The Secret Beyond Matter

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Those who seek to wreak the Muslims' zeal, and inhibit their efforts for the sake of their religion, ought to be aware that they will never succeed. The universe, and every creature in it, live according to a fate that Allah has determined. Everything, from a grain of sand on the bottom of the sea, to a meteor hurtling through space; the past, present and future of all things, great and small, has been pre-determined according to a specific decree. Therefore, everything these people have planned, together with those devices they have invented to put their plans into effect, are held in the knowledge of our Lord, and He has promised that, "He will not give the disbelievers any way against the believers" (Surah Al Imran, 141). By the grace of Allah, there is no way that these people can complicate or worsen the situation of the Muslims. According to the promise of our Lord's, the moral teachings of the Qur'an will be disseminated throughout the world, and the peace, well-being and security that come from those moral teachings will prevail. Those who try to make Muslims become passive, by their furtive schemes, will never achieve the results they are aiming for.

As our Prophet (saas) said:

Whoever causes a harm to believers, Allah harms him. Whoever causes difficulty to them, Allah makes his way difficult. (at-Tirmidhi)

As a recompense for their evil, Allah will cause them to bring harm instead upon themselves.

It must be remembered that there is a good reason why these people do not participate in the Muslims' intellectual struggle. Contrary to what they think, their passivity will never impede the spread of religious morality, or hinder the efforts of Muslims in this regard; on the contrary, it will accelerate their efforts, and open the way before them.

Allah refers to this truth in the Qur'an:

If they had gone out among you, they would have added nothing to you but confusion. They would have scurried about amongst you seeking to cause conflict between you… (Surat at-Tawba, 47)

So, Allah protects Muslims from all evil, harm or mischief that may come to them through these people. In another verse, Allah has stated that He protects the sincere Muslims from every plot.

Allah will defend those who believe. Allah does not love any thankless traitor. (Surat al-Hajj, 38)

However, Muslims must nevertheless be on their guard against the suggestions and insinuations of those who want to make them passive and wreak their enthusiasm and determination. It must be remembered that this kind of person usually does not make his intentions known, but offers deceptive suggestions, in the attempt to give the impression that he is actually doing a favor. But, devout Muslims, who make the Qur'an and the Sunnah of our Prophet (saas) their guide, will not, by the grace of Allah, fall under the influence of these suggestions, but continue their efforts in the way of Allah with fervent optimism. Allah has promised the sincere believers that He will grant them success, as He did to those who came before them, a promise which greatly strengthens their zeal and determination.

Allah has promised those of you who believe and do right actions that He will make them successors in the land as He made those before them successors, and will firmly establish for them their religion with which He is pleased and give them, in place of their fear, security. "They worship Me, not associating anything with Me." Any who disbelieve after that, such people are deviators. (Surat an-Nur, 55)


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