The Importance Of Learning The Religion Of Islam
In Surah Al A’raaf there is the story of the people that lived by the seaside who were forbidden to catch fish on the Sabbath which was on Saturday. But gradually, some of them declared that Allah has forbidden them to catch fish on this day but not to stop collecting them. So they built a narrow stream through which all the fish got collected, which they picked up the next day. There were three groups in that village, one which indulged in disobeying Allah by misinterpreting the command of Allah, the second did not participate in the sin but were quiet upon the sins of their fellow people. They even discouraged the third group, who were trying to stop the first group from rebelling against the command of Allah.
Those who defend the Deen will be saved from the punishment of Allah
The punishment of those who dishonored the Deen was severe
Standing up for Deen and Defending it is beloved to Allah and fetches His pleasure
There were three tribes of Bani Israel in and around Madinah who were waiting for the last prophet to come. The Banu Quraiza, Banu Nadir and Banu Qaynuka all had a boastful surety of themselves that the last prophet would be Jew. They remained arrogant and looked down upon the uneducated Arabs. To their dismay, Mohammed Ibn Abdullah (peace be upon him) was chosen from the Arabs. The chosen people of Allah were no more the privileged ones. They were replaced by – Khairul Ummah – a Title bestowed upon the followers of Prophet Muhammed ( peace be upon him).
Allah addressed this Ummah as Best of the people but He also added the duties of remaining the best ones.
One of the reasons of choosing the other people over the privileged ones was:
The Ummah of Muslims should not follow the footsteps of such people and rather stand up for truth and that’s how the Deen is protected.
In the above ayat, there are four virtues of defending and promoting Deen.
- It is taqwa to defend Deen by standing for truth.
- Allah will improve the affairs of Ummah.
- He will also forgive the sins.
- Such an act will lead to supreme success (paradise).
The prophets were honored because they stood up for defending Deen and promoting it.
Isa Ibn Maryam spread Touhid against an entire hostile Bani Israel and Roman king so Allah saved him from being crucified and honored him
Ibrahim (peace be upon him) defended his faith against the mighty king Namrood, his own father and his entire people. It was like one man against the whole city.
The companions of the prophets, the sahaba stood up against the mighty Quraish, and the entire Arabia went against them and formed a coalition and marched towards Madina. Allah helped the Sahaba at Khandaq and drove away the enemies by sending a storm that uprooted their tents and strength. Allah rewarded the sahaba with a title – RadiAllahu anhum wa Radu Anhu – Allah will say,
The person who defends in deen is like he is doing jihad in the way of Allah because he is saving the people from going to hellfire and stopping them from doing shirk while calling them towards Allah. He spreads Tauheed. Allah helps such people and makes the way of paradise easy for them. He gives hikmah, courage, and strength to such people.
So if one has to become a chosen one in the sight of Allah and wants His blessing one needs to promote and defend deen.