It is stated in the Qur'an : " You will not attain unto piety until you sacrifice for God all that is dear to you." ( 3:92 ).
This verse is the essence of Islam and Iman. The real grandeur of Islam lies in this very principle that whatever is dear to you must be sacrificed for the sake of God. You notice that in all the affairs of your life God's commandment beckons you towards one direction while your own self goads you towards another direction. God commands you to do a certain deed but Nafs dissuades you by saying that it will cause trouble and loss. God forbids you from a certain act while Nafs instigates that it is highly delicious and of great benefit. One side is God's pleasure and pitted against it is a whole world of gratification. In short, man confronts at every step two paths in life. One is the path of Islam and the other of Kufr and hypocrisy. One who discards everything of this world and bows to the commandment of God is the person who has adopted the path of Islam. And one who sets aside God's commandment and fulfils the desires of his heart and temptations of the world is the person who has
taken to the path of Kufr or hypocrisy.
The condition of the people today is that they gladly accept whatever is convenient in Islam but when a real confrontation arises between Islam and Kufr, they quickly change their direction. This weakness is found even among some great claimants to Islam. They will shout Islam, Islam; their tongues will be dried up in extolling Islam; they will also do some ostentatious work for it, but if they are told: " Let us enforce on ourselves the law of Islam which you are praising so much," they will at once say: " There is this difficulty and that obstruction in it; better leave it for the time being". What they mean is that Islam is a beautiful toy, display it on the cupboard and sing its praises from a distance but avoid even its name about enforcing it as a law to govern ourselves, our family members and relatives and to regulate matters of business and other affairs of life. This is the condition of our religious people these days. The less we talk of the worldly people the better. It
is the result of such an attitude that neither Salat(Prayers) is now effectual nor fasting nor Recital-recital nor the outward adherence to Shari'ah. The reason is that when the spirit is gone, what miracle can a soulless body perform ?
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