by Ikram Kurdi
I have wondered what the standard is for being a perfect Muslim. I read a lot on the Prophet being the standard. But what is the first step in approaching a level of Islam like his?
A lot of people want you to run before they teach you how to walk. I have read many books. Listened to hundreds of khutbas. Talked to many good scholars. Yet, they rarely mentioned the first step.
Allah tells us about it in Surah At-Taubah, verse 111, in the most clear manner:
Verily, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties; and in return they shall get Paradise. (These believers must) fight in God’s Cause, whether they kill (others) or they get killed. It is a true promise from Allah in the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Qur’ân. And who is truer to his covenant than God? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success . [9:111]
By becoming Muslim, you have sold your life. You are now Allah’s slave. The contract is signed, the ink is dried. It is now time to learn what Allah wants of you.
Rejoice in your good sense, for you have chosen right.
But here is one statement of advice: After taking this step, the real tests will begin. Don’t forget this verse, for without it no success is possible. Always keep it in mind. And prepare for unforeseen consequences.
Allah won’t let you enter Paradise without testing your commitment to His contract:
138. This (Qur’ân) is a plain statement for mankind, a guidance and instruction to those who are Al-Muttaqûn (pious).
139. So do not become weak (against your enemy), nor be sad, and you will be superior (in victory) if you are indeed (true) believers.
140. If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound (and killing) has touched the others. And so are the days (good and not so good), We give to men by turns, that God may test those who believe, and that He may take martyrs from among you. And God likes not the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers).
141. And that God may test (or purify) the believers (from sins) and destroy the disbelievers.
142. Do you think that you will enter Paradise before God tests those of you who fought (in His Cause) and (also) tests those who are As-Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.)? [3:138-142]
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