“…Take what We have given you with strength…” [al-Baqarah; 63]

“He commanded them to take what is in it (the covenant) with strength, and to have the utmost enthusiasm when doing so. The issue of ‘aqidah is not one that allows for flexibility or compromise, and does not accept half-way solutions, light-heartedness, or laxity. It is the covenant of Allah with the believers; it is real, and it is true. So, there is no way in dealing with it except in a manner that is real and true. And it is accompanied with painful burdens…yes! But this is its nature! It is a great affair; greater than everything else that is in existence. So, there is no choice but for one to accept it in a manner in which he is truthful, determined, and knowledgeable of its burdens. He must gather his attention and enthusiasm and insist upon taking up these burdens! And the one who does so must realize that he is, in essence, bidding farewell to the life of relaxation and ease and softness, as his Lord Said to His Messenger: {“Verily, We shall send down to you a heavy word.”} [al-Muzzammil; 5], and as He Said to the Children of Israel: {“Take what We have given you with strength, and take note of that which it contains so that you may become pious.”}

{“…and take note of that which it contains…“}

When accepting the covenant with strength and enthusiasm and determination, it is absolutely necessary to take note of what it actually contains, and to realize its reality, and to become accustomed to this reality, so that the issue is not just one of blind zeal. The covenant of Allah is a way of life – a methodology that settles in your heart by being pictured and felt, settles in your life by being applied in an organized fashion, settles in your behavior by way of your manners and character, and culminates with taqwa, the awareness of the constant Watch of Allah over you, and the fear of where you might end up.”

[‘Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an’; 1/76]

One Response to ““…Take what We have given you with strength…” [al-Baqarah; 63]”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    jazak allah khair

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