After a short break few days ago, the Jews relaunched their assault on the Gaza Strip atrociously. I myself in particular was surprised that until now, there's still not even a single Muslim country who volunteered to send their military forces to assist our brothers and sisters in Gaza, Palestine. Enough of that, look who's talking. Even I myself can't do much at the moment other than economic jihad and continuous prayer and supplication for our brothers and sisters in Palestine.
Things are even worse when there are still many Muslims out there who are not aware of what is going on at the moment, and the worst of them all are the one who are on alert but pretending not to know anything as if nothing critical has happened. Let's not go too far and just look at our neighborhood, or even look into our own family. How much awareness and concern do we all have and what have we done so far in order to assist our brothers and sisters in Gaza?
I myself was weakened by my surroundings, the daily people around me. We know the basic five pillars in Islam but we are all not aware that Jihad or fight in the cause of Allah is also ordained and prescribed to us! Why is this happening to us now? Alas we all are so far-far away from the Quran itself. Do we understand the messages contained in the holy Quran and do we really practise what we know? Iman is not just merely something spiritual, but it is also by action! This deen, Islam is a deen of action!
The first ever verse that was revealed in connection with Jihad was this particular verse from Surah Al-Baqarah.
And fight in the Way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors. [2:190]
Later the jihad is made compulsory (wajib) by the revelation of this particular verse.
Jihad (holy fighting in Allah's Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know. [2:216]
Why are we so weak nowadays? Because we care too much about this worldly life in such that our heart/mind failed to distinguish between bad and evil, halal and haram and most crucially our responsibilities in becoming a true Muslim.
O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that when you are asked to march forth in the Cause of Allah (i.e. Jihad) you cling heavily to the earth? Are you pleased with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter? But little is the enjoyment of the life of this world as compared with the Hereafter. [9:38]
If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people, and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allah is Able to do all things. [9:39]
Wake up from our deep sleep! Let's make jihad to the maximum capability that we possess. This worldly life is nothing but the enjoyment of deception.
Strengthen my faith o Allah when I'm weak
Protect me o Allah from the evils of this worldly pleasure
Help me o Allah in my own jihad against my worst enemy by far, which is myself
Strengthen and assist my brothers and sisters in Gaza o Allah
Guide me to fight in your cause o Allah