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    The Perfect Believer

    Imam Ibn ul Jawzee

    Translated from "Sayd ul-Khatir", p. 364
    Publ. by Dar Al Yaqeen

    The believer is not one who performs the ordained religious duties
    superficially and avoids what is forbidden only, but he is one whose
    faith is absolute, with no objection whatsoever arising in his heart
    and no obsession dwelling in his soul. The more hardships he faces,
    the more his faith grows and the more his submission strengthens.

    He could pray and not see a trace of an answer to his prayers, yet he
    does not change because he knows that he is owned by One who deals
    with him in whatever way He chooses. For if an objection was to arise
    in his heart, he then forsakes the role of the slave and takes on the
    role of a protester such as that of Iblees (the devil).

    A strong faith unveils itself in strong hardships.

    A believer sees in Yahya, son of Zakariyya, a fine example. He was
    killed by a tyrant who confronted him, yet He (subhanahu wa ta`ala),
    who made him a prophet, did not intervene nor defend him.

    Similarly all the tyranny that befell the prophets and the believers
    was not held back from them. If one goes to think that Divinity
    cannot answer for them then one is an unbeliever. However if one
    believes that Divinity can answer for them but chooses not to, and
    that God (subhanahu wa ta`ala) can make the believers go hungry while
    infidels are full and inflict the believers with sickness and grant
    the infidels health, then one is only left with submission to the
    Owner even when tormented or scorched.

    Jacob cried for eighty years when Joseph son of Jacob (peace be upon
    him) was gone, he never gave up; all he said when his other son was
    gone too is "May God bring all of them back to me".

    Moses (peace be upon him) prayed against Pharaoh, who killed children
    and crucified magicians and cut their hands, for 40 years before he
    was answered.

    In such submission the intense of one's strong faith is manifested
    not in mere rak`at (bowings in prayer).

    So many of those who glorify Qadar were afflicted with tribulations
    and this did not increase them except in submission and pleasure
    (with their Lord), and there lies an explanation of the meaning of
    His words, "Allah is pleased with them" (Qur'an, 5:119 and elsewhere).

    Al-Hasan Al-Basree said: people are the same in health but when
    hardship befalls they show distinction.


    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"

    "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)