1. When is victory going to come?
I was giving a lecture about thinking good of Allah (Husn Al-Dthan bi-Allah) and having positive thoughts about Him. I explained to the audience how this good thinking is an essential part of sound belief. I listed a few situations where this positive thought should come to mind. One of these situation was to strongly believe that Allah will support the truth, grant victory to those who stand by it, bring about justice, and defeat the falsehood. Leaving the lecture and contemplating about it as usual, I was a little uncomfortable. I analyzed the world around to only find that 1) the truth is weak, 2) people who stand for justice are oppressed, killed, and humiliated, and 3) the oppressors and the unjust are powerful and victorious. “How would one have positive thoughts that Allah’s victory is with the truth when I see thousands of people being killed and others being injured?” I wondered. What truth is victorious? Where is justice in the world? Lands are occupied; freedom fighters are oppressed; revolutionary people are tricked and betrayed. Where is the victory of Allah? When is the victory of Allah?
Can I ask this question?
Do I have the right to ask such a question? Isn’t it against my belief to even think that way? Didn’t Allah say in the Qur’an that “… Indeed the victory of Allah is close by“? But this very important statement was made as an answer to a question. To my comfort I found out that the question was, “When will the support of Allah come?” So I am not so far off by asking such a question.
What comforted me more is