HAVE YOU EVER SACRIFICED FOR ISLAM?
I opened this article with a question, have we ever sacrificed for Islam?
Sacrificed to give away what we like.
Giving away what we love. Giving away something that we have kept and saved, for
the sake of Islam as our religion.
Well, maybe with a simple language. Have we ever spent our money in the amount
that is not relatively small for the benefits of our religion? When performing
the Friday prayer for example. A box was passed on to us, what will we do? How
much money will we put in the box? Ten dollars? Five dollars, one dollar or even
just 50 cents?
There are many things that have been missed. Our lives which are still young
often feel that we do not need to sacrifice for our religion. Instead, we are
more likely to sacrifice for the things outside of religion. Such as sacrificing
for friendship, for the gang, for the friends, for the lovers and in fact even
for something so ridiculous. It all feels very light. But it became so heavy
when the sacrifice was for Islam.
We still remember how great our Prophet Ibrahim was, he was willing to sacrifice
for Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) by slaughtering his own son. As a father who
had longed for a son, he was willing to give his son to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa
Ta’aalaa). Indeed, this really is a great sacrifice.
“Indeed, Abraham was a (comprehensive) leader, devoutly obedient to Allah,
inclining toward truth, and he was not of those who associate others with
Allah.” (an-Nahl 16:120)
In other verse, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says (which means):
“There has certainly been for you in them (Ibrahim and his Ummah) an excellent
pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day. And whoever turns
away — then indeed, Allah is the Free of need, the Praiseworthy.” (al-Mumtahanah
Prophet Ibrahim had demonstrated an exceptional example to us all. His spirit of
sacrifice was as great as the spirit of his love for Islam. This is what we
don’t have today. Our love and spirit of sacrifice are still very small.
Of course, this sacrifice was not without training. Ibrahim had been tested by
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) with various tests of Taqwaa (Piety). And Ibrahim
had gone through all those tests successfully. Remember how Prophet Ibrahim left
his wife alone in the desert? All this is a test to measure how big our
willingness to make sacrifices for Islam are!
It’s Time To Practice Sacrificing. There was a Sahabi, companion of Prophet
Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam), named Hadhrat Abdullah Ibnu Umar. When he
turned 13 years old, he had already wanted to join the Jihad with the Messenger
(SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam). He, together with his best friend named al-Barra’,
insisted on fighting alongside the troops of Islam in the battle of Badr. But it
was disapproved by the Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) as they
were still young. The following year at the battle of Uhud, he was still turned
down. Only al-Barra’ could join. The irresistible desire was only fulfilled at
the battle of Ahzaab, the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) placed him in the
Muslim forces that were going to fight the Mushrikeen (Polytheist) people.
We need to train to become an Abdullah bin Umar. The first thing we need to do
is to practice to control the Nafs (carnal desires). It is this Nafs that always
makes us egotistic. Thinking of our own importance. As long as we are selfish,
it will be hard for us to make sacrifices.
The carnal desires are almost always successful in tempting the humans who are
weak in Iman. Dragging them into the chamber of immoralities as they are not
receiving guidance from Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa). So true are the words of
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa), which means:
“But if they do not respond to you — then know that they only follow their (own)
desires. And who is more astray than one who follows his desire without guidance
from Allah? Indeed, Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.” (al-Qasas
In another verse, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) says, which means:
“Have you seen he who has taken as his god his (own) desire, and Allah has sent
him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart
and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah? Then will you
not be reminded?” (al-Jaathiyah 45:23)
The carnal desire is the part that needs to be managed properly. True, we must
also realize that carnal desires cannot be turned off. Carnal desires can only
be mitigated or controlled. Of course, to be mitigated or controlled according
to the teachings of Islam, not the others. Because it is only Allah (Subhaanahu
Wa Ta’aalaa) who knows exactly the characters of the human beings. That’s the
reason behind the request from Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) to the humans,
that the humans are to be obedient to Him, precisely for the salvation of man
itself. In order to be able to dampen the carnal desires, of course it is
necessary to sacrifice by giving up things which according to the carnal desires
are very gratifying and pleasurable if done.
Secondly, by making effort to sacrifice from the smallest things. Every big
thing starts from small. Try to sacrifice a little by little. Sacrificing the
energy, time and opportunity for Islam. Then step it up by sacrificing with the
wealth. Because we need to be developed. Not to mention that our souls will
usually incline towards the Nafs. So it must always be guarded and directed
Get involved in the affairs of the Muslims. Lessen their burdens. Try to do
something where we are very advantageous in that field. Do not hesitate, do not
doubt or be shy. This is the time, Islam is waiting for a big gait from us.