Allah commanded that there is a group among believers who call people to the good and right:
“Let there be a community among you who call to the good, and enjoin the right, and forbid the wrong. They are the ones who have success.” (Surah Al ‘Imran, 104)
In the direction of this verse of Allah, sincere Muslims seek to tell people about the beauty of the morality of the Qur’an and the wrongness of living in a disagreeable way with this morality and channel them towards Allah’s religion. Since they live the beautiful morality of religion, and know that this brings a very comfortable life to people, they want others to experience the same peace and beauty. What is more important, since they are aware how real hell is, they want all people to live a life that would please Allah and so avoid eternal torment in hell.
It is very important for even a single person to see the truth, because for this person there is the eternal life of either the garden or the hell as a return for his deeds in this world. Therefore they face all sorts of sacrifices, even it means that a single person will be saved from hell and reach Allah’s grace. When needed they can spend their months and years day and night in order to familiarize this person to the morality of religion and embrace this superior morality. In the same way, they can put forth all of their financial means for a single person’s hereafter with enthusiasm and desire. Their enthusiasm gives them great physical and spiritual strength. They continue to speak about Allah’s religion in the best way until the end of their lives. However it needs to be clarified that believers continue their preaching with the same enthusiasm even if not a single person finds faith as a result of their efforts. This is because their responsibility is only to speak about the religion. Allah is the One Who will give people guidance. However in the Qur’an it is revealed that in spite of the sincere and profound effort shown by our Prophet (saas), many polytheists in Mecca did not believe and Allah reminded this situation to the Prophet (saas) with the verse, “You cannot guide those you would like to but Allah guides those He wills. He has best knowledge of the guided.” (Surat al-Qasas, 56).
Believers’ Enthusiasm and Excitement Is Very Different From An Understanding of “Enthusiasm Based On Self-Interest”
The enthusiasm of believers is due to their love of and committment to Allah. They have directed their love passionately not to this world, but to Allah Who created them from nothing, grants them their livelihood, gives them life and is all-merciful and all-compassionate.
The most important reason for this is that believers evaluate things with an open mind. They are aware that Allah is the One Who gives them life, protects all living and non-living things on earth and that all beings other than Him are dependent on Him.
As a result of their love of and committment to Allah, they strive to please Allah throughout their lives. The desire to earn the good pleasure of Allah is the most important source of believers’ enthusiasm and joy. The desire to earn the good pleasure of Allah and go to the Garden Allah prepared for believers gives them an endless strength, enthusiasm and joy.
People who do not live according to the moral values of religion seem to be very ethusiastic when their own interests are concerned. However, when there is a situation conflicting with their interests, they lose all of their enthusiasm and excitement. Because they do not have sincere faith in Allah and the hereafter, they forget many commandments of the religion at such a moment. They do not think that the life of this world is created as a trial, that He will test people with many good and evil-looking incidents and that He will reward those who show good patience. Because of the sickness in their hearts they fall into suspicion and (Allah is beyond that) they doubt Allah’s help. Instead of trusting in Allah, they fall into despair and begin to make assumptions about Allah. So the sickness, which they attempt to hide in their hearts, begin to reflect in their speech. In the Qur’an, it is revealed that such people will suddenly lose their enthusiasm in such situations and begin to susppect Allah’s promise as such:
“When the hypocrites and people with sickness in their hearts said, ‘What Allah and His Messenger promised us was mere delusion.’” (Surat al-Ahzab, 12)
Of course, they behave like this because they do not have strong faith in their hearts. These people cannot comprehend that every thing they face is created as a trial and they are distinguished from those with sickness in their hearts by their reactions to the trial. Believers who have sincere faith experience the peace and enthusiasm of being submitted to Allah with a solid trust and of knowing that Allah’s help is close.
What Is the Source of Believers’ Enthusiasm?
“The believers are only those who have had faith in Allah and His Messenger and then have had no doubt and have struggled with their wealth and themselves in the Way of Allah. They are the ones who are true to their word. (Surat al-Hujurat, 15)
As it is revealed in the verse above, in the Qur’an Allah defines believers as, “Those who had faith and had no doubt and have struggled in the way of Allah”. This attribute of believers no doubt explains the enthusiasm in their hearts very explicitly. Likewise, believers strive for the values they believe in doubtlessly, regardless of what happens, only with the strength given by the enthusiam of their faith.
