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The Importance of the Signs Leading to Faith in the Way of the Mahdi Against Weakness of Faith

The characteristics of people of weak faith in the Qur’an

In the hadith about the End Times, our Prophet (saas) related that one of the perils of this period is the weakness of faith the majority of people suffer:

“Such a time will come upon people that the one who perseveres in observing the requirements of the religion and lives a life becoming of a Muslim will resemble the one who holds fire in the palm of his hand.” (Tirmidhi, Fitan,73; Abu Dawud, Malahim, 17)

In these words, our Prophet (saas) told us that the source of disorder of the End Times will make people’s showing perseverance in faith difficult. In other words, weakness of faith will become a malady of this period.

Indeed, while describing the three duties of Hazrat Mahdi (as), Bediuzzaman also explained that Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be instrumental in sparing the faith of humanity:

SPREADING OUT THE TRUE FAITH AND SPARING BELIEVERS FROM DEVIATION, THE MOST IMPORTANT, THE GREATEST AND THE MOST PRECIOUS DUTY AMONG THE THREE DUTIES OF THAT PERSON awaited by the Islamic community, WHO WILL COME AT THE END TIMES... (The Ratifying Stamp of the Unseen, p. 9)

As Bediuzzaman stated, Hazrat Mahdi (as) will be instrumental in people embracing faith in a sincere manner and living by the morality of the True Religion by explaining the signs leading to faith by “books, texts and documentaries.”

In the End Times, the basic reason preventing people from having faith is Darwinism and materialism. For this reason, both proving the invalidity of the Darwinist and materialist ideologies in the scientific sense and pointing out the signs leading to faith will, by Allah’s leave, be instrumental in people embracing faith.

Most people do not genuinely believe

Why is it that, whenever they make a contract, a group of them disdainfully tosses it aside? No indeed! Most of them have no faith . (Surat al-Baqara,100)

“‘Now if we only had a chance of return we shall truly be of those who believe!’” Verily in this is a Sign but most of them do not believe.  (Surat ash-Shu’ara, 102-103)

But most people, for all your eagerness, are not believers (Surah Yusuf, 103)

... Be in no doubt about it. It is the Truth from your Lord. But most people have no faith. (Surah Hud, 17)

For the punishment did come down them. There is certainly a Sign in that, yet most of them are not believers. (Surat ash-Shu’ara, 158)

They have spiritual doubts

Among the people there are some who say, ‘We believe in Allah and the Last Day,’ when they are not believers. They think they deceive Allah and those who believe. They deceive no one but themselves, but they are not aware of it. (Surat al-Baqara, 8-9)

What! Are they in doubt about the meeting with their Lord? What! Does He not encompass all things? (Surat al-Fussilat, 54)

You who believe! What is the matter with you that when you are told, ‘Go out and struggle in the way of Allah’, you sink down heavily to the earth? Are you happier with this world than the hereafter? Yet the enjoyment of this world is very small compared to that of the hereafter. (Surat at-Tawba, 38)

They easily fall under the influence of satan

If someone shuts his eyes to the remembrance of the All-Merciful, We assign him a satan who becomes his bosom friend. They debar them from the path, yet they still think they are guided. (Surat az-Zukhruf, 36-37)

Satan has gained mastery over them and made them forget the remembrance of Allah. Such people are the party of satan. No indeed! It is the party of satan who are the losers. (Surat al-Mujadala, 19)

They pretend to know a great deal, despite being weak in intellect and faith

...They did not want to strive with their wealth and themselves in the Way of Allah. They said, ‘Do not go out to fight in the heat.’ Say: ‘The Fire of Hell is much hotter, if they only understood. (Surat at-Tawba, 81)

When they are told, ‘Do not cause corruption on the earth,’ they say, ‘We are only putting things right.’ No indeed! They are the corrupters, but they are not aware of it. (Surat al-Baqara, 11-12)

And when Moses said to his people, ‘Allah commands you to sacrifice a cow,’ they said, ‘What! Are you making a mockery of us?’ He said, ‘I seek refuge with Allah from being one of the ignorant!’ (Surat al-Baqara, 67)

