Lest we become hypocrites without knowing…
Whilst the Ummah is locked in a bloody battle with the secularists, make sure you do not become one of a hypocrites about whom Allah said in the Quran: (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.” (Aal-Imran 168).
Remember also, nifaq only raises its ugly head when the Muslims are cornered and feel besieged from all sides. Do not be like the hypocrites who said: “The people have gathered against you, so fear them (and go home)…” Rather, be from the believers who “only increase in their faith and say: Allah is sufficient for us, the best disposer of affairs…” (Aal-Imran 173) Don’t have the heart of people with weak-faith, Banu Israel who said upon seeing the Pharaoh and his army, “They will catch up with us… (we are finished)”. But be like Moses who said, “Never! My Lord is with me! He will show me the way!” (al-Shu’ara)
Allah places his Ummah through such delicate tests in order to “seperate the scum (khabeeth) from good” (al-Anfal), and to know the “truthful ones amongst you and know the liars” (al-Ankabut 3). Hypocrites are blind so they cannot see beyond material strength at their disposal, and easily give up before the fight. The believers may not have any weapons, but they are full of hope, and have complete trust in the promise of Allah, “The earth shall be inhereted by my righteous servants…”
The faith which the believers embrace, and the hypocrites claim to have is starkly different, in fact two different realities. Hypocrites cannot fathom the concept of tawakkul or sacrifice, and hence, can never understand why a boy will announce his faith, get himself killed in the process and get all the believers thrown into the ditch. They cannot understand why Abraham will do something which will directly result in him being thrown in the fire.
The hearts of Abraham and Moses, are completely at odds with hearts of the hypocrites. May Allah make our hearts like theirs and save us from Nifaq, amin.