Inherent struggle to preserve morality


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Inherent struggle to preserve morality

  2. 2. Quranic Guidance on the subject <ul><li>And it is He Who has created the heavens and the earth in six days and His Throne was on the water, that He might test you ,which of you is the best in deeds” </li></ul><ul><li>Hood, 11:7 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Purpose of human creation <ul><li>“ Who has created death and life that He may test you which of you is best in deeds.” Mulk 67:2 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Trial with evil and with good <ul><li>Al Anbia 21:35 “ We shall make trial for you with evil and with good and to us you shall return.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. This world is place of trial and struggle. <ul><li>Al Baqarah 2:214 “ Do you think that you shall enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty, ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and the believers with him said,’ When shall Allah’s Help arrive?’. Yes certainly, the Help of Allah is near.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Nature of this struggle <ul><li>Inherent struggle- Allah (SWT) has ordained this struggle in the human nature to work hard against all adverse factors to achieve excellence. </li></ul><ul><li>Preserving morality.( Akhlaq) Highest moral conduct and characteristics as described in Quran and shown in the life of Prophet Mohammad (SAW). </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom. 1- Freeing oneself from all false deities and accepting submission to Allah alone. </li></ul><ul><li>2- Safeguarding human rights. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Levels of this struggle. <ul><li>Personal level. </li></ul><ul><li>1- Inner Struggle. </li></ul><ul><li>A- Against Satan. Araf 7:22 </li></ul><ul><li>B- Against inner evil lust. Yusuf 12:53 </li></ul><ul><li>Nafs Ammarah </li></ul>
  8. 8. Struggle at the personal level. <ul><li>Al Baqarah 2:155 “ And certainly we shall test you with some of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits but give glad tidings to the patients.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. You shall be tested <ul><li>Al Imran 3: 186 “ You shall be certainly tested in your wealth and properties in your person and you shall certainly hear much from people of the book and the polytheist which will grieve you. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Levels of this struggle. <ul><li>Struggle at Family Level. </li></ul><ul><li>. Islam commands to establish a strong family system and encourages Nikah. </li></ul><ul><li>. This includes nucleus family ( Husband , wife and children) and the extended family with defined rights and obligations. </li></ul><ul><li>. This family system nurtures, safeguards and strengthens excellent morals and guarantees freedom. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Struggle in family circle. <ul><li>Al Taghabun 64:15 “ Your wealth and your children are a trial and whereas with Allah there is a great reward.” </li></ul><ul><li>Al Munafiqoon 63:9 “O you who believe! Let not your wealth or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. And whosoever does that, they are the losers.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Struggle in the society at large. <ul><li>Muslim Ummah ( community) is assigned this task to struggle in a collective way to: </li></ul><ul><li>A- Call to the path of Allah(SWT) by sharing the beauty of Islam and enjoining good. </li></ul><ul><li>B- Forbid all sinful and evil in the society. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Trials are inevitable in the path of this struggle and are from Allah. <ul><li>Al Taghabun 64:11” No calamity befalls but with Allah’s permission, and whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart. Allah is all knower of everything.” </li></ul><ul><li>Al Imran 3:142 “ Do you think you shall enter paradise before Allah tests those of you who struggled in His way and tests those who are Sabirun (patient).” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Reaction to the trials <ul><li>Al Fajr 89:15 “As for man, when his Lord tries him by giving him honor and bounties, then he says,’ My Lord has honored me.’ But when he tries him by limiting his sustenance, he says,’ My Lord has humiliated me.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Al Maarij 70:19,20,21 “ Verily, man was created very impatient. Discontented when evil touches him. And miserly when good touches him. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Objectives of the trials <ul><li>Increasing the strength of faith and resolve in difficult circumstances. </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing the rewards and place in Jannah. </li></ul><ul><li>Forgiveness of sins. </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiation between true believers and the hypocrites. Al Imran 3:166-167” And what you suffered on the day(Uhad) the two armies met was by the leave of Allah in order that he might test the believers. And that He might test the hypocrites “ </li></ul><ul><li>Truth to prevail and the falsehood to be defeated. </li></ul><ul><li>Al Isra 17;81 “Say truth has come and falsehood has vanished. Surely falsehood is bound to vanish.” </li></ul>
  16. 16. History of this struggle and trials. <ul><li>Adam was tried through the Satan in Jannah. </li></ul><ul><li>Noah was tried by rejection of his people and his disbelieving son and wife. </li></ul><ul><li>Ibrahim had several trials.( Rejection from his people, migration, Ismail and his sacrifice, leaving his son and wife in Makkah) </li></ul><ul><li>Ayub was tried through prolonged illness. </li></ul><ul><li>Daud and Suleiman had trial of power and wealth. </li></ul><ul><li>Musa faced trials from Phiron and his people. </li></ul><ul><li>Isa was tried by his people’s rejection and plot to hurt him. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Struggle and trials in Makkah <ul><li>Prophet Mohammad (SAW): Went through persecution. Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>1- Uqba bin Abi Moeet once put cloth in his neck and tried to choke him to death.(Bukhari) </li></ul><ul><li>2-When asked by Aisha, Prophet said that the most difficult day in his life was the ‘ day of aqaba’ the day in TAIF. ( Bukhari and Muslim) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Struggle and Trials in Makkah <ul><li>Companions of the Prophet were persecuted </li></ul><ul><li>Abdullah Ibn Masood reported that following 7 people were first to announce their IMAN. </li></ul><ul><li>Prophet Mohammad, Abu Bakr, Ammar, Sumayyah, Sohaib, Miqdad, Bilal. Latter 5 went through worst persecution. ( Ahmad) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Instructions to the Prophet in this struggle & trials. <ul><li>Surah Muzzamil 73:1-11 </li></ul><ul><li>1- Stand up in Salaat at night. </li></ul><ul><li>2-Close relation with the Quran. </li></ul><ul><li>3-Remembrance of Allah and dependence upon him. </li></ul><ul><li>4- Sabar ( patience and perseverance) </li></ul><ul><li>5-Do not argue with wealthy arrogant opponents of truth. </li></ul><ul><li>6-Stand up and warn . ( Surah Mudathir74,1-7) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Struggle and trials in America <ul><li>Before 9-11 </li></ul><ul><li>Trial of affluence, children, demand on time, responsibility as Dai Ilallah. </li></ul><ul><li>After 9-11. </li></ul><ul><li>Hate crimes. </li></ul><ul><li>Islam and Muslim bashing. </li></ul><ul><li>Detention of Muslims and deportations. </li></ul><ul><li>Surveillance of Muslim organizations and masajids. </li></ul><ul><li>Fear factor. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Response of Muslims in America <ul><li>Turn to Allah, building strong faith and sincere actions. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Muslim families and communities around the masajids. </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen national Muslim organizations building bridges with all including Christians and Jews. </li></ul><ul><li>Share the truth and the beauty of Islam. </li></ul><ul><li>Political participation and activism. </li></ul><ul><li>Peaceful struggle for preserving morality, freedom and justice for all making alliances with like minded citizens of all faiths. </li></ul>
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