Motivation for Muslims: How to be a firm believer?
Motivation for Muslims to be steadfast in faith
In the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the Muslims were forced out of their civilization and took refuge in a mountain dormitory near Makkah.
Till then, their only opponents were the infidel men of Makkah, but now they have fallen into the adversity of nature. Using all their skills, strength, and willpower, they survived the harsh conditions for three years. Through years of hard work and pursuit, they survived even in this hostile environment.
Khadijah (R), the wife of the Prophet (peace upon him), was the daughter of an aristocratic family and was very rich. Yet in the face of this ultimate experimental situation, she not only adapted to the environment but also spent all her resources on Muslims.
Everyone used to spend their days eating the leaves and bark of the tree when they were hungry. But in the midst of so much suffering, no one left Islam. Rather, they were more steadfast in their faith.
How was it possible for them to accept such a sacrifice?
Motivation for Muslims: How to make sacrifices?
The faster we move forward at the present time, the more we are facing the opposite situation. How can a Muslim of the present generation be inspired to acquire these qualities like the early Muslims?
The simple definition of the word ‘motivation’ is “that which inspires us to do something spontaneously.” It can be one or more internal and external regulators. That can be a spontaneous means to achieve something in a certain way. Inspiration is a concept that can be applied to any age and any environment. Some motivations are aroused by natural behaviors such as love, attachment, fear, or anger. Again some motivations are awakened by external rewards in need of fulfilling internal aspirations.
Motivation for Muslims: How to fulfill the purpose of our creation?
The question that often comes to our minds as human beings are, why did we come here? What is our purpose here? Without a good answer to this question, no one will get enough motivation to achieve his goal. So Allah has already given us the answer to this question:
“I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (51:56).
Once the purpose of life has been established in our minds, how can we be inspired to fulfill this purpose now?
The Qur’an has given us the answer:
“By the time. Indeed, mankind is in the loss. Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.” (103: 1-3)
“Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.” (16: 97)
In different verses of the Quran, we are told of various good deeds to fulfill the purpose. And for those who succeed in fulfilling the purpose, rewards have been announced to motivate people.
When we forget this purpose for various reasons in the course of life, when we become intoxicated with various pleasures, we run away from our purpose.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Remember death more than the taste of life.” (Tirmidhi)
Remembrance of death
Indeed, the remembrance of death brings true awareness back to us. So, if all else fails, the memory of death alone is enough to inspire a believer.
“Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection.” (3: 185).
The awareness of death and its reality encourages one to repent and regularly seek forgiveness for sins. It helps us to be humble and modest. It plays a helpful role in fulfilling our purpose.
“But among them is he who says, “Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” (2: 201).
Remember, a Muslim can easily take the path of becoming a believer and a custodian.