How many times have we approached a task with vigour and determination, only to have our will ground down by the enormity of the task that faces us, so that we turn our backs and take the easy option.
I was reading from the Quran, and the following struck a chord with me, so allow me to share, as a reminder to myself, before anyone else, on why we are guided upon standing firm.
Surah Al-Anfal Surah 8 – Ayahs 45, 18-19
45. O ye who believe! when ye meet a force be firm and call Allah in remembrance much (and often); that ye may prosper.
18. Allah is He who makes feeble the plans and stratagems of the unbelievers.
19. (O unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment now hath the judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong) it will be best for you: if ye return (to the attack) so shall We. Not the least good will your forces be to you even if they were multiplied: for verily Allah is with those who believe.
Numerically the odds against the Muslims were three to one at the battle of Badr. In other ways they were at a disadvantage: of arms and equipment they had but little, while the enemy were well-found: they were inexperienced, while the Quraish had brought their foremost warriors.
In all this there was a test, but the test was accompanied by gracious favours of countless value: their Commander was one in whom they had perfect faith, and for whom they were ready to lay down their lives; the rain refreshed them; their spirit was unshaken; and they were fighting in Allah’s cause.
Thus the trial or test became itself a blessing. (8.17)
Fath = victory, decision, judgment.
The Quraish in Makkah had prayed for victory: they were confident that their superior numbers, equipment, and experience would be decisive. With a play on the word, they are told that the decision had come, and the victory-but not in the sense they had hoped for! (8.19)
It is the way with the leaders of evil, when they find their cause lost, that they wash their hands of their followers and leave them in the lurch.
They see more clearly than their dupes.
They are not simpletons: they know the consequences of the wrath of Allah. Satan’s “fear” of Allah is terror combined with hatred, the very opposite of the feeling which is described in Taqwa, the desire to avoid doing anything against Allah’s will, such desire being founded on trust in Allah and the love of Allah.