Trust, Taqwa & Tests: Surah Al-Maidah
This week I'm reviewing my memorization from some pages in Surat Al-Maidah, which has spurred the following reflection, given the challenges we're facing:
We're trying so hard to establish our Islamic startups; it's not about money for any of us, but a mission, a calling. A belief in God and Islam and the Prophet and the Qur'an, reflected in our work, our output.
But despite the nobleness of the cause, there are no freebies. We don't receive Divine succor simply because we have good intentions (although upon reflection, alhamdulillah we've been blessed so much already in our work).
No, if we want to achieve the success we aim for, we will be tested. We will have to work extremely hard, be beautifully patient, and constantly turning back to Allah for help. We have to trust in Him that the Help is coming, it's just a matter of when not if
TRUST: In 5:21 Moses commands his people to enter the Holy Land, but (5:22) they refuse out of fear of fighting and the people there. Moses and Aaron (5:23) further implore them, that "if you just enter, indeed you will be victorious. so in God put your trust if you are truly believer"
TAQWA: On the next page, it begins the story of Cain and Abel, and both my sacrifices, both put in the work. But God only accepted from Abel, because "indeed God only accepts from those of taqwa" (5:27)
TESTS: Finally, on the next page, this verse (5:35) speaks for itself: "Oh you who believe, have taqwa of God and seek a way to Him and struggle/strive (jihad) in His sake that you might be successful".
Extract from conversation with Chris Blauvelt, Founder LaunchGood.com