Assalamualaikum Wr. Wb.
I was scrolling through my past posts on FB to get some ideas on what to blog (I’ve been quite sick, hence my brains are not functioning fully) and I came across this post of mine on Jihad. With the chaotic current situations that our Muslim brothers and sisters from different parts of the world are facing, most of us can’t help it but to get too emotional thinking about their fate.
As we get too concerned with our Muslim brothers and sisters, we too must be concern with ourselves. Everything that happens, is a chance for us to reflect and be better Muslims.
There are many types of jihad. But surely Jihad is to fight/struggle/strive our way through solely for Islam; doing everything for the sake of Allah SWT and willing to die in His path.
We sympathized our Muslim brothers and sisters who are going through hell on earth. But when they die as martyrs, they are already promised a place in Paradise (depending on their intentions). But us? Are we even close to the lowest level of Jannah?
Just to pray five times a day seemed so tough.
Just to cover our aurah properly seemed so hard.
Following Allah’s commands have never been tougher for us here.
Different people have different kinds of Jihad. Our Jihad is different from those people in Palestine and Syria. Our Jihad is nothing compared to theirs. Ours is Jihad of the nafs. Their is Jihad in the battlefield.
Anyways, this is a famous Hadith:
It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), said to his companions when they returned from a military campaign, “We have come back from the lesser Jihad to the greater Jihad.” They said, “Is there any greater Jihad than Jihad against the kuffaar?” he said, “Yes, Jihad al-nafs (Jihad against the self).”
Unfortunately, this Hadith has been declared as weak or very weak by many scholars (some even classified it as false). Think about it, how possibly being in the battlefield a lesser Jihad than being in front of a non-mahram man? The former might cause bloodshed whereas the latter you just have to lower down your gaze. Which situation will you need more courage from Allah SWT?
“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…” (Qur’an 2:286).
Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas asked the Prophet SAW, “Who are the people who faced the hardest trials in their lives?” Prophet Muhammad SAW responded “The Prophets then the best of the best. Allah will test everyone according to his stage in religion. If his religion is strong, his trials will be as strong as his beliefs. However if his religion is weak, his trials will be the same. The purpose of these trials is to cleanse the Muslim from his sins.” [Sahih al-Tirmidhi]
This clearly shows that Allah will not test someone beyond his/her ability.
So, does that mean our Iman is still very low as compared to our Muslim brothers and sisters there?
Does that mean we’re not strong enough to face whatever they’re facing?
Let’s strengthen our Iman.
May Allah protect us all. InsyaAllah.
On a lighter note, I’m visiting Singapore soon, InsyaAllah! After 7 months being away from my home country… Phew. Alhamdulillah throughout my journey here, sharing my experiences on wordpress, I’ve build some rapport with some Muslimat who also wish to improve together with me. Since I’ll be going to Singapore for a short visit, I wish to hold a Heart-to-Heart Talk (HTHT) session soon! Tentatively it would be on 31st August 2014, Sunday morning.
As I’m still quite new to this kind of event, I’ll be taking it slow and will only call out to 20 Muslimat. Also, I wish to hear everyone’s voice and so that everyone can have the opportunity to share too. In other words, I wish to make it an intimate session so that we can learn from one another and hence creating a support group!
InsyaAllah I’ll try to make this event free. I’m still looking for a venue, though. Not really sure where is an appropriate place to hold this event. I want it to be accessible to everyone and at the same time I would love it if we’re surrounded with trees, flowers, grasses, etc. Besides Botanic Gardens, I’m sure there are other places in Singapore with trees and flowers right? Hehe.
Hope to see you ladies soon, InsyaAllah! 😀