Another reason that keeps believers’ enthusiasm alive is that they live in between fear and hope as revealed in the verse, “... And invoke Him in fear and aspiration. Indeed, the mercy of Allah is near to the doers of good.” (Surah Ar-Araf , 56) “Living in between fear and hope” means:
Believers could never be completely sure whether Allah is pleased with them or not, and whether they showed morals that could be rewarded with His Garden. Therefore, they are aware Allah’s torment on the Day of Judgment and constantly strive to make their morals better. At the same time they know in their conscience that they strived as much as they possibly could in order to earn Allah’s good pleasure, contentment and love. Thus they have great hope that they could reach the grace and Garden of Allah Who is infinitely merciful. Since they experience these two feelings, hope and fear, at the same time, they never find their efforts sufficient and never consider themselves exempted from mistakes and deficiencies. As it is revealed in the verse, “... And those who...fear their Lord and are afraid of the evil of [their] account .” (Surat Ar-Rad, 21), they are aware of Allah’s torment every moment. They embrace Allah’s religion with enthusiasm and show great effort. Their fear of Allah withholds them from being intimidated or slacking off and keeps their enthusiasm alive constantly. Knowing that Allah heralds those who believe and do good deeds with His Garden sparks and revives them. In return for this continuous enthusiasm, Allah promises believers this good tiding:
“Give good news to the believers that they will receive immense favor from Allah.” (Surat al-Ahzab, 47)
Believers Are Enthusiastic and Determined in Their Prayers
A faithful person comes through with meticulousness and enthusiasm in his prayers. He performs his prayers five times a day as well as ablution and fasting as commanded by our Almighty Lord throughout his life with enthusiasm. As it is narrated from Bin Omar (ra), the Messenger of Allah (saas) said:
“Islam is based on five cornerstones. Witnessing that there is no god but Allah and Mohammad (saas) is the Messenger of Allah. Performing the prayer, giving alms, going on a pilgrimage to Allah’s house Kaba and fasting in Ramadan.” (Bukhari, Faith 1, 2, Interpretation of verse (2) 30; Muslim, Faith 19-22. Moreover look at. Tirmidhi, Iman 3; Nesaî, Faith 13)
The enthusiasm of believers is completely different from the enthusiasm of those who do not live the moral values of religion. Next to their temporary excitement, believers’ is a continuous enthusiasm based on faith in Allah.
In the Qur’an It is Pointed Out That All Prophets Strove With Great Enthusiasm and Excitement For Telling Others the Word
Even though every prophet has been faced with a number of difficulties while telling the word to people, they have never been intimidated. On the contrary, they have tried every way to show their communities the right path. In the Qur’an, the Prophet Noah (pbuh)’s sincere efforts in this regard are pointed out as such:
“He said, ‘My Lord, I have called my people night and day but my calling has only made them more evasive. Indeed, every time I called them to Your forgiveness, they put their fingers in their ears, wrapped themselves up in their clothes and were overweeningly arrogant. Then I called them openly. Then I addressed them publicly and addressed them privately. I said, “Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Truly He is Endlessly Forgiving.” (Surah Nuh, 5-10)
As it is revealed in the verses, the Prophet Noah (pbuh) preached the moral values of the religion with enthusiasm in order to familiarize the people’s hearts to faith where he lived. He told about the greatness of Allah day and night. Whenever they heard about the right, they turned away from this call obstinately. Thanks to the Prophet Noah (pbuh)’s enthusiasm and excitement to preach the moral values of religion and carry out Allah’s command, he was not affected by their actions and continued his mission with a solid determination. Despite their arrogance, he searched for different ways to make them like the faith. He wanted to save them from the irreligious system in which they live by telling them about the existence of Allah; sometimes openly and sometimes secretively. However, it is important not to forget that the Prophet Noah (pbuh) and those who preach Allah’s religion with great enthusiasm and sincerity will be rewarded for every word they speak and effort they show on this path –by Allah’s leave- because as it is revealed in the verse, “Those who make repentance, those who worship, those who praise, those who fast, those who bow, those who prostrate, those who command the right, those who forbid the wrong, those who preserve the limits of Allah: give good news to the believers.” (Surat at-Tawba, 112), Allah heralds those who command the good and forbid the wrong.