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The Meaning of Victory in the Life

Some people think that victory means the total destruction of your opponent but there is another broader meaning to consider. If the values you have been fighting for endure, this is a greater indicator of victory. These are the messages of the Prophets and Successors (a) which still pulse with the life of divine unity in spite of all they suffered. Consider what Imam Hussein (a),whose end so resembled that of Prophet John (a), said: “One of the signs of the insignificance of the material world before Almighty God is that the very head of John was given as a gift to a prostitute of the nation of Israel.” Yet God Almighty has given him an eternal honor in the Holy Qur’an, where He has said,{Peace be upon him the day he was born, the day he will die, and the day he will be raised up living.}
Naturally God will send down hardships on His servants after their victory to prevent them from relying on their own power. In reality, no one grants victory except for God, for He alone is the One who holds the keys to victory, and none other. Isn’t He the One who possesses the {soldiers of the heavens and the earth} as the Holy Qur’an describes? Such was the test which occurred at the Battle of Uhud when some of the Muslims rushed to claim the rewards of the material world and so God Almighty kept victory from them in addition to the death and injury that they suffered! From here it should be known that God has certain immutable laws amongst His creatures, and one of them is that divine victory for His servants depends on their support for Him, which means establishing His rules and sacred legislation.
One of the things that brought about victory in the life of the Prophet (s)and his trustworthy companions was the clarity of belief and stability of thought which spread the spirit of courage and righteous. When a rumor spread that the Prophet (s) was killed during the Battle of Uhud, one of these companions called out, “Muhammad may have been killed, but the Lord of Muhammad would never be killed! So what are you with your life now after the Prophet(s)? Fight for what he was fighting for and die for what he died for!” This companion went on to fight until he himself was killed. These Muslims revered for the Prophet (s) for the sake of the divine law he and his family (a)sacrificed everything for.
Although Islamic law pardons women from fighting jihad in normal situations, that doesn’t mean that they are pardoned from supporting their religion in times of need instead of simply being sources of pleasure for men. Consider the story of Nuseiba bint Kaab Al-Mazineia. She was helping the injured at the Battle of Uhud and her son was with her. When he tried to run, she called out to him, “My son, who are you running from? God and His Prophet?!” With that, he returned and fought until he was killed. She herself protected the Prophet (s) with her own body until she was injured again and again. The Prophet said to her, “God bless you, O Nuseiba! Truly your place before God is even higher than some of the men!”
Ali (a) made many sacrifices at this battle as well and his sword brought satisfaction to the heart of the Prophet (s). It was during this battle that the Muslims heard a voice in the sky calling out, “There is no hero but Ali, and no sword but Dhul-Fiqar.” The Angel Gabriel descended, saying to the Prophet(s), “O Muhammad! By God this is real support.” The Prophet (s) replied, “It’s because I am from him and he is from me.” Gabriel said, “And I am from both of you.” What is meant by Muhammad being “from him”, as was also said of Hussein(a), is that that stability and existence of his religion depends on the struggle and effort of Ali, as history testifies.
Hanzala ibn abi Amer gave the greatest example to youth of every generation. On the very night of his marriage he saw the possibility of gaining Paradise through jihad alongside the Prophet (s). He left straightaway for battle without even making ghusl. He fought until he was killed. God Almighty didn’t wish his martyr to be impure, and so the Prophet (s) said, “I have seen the angels giving Hanzala ghusl between the heavens and the earth by rainwater in a basin of gold.” Later he was called “the one who was bathed by angels.”
No event more difficult happened to the Prophet (s) during his lifetime than what happened to his uncle Hamza, the martyr of martyrs (a), when he was mutilated in such a grotesque way! It has been said that Fatima (a) sat by his side. When the Prophet (s) cried, she cried, and when he moaned in sorrow, so did she. This is a rare example showing the Prophet’s deep sadness. Yet the Prophet (s) did not reject the Islam of his uncle’s killer, Wahshi. So how could people today take it on themselves to excommunicate others from Islam even when they are committed to the roots and branches of the religion.

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