I was reflecting on the recent wave of anti-Muslim and I re-read the speech I delivered on this past Eid. I was mostly reflecting on our response to this wave, positive and negative. While doing so, a verse from the Qur’an struck me, a verse addressed to prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when he was faced by plots from his very tribe opposing him, his companions, and his message.
Remember how the Unbelievers plotted against thee, to keep thee in bonds, or slay thee, or get thee out (of thy home). They plot and plan, and Allah too plans, but the best of planners is Allah. [8:30]
As much as the tail of the verse brought comfort to my heart: “They plan and Allah too plans,” the objectives behind their plots scared me a bit. They tried to kill the prophet. They did make a plan and they were about to succeed in their plan except that Allah planned otherwise and saved him. They tried to drive him and his companions out of their homes and they, kind of, succeeded. Although being killed or being driven away from home is kind of scary but they scared me the least. As a Muslim, it is deeply engrained in my hearts that nothing can happen to anyone without the full permission of Allah, and one should rely on His protection and His support. I also thought what is better than suffering a bit for the sake of Allah (although never wished it to happen). What stopped me AND SCARED ME is this first objective, “… to keep thee in bonds.”
The Arabic word that is translated to “keep thee in bonds ” is Continue reading