(Surat Aal Imran: 159)
“… resolve, and put your trust in God.”
This article is written by Shehzada Dr Abdeali Bhaisaheb Saifuddin in 2017.
It is a happy coincidence that the eve of the mubarak day of the Milad of Imam Tayyib AS was the same day as the Gregorian New Year, 1 January 2017. I look at this as a harbinger for a very happy, prosperous and good year ahead for Mumineen. A new beginning. We must approach the next year with optimism, enthusiasm and resolve, in spite of challenging times ahead. On the 4th of Rabiul Akhar we look at 4 instances from our history which teach us how to be optimistic and how to succeed in our resolutions and in life. I then distil the lessons gleaned from this history into 4 points based on the teachings of our Awliya.
Four Historical Examples of Optimism, Resolve, and Vision
1. Mohammed Rasulullah SA.
His singularity of purpose, clarity of vision, and unwavering resolve lead to the establishment of Islam. For the first 8 years, it was only Maulana Ali who prayed namaaz beside Rasulullah. The 13 years in Mecca were full of hardships and the few who had the courage and conviction to follow Rasullulah faced persecution by boycott - it was so severe that even food and water was hard to come by. Rasulullah sent many Mumineen away to Ethiopia, where a Christian king provided refuge.
2. The Imams
3. The Duat Mutlaqeen.
The Four Points for Success in our Endeavors and Resolutions
1. Develop Your Vision and Ideas Through Reflection and Deep Thought.
Rasulullah said, “one hour of deep thought is the equivalent of one year of worship.” Thought and reflection is necessary not only to maintain a perspective on life, but also to maintain clarity of vision and direction so that we don’t lose sight of our overall purpose in the day-to-day grind of modern life. Maulana Qutbuddin often used to say that, “you must take out even a short time everyday where you reflect, without distracting yourself with anything else.”
2. Have Resolve, Determination and Trust in God.
The Quran says, “… resolve, and put your trust in God.” Reflection and thought must lead to a resolution, a firm decision to embark in a certain direction. Only by arriving at a firm decision based on careful consideration and reflection can resolve be achieved. Decision and resolve is necessary, half measures and undetermined plans do not work. Maulana Ali said, “to sleep with certainty is better than to pray with doubt.” Certainty leads to resolve, which gives a singularity of purpose, which is a key ingredient for success. Resolve must be buttressed by trust in God - trust in His wali Imam and his Dai. We must take the wasila of our Awliya Kiram, as the Quran says, “O believers, fear Allah, and take wasila towards Him.”
3. Plan (Tadbir)
Mauana Ali SA said, “planning (tadbir) is half of life.” Planning is absolutely essential for success in any endeavor. Maulana Ali also said, “strategy and planning before the bravery of the brave ones; that is first, and bravery is second.” Our Awliya’s planning has resulted in the continued success of Dawat even after 1400 years after Rasullulah’s wafaat, in spite of severe and innumerable headwinds, storms and challenges.
4. Take Action
Imam Sadiq said, “Faith is all action.” Action (amal) is the culmination of thought, resolve, and planning. Syedna Taher Saifuddin said in his nasihat, “Take action every minute and every second, for action is the bridge to salvation (success); intend to fully jump into action, for faith is all action; only by action can all wishes be achieved.”
Today, even in the khidmat of Dai of Imam-uz-zaman and Dawat, we remember these lessons that our Awliya Kiram have taught us, and know that success and victory will come. May Allah Ta’ala and his Wali Imam-uz-zaman give fateh mubin and nasre aziz to their Dai Syedna Taher Fakhruddin TUS very soon, and may He give us the strength to stand steadfast and unflinching behind him always. May Allah Ta’ala give our Aqa Syedna Fakhruddin longest life till the day of Qiyamat, and keep Mumineen safe, happy and prosperous under his cool shade always.
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