Where Are Those Who Roll Up Their
Sleeves? Today Is The Time Of Deeds
24 May 2011
By Abdul Rahman al-Faraj
Greatness does not approach anyone. If greatness were
like that, any humble person would have soared and
inferior persons would become comparable to people of
high rank and glory.
He who gives preference to this world, betrays the
cries of his brothers, and sleeps through the advance
of the rapacious armies is not the equal of he who in
whom the spirit of sacrifice and redemption has
manifested itself and who has gone forth to renew for
Islam the fearless deeds of its knights that are
That one is he who refused to kneel to those who would
enslave mankind. He would not yield or submit and
chose to be slain honorably than to live in
degradation. With his pure blood he begins to quench
the spirits of those who almost died of thirst.
"Not equal are those believers who sit (at home)
and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in
the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons.
Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive
and fight with their goods and persons that to those
who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) hath Allah
promised good: but those who strive and fight hath He
distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a
special reward,-" (Al-Nisa': 95).
Would you not prefer to be of the party that has been
commended by Allah on High and the elite of his
messengers in the hearing of those Allah has chose to
be His companions. Would you not like to be one of
those free men holding the pebbles? Your Lord laughs
when one of them plunges into hosts of kufr and
apostasy and makes them taste the fortitude of the
free and zealous muhajir to Allah.
By Allah, it is the best life and the best death. It
is a life that will make Allah pleased with you, so he
will reward you for your sleep and for your
wakefulness. You will reap the reward of he who fasts
and never breaks his fasts, of he who prays
constantly; a mighty one feared by the enemies of
Allah, an impregnable fortress the tyrants dread to
approach. You meet Allah drenched in your own blood
for the sake of pleasing Him, so you win his
forgiveness and munificence. He elevates you to a high
rank and you, by the mercy of Allah, are placed in the
company of the prophets, the righteous and the
martyrs, and you associate with them in Allah's
Roll up your sleeves, slave of Allah, for you must
answer the best of calls, and divorce this world
thrice. Proceed with this Strange group to taste the
sweetness of Faith and the sweetness of ghurbah
that will prevail over its bitterness. By Allah, the
deluded does bad deeds because of his delusions and
they (bad deeds) turn him away from the correct path.
I beseech Allah not to make me and you among those who
think that by their idleness they do good. How sad is
the day when the idle one perceives his sins and sees
the harsh reckoning.
"As to these, they love the fleeting life, and put
away behind them a day (that will be) hard," (Al-Insan:
How joyful is the martyr on the day when he meets
Allah and his sins are forgiven with the first drop of
"They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah. And
with regard to those left behind, who have not yet
joined them (in their bliss), the (martyrs) glory in
the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause
to) grieve." (Al-iImran: 170) .
Today is the time of deeds, tomorrow is the day of
Upon the martyr Allah has bestowed these qualities:
- He is forgiven with the shedding of the first drop
of his blood.
- He will see his place in Paradise
- He will be adorned by the ornament of faith.
- He will be married to 72 wives from among the
- He will be spared the torments of the grave
- He is safe from the great terror
- A precious crown of reverence will be placed upon
his head, the worth of which is greater than the world
and everything in it.
- Intercession will be made for 70 members of his
All of this are the reward of those who answer the
call of Allah and His messenger, Allah's blessing and
peace be upon him.
So resolve with the determination of one who has put
his trust in Allah to be among them and to follow in
their footsteps and proceed on their path. Keep in
your sights only the gratification of Allah. Do not be
distracted by those who seek to discourage you. The
promised place, if we are true, is Paradise.
In the name of Allah, latch your heart to creed of
trusting in Allah, who never abandons his servants.
Make for this caravan. It is the caravan of salvation
and the caravan of those who are marching to Allah.
Hurry and do not delay. Answer the call of Allah, and
rejoice in Allah's promise.
"All who obey Allah and the apostle are in the
company of those on whom is the grace of Allah, of the
prophets (who teach), the sincere (lovers of Truth),
the Witnesses (who testify), and the Righteous (who do
good): ah! What a beautiful fellowship!" (Al-Nisa:'
Translated From Sada al-Malahim Magazine Issue #16