The Power of Faith

Belief and a strong faith in God and the life Hereafter is the only force capable of taming the soul of the human being. It is like a protective shield that guards man against unending sorrows and pains inflicted by loss and difficulty in this world. It guards against passions and desires, and the rebellious inclination of the soul to deviance and sin. Faith enlarges the inner capacities of man through a profound and qualitative transformation. Strength and forbearance begin to unfold like an unending succession of waves. Man is able to overcome personal tragedies with a strength hitherto unknown to himself. The power of faith bestows nobility and value on man, and enables him to become a creature endowed with wisdom. He aspires to ascend to great heights. Equipped with great faith, man can obtain the peace and tranquility he desires, no matter what he encounters. Faith helps man to understand that he is dwelling in a temporary realm. His residence on earth is like that of a passing caravan. When he quits his bodily form, which was simply the expression of his transitory life, he is freed from this realm. A gateway to another world is opened before him, and the bounties that are placed before him cannot be compared to the bounties of this world. Faith gives him the knowledge that the joys and sorrows of this world are temporary, and that eternal joys or sorrows await him, according to his deeds. The Holy Qur’an says: Are you content with the life of this world in exchange for the Hereafter, although the life of this world is as nothing when compared with the Hereafter? (9:38) Rousseau says: When the spirit of man overflows with faith in God and is assured of his own mortality, it will feel a remarkable and ever-increasing power within itself. . . the elevating tranquility that results from such [a faith] gives man the ability to resist firmly the allurements of the world and the demands of the passionate self. He no longer laments the deficiencies and misfortunes that assail him . . whatever causes other men to lose their bearings has no effect on him. Belief in life after death creates a powerful influence in the depth of man’s being. It prevents him from excessive grief at the death of a loved one. He knows that all life is transient, and that the deceased has returned to his original home. He also knows that difficulties are a means of development, a way to earn the pleasure of the Almighty. Throughout history, the power of faith has enabled human beings to bear indescribable sufferings and pain. Without faith, such people would have fallen prey to despair and misery. Without belief, life can become pointless and meaningless. Loss of a loved one can bring unending misery and grief. Healing is prevented because there is no hope, nothing to look forward to, no anticipation of reward for patience in the face of sufferings. It is these which give the believers their strength. Victor Hugo says: That which makes the life of man pleasant and enjoyable, gives warmth to his heart, and broadens the horizons of his vision, is none other than that which revelation and religion give man – belief in an eternal world, faith in the immortality of man, the conviction that “You O man are not destined to non-being. You are greater than this world, which is nothing more than a small and impermanent nesting place for you, a cradle for your infancy. The era of your splendour and greatness still lies ahead. Faith and the love of God gradually heals the pain and grief which assaults the human heart at the loss of a loved one. It is the only cure, as Hadith tells us: Remembrance of the Hereafter is the cure for all diseases, while remembrance of the world is a disease. A religious person submits to the will of the Almighty and knows that there is wisdom and planning in all God’s decrees. Source: Adapted from Resurrection, Judgement and the Hereafter, Sayyid Mujtabab Musawi Lari

Hadith on Faith

The believer is mightier than the mountain, for the mountain decreases because of [outside] elements, but the believer does not decrease in faith through anything. Imam al-Kadhim (a) Faith is Patience and Forgiveness. Holy Prophet (s) Know that a servant of Allah does not believe until he is pleased with Allah for whatever Allah does to him, and whatever Allah does with him, over things that he likes and dislikes. Imam as-Sadiq (a) The sixth Imam was asked: “How can a believer know if he truly is a believer?” The Imam replied, “Through submission to Allah, and acceptance of whatever Allah causes to happen to him, from happiness or sorrow.”