The Promise of Bliss 4

With regards the second issue, the issue of promise and threat, many people think that the lot of the believers in this world is humiliation and subjugation and as such they do not fully believe in Allah’s promise to aid His religion and His servants. Such a person believes that such promises are ties to a particulars group of people or a particular time, an understanding arising from lack of trust in the promise of Allah and poor comprehension of His Book.

Allah, Glorious is He, has made clear in His Book that He will aid the believers in this world and the next,

“We will certainly help Our Messengers and those who have faith both in the life of this world and on the Day the witnesses appear.” (al-Ghafir 40:51)

“As for those who make Allah their friend, and His Messenger and those who have faith: it is party of Allah who are victorious.” (al-Maidah 5:55)

“Those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, such people will be among the most abased. Allah has decreed, ‘I will be victorious, I and My Messengers'” (al-Mujadilah 58: 20-21)

There are many such verses in the Qur’an, Allah, Glorious is He, has explained that what the servant is afflicted with of trial or subjugation or the likes is because of his sins, as such any difficulty in understanding these verses is completely removed and their no longer remains any need for far fetched interpretations.

Returning back to the first issue, Allah has explained this in a number of different ways, some of which have been previously mentioned. Allah also censures those who look to other than the believers for support and nobility,

“You who have faith! Do no take the Jews and Christians as your friends; they are friends of one another. Any of you who takes them as friends is one of them. Allah does not guide wrongdoing people. Yet you see those with sickness in their hearts rushing to them, saying, ‘We fear the wheel of fate may turn against us.’ But it may well be that Allah will bring about victory or some other contingency from Him. Then they will deeply regret their secret thoughts. Those who have faith say, ‘Are these the people who swore by Allah, with their most earnest oaths, that they were with you?’ Their actions have come to nothing and they now are the losers. You who have faith! If any of you renounce your religion, Allah will being forward a people whom He loves and who love Him, humble to the believers, fierce against the believers, who do Jihad in the way of Allah and do not fear the blame of the censurer. That is the unbounded favour of Allah which He gives to whoever He wills. Allah and His Messenger and those who have faith: those who establish the prayer and give the zakat and bow. As for those those who make Allah their friend, and His Messenger and those who have faith: it is the party of Allah who are victorious.” (al-Maidah 5:51-55)

“Give glad tidings to the hypocrites that they will have a painful punishment, those who take the disbelievers as friends and protectors rather than the believers. Do they hope to find power and strength with them? Power and strength belong entirely to Allah” (an-Nisa 4:138-139)

“They say, ‘If we return to Madinah, the mightier will drive out the inferior.’ But all might belongs to Allah and His Messenger and the believers. But the hypocrites do not know this.” (al-Munafiqun 63:8)

“If anyone wants power, all power belongs to Allah. All good words rise to Him and virtuous deeds raises it.” (Fatir 35:10)

Meaning that whoever wants power, let him seek it through obeying Allah. Allah, Exalted is He, also says,

“It is He who sent His Messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth to exalt it over every other religion.” (al-Fath 48:28)

“You who have faith! Shall I direct you to a transaction which will save you from a painful punishment? It is to have faith in Allah and His Messenger and do Jihad in the way of Allah with your wealth and your selves. That is better for you if you only knew. He will forgive you your wrong actions and admit you into Gardens with rivers flowing under them, an fine dwellings in the Gardens of Eden. That is the great victory. And other things you love: support from Allah and imminent victory. Give good news to the believers! You who have faith! Be helpers of Allah as Isa son of Maryam said to the Disciples, ‘Who will be my helpers to Allah?’ The Disciples said, ‘We will be the helpers of Allah.’ One faction of the tribe had faith and the others were disbelievers. SoWe supported those who had faith against their enemy and they became victorious.” (as-Saff 61: 10-14)

Allah, Exalted is He, said to Isa,

“I will take you back and raise you up to Me and purify you of those who disbelieve. And I will place the people who follow you above the disbelievers until the day of Rising.” (Ali Imran 3:55)

Because the Christians followed him in some fashion, Allah placed them above the Jews until the Day of Rising. Because the Muslims truly follow him, Allah placed them above the Christians until the Day of Rising. Allah, Exalted is He, says to the believers,

“If those who disbelieve should fight you, they would turn their backs and then find no one to protect or help them. That is Allah’s pattern which has passed away before. You will not find any change in the pattern of Allah.” (al-Fath 48:22-23)

This address is directed to the believers who have fully established the rights of faith, outwardly and inwardly. Allah, Exalted is He, says, “The successful outcome is for those who have taqwa” (al-Araf 7:128)

“The best end result is gained by taqwa” (Ta Ha 20:132)

Meaning: the end result in this world before the Hereafter. This is because this was mentioned after having the story of Nuh, peace be upon and his, sabr and being aided against his people. Then Allah, Exalted is He says,

“This is some of the news of the unseen which We reveal to you. Neither you nor your people knew it before this time. So be steadfast. The best result is for those who have taqwa.” (Hud 11:49)

Meaning: the result of aid and victory is for you and those with you just as it was for Nuh and those with him.

Similarly Allah says,

“Instruct your family to perform the prayer and be constant in it. We do not ask you for provision, We provide for you. And the best end result is gained by taqwa.” (Ta Ha 20:132)

“But if you are steadfast and have taqwa, their scheming will not harm you in any way.” (Ali Imran 3:120)

“Yes indeed! But if you are steadfast and have taqwa and they come upon you suddenly, your Lord will reinforce you suddenly, you Lord will re-inforce you with five thousand Angels, clearly identified.” (Ali Imran 3:125)

“…I am Yusuf and here is my brother. Allah has acted graciously to us. As for those who have taqwa and are steadfast, Allah does not allow to go to waste the wage of those who do good.” (Yusuf 12:90)

“You who have faith! If you have taqwa of Allah, He will give you discrimination and erase your bad deeds from you and forgive you…” (al-Anfal 8:20)

Meaning by discrimination here nobility, aid, victory and light that distinguishes truth from falsehood.

“Whoever has taqwa of Allah – He will give him a way out and provide for him from where he does not expect. Whoever puts his trust in Allah – He will be enough for him. Allah always achieves His aim, Allah has appointed a measure of all things.” (al-Talaq 65:2-3)

Ibn Majah and ibn Abi ad-Dunya record on the authority of Abu Dharr, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him, said,

“Were the people to act by this verse, it would suffice them.” (Ahmad 21551)

Trials and Tribulations: Wisdom and Benefits (Note that this extract is taken from Aid for the Yearning One in Resisting Shaytan) Imam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah Pages 29-38