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Ghurba, unsung heroes, and Islam

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The nameless soldier who sacrifices himself for his country. The emergency workers who toil to keep people alive. There are so many examples of people whose struggles helped so much, yet were barely recognized nor compensated. Such is the nature of unsung heroes.

Ghurba, a word representing separation, or being homeless in one's own land. Those who strive for true righteousness and justice even when everyone else is drowning in corruption are those who experience this.

Mocked, pressured, and tortured throughout their entire lives for struggling to make things right, yet their names disappearing into the sands of time whether they succeed in their noble goals or not. Can they not be called the unsung heroes of Islam?

No.

It is true that the world, no matter how much it improves by their effort, may never recognize such people. But Allah knows. He recognizes every atom of struggle and suffering such noble souls went through. And they will have their due reward- being …

Character & results

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The Quran often mentions that Prophets were rejected by their people- Nuh, Ibrahim, Lut, etc. And yet, it also mentions they were men of the highest character. What lessons can we derive from this?

Firstly, let us look at the best of mankind- Prophet Muhammad (SAW). He had outstanding conduct and personality, won the hearts of even enemies, and through Allah's Mercy established an unmatched legacy. It is quite clear his noble character played a large role in his success. So what about the other Prophets?

There is no doubt they were much better than most of us- Prophets are the top of mankind. Yet the Qur'an implies that not a large proportion managed to guide their disbelieving people; in fact, a lot were mocked, ignored, tortured, even murdered. So does this mean their character was insufficient?

Definitely not. All of them were still S-class men. And there were Prophets like Sulaiman and Yunus who did manage to guide their communities, whilst even the Friend of A…