Posted by: Dawud Israel | August 31, 2007

Men of Submission

They sit there discussing avidly whatever endeavors they plan for Allah and for Islam. They feel in control and are happy trying to please Him.

But then they began to discuss a topic which is at odd with their cultural and societal upbringing and yet is wholly in Islam. They cannot understand this and they know this so they choose to leave it as they are told to leave what is not their own business. Perhaps one day they will but today is not that day. They are silent as if subconsciously acknowledging the Higher Power to whom they have submitted.

This is where submission truly comes into play. People use the word ‘blind faith’–yet this is not the proper word. Islam is a submission to That which only deserves submission. Muslims are told to submit to Allah and to obey His commands. But often there are times in our religion where we do not understand what is being told to us and we question it. We forget that we made a sacred bond, a covenant with Allah to submit and the Divine purpose behind ‘whatever it is we may not agree with’ may simply be to test our submission and loyalty. Is this not then the essence of submission–of Islam?

This calls into play the example of Ibrahim alayhi salam who was told to sacrifice his son–something which goes against any human norm and any culture. And yet, he obliged.

This maturity only develops when there is trust in Allah (tawakkul) and a spiritual Certainty (yaqeen) that makes doubt out of this seemingly certain world (dunya). And there is absolutely no way for a non-Muslim to understand this unless he/she is in Islam.

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdik ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.


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