Indeed is the sincere religion not Allah’s alone? If people take protectors besides Him–‘We only worship them so that they may bring us nearer to Allah’ –Allah will judge between them regarding the things about which they differed….(Surat az-Zumar, 3)

They are cowardly

They swear by Allah that they are of your number, but they are not of your number. Rather, they are people who are scared. (Surat at-Tawba, 56)

...some of them asked the Prophet to excuse them, saying, ‘Our houses are exposed,’ when they were not exposed; it was merely that they wanted to run away. (Surat al-Ahzab, 13)

They are flexible and apathetic in matters of religion

If you ask them they will say, ‘We were only joking and playing around.’ Say: ‘Would you make a mockery of Allah and of His Signs and of His Messenger? Do not try to excuse yourselves. You have disbelieved after believing…(Surat at-Tawba, 65-66)

... They were told, ‘Come and fight in the Way of Allah or at least help defend us.’ They said, ‘If we knew how to fight, we would certainly follow you.’ They were closer to disbelief that day than to faith, saying with their mouths what was not in their hearts . (Surah Al’ Imran, 167)

If they had truly desired to go out (to fight), they would have made proper preparations for it...(Surat at-Tawba, 46)

There are only grounds against those who ask you for permission to stay when they are rich. They were pleased to be among those who were left behind…(Surat at-Tawba, 93)

They immediately fall into despair

When We bless man, he turns away and draws aside. When evil touches him, he despairs. (Surat al-Isra’, 83)

When We give people a taste of mercy, they rejoice in it, but when something bad happens to them because of what they themselves have done, they immediately lose all hope . (Surat ar-Rum, 36)

They have a tendency to despair

Man never tires of praying for the good and if evil touches him, he despairs and loses hope. (Surat al-Fussilat, 49)

Were not My Signs rehearsed to you, and you did but treat them as falsehood?” They will say, ‘Our Lord, our miserable destiny overpowered us. We were misguided people. (Surat al-Muminun, 105-106)

He who has fear will be reminded; but the most miserable will shun it (Surat al-A’la,10-11)

They have a tendency to think they have been treated unjustly

Among them there are some who find fault with you concerning the alms. If they are given some of it, they are pleased but if they are not given any, they are angry. (Surat at-Tawba, 58)

Is there a sickness in their hearts or do they have misgivings or do they fear that Allah and His Messenger will be unjust to them ? No, it is simply that they are wrongdoers. (Surat an-Nur, 50)

They ascribe equals to Allah and fear other people

... Then when fighting is prescribed for them, a group of them fear people as Allah should be feared, or even more than that. They say, ‘Our Lord, why have you prescribed fighting for us? If only You would give us just a little more time!’  (Surat an-Nisa, 77)

You are a greater cause of terror in their breasts than Allah! That is because they (the hypocrites) are people who do not understand. (Surat al-Hashr, 13)

Most of them do not believe in Allah without associating others with Him. (Surah Yusuf, 106)

They speak with the aim of spreading corruption

Each time a surah is sent down there are some among them who say, ‘Which of you has this increased in faith?’ As for those who believe, it increases them in faith and they rejoice at it. (Surat at-Tawba, 124)

And a group of them said, ‘People of Yathrib, Your position is untenable so return!’ some of them asked the Prophet to excuse them, saying, ‘Our houses are exposed,’ when they were not exposed; it was merely that they wanted to run away. (Surat al-Ahzab, 13)

Among them is a group who distort the Book with their tongues so that you think it is from the Book when it is not from the Book. They say, ‘It is from Allah,’ but it is not from Allah. They tell a lie against Allah and they know it. (Surah Al’Imran, 78)

From the mischief of the Whisperer (of Evil), who withdraws (after his whisper) , (The same) who whispers into the hearts of Mankind (Surat an- Nas, 4-5)

They speak deceitfully to unbelievers regarding the faithful

If they had gone out among you, they would have added nothing to you but confusion. They would have scurried about amongst you seeking to cause conflict between you, and among you there are some who would have listened to them. Allah knows the wrongdoers. (Surat at-Tawba, 47)

