If you refuse to struggle Fi’Sabeel’Allah, does your refusal take you away from Islam?
As my Jumma reminder, first and foremost directed to myself before anyone else, I was reading the following passage from Surah At-Tauba (Surah 9, Verses 53-55) from the Holy Qu’ran, and felt compelled to share;
53 Say: “Spend (for the cause) willingly or unwillingly: not from you will it be accepted: for ye are indeed a people rebellious and wicked.”
54 The only reasons why their contributions are not accepted are: that they reject Allah and His apostle; that they come to prayer without earnestness; and that they offer contributions unwillingly.
55 Let not their wealth nor their (following in) sons dazzle thee: in reality Allah’s plan is to punish them with these things in this life and that their souls may perish in their (very) denial of Allah.
The Hypocrites, who secretly plotted against Islam, might sometimes (and they did) make a show of making some contribution to the Cause in order to keep up their pretence. Their contributions were not acceptable, whether they seemed to give willingly or unwillingly, because rebellion and disobedience were in their hearts. Three reasons are specifically given for their rejection, in the next verse:
(1) they did not believe;
(2) their prayers were not earnest, but for mere show: and
(3) in reality their hearts were not behind the contributions which they offered.
Nothing is acceptable to Allah which does not proceed from a pure and sincere heart.
If they appeared to be prosperous, with their purses and their quivers full (metaphorically), they were not to be envied. In reality their wealth and their sons might themselves be a snare. On particular occasions this was proved to the hilt. The wealth of the Pagans filled them with pride, darkened their understanding, and led to their destruction. Their sons and followers adopted the Faith which their fathers had fought against, much to the chagrin of the fathers, whose spiritual death was even worse than their discomfiture in this world.
The context of the revelation was sent down in Rajab A.H. 9 or a little before this, when the Holy Prophet SAW was engaged in making preparations for the Ghazwa of Tabuk.
In this discourse, the Believers were urged to take active part in jihad, and the shirkers were severely rebuked for holding back their wealth and for hesitation to sacrifice their lives in the way of Allah because of their hypocrisy, weak faith or negligence.
Have a safe weekend and remember this Ummah in your duah’s and let those words translate into moving your limbs into action Fi’Sabeel’Allah.