By Aisha Humayun
Allah (swt) has made this world and its things attractive and beautiful to make it a bigger and greater test for mankind. As mentioned in Surah Khaf- verse 7:
“That which is on earth we have made but as a glittering show for the earth, in order that We may test them – as to which of them are best in conduct.”
But along with that Allah (swt) has given us a lot of benefits or things that help us in this test. Since Allah (swt) has made this life, in this world, such a great examination for us He (swt) has taught and provided us with a lot of resources we can use in this challenge while earning good rewards for the hereafter.
If the army heads know that their enemy’s army is strong in certain fighting skills or has dangerous weapons, they will equip and prepare their own army accordingly. In the same way, Allah (swt) has equipped each and every human being according to the Fitnah, attraction and attacking capabilities of Shaitan and the world.
The first thing that Allah (swt) has bestowed on us is nature/Fitrah. Allah (swt) has engrained and programmed our nature and kept a recognition, devotion, and liking for things and feelings like Tawheed-oneness of Allah (swt), obedience of Allah (swt), guilt and awareness of what’s wrong, Haya-shyness, modesty, acquiring and sharing of knowledge, self analysis and accountability and also the fact that this world is not a permanent place. Dislike for sins like lying, dishonesty, stealing, ditching, etc. is also inculcated in our nature. The qualities of a true believer are present in the nature of all human beings.
Allah (swt) has given man the ability to understand, learn and think or ponder over things. He can initiate or modify action in the light of ongoing events or what he has learned or understood from different resources. Therefore, if Allah (swt) has revealed the Quran with important principles, words, Shariah, commandments and ways to lead a successful life in terms of hereafter, then He has also given man the intelligence to understand and interpret His words and commandments.
Allah (swt) has revealed books, and more importantly the Quran, for the guidance, correction and benefit of mankind. The Quran is a complete code of life, and if read, understood and implemented properly, it will help man to deal with the test of the world and attain good levels in the hereafter.
They were sent by Allah (swt) to teach people the principles, words and Shariah of Allah (swt). The words of Allah (swt) were revealed to the Prophets (as) and then they further forwarded the message to mankind by informing, teaching, commanding, inviting and also by setting a live example through their own lives. Prophets are like a model of implementation of Islamic principles and teachings of Allah (swt). Information that was given briefly in the Quran, or other revealed books, was further explained in detail by the Prophets. Therefore, revealed books plus Prophet’s way of living and teaching is a perfect guide for mankind.
Religious people and scholars (Ulema)
They further propagate the message of Allah (swt) to people. Like after the Prophet’s (sa) death, the Sahabah – his companions – delivered and invited people to Islam. And their lives and way of spreading the word of Allah (swt) is another guide and support for people.
The Feel-Good Factor
Allah (swt) has bestowed us with the pleasure that one feels after performing any act or deed of virtue. Allah (swt) has also kept recognition of pleasure or happiness in us that one feels after doing any virtuous act or worship for Allah (swt). Therefore, Allah (swt) has proved to us that virtuous deeds make one feel good and complete. Along with the attraction towards the world and evil things, Allah (swt) has also kept a need for doing good things inside us. He has balanced both the urge to get attracted towards the world and also the need and pleasure to indulge in virtuous acts.
Allah (swt) has explained and informed us about the Shaitan and his methodology. He has fully made us aware of the presence of evil/Shaitan in this world and the way he attacks men to misguide him from the correct path that leads to Allah (swt). Allah (swt) has also informed man the reason behind Shaitan’s evil intentions, that is, Shaitan wants to prove to Allah (swt) that man is inferior to him.
Allah (swt) has also blessed us with the weapon of Astighfar-repenting and seeking forgiveness from Allah (swt). No doubt Shaitan has more powers than us, he sees us but we don’t see him and he attacks us continuously and on our weaknesses. But the weapon of astighfaar is also very powerful and, as long as we use it sincerely, we can always win the battle with Shaitan.
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (sa) as saying: “Allah descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the first part of the night is over and says: ‘I am the Lord; I am the Lord: who is there to supplicate Me so that I answer him? Who is there to beg of Me so that I grant him? Who is there to beg forgiveness from Me so that I forgive him?’ He continues like this till the day breaks.” (Muslim)
The Prophet (sa) himself repented and sought forgiveness from Allah (swt). Ibn Umar stated that Allah’s Messenger (sa) said: “O people, seek repentance from Allah. Verily, I seek repentance from Him a hundred times a day.”( Muslim)
May Allah (swt) enable all of us to use the above mentioned weapons to live a successful life here in this world and in the hereafter. (Ameen)
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