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Soldiers of the light versus the soldiers of darkness: Submission VS doubt
"Islam" means "submission", referring to the total surrender of one's self to God, and the word Muslim means "one who submits (to God)".
Imam Ali (a.s) “Islam is submission, and submission is certainty, and certainty is the affirmation of the truth, and affirmation of the truth is acknowledgement, and acknowledgement is performance of what is obligatory, and performance of what is obligatory is the appropriate action.”
Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] -" those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness - will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve." (The Holy Quran 2:62 & 5:69)
In the Quran, God defines that the only purpose for which He created mankind is to Worship Him ultimately we will be held accountable to God in the next life for the choices that we make in this life. "And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me." (The Holy Quran 51:56)
“The day when neither wealth nor children will avail, except him who comes to God with a sound heart. (The Holy Quran 26:88-89)" The apparent of this verse tell us that in the next life we will be left to ourselves without anyones help and the only thing that will avail is if we come to Allah (swt) with a sound heart
Imam Ali (a.s) said: "Submission to Allah (swt)'s Will is the best companion; wisdom is the noblest heritage; theoretical and practical knowledge are the best signs of distinction; deep thinking will present the clearest picture of every problem." (Nahjul Balagha, #4)
Recognition of Imam of our time (Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan a.s) cannot be acquired except with submission. "A worshipper cannot become a believer unless he recognizes Allah and His Prophet (pbuhap) and all the Imams (a.s) and the Imam of his age and turn to him and submit to him." (Kamaluddin, Chp. 31, Tradition 8)
One of the necessary conditions for acquisition of recognition is total submission to the desires of the Ahlul Bayt (a.s). Imam Sadiq (a.s) declares: "You cannot become from the virtuous ones until you have recognition. You will not have recognition until you have believed and confessed. You have not believed and confessed until you submit." (Usul al-Kafi, Chapter. of 'recognition of Imam and turning to him' Tradition 6)
The most basic condition of soundness of heart is to be submissive to the truth. The reality of faith is submission of the heart, tongue and mind. “O you who have faith! Enter into submission, all together, and do not follow in Satan’s steps.” (The Holy Quran 2:208)
When a man has all these traits (of submission and affirmation) he will be included among the virtuous ones. This is because virtuous actions spring from pure hearts and recognition and this is attained only through submission. Then the one who does not possess these traits will find himself deprived of recognition and mastership and will be most distant from any virtue. Therefore these four attributes - submission, testimony, recognition and good deeds are critical for every believer.
Imam Jafar As-Sadiq (a.s) said: "Submission is obligatory upon you."
Submission is attained when the heart is completely satisfied with everything that Allah (swt) has done or commanded us to do, through the Ahlul Bayt (a.s), and has no reservations in accepting it. Indeed this is the reality of faith and the soul of religion.
Imam Sajjad (a.s) says: "Certainly the religion of Allah, the Almighty, cannot be acquired by deficient intellects and false opinions and erroneous conjecture, it is achieved only through submission. Then one who submits to us is safe and one who follows us is guided. One who acts based on their own opinion and conjecture is destroyed. One who objects to a thing that we have said or decreed has disbelieved in the One who has revealed the Seven Verses (Sura al-Hamd) and the Holy Quran, while he is unaware (of his disbelief)." (Kamaluddin Chap. 31, Tradition 9)
The Verse of Feeding: "The righteous truly drink of a cup tempered with camphor - A fountain from which the servants of Allah drink, making it flow in abundance. They fulfil vows and fear a day, the evil of which is widespread. And they give food, out of love for Him, to the poor and the orphan and the captive. We feed you, for Allah's pleasure only - We desire from you neither reward nor thanks. Surely we fear from our Lord a stem, distressful day. So Allah will ward off from them the evil of that day, and cause them to meet with splendour and happiness; And reward them, for their steadfastness, with a Garden and with silk." (The Holy Quran 76:5-13)
These verses of the Holy Qur'an speak of the Ahlul-Bayt, and places them at the top of preference and piety and shows them as exemplars and models for mankind so that the generations are rightly guided through them and follow their right way. The historical occasion to which these blessed verses refer is the great status of Ahlul-Bayt (a.s). When Ali, Fatima and their two sons Hasan and Hussein (a.s) fasted for three consecutive days, and each day at the time of breaking the fast some needy person, as verse number eight indicates, appeared and the Ahlul-Bait gladly fed him, and themselves passed the nights without food. Allah was so pleased by the generosity of the Prophet's Household that He converted their actions into verses of the Glorious Qur'an to serve as guidance for the Muslims. These verses not only portray the Ahlul-Bait's total submission to Allah's Will, but also reveal them as pure and spotless personalities.
The Messenger of Allah (pbuhap) said: “Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt.”
Doubt means that we have a 50-50 percent possibility in the mind about the correctness or otherwise of a thing. If we weigh both the possibilities we would find that they are of equal weight. Therefore doubt is when there is confusion, suspense, two-mindedness and wandering.
There are two types of doubt, firstly there is the doubt which causes your downfall, the heavy kind that is created from lack of faith and secondly there is passing doubt which is when a moment of doubt passes in your thoughts but then quickly leaves.
