Holy Qur’an 3:200 Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, tells us: “Believers, be steadfast, and vie in steadfastness, stand firm in your faith, and hold Allah in consciousness that you may attain true success”.
We are Believers, who come together as individuals, to collectively become a solid and strong structure, strengthening one another and enjoining others to the way of Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful. Our collectively solid, strong structure enables us to continue the momentum of calling one another to that which is good and to be grateful and appreciative for the sacrifices we make to help ourselves and others. Whether our sacrifices and achievements are conducted openly and/or secretly, it is a tribute and honor to our discipline to sacrifice; and it is a public proclamation of our faith in Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Our faith is not complete unless our faith in Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful makes us conscious of the needs of others. It is important that we at any moment are able to sacrifice what we are, for what we could become. We are all called on to make sacrifices, to temporarily give up our comfort for greater rewards. By accepting life's challenges we realize that the rewards of sacrifice, by far, outweighs our comfort. The extent to which we sacrifice actually determines the extent of our growth.
Sacrifice is the responsibility of leaders, who model support and cooperation in the face of adversity and in the midst of our personal peace and contentment. Islam, is a spiritual path, simple, challenging and effective. Walking this path with selflessness and commitment brings increase compassion, generosity of spirit, independent thinking, moral courage, and respect for ourselves and for others.
Sacrifice demands us to overcome our resistance to change, sacrifice obligates us to commit, to change our perspective on how we view life’s challenges. Sacrifice is gain, not loss, sacrifice is discipline, sacrifice is a source of happiness and it is our determination to please Allah. Most Gracious Most Merciful. You and I know that Allah’s mercy goes beyond value and His mercy can never be compared to nor given in exchange for anything.
The Muslims at the advent of Islam displayed determination and patience, they like us, did not knowingly make special efforts to embrace difficulty and hardship, yet times of difficulty and hardship are valuable events for us to show our determination and patience. With the guidance, the intelligence, the understanding and the openness; all of which; we receive from Allah, we will continue to shoulder the oppressed and disadvantaged and we will continue to transcend our environment and our situations to earn the good pleasure of Allah.