They do not remain true to their word, they are disloyal

Those who break Allah’s contract after it has been agreed, and sever what Allah has commanded to be joined, and cause corruption on the earth... (Surat al-Baqara, 27)

If they had been overrun from every side, and had then been asked to revert to disbelief, they would have done so and hesitated very little about it . (Surat al-Ahzab, 14)

They try to spread falsehoods among believers

There is a group of you who propagated the lie. Do not suppose it to be bad for you; rather it is good for you... (Surat an-Nur, 11)

They seek to put believers into difficult positions

If something good happens to you, it galls them. If something bad strikes you, they rejoice in it . But if you are steadfast and guard against evil, their scheming will not harm you in any way…(Surah Al’Imran, 120)

If good happens to you it galls them. If a mishap occurs to you, they say, ‘We made our preparations in advance,’ and they turn away rejoicing. (Surat at-Tawba, 50)

...They love what causes you distress…(Surah Al’Imran, 118)

They make false vows

Do you not see those who have turned to people with whom Allah is angry? They belong neither to you nor to them. And they swear to falsehood and do so knowingly. (Surat al-Mujadala, 14)

They seek other people’s approval instead of the approval of Allah

They will swear to you to make you pleased with them , but even if you are pleased with them, Allah is certainly not pleased with deviant people. (Surat at-Tawba, 96)

They swear to you by Allah in order to please you, but it would be more fitting for them to please Allah and His Messenger if they are believers. (Surat at-Tawba, 62)

And (We have prepared a humiliating punishment) also for those who spend their wealth to show off to people , not believing in Allah and the Last Day... (Surat an-Nisa, 38)

They try to conceal themselves from people, but they cannot conceal themselves from Allah. He is with them when they spend the night saying things which are not pleasing to Him... (Surat an-Nisa, 108)

They do not fully understand the verses of the Qur’an

That is because they have believed and then returned to disbelief. So their hearts have been sealed up and they cannot understand. (Surat al-Munafiqun, 3)

It is He Who sent down the Book to you from Him: verses containing clear judgements–they are the core of the Book–and others which are open to interpretation. Those with deviation in their hearts follow what is open to interpretation in it, desiring conflict, seeking its inner meaning ... (Surah Al’Imran, 7)

They make friends among the unbelievers against Muslims

That is because they said to those who hate what Allah has sent down, ‘We will obey you in part of the affair.’ But Allah knows their secrets. (Surah Muhammad, 26)

Do those who take the disbelievers as protectors, rather than the believers, hope to find power and strength with them? Power and strength belong entirely to Allah. (Surat an-Nisa, 139)

They make excuses for not striving on the path of Allah

There are only grounds against those who ask you for permission to stay when they are rich. They were pleased to be among those who were left behind. Allah has sealed up their hearts so they do not know... (Surat at-Tawba, 93)

Those who were left behind were glad to stay behind the Messenger of Allah. They did not want to strive with their wealth and themselves in the Way of Allah. They said, ‘Do not go out to fight in the heat.’ Say: ‘The Fire of Hell is much hotter, if they only understood.’ (Surat at-Tawba, 81)

If it had been a case of easy gains and a short journey, they would have followed you, but the distance was too great for them. They will swear by Allah… (Surat at-Tawba, 42)

They perform their religious obligations only reluctantly

Nothing prevents what they give from being accepted from them but the fact that they have rejected Allah and His Messenger, and that they only come to prayer lethargically, and that they only give reluctantly. (Surat at-Tawba, 54)

... When they get up to pray, they get up lazily, showing off to people, and only remembering Allah a very little. (Surat an-Nisa, 142)

Those who believe in Allah and the Last Day do not ask you to excuse them from striving with their wealth and themselves. Allah knows the people who guard against evil. Only those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day ask you to excuse them. Their hearts are full of doubt and in their doubt they waver to and fro. (Surat at-Tawba, 44-45)

They are hostile and full of hatred toward Muslims

... Hatred has appeared out of their mouths, but what their breasts hide is far worse... (Surah Al’Imran, 118)

