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Sacrifice for Deen

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The third sign of the sweetness of Imaan, is that one will be prepared to undergo all forms of difficulties and hardships for the sake of Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) . When a difficulty comes in the way of him fulfilling the commands of Allah Ta’ala, he will say : “For the pleasure of my Allah and His Rasool e , I will suppress my desires and withstand the difficulties which come my way.”

Thus, out of his love for Allah Ta’ala, he will walk to the musjid for Fajr Salaah even on the severest of winter mornings. If, however, he is ill or has some valid reason for missing his Jamaat Salaah, then this is different from not going to the Musjid due to laziness.

Such a person will also be prepared to defend his Deen on the battlefield and will even sacrifice his life for it.

Of course, he must not beg or ask Allah Ta’ala for difficulties and hardships, rather for goodness and well being.

We are not of the calibre of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and the Sahabah, yet Nabi taught the Sahaba-e-Kiraam to always ask Allah Ta’ala for Aafiyat, ease and comfort. We too should seek the same goodness from Allah Ta’ala.

Nevertheless, if a difficulty comes this person’s way, as a test, he will remain firm and steadfast in his beliefs and actions and endure it for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.



We receive many calls from people saying that they make dua and read their Salaah, read Ishraaq, Chaasht and Salaatul Haajaat and even awaken for Tahajjud, but then say that despite all this, Allah Ta’ala still does not want to hear their duas (Na-uzu-bil-lahi-min-zaalik)... as if Allah Ta’ala is obliged to do so.

Maulana Jalaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullah ‘alaih) has said : “Sometimes Allah delays in answering the prayers so that one may continue to call on Him earnestly and crying in humility. While this is done, He is Aware thereof and He greatly approves thereof.”

Delay in acceptance of one’s duas is not a sign that Allah Ta’ala has rejected the dua. On the contrary, it is a sign of the pleasure of Allah; that His servant has recognized Him to be the only one who can fulfil all his needs. In fact, the person who sincerely asks of Allah, not despairing and losing hope in Allah, Allah enshrouds him in His Mercy. 

Nabi Ya`qub (‘Alaihis Salaam) made dua that he be reunited with his missing son, Hazrat Yusuf (‘Alaihis Salaam). After 40 years, this dua of Hazrat Ya`qub (‘Alaihis Salaam) was answered.

Thus, Allah Ta’ala knows best when and in what manner to answer a person’s duas. Therefore Nabi has explained :

“Any Muslim who makes a dua and his dua does not contain a request for anything sinful or anything regarding the severance of family ties, Allah grants him one of three things most assuredly, namely,

  1. What he has asked is granted immediately, or

  2. What he has asked is saved for him as a treasure in the Aakhirah, or

  3. Allah wards away some calamity from him in lieu of the object asked for.”

Our condition is that we make dua to just get over the problems we are faced with. There is that restlessness at heart because we are waiting for the problem to make a quick exit from our lives so that we may revert to our old lifestyle. To cite an example : many students are to be found in the Musjids at the time of their examinations ... the dua, Ibaadah is merely done in order that we overcome the difficulty or problem at hand.


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