Build Your Courage on Trust in Allah

September 15th, 2012 @   -  No Comments

Courage is one of the major virtues of the believers. Allah bestowed this virtue on all of His prophets to help them deliver His message to their usually hostile people. Courage is not the absence of fear; it is doing the right things even when we are afraid. This is evident in the story of Musa (AS) where Allah also shows us that trust in Him boosts our courage allowing us to overcome our fears and do the right thing.

Musa (AS) was born during the greatest tyranny in human history. Pharaoh was not just a king; he proclaimed himself a god and asked his people to worship nothing else beside him.  When the priests interpreted one of Pharaoh’s visions to mean that a young boy from the Children of Israel would dethrone him, he took drastic steps to eliminate the threat. During the year Musa (AS) was born, Pharaoh was killing all newborn males. Naturally, Musa’s mother was very scared for her son. Allah says, “So We sent this inspiration to the mother of Musa: “Suckle (thy child), but when thou hast fears about him, cast him into the river, but fear not nor grieve: for We shall restore him to thee, and We shall make him one of Our apostles” (Quran 28:7).

Lesson No.1: The first lesson we learn about courage from the Quran is to put our trust in Allah. This is the most basic value you, as a leader, need to instill in your people. Musa’s mother feared for her son’s safety under Pharaoh’s rule and the river would have been a terrifying alternative. Yet, her trust in Allah gave her the courage to do it. Rather than drowning in the river, Allah delivered Musa to the safekeeping of Pharaoh.

Lesson No. 2: The second lesson we learn from Musa’s story is to turn to Allah with supplications. Are you using Doua as much as you should to advance your people and your organisation?

When Musa (AS) became an adult, he got into a fight helping an Israelite who called for his help. Musa struck a heavy blow to the other man who died as a result. As Allah tells us in the Quran, Musa feared for his life (Quran 28:18). When he was warned that people were looking to kill him, he turned to Allah for help: “He therefore got away therefrom, looking about, in a state of fear. He prayed “O my Lord! save me from people given to wrong-doing.” (Quran 28:21)

Lesson No. 3: Coach your people to recognize their limitations and ask for help when needed. When Allah commanded Musa (AS) to go to Pharaoh with His message, Musa was again very scared. Allah permitted Musa to enlist the help of his brother, Harun (AS). Allah tells us, “He (Musa) said: ‘O my Lord! I do fear that they will charge me with falsehood: My breast will be straitened. And my speech may not go (smoothly): so send unto Harun. And (further), they have a charge of crime against me; and I fear they may slay me.’” (Quran 26:12-14)

Even though Musa and Huran were still scared of Pharaoh, they had comfort and strength in knowing that Allah was with them (Quran 20:45-46). They courageously confronted Pharaoh, showing him the signs that Allah gave them. Sure enough, with Allah’s help, Musa (AS) prevailed over the magicians (Quran 20:67-69).

Lesson No. 4: It is normal to feel fear in abnormal situations. However, by following what Allah has ordained, and remaining steadfast, we will be victorious in the end.

Eventually Musa (AS) left with the Children of Israel, but Pharaoh pursued them. When he caught up with them, Musa and his followers found themselves stuck between the Red Sea on one side and Pharaoh and his Army on the other. They were afraid and unable to conceive of a way out. Musa, with his full trust in Allah, told them, “By no means! my Lord is with me! Soon will He guide me!” (Quran 26:63)  Sure enough, Allah rescued them, He says: “Then We told Musa by inspiration: ‘Strike the sea with thy rod.’ So it divided, and each separate part became like the huge, firm mass of a mountain. And We made the other party approach thither. We delivered Musa and all who were with him; But We drowned the others. Verily in this is a Sign: but most of them do not believe.” (Quran 26:64-68)

Lesson No. 5: No matter how desperate the situation may appear to be, Allah is always there with His people, looking after them.

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was the most courageous man in his time (if not all time). Ali ibn Abi Taleb (RA) said: “When the war became hot and we met and faced the enemy, we shielded ourselves behind the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and there was no one who was closer to the enemy than he was” (Ahmed). There are many other narrations from other Companions to this effect.

Fear is one of the most basic human emotions. It helps protect us from danger. However, unchecked, fear can be crippling and turn us into cowards. We need courage to overcome our fears. Courage can be built on the basic lessons extracted from the story of Musa (AS).

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