Faith in God

Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – their Lord will guide them because of their faith (Surat Yunus verse 9)

Imam Khomeini defines Faith, as the “divine light that makes the heart a subject of divine manifestations, as narrated in the Hadith al-Qudsi “Neither can the earth or heavens comprehend me, instead only the heart of an obedient believer.”

It is He who sent down tranquillity into the hearts of the believers that they would increase in faith along with their [present] faith (Surat Al-Fath verse 4)

Imam Khomeini continues and says, that once we reach the stage of forming a particular viewpoint or stance, comes birth a sense of commitment to act upon; this is called faith. And when we recall faith in the majority of the verses from the Qur’an and the noble traditions, they are referring to faith in God.   

And if only the people of the cities had believed and feared Allah, We would have opened upon them blessings from the heaven and the earth (Surat Al A’raf verse 96)

Sayyid Hashim Al-Haidari reinforces this Qur’anic understanding and says, “Every time mankind increases their faith in the attributes of God, will the reflections of these attributes coexistent”, therefore manifesting itself through the actions of the faithful.

When we have faith in the divine power of God, as being absolute, bearing witness to other forms of power will become baseless. Moreover, when you have faith in God, in his sovereignty, becoming infringed in front of the oppressor is impossible, let alone acceptable. Developing our faith in God requires the ability to instil change in ourselves before we are granted the opportunity to change our surroundings and Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves (Surat Ar-Rad verse 11). 

Our actions and capabilities of rising against injustice, in being consistent, patient, and bearers of responsibility is related to having faith in God, and Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ” and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them (Surat Fussilat verse 30).

As believers we should remind ourselves of the courage of Afif al-Azdi, as an example, who achieved his honour (martyrdom) by standing up against Ibn Ziyad; and in doing so bearing witness to none other than God – the absolute possessor of honour. And to Allah belongs [all] honour, and to His Messenger, and to the believers (Surat Al Munafiqun ayah 8).

Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees. And Allah is Acquainted with what you do (Surat al-Mujadila verse 11). 

The status of a believer is a reflection of his/her faith, which consequently drives the responsibility to act in both major and minor instances. Imam Musa As-Sadr refers to faith, as that which “lies firmly within the heart, influencing our behaviours in both ordinary and exceptional cases; and the most exemplary of cases is during times of victory as well as defeats”. Faith should, therefore, be seen as a living body, which moves, prevents, strikes, speaks, commands, and forbids.

Religious faith is the restorer of confidence in the world and a necessity to mental peace, and in the words of Shaheed Mutahhari, “It is religious faith alone which, above all, respects truth, honours justice, encourages kindness and mutual confidence, inculcates the spirit of piety, acknowledges moral values, emboldens the individuals to resist tyranny and unites them into a homogeneous body.”

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