‘Thou art a liar; thou didst desire that men should say that such an one was valiant man, and that has been said already.’

“These are the three men who, of all creatures, shall be first sent into Fire.”

Brothers, now, let us examine our thoughts and deeds in the light of the above Tradition and see where do we stand in the sight of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa)!

O Allah! Endue our hearts with sincerity and set right our motives and intentions and make us Thy devoted, dedicated slaves.

Love of Allah, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and the faith

Islam requires of us to believe in Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and His Apostle and to observe Namaz, Roza, Zakath and Hajj, and to lead a life of piety and honest and goodness and gentility and moral and social rectitude and self-discipline. In the same way, it is also one of its fundamental teachings that we should hold Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa), the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and the holy Faith dearer to our hearts than everything else, may it be our parents, children, life, honor, or property. In plain words what it means is that should a time come when it may involve the risk of life, honor or property or of any other worldly thing or interest to abide by the faith of Islam and to remain loyal to the injunctions of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and the Prophet (Peace be upon him) then we must not break away from Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and the holy Faith irrespective of what the consequences may be.

It has been stressed repeatedly in the Quran and the Tradition that those who may claim to be Muslims but do not possess as strong a devotion for Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa), the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and the Faith as these are, in fact, not true Muslims. What is more, they are deserving of Divine chastisement. Reads Surah-e-Tauba:

Say: “If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, or your kindred: the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a decline; or the dwellings in which ye delight are dearer to you than Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa), and His Apostle, or the striving in His cause; then wait until Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) brings about His decision; and Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) guides not the rebellious.”

Those who love their parents or children or life or honor or property more than they love Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and care more for their protection or well-being than for His pleasure and the defence and progress of His faith are unquestionably disloyal to Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and worthy of His punishment. A Tradition says:

“He alone will taste the sweetness of the faith who possesses these three qualities: the love of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and the Prophet (Peace be upon him) comes to him before everything else; he loves whom he loves solely for the sake of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa); the idea of going back to apostasy after he has embraced Islam is as repugnant to him as being thrown into the fire.”

In the sight of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and the Prophet (Peace be upon him) a true and genuine

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