Lesson Ninety Nine: The Zealous
The Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him and his progeny) said:
إنَّ اللّهَ تَعالَى يُحِبُّ مِنْ عِبادِهِ الْغَيُورَ
God likes his zealous servants.1
Zeal in this context refers to resolute determination , earnest dedication, fervent striving to protect divine bounties including everything from religion and chastity to water and land and well being of Islamic countries.
A zealous person is one who is fully committed and takes responsibility for protecting these things and becomes very disturbed by any aggression and encroachment against them.
Zeal is one of the prominent attributes of the prophets and men of God. We read about Abraham (a.s.), the idol- breaker hero, ‘surely Abraham was zealous’. Zeal is a powerful barrier against the advance of alien forces and ideologies.
- 1. Nahjul Fasahah, page 15