(Then when you have taken a
decision, put your trust in Allah…)
(Qur'an 3: 159)
(Certainly, Allah loves those
who put their trust [in Him].)
(Qur'an 3: 159)
Whenever a decision has to
be made, many of us become confused and hesitant, and this often results in
headaches. Whenever presented with choices, a Muslim should consult others and
perform that prayer which is prescribed for decision-making (Salaatul- lstikhaarah).
You should think things through before making a final decision or before taking
the first step in any given direction, but if convinced that one course is
better than another, you should take action without wavering. The time for
consultation and planning is then over and the time for action begins.
The Messenger of Allah
(bpuh) consulted the Muslims on the day of Uhud. They advised him to go out for
battle, and so he put on his armor and took his sword. When his Companions
said, "Perhaps we have forced you (to go out) O` Messenger of Allah? Maybe
you should stay in Madeenah," he answered, "It is not for a Prophet
to don his armor (for battle) and then take it off before Allah makes a judgment
between him and his enemy." Once the Messenger of Allah (bpuh) decided to
go out, the matter needed no more deliberation. Instead, determination, action,
leadership, and bravery were required.
Similarly, the Messenger of
Allah (bpuh) consulted the Companions before the battle of Badr:
(…and consult them in the
affairs) (Quran 3: 159)
(…and who [conduct] their
affairs by mutual consultation….)
(Qur'an 42: 38)
They voiced their opinions,
a firm decision was made, and they then went forth to do battle.
Always being hesitant is a
defect in one's character and often leads to failure and confusion. I know
people who for years have been oscillating between decisions that should have
been routine and easy. It is they themselves who have invited failure and
frustration to enter into their lives.
You should study the practicability
of your plans and ideas. Give yourself time to think things through, seek
counsel with experienced and wise people, and pray to your Lord to guide you to
the best between two or more choices. But in the end take action and do not tarry
or linger in making your decision.
After the Messenger of Allah
(bpuh) died, many of the Arab tribes refused to pay Zakah (compulsory charity).
Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) consulted with the people regarding
how he should deal with the situation. The people, including 'Umar (may Allah
be pleased with him), advised him not to wage war against those tribes.
Nevertheless, after weighing the various arguments, Abu Bakr decided that they
had to fight them. He was firm and resolute, and he did not waver in the least.
He said, "By the One Who has my soul in His Hand, I will fight the one who
makes a distinction between the prayer and the compulsory charity. By Allah, if
they refuse me the headband that they used to give up to the Messenger of Allah,
l will fight them over it." 'Umar said, "When l realized that Allah
had opened Abu Bakr's heart (to fight), I knew that it was the truth." Abu
Bakr, after weighing the options, made that tough decision. They fought the
apostates and were victorious.
A characteristic of the
hypocrite is to make a plan fail by endlessly questioning what should be done
and by always requesting for the matter to be further deliberated upon.
(Had they marched out with
you, they would have added to you nothing except disorder; and they would have
hurried about in your midst [spreading corruption] and sowing sedition among
(Quran 9: 47)
([They are] the ones who
said about their killed brethren while they themselves sat [at home]: 'if only
they had listened to us, they would not have been killed. 'Say: Avert death
from your ownselves, if you speak the truth.) (Quran
Their favorite words are 'what
if' or, 'would that we had done such and such' or, 'maybe' they are always
wavering on unstable ground.
([They are] swaying between
this and that, belonging neither to these nor to those…..)
(Quran 4: 143)
At times they are with us
and at other times they are with them. In times of crisis, they say:
('Had we known that fighting
will take place, we would certainly have followed
They lie constantly. In good
times they are present, but should a difficult situation arise, they go into
hiding or run away. One of them says:
('Grant me leave [to be exempted
from Jihad] and put me not into trial.) (Quran 9: 49)
In order to flee from duty,
they said before the battle of Ahzaab:
('Truly our homes lie open
[to the enemy] `And they lay not open.)
(Qur'an 33: 13)