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Propagation of the Spirit of Initiative between Islam and Christianity

MIT
4/13/2017
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In the name of Allah the Most Merciful the Most Beneficent. Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the seal of God's messengers, our Prophet Muhammad and his family, companions and followers.

 

Islam and Christianity propagate the spirit of initiative.

 

In Islam, taking the initiative in doing good has been the habit of the prophet - may Allah's salat and peace be upon him – as well as his virtuous companions (may Allah be pleased with them).

 

The Islamic Sharia exhorts Muslims to perform good deeds, hasten to gain divine reward, and commit themselves to formulating visions and taking initiatives. As a result, these qualities have been systematically set as distinctive traits for the believers. Allah- may He be Exalted says:

 

أُولَٰئِكَ يُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْخَيْرَاتِ وَهُمْ لَهَا سَابِقُونَ

 

" It is these who race for the good deeds، and they are foremost in them [e.g. offering the compulsory Salât (prayers) in their (early) stated, fixed times and so on]." [Al-Mumenoon: 61]

 

The Islamic Sharia has eulogized such a marvelous quality and held it in high esteem. Notice how it extols the virtues of those who take the initiative (in embracing faith and performing righteous deeds) as opposed to those who just stagnate. Allah says:

 

وَالسَّابِقُونَ السَّابِقُونَ * أُولَٰئِكَ الْمُقَرَّبُونَ

 

"And those foremost [(in Islamic Faith of Monotheism and in performing righteous deeds) in the life of this world on the very first call for to embrace Islam,] will be foremost (in Paradise). These will be those nearest to Allah." [Al-Waqi’ah: 10-11]

 

Among the most brilliant visions and the noblest initiatives (recorded in human history), we find those associated with the best of creatures, Prophet Muhammad – May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him. He is matchless in honour and glory, and he is the purest one who set a benchmark for initiating good deeds.

 

Here is an example at hand. In the Hadith narrated by the two Sheikhs (Muslim and Bukhari), Anas bin Malik –May Allah be pleased with him– was reported to have said: “The prophet – May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him– was the best of all people, the most generous of all people, and the most courageous of all people. One night, the inhabitants of the Madinah were astounded; so, they rushed in the direction of the source of the frightening sound. They found the Prophet – May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him– on site; he had already hastened to reach the location from which the sound was emitted. He kept saying, “You won’t be frightened! You won’t be frightened!” He was riding Abu Talhah’s horse, which was not saddled and a sword was hanging from his neck.” Anas bin Malik –May Allah be pleased with him– further narrated: “I found the horse like the sea (i.e. very speedy)”, or “it was indeed a sea.” I sacrifice my father and mother’s lives to save his ‒ May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him.

 

The Companions – May Allah be pleased with them – had been so imbued with the resourceful spirit that they attained the highest degrees of achievement. This is why Abu Hurairah – May Allah be pleased with him – said in his description of the Companions of the Prophet – May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him: “They were the keenest on doing good deeds.”

 

Who could be like Abu Bakr in his initiatives and donations? He offered all his money twice for charity; he insisted that the army commanded by Usamah should march on to achieve its pre-set mission; and he waged war against the army of apostates. Who could be like Omar from whom Satan ran away frightened? Who can reach the rank of Othman, Dhun-Noorain, when he had scribes produce a unified manuscript of the Holy Qur’an? Remember Ali, who was endowed with great power and a high rank and who was among the first who had embraced Islam? As the Hadith goes: “How many heavy bunches of dates will be reserved for Abu Al-Dahdah as reward in paradise!”

 

However, Christian beliefs speak of propagation of the spirit of initiative. It is recorded of Christian beliefs that one should beware of the tendency to ask the way when he knows it perfectly well. He should take the initiative- stop hesitating— take the first step. It is said: "Be determined to act immediately in faith on what God says to you when He speaks, and never reconsider or change your initial decisions. If you hesitate when God tells you to do something, you are being careless, spurning the grace in which you stand. Take the initiative yourself, make a decision of your will right now, and make it impossible to go back. Burn your bridges behind you, saying, “I will write that letter,” or “I will pay that debt”; and then do it! Make it irrevocable. "It is said in James4:17 that whoever knows the right thing to do and fail to do it, for him it is sin.

 

Finally, ultimate and pure glory is to be obtained through adherence to the guidelines of religion and firm belief.






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