It Is Allah You Should Justly Fear – If You Truly Believed

There is nothing to fear apart from fear itself.

Fear can either paralyse (most people) or can act as a catalyst (the remaining few) – fear manifests itself as anger and as a destructive force – that is the fear of man.

If you fear the one who should be feared – then that will drive you to battle against those who use fear as a tool to crush your mind.

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 9-16) from the Holy Qu’ran, and felt compelled to share;

9 The signs of Allah have they sold for a miserable price and (many) have they hindered from His way: evil indeed are the deeds they have done.

10 In a believer they respect not the ties either of kinship or of covenant! It is they who have transgressed all bounds. 1258

11 But (even so) if they repent establish regular prayers and practice regular charity they are your brethren in faith: (thus) do We explain signs in detail for those who understand. 1259

12 But if they violate their oaths after their covenant and taunt you for your faith fight ye the chiefs of unfaith: for their oaths are nothing to them: that thus they may be restrained. 1260

13 Will ye not fight people who violated their oaths plotted to expel the apostle and took the aggressive by being the first (to assault) you? Do ye fear them? Nay it is Allah whom ye should more justly fear if ye believe! 1261

14 Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands cover them with shame help you (to victory) over them heal the breasts of believers. 1262

15 And still the indignation of their hearts. For Allah will turn (in mercy) To whom He will; and Allah is All-Knowing All-Wise. 1263 1264

16 Or think ye that ye Shall be abandoned as though Allah did not know those among you who strive with might and main and take none for friends and protectors except Allah His apostle and the (community of) believers? But Allah is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do. 1265

Interpretation:

Among the Arabs the ties of kinship were so strong as to be almost unbreakable. The Pagan Arabs went out of their way to break them in the case of the Muslims, who were kith and kin to them. Besides the bond of kinship there was the further bond of their plighted oath in the Treaty. They broke that oath because the other parties were Muslims!

1258 The catalogue of their sins being set out, it is clear that they were aggressors in the worst possible ways; and war became inevitable. (9.10)

1259 The chance of repentance and mercy to the worst enemies is again emphasised, in order that people with any understanding may not be misled into thinking that war was an easy or light matter. This emphasis is balanced by the emphasis in the next verse on the causes which made war inevitable for those with any self-respect. (9.11)

1260 Not only did the enemies break their oaths shamelessly, but they even taunted the Muslims on their Faith and the “simple-minded” way in which they continued to respect their part of the treaty, as if they were afraid to fight! (9.12)

1261 The argument now takes a new turn. An appeal is made to the Muslims on various grounds:

(1) the shameless disregard of treaties by the enemy
(2) the under-hand plots to discredit the Holy Prophet, and turn him out of Madinah as he had been turned out of Makkah
(3) the aggressive stance taken by the Quraish and their confederates in Madinah after the treaty of Hudaibiya (A.H. 6, Zul-qa’dah. Feb. 628)
(4) the manly attitude that fears Allah rather than men
(5) the need to prove our sincere faith by test and trial and struggle and sacrifice (9.13)

1262 Heal the breasts of believers, i.e., of wounds that they may have sustained from the assaults, taunts, and cruelty of the enemy. (9.14)

1263 When the victory comes and the wounds are healed, a great peace comes to the hearts of those who have suffered, striven, and struggled. The fighting was necessity forced by injustice and oppression. When Allah’s Law is established, the fire of indignation is quelled, and the true Peace of Islam is attained. (9.15)

1264 Allah’s mercy is unlimited. When evil is destroyed, many of those who were enticed by evil will come into the fold of truth and righteousness, and the cessation of war and conflict will bring peace, certainly to those who fought for the right, but also possibly to those whose eyes have been opened to the working of Allah’s Law and who in healing reconciliation become members of the Brotherhood of Peace in Islam. (9.15)

1265 We must all be tested and tried, but Allah knows our inmost hearts, and He will support those who strive in His way, out of sincere love for Him, His Prophet, and the body of the true men of faith. (9.16)

As always may you and yours 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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