There you are, loving them when they do not love you, even though you believe in all the Books. When they meet you, they say, ‘We believe.’ But when they leave they bite their fingers out of rage against you. Say, ‘Die in your rage.’ Allah knows what your hearts contain. (Surah Al’Imran, 119)

They dislike having to obey the prophet

When they are summoned to Allah and His Messenger, so that he can judge between them, a group of them immediately turns away. But if the right is on their side, they come to him with all submission. Is there a sickness in their hearts or do they have misgivings or do they fear that Allah and His Messenger will be unjust to them?... (Surat an-Nur, 48-50)

Then We sent Our Messengers one after another, at intervals. Each time its Messenger came to a community they called him a liar.... (Surat al-Muminun, 44)

They engage in mockery

When you see people engrossed in mockery of Our Signs , turn from them until they start to talk of other things. And if satan should ever cause you to forget, once you remember, do not stay sitting with the wrongdoers. (Surat al-An’am, 68)

If you ask them they will say, ‘We were only joking and playing around.’ Say: ‘Would you make a mockery of Allah and of His Signs and of His Messenger?’ (Surat at-Tawba, 65)

You who believe! People should not ridicule others who may be better than themselves; nor should any women ridicule other women who may be better than themselves. And do not find fault with one another or insult each other with derogatory nicknames. How evil it is to have a name for evil conduct after coming to faith! Those people who do not turn from it are wrongdoers. (Surat al-Hujurat, 11)

They gossip and backbite

Woe to every faultfinding backbiter who has amassed wealth and hoarded it; (Surat al-Humaza, 1)

You who believe! Avoid most suspicion. Indeed some suspicion is a crime. And do not spy and do not backbite one another. Would any of you like to eat his brother’s dead flesh? No, you would hate it. And have fear of Allah. Allah is Ever-Returning, Most Merciful. (Surat al-Hujurat, 12)

They are envious

...Those given the Book only differed after knowledge had come to them, envying one another . As for those who reject Allah’s Signs, Allah is swift at reckoning. (Surah Al’Imran, 19)

Only those who were given it differed about it, after the Clear Signs had come to them, envying one another . (Surat al-Baqara, 213)

They annoy people by talking about their own good deeds

You who believe! Do not nullify your charity by demands for gratitude or insulting words, like him who spends his wealth, showing off to people and not believing in Allah and the Last Day. His likeness is that of a smooth rock coated with soil, which, when heavy rain falls on it, is left stripped bare. They have no power over anything they have earned. (Surat al-Baqara, 264)

They are boastful

Do not be like those who left their homes in arrogance, showing off to people and barring them from the way of Allah –Allah encompasses what they do. (Surat al-Anfal, 47)

But if We let him taste blessings after hardship has afflicted him, he says, ‘My troubles have gone away,’ and he is overjoyed, boastful . (Surah Hud, 10)

(Disbelievers will be told,) ‘That is because you exulted on the earth, without any right to do so; and strutted about. (Surah Ghafir, 75)

They are argumentative

Say, ‘Do you argue with us about Allah when He is our Lord and your Lord? We have our actions and you have your actions. We act for Him alone.’ (Surat al-Baqara, 139)

What about the one who argued with Abraham about his Lord, on the basis that Allah had given him sovereignty?... (Surat al-Baqara, 258)

If anyone argues with you about him after the knowledge that has come to you, say, ‘Come then! Let us summon our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves. Then let us make earnest supplication and call down the curse of Allah upon the liars.’ (Surah Al’Imran, 61)

(Say,) ‘You are people arguing about something of which you have no knowledge. Why do you argue about something of which you have no knowledge? Allah knows; you do not know.’. (Surah Al’Imran, 66)

Some of them listen to you but We have placed covers on their hearts, preventing them from understanding it, and heaviness in their ears. Though they see every Sign, they still have no faith, so that when they come to you, disputing with you , those who disbelieve say, ‘This is nothing but the myths of previous peoples!’ (Surat al-An’am, 25)

Among people there is one who argues about Allah without knowledge or guidance or any light-giving Book. (Surat al-Hajj, 8)

 

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