With ALLAHâ€™S name, The Merciful Benefactor, Merciful Redeemer
By Imam Abdullah El-Amin
– Revised –
â€œThis day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: Yet fear them not, but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Al-Islam as your religion.â€
In what is believed to be the last ayat of revelation, ALLAH is saying He completed His favor on us. He says we are not to fear the unbelievers because they are aware that they are unable to sway the true believers from the path of The Religion, Al-Islam. So therefore the only way for us to live, is by the tenets that Almighty ALLAH laid down for us. So, since we believe the Qurâ€™an is the last instruction from ALLAH, and is for all time, Al-Islam is not only â€œaâ€ way of life, as is popularly said; it is â€œtheâ€ only way to live.
We, as human beings, face many challenges daily while on our journey in this life. Many of these challenges seem gigantic and overwhelming â€“ and they come one after another but little as we know, these challenges are a blessings and good for us as well. They are good because first of all ALLAH allowed them to happen. Overcoming challenges gives us one of the most valuable things in life â€“ which is experience. Regardless of how many times you tell a baby the stove is hot, he oftentimes has to get burned before he really learns.
A bank president was asked once, â€œWhat is the secret of your success? He answered â€œtwo words.â€ â€œAnd what are they, sir? â€œRight decisions,â€ he answered. â€œAnd how do you make the right decisions?â€™ The bank president answered, â€œOne word.â€ And what is that word sir?â€ He answered, â€œExperience.â€ â€œAnd sir, how do you get experience?â€ The bank president answered, â€œTwo words.â€ â€œAnd what are they?â€™ The bank president answered, â€œWrong decisions.â€
We must constantly remind ourselves and others that we, as believing sons and daughters of our first father, Adam, have nothing above us except ALLAH, The Almighty. Satan, The Shaitan knows this but tries to trick us into believing that mistakes we make are a testament to his superiority over us.
But these mistakes and wrong decisions we make are allowed by ALLAH to make us wiser and stronger. And if you observe closely the braying of satan, you will notice that oftentimes the ones shedding light on your mistakes and throwing stones at your head, are the ones most guilty of what they throw at you.
â€œDo you think that you will not be tested? We tested those before you.â€
If we were not tested and given hardships, our humanity would not reach its highest height. Just remember that ALLAH has perfected our way of life which is showing us the way to live.
There is no problem or hardship we cannot overcome using the perfected Words and guidance of ALLAH. Prayer, Zakat, fasting, and other spiritually enhancing actions coupled with obedience to laws of living such as diet, no intoxicants, good treatment of other humans, especially women, and others, have perfect guidance for living and overcoming obstacles.
Keep in mind that Al-Islam is perfect – striving to live it puts you on that path of righteousness.
As Salaam alaikum
(Al Hajj) Imam Abdullah El-Amin