pauperise yourself and become a hanger-on for the Cause.
Moreover, the inborn tendency to self-preservation in an average man would lead to concealment and niggardliness if all were asked for the Cause, by Law, and there would further be a feeling of bitterness and rebellion.