Going against the norm.
”Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) and emigrated and strove hard and fought in Allah’s Cause with their wealth and their lives are far higher in degree with Allah. They are the successful.” Surah Tawbah ayat 20
Have I really done the right thing? I mean, majority of them are disagreeing with what I just mentioned, does that mean im wrong in my beliefs? Maybe i am wrong at some point..
.While such thoughts kept occurring in my head, i came across this ayat I mentioned in the beginning. This ayah of the Qur’an today brought me relief,comfort and gave me yet another reason to appreciate Allah SWT’s blessings on mankind. It is true that when a man looks for answers, he just needs to have the open heart to accept the possibility of coming across that answer that may or may not be compatible with his desires. He just accepts them because there is wisdom in the words of Allah SWT.
It has always been easy preaching people to stand up for the right thing even if it is hard. It sounded even more blissful when I came across random quotes on justice and equality. But I never really got to experience it until lately, when I defied majority of views and stood up for what I truly believed in. The result? Not positive, since when have people been able to differentiate between truth and falsehood correctly? . Being called names and receiving hurtful messages and being insulted amongst people is not what anyone has in mind, as emotionally challenging it is, it is even more beautiful when you do it out of love for Allah SWT. My comofrt and solace came in the verses of the Quran and my ideal in this situation lied in the beautiful example of Uthman Ibn Affan.
Uthman ibn Affan (R.A) sacrificed his life for the sake of Islam’s superiority to remain. To not give in to fitnah (tribulations/trouble creators) and get martyred in honorable blood. Uthman ibn affan was asked to give up his Caliphate in exhange of his life and property, however, even with military options and services available, Uthman R.A denied. The prophet SAW had already predicted in his time about these things to occur in uthman ibn Affan’s time and when they did happen it was not easy. Yet the patience and wisdom with which Hazrat Uthman dealt this, became my ideal.
It is true that standing up for justice and against falsehood is emotionally and physically challenging. But then again, sweetness of faith does not come till pure struggle. Anyone can claim to love Allah SWT, its our surprise tests that test us about our love for Him. Sometimes a person is always alone and degraded at every step for the right thing he/she is doing, but when Allah SWT has mentioned reward from such people then it is better to incurdispleasure of few people than of Allah SWT’s.