SUBMISSION AND TOGETHERNESS
For Muslims recovery and submission to Allah is the same thing. It is the difference between sinfulness and striving for Allahs good pleasure through good actions. Allah calls us to strive hard with a focus on keeping going until death comes to us. In the most endearing and kind words Allah speaks to the believers in Surah Al Imran;
02:102 “Oh you who believe!Fear Allah as He should be feared and die not except in the state of submission (Islam)”
In the very next verse Allah demonstrates that this is not always easy for us to do alone. We need the support of other like-minded believers to help us through. Allah tells us to hold tight to His rope, all together and not be divided. Later on in our journey to the Qur’an we will find Allahs Words describing how intoxicants and gambling are the handiwork of Shaytaan and his intention is to cause hatred between us. In our addiction, we became divided. Our family may have rejected us, we hurt our loved-ones, we eventually fell out with other addicts and we found ourselves alone and in a sad state of solitude. Recovery in Islam is about returning back to the body of believers, reuniting with family and good friends and reaching out to others for help. As we enter recovery, we must remember that sad state of lonliness we were in and be grateful to Allah for taking us out of that darkness. Allah says;
03:103 “…and remember Allahs Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren, and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His signs clear to you, that you may be guided.”
SUBMISSION LEADS TO FORGIVENESS
As we submit to Allah and return back to His Path Allah Sees our efforts. For every good deed that we do, Allah wipes out two bad deeds. We have hope in Allah that our good actions will eventually begin to wipe out all our sins, God-Willing. In this Surah, Allah mentions His Forgiveness many times in relation to those who strive through submission;
03:193 “Our Lord!Verily, we have heard the call of one calling to faith (Muhammad pbuh): “Believe in your Lord”, and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and expiate from us our evil deeds, and make us die in the state of righteousness and with the righteous”
KEEP FAMILY BONDS
The theme of togetherness and submission continues throughout this Juz. At the beginning of Surah an-Nisa Allah presents a much-quoted verse that ought to make us, as recovering addicts shudder as we reflect back on the times we hurt our family. Those closest to us were pained the most by our actions. Our mothers who bore us in hardship, carried us in their wombs and nursed us and took care of us, saw us change from pure children into wayward mischiefs. Our fathers who hoped to take pride in us were dissappointed. And those of us with families of our own, caused pain and distress to our spouses and perhaps never gave our children their rights, causing them to develop poorly and not aquire the emotional tools they needed to enter into healthy adulthood.
04:01 “Oh Mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single soul (Adam) and from him He created his wife (Hawa) and from them both He created many men and women; and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual rights, and do not cut off the relations of the wombs. Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you.”
We need to admit to ourselves that we did often sever ties with our loved-ones and family throughout our addiction therefore, in our recovery on The Straight Path we must make a concerted effort to grab onto those ropes of Allah together and this time mustn’t let go!