(by Monica Galvan)
– Lucas Lucco. (via alentador)
– Elder Joseph B Wirthlin, “Never Give Up” (via ldsfaith)
“As a woman, Islam tells me, I’m not here on display and my body is not for public consumption. I’m not to allow anyone to reduce me to an object. I am a soul, a mind, a servant of GOD. I don’t worship beauty standards, and don’t submit to fashion sense. My submission is to something higher. My worth is defined by the beauty of my soul, my heart, my moral character, and so when you look at me, that character is all you should see, NOT my body. With my veil I put my faith on display, rather than my beauty, because my value as a human being is defined by my relationship with God, and so I cover the irrelevant, and when you look at me, you view me only as what I am, a servant of the Creator.”
Ma sha Allah. Look at all that big muscles, man, that’s just dope.
PAUSE. PLEASE WAIT.
You have all day getting those muscles big and getting all fit but what does that give you, really? To be looking brave and strong?
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong on getting fit and all just like how some sisters try to maintain they beauty and fitness for their husbands but this matter is to address those people who are lured so bad with these standards that media sets and that you have to be moderate on these things, do not be so drowned with it that you forget and neglect your obligations upon Allah Azza Wa Jall.
Not because you have muscles, you are strong already, because real strength and bravery comes from the heart and that is where this story will penetrate you, in your heart.
Let me ask you, are you brave? Willing to fight, yeah?
but are you brave enough to defend your religion?
Here, let me tell you about the person who was the bravest of all people.
Indeed, no one can deny that the earliest Muslims suffered the worst torments and so almost all kept their new status a secret because the major objective at that time was to stay alive.
However, there was one among the earliest (before ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab) who openly proclaimed he was a follower of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and who was he?
He was none other than the Khaleefah of the Messenger himself, Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu.
The bravery of Abu Bakr was later described by ‘Ali and compared it to the man in the Pharaoh’s household who kept his Islam a secret.
During the Caliphate of ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib Radiyallahu Anhu, he stood up before the people and delivered a sermon;
"O people, who is the bravest of all people?"
Those that were present answered, "You are, O Leader of the Believers."
'Ali said, "Lo, I never entered into a duel with another man except that I came out victorious over him. And yet the bravest of all people was none other than Abu Bakr. We once built a command centre for the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and we said, ‘Who will stay with the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, to prevent the polytheists from attacking him?’
By Allah, not a single one of us approached (to volunteer for the job) except Abu Bakr, who, with his unsheathed sword, stood over the head of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.
Abu Bakr then fought against the anyone who tried to attack the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and so, yes, he was the bravest of all people.
I remember the time when I saw the Quraish opposing the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and physically shaking him violently, and all the while they were saying to him, 'Have you taken our gods and made them into one God?'
By Allah. not a single one of us stepped forward (to defend him) except Abu Bakr, who struggled against them and struck one man and violently pushed another, and all the while he was saying (to them),
'Woe upon you, are you fighting against a man because he says: 'My Lord is Allah?'
'Ali then lifted the robe he was wearing, and he began to cry until his beard was soaked in tears. He then continued, "I ask you by Allah, was the believer from the family of the Pharaoh better or Abu Bakr?"
The attendees of the gathering then began to cry along with ‘Ali, who said, "By Allah, Abu Bakr for an hour is better than the believer of the family of Pharaoh even if clones of him were to fill the entire earth: the latter kept his faith in secret, while the former openly proclaimed his faith."
Indeed, He is the Khaleefah of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, there is so much in Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu that would endlessly amaze the people of this Ummah.
It’s so easy to say that yes, I will be like how Abu Bakr was if the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was here today, but its easily said than done, right?
We have to keep in mind that during this time, Muslims were facing such torture and were being executed, humiliated and treated so bad, it really takes such courage and faith to be able to stand firm on such time of difficulty, and Allah Azza Wa Jall gave this courage and faith to Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu.
Now, ask yourself, we all know we face tribulations and trials and some people even insult our Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, would we able to defend him like how Abu Bakr did?
I’m telling you, yes and that is by following his Sunnah.
May Allah Azza Wa Jall make us among those people who will stay firm on the Qur’an and follow the Sunnah of His Messenger Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam so that we could be raised among the ranks of those pious and righteous in the hereafter.
Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah: 3/271,272
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