• Dr. Daa’iyah Muhammad Farooq

A Trial For The Believer 2:214

Or did you believe that you will get to become an inhabitant in the garden of Paradise endowed with trees, flowing rivers, and yielding fruits while not yet having experienced any sufferings and misfortunes bearing any remarkable resemblance to the sacrifices of those who preceded you? The faithful believers before you were overtaken by tribulations of adversities touched by all sorts of afflictions, namely, severe poverty, painful sicknesses and the lack of natural necessities. Their resilience held their souls to what is required by reason, love and the criteria of Allah, therefore, you are to be patience during your hardships like they were patient. The relentless oppressive agonies and the slow undetermined arrival of help, that was promised to them beforehand by Allah, elevated their point of distress and their fear of increased injuries. Allah’s chosen spiritual delegate, along with those who believed with him, cried out to Allah for victory against their enemies saying, “When cometh the help of Allah?” Their supplication to Allah for a near victory was not a reflection of the Prophet’s doubt that Allah’s answer would not come forth, but because they were shaken violently by mounting inconveniences, fatigue and an earnest desire to receive help sooner than later.

And then, as before, the fulfillment of Allah’s promise complied with their request for relief and comforted them with the words, “Surely indeed, the proximity of Allah’s help is always close at hand.” If Allah, The Most High, grant you an opening against the torment in this worldly life, then none can overcome you.

The Creator of the heavens and the earth and all the systems of knowledge designed human life to observe and engage creation through the sciences and religion to construct and not destruct community life. Mankind, strayed from these commands systemically creating dichotomy between coalition groups such as government and the people, capital and labor, people of color versus the white race, religion and science and internal conflict between the spiritual self and the intellectual self. These rigid opposing constructs internally and externally pose a threat to the cohesiveness and harmony among men creating space for jealousy, greed, arrogance, and competing to enslave man for a market. There is a need for a neutral judge to direct all affairs.

The contributing factors that support man’s forward movement is through adopting the unifying principles that all G-d’s Prophets are chosen to bring—G-d as One sharing no partners, carriers of good news and warnings, criteria to right and wrong, accepting the co-existence of science and religion, sincerity, incline from false G-d’s, engage creation as a devout servant, sacrifice with patience and perseverance.

Today, in the American society and the global communities, lives have been shaken and disrupted by the confrontation of a deadly Pandemic disease that has claimed and still claiming lives of millions all over the world. This rapid spread of the deadly Pandemic disease has disturbed the balance, hope, and security in the environment and in the minds of the scientist and the common man.

In addition to the plaguing Pandemic, the recent recurrence of horrific police brutalities and public homicides displayed in the media on African American males surged again to the forefront on the world stage. The mounting sacrifices of painful illnesses, poverty, pressing needs, and fatalities from the unseen infectious virus and the visible unsavory fatal injuries executed publicly by police brutality created a unprecedented uproar by global citizens in all walks of life.

The painful outcries and pleads to G-d for mercy against the known enemy of systemic racism was wrapped up in the repeated slogans and chants created by the protestors as they rallied in the streets of American and abroad. Ones level of faith or spirituality spark a variety of reactions from protestors.

Being motivated externally and evolving from an oppressive word environment that doesn’t harmonize with the upright nature of the heart causes many to escape accountability for their actions by totally blaming others for their misfortunes. Having no aspiration to free your spirit and to be an independent thinker, is comparable to one who wants crops without plowing up the ground. Some of the protestors who appeared to be of this mindset felt justified in expressing their anger in looting and destroying others properties as their contribution to change. They are the ones who believe that they should get to gain entrance into G-d’s garden of paradise endowed with trees, flowing rivers, and edible fruits without yet experiencing the sacrifices like that of those that passed on before them. Without struggle, there is no progress.

And then, there are those who practice the unifying principles commanded by G-d and plan strategically for change even in the midst of mounting hardships and inconveniences. Their goal is to effect change through peaceful dialogue revealing the need for change in the behavior of the oppressed and the oppressors. Lasting change come from change in our hearts as we take the focus off ourselves and onto the need and concerns of others as well as our own. Accountability for all groups and the necessary internal work within African American population must be communicated. These sincere and G-d-conscience believers are those who inclined their hearts away from false worship and towards the right path. They are those who seek guidance from the Creator and His revealed Scripture directing their pleas to the Creator for relief from all hardships. They do not doubt that G-d’s aid would reached them and their outcry was out of a sense of urgency to receive victory against the enemies sooner . Allah is ever present and He is with everything He created. If He grants you an opening against the disbelievers then the enemies cannot overcome you. The G-d conscience will endure many trials throughout life such as being afflicted by a calamity, suffering oppression, or even ingratitude in the face of prosperity. He must remain patient with the command and decree of Allah so as to avoid injustice, selfishness, and various evil deeds that might come about during a trial.

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