Between the Good Fight Fi’Sabeel’Allah & Peace

At all times we must pray to Allah and give thanks for allowing us to be Muslims and the union, understanding, the pure and sincere affection between all those who take Allah’s name. With it there is strength and success. Without it there is humiliation, slavery, and moral degradation. There may be many causes of difference and dispute, but reconciliation can only come from the glory and wisdom of Allah.

As my Jumma reminder, first and foremost directed to myself before anyone else, I was reading the following passage from Surah Al Anfal (Surah 8, Verses 59-63) from the Holy Qu’ran, and felt compelled to share;

59 Let not the unbelievers think that they can get the better (of Allah): they will never frustrate (them).

60 Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power including steeds of war to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies of Allah and your enemies and others besides whom ye may not know but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah shall be repaid unto you and ye shall not be treated unjustly.

61 But if the enemy incline towards peace do thou (also) incline towards peace and trust in Allah: for He is the one that heareth and knoweth (all things).

62 Should they intend to deceive thee verily Allah sufficeth thee: He it is that hath strengthened thee with his aid and with (the company of) the believers.

63 And (moreover) He hath put affection between their hearts: not if thou hadst spent all that is in the earth couldst thou have produced that affection but Allah hath done it: for He is Exalted in might Wise.

Interpretation:

(8.59) The immediate occasion of this injunction was the weakness of cavalry and appointments of war in the early fights of Islam. But the general meaning follows. In every fight, physical, moral, or spiritual, arm yourself with the best weapons and the best arms against your enemy, so as to instil wholesome respect into him for you and the Cause you stand for.

(8.60) There are always lurking enemies whom you may not know, but whom Allah knows. It is your duty to be ready against all, for the sacred Cause under whose banner you are fighting.

(8.60) Be always ready and put all your resources into your Cause. You do not do so in vain. Allah’s reward will come in various forms. He knows all, and His reward will always be more generous than you can possibly think of.

(8.61) While we must always be ready for the good fight lest it be forced on us, even in the midst of the fight we must always be ready for peace if there is any inclination towards peace on the other side. There is no merit merely in a fight by itself. It should be a joyful duty not for itself, but to establish the reign of peace and righteousness and Allah’s Law.

(8.62) In working for peace there may be a certain risk of treachery on the other side. We must take that risk: because the men of Faith have Allah’s aid to count upon and the strength of the united body of the righteous.

(8.63) On the immediate occasion, the greatest miracle and most wonderful working of Allah’s grace was the union of hearts produced among the jarring, war-like, excitable clements of Arabia under the gentle, firm, and wise guidance of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah.

Have a safe weekend and remember this Ummah in your duah’s and let those prayers translate into moving your limbs into action Fi’Sabeel’Allah, for prayer without an action to back it up becomes insincere.

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