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17 April 2007

To Never Be Defeated

I found this on a friend's blog:
Fear “Muslims cannot be defeated by others. We Muslims are not defeated by our enemies, but instead, we are defeated by our own selves.”
[Sheikh Abdullah Azzam]

My 2 cents take on this...

Muslims cannot be defeated by others because they are always those who are promised as "winners". Here are some of the ayats of the Qur'an:

{ayats containing the word "muflihuun" - "those who are successful"}
[al-Baqarah:5] - They are on (true) guidance, from their Lord, and it is these who will prosper ((i.e. win)).

[Ali 'Imran:104] - Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity ((i.e. win)).

[at-Taubah:88] - But the Messenger, and those who believe with him, strive and fight with their wealth and their persons: for them are (all) good things: and it is they who will prosper ((i.e. win)).

{ayats containing the word "fa'izuun" - "winners"}
[at-Taubah:20] - Those who believe, and suffer exile and strive with might and main, in Allah's cause, with their goods and their persons, have the highest rank in the sight of Allah; they are the people who will achieve (salvation) ((i.e. win)).

[al-Hasyr:20] - Not equal are the Companions of the Fire and the Companions of the Garden: it is the Companions of the Garden, that will achieve Felicity ((i.e. win)).

[an-Naba':31] - Verily for the Righteous there will be a fulfilment of (the heart's) desires ((i.e. win));

...and many more ayats. They all relate to Muslims achieving success in the end.

Also remember that even if a muslim dies in battle to defend Islam, he/she is counted amongst the syuhada' ((i.e. win)). So if he/she wins the battle, he/she wins, and if he/she dies in battle, he/she still wins.

With regards to those who lose out:
[Muhammad:14-17] - Is then one who is on a clear (Path) from his Lord, no better than one to whom the evil of his conduct seems pleasing, and such as follow their own lusts?

(Here is) a Parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink; and rivers of honey pure and clear. In it there are for them all kinds of fruits; and Grace from their Lord. (Can those in such Bliss) be compared to such as shall dwell for ever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels (to pieces)?

And among them are men who listen to thee, but in the end, when they go out from thee, they say to those who have received Knowledge, "What is it he said just then?" Such are men whose hearts Allah has sealed, and who follow their own lusts.

But to those who receive Guidance, He increases the (light of) Guidance, and bestows on them their Piety and Restraint (from evil).

These verses clearly defines a border that differentiates those who follow their lusts and those who follow Allah. Who then according to this ayat wins? Who then according to this ayat loses? Verily, those who follow their lusts lose... And they lose in such a way that at yaumu l-qiyamah the will say:
[an-Naba':40] - ...and the Unbeliever will say, "Woe unto me! Would that I were (metre) dust!"


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