The sign of the soundness of a man's heart is that he is sure and confident about the truth being correct and falsehood being incorrect and is in the position of knowledge and conviction, while the sign of the disease of the heart with respect to understanding truth and falsehood is that there is suspense and doubt regarding the rightfulness of truth and the refutation of falsehood. Doubt is a kind of blindness. A blind man may be doubtful of those things which are around him because he does not see them.
Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s) is reported to have said that: “A person who has doubt or suspicion about religion, if he remains on either doubt or suspicion, then Allah will destroy his (good) action.”
If something is proved true by wisdom, by conscience and by rational argument, and one still doubts about it, then surely the eyes of his heart are blind. He is deprived of the blessing of discernment, and lacks faith
And as for those in whose hearts is a disease, it (signs of Allah) adds uncleanness to their uncleanness (disease of doubt) and they die while they are unbelievers. (9:125) While explaining this verse Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (a.s) said: “The meaning of uncleanness in this verse is doubt. That is more doubt is added to their doubt.”
Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s) has said: “Any action with doubt and refusal (of truth) has no benefit at all.”
All know that rain is a blessing and grace of Allah. But the rain that grows red roses in the garden also produces weeds in some places.
Except him who comes to Allah with a heart free (from evil). (The Holy Quran 26:89)
The Imam (a.s) said: “A heart free from evil is the one that meets its Lord and that which has nothing in it except Him.” The Imam also said, “And every heart that has polytheism and doubt is going to fall in the ditch of destruction.”
And among men is he who serves Allah (standing) on the verge, so that if good befalls him, he is satisfied therewith, but if a trial afflicts him, he turns back headlong; (towards doubt and infidelity), he loses this world as well as the hereafter; that is a manifest loss. ( The Holy Quran 22:11)
The Prophet (pbuhap) said: “Verily, truth is tranquility and falsehood is doubt.”
There are some Muslims, who do not have sincere faith and firm belief in Allah, the Prophet and the Day of Judgment. They are in a state of doubt. They have adopted Islam with the purpose of gaining material benefits of the world. If they continue to be rewarded in the form of wealth, security and getting their materialistic wishes fulfilled, they will remain firm on their belief, but if they confront hardship, poverty, disease or some other misery, they give up religion and go towards infidelity.
They are caught in humility and captivity in this world also and they become liable for punishment in the Hereafter as well.
They incur losses in both the worlds.
Imam Ali (a.s) in one of his sermons says: “Do not become prey to wavering (suspense), otherwise your doubt will become strong and do not get entangled in doubt, otherwise you will become an infidel.”
Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s) says: “Surely the doubt and sin, both will be in the fire of Hell.” And people connected with doubt and sin would also be there
Muhammad bin Muslim says “I was sitting on the left side of Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (a.s.) and Zurarah on his right. In the meantime Abu Basir arrived.
Abu Basir asked, 'O Aba Abdullah! What do you say regarding a person who doubts about Allah?'
Imam (a.s) said, 'He is an infidel.'
Muhammad bin Muslim says, “After that Imam turned towards Zurarah and said, 'If he openly denies then he certainly becomes an infidel.'”
In this tradition Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (a.s) has said that a person who is apparently a Muslim, but in his heart, he has doubt about Allah and the Prophet, and he dies in this same condition, he will be included among the infidels. And in the latter part of the tradition Imam says that, if that person openly refuses to believe in Allah and the Prophet, he would also be apparently considered an infidel.
But if one has doubt in his heart but he recites the formula of faith verbally, and does not show his doubt, then he will be counted as a Muslim. Though in fact he is an infidel. And one who declares his doubt about Allah and the Prophet, then in the apparent, he will be considered an infidel. Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (a.s) says: “One who doubts about Allah and His Prophet is an infidel.”
Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s) says: “The Prophet of Allah used to seek Allah's refuge from six things every day; doubt, polytheism, arrogance, anger, cruelty and jealousy.”
Story of submission:
A newly wed couple were returning home, and were crossing a lake by boat, when suddenly a great storm arose. The man was a warrior, but his wife became very much afraid.
The boat was small and the storm was mighty, and the possibility of them drowning grew. But the man sat silently, calm and quiet, as if nothing was happening.
His wife was trembling and she said, "Are you not afraid? These may be our last moments of life! It doesn’t seem that we will be able to reach the other shore. Only a miracle can save us; otherwise death is certain. Are you not afraid?"
The man laughed and took the sword out of its sheath. His wife was even more puzzled, what was he doing? Then he brought the sword close to his wives neck, so close that just a small gap remained. He said: "Are you afraid?"
She started to laugh and said: "Why should I be afraid? If the sword is in your hands, why would I be afraid? I know you love me." He put the sword back and said: "That is my answer, I know God loves me, and the storm is in His hands so whatever happens is for the best. If we survive, good; if we don’t survive, good, because everything is in His hands and He commits NO error."
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Allaahumma salle ala Muhammad wa Ale Muhammad al Aemma wal Mahdyeen wa salem tasleeman Katheera