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In Times of Conflict, Focus on God

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God’s judgement is coming, so do not ask to bring it on sooner.

(Surah 16:1)

People of true faith are set apart by God. We are supposed to act in a way that is different to those who are hungry for worldly riches and power.

Where there is conflict, we look to God, not to financial markets and political narratives. We ignore the propaganda fed out by news outlets and turn to God in repentance and prayer, asking for His mercy on our wretched race. We ask God, as Noah did, to rid the world of evil and allow godliness, love, compassion, honesty, and goodness to be the qualities that prevail in the world.

In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

(Psalm 37: 10-11)

The Bible and the Qur’an are both full of examples that demonstrate the way God’s plans unfold. He lets corruption prosper for a short while, then He brings His judgement, and the evildoers are destroyed. We do not know who the evildoers are, God does. It is not our place to judge others, that is God’s work. We are asked in Scripture to focus on our relationship with God, and to try to live in a way that pleases Him.

According to Scripture, we will all be judged individually for our conduct. So rather than writing polemics about war and politics, we should be focused on trying to have a good moral character in the way Jesus taught — lessons of which we are all acutely aware (most of us have read the parable of the Good Samaritan, for example).

Don’t get bogged down by matters of war. God controls every speck of dust in the universe and you would be wise to place your trust in Him rather than in political alliances and which world leader has the most destructive weapons. Open up the Qur’an or the Bible and let God speak to you. Be focused on the One who decides every matter, small and large.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

(Matthew 5:3-6)

Every world leader is accountable to God. We do not know what they are doing in private, whether they are mindful of God and pray about the decisions they make. We are all individually accountable to God, whether a street sweeper or a political leader.

I am trusting in God to administer justice, as He always does. I have asked Him for protection against the evil He has created, against Satan and his wicked agents. I will be praying for mercy for those God favours, and for all sentient beings.

…be mindful of God, as much as you can; hear and obey and give—it is for your own good. Those who are saved from their own meanness will be the prosperous ones.

(Surah 64:16)

Focus on what good you can do in the world, in your immediate surroundings especially. God takes note of everything you do, and according to the Qur’an, you will be rewarded for your good deeds. Most of all, remember that this life is only fleeting and that the Day of Judgement is approaching, when the secrets of every heart will be revealed, and we will all face the judgement of God and be led into either paradise or hell. Say sorry to God and ask for His mercy; He is the ever-relenting; the most merciful.

Ever closer to people draws their reckoning, while they turn away, heedless.

(Surah 21:1)

Don’t be one of those who gets bogged down in the cares of the world. Focus on your relationship with God. Be good, do good, love your neighbour, pray, and read the Scriptures. Thank God for the abundant blessings He showers upon you every day. If you’re facing conflict, don’t get caught up in the fight. Surrender to God and pray for His mercy.