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Chapter 2 from Chasing Salvation: Striving Towards the Good

Faith

 

By (the Token of) Time (through the ages), Verily Man is in loss, except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy. – Surah 103 Al Asr

The Apostle Paul defines faith in The New Testament of the Bible (Hebrews 11:1) as the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Similarly, Islam defines faith, iman in Arabic, as affirming something and complying with it. For me, faith has always been the glue which connects me to Allah (SWT). With faith I believe in that which is both seen and unseen. I believe in the scriptures which are physical, observed representations of Allah’s (SWT) words, and I believe in Allah (SWT), The Living, Eternal God of all that exists, Allah (SWT) who transcends the physical human senses.

Cover1The Islamic tradition, however, delves a little further than what is represented in the Bible concerning the concept of faith and provides six major pillars of belief for Muslims to follow:

  1. Belief in Allah
  2. Belief in His Angels
  3. Belief in His Messengers
  4. Belief in His Books
  5. Belief in The Day of Judgement
  6. Belief in Divine Providence

Furthermore, the Quran states in Chapter An-Nisa 4:136:

O you who believe, have faith in Allah and His messenger and the book that He revealed to His messenger and the scripture which He revealed before. Whoever disbelieves in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray.

Having particular articles of faith identified so clearly has been a guiding light. It is one thing to say that you believe, but what do you believe in? How can you direct your life in a way that is pleasing to God if you don’t understand how to implement your beliefs? The above verse makes it easy to understand what we are supposed to believe and thus provides clear directions for living our lives in a manner most pleasing to God.

There are fortunately hundreds of verses in scriptures about faith, but I’ll be sharing the ones that inspire my heart the most. Here they are.

Old Testament

Psalm 78:22 Because they had no faith in God, and did not trust his saving power.

Psalm 106:24 Then they despised the pleasant land, having no faith in his promise.

Psalm 116:10 I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”;

Isaiah 26:2 Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in.

Habakkuk 2:4    Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but the righteous shall live by his faith.

New Testament

Matthew 6:30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?

Matthew 9:2 And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”

Matthew 9:29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”

Matthew 21:22     And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

Mark 11:22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.”

Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.”

1Corinthians 2:5 That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

1Corinthians 13:13 So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1Corinthians 16:13 Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.

Galatians 3:7 So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham.

Galatians 3:9 So then, those who are men of faith are blessed with Abraham who had faith.

Galatians 6:10     So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Ephesians 6:16 Besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.

2Thessalonians 3:2 And that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not all have faith.

1Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.

1Timothy 6:11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

 2Timothy 2:22 So shun youthful passions and aim at righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart.

Titus 2:2 Bid the older men be temperate, serious, sensible, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.

Hebrews 10:38 But my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go.

James 1:3 For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

James 5:15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

1Peter 1:9 As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.

2Peter 1:5 For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,

Revelation 14:12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

Quran

Al Baqara 2:6 As to those who reject faith, it is the same to them whether thou warn them or do not warn them; they will not believe.

Al Baqara 2:28 How can ye reject the faith in Allah?- seeing that ye were without life, and He gave you life; then will He cause you to die, and will again bring you to life; and again to Him will ye return.

Al Baqara 2:39 “But those who reject faith and belie Our Signs, they shall be companions of the Fire; they shall abide therein.”

Al Baqara 2:82 But those who have faith and work righteousness, they are companions of the Garden: Therein shall they abide (For ever).

Al Baqara 2:89 And when there comes to them a Book from Allah, confirming what is with them,- although from of old they had prayed for victory against those without faith,- when there comes to them that which they (should) have recognized, they refuse to believe in it but the curse of Allah is on those without faith.

Al Baqara 2:98 Whoever is an enemy to Allah and His angels and messengers, to Gabriel and Michael,- Lo! Allah is an enemy to those who reject faith.

Al Baqara 2:103 If they had kept their faith and guarded themselves from evil, far better had been the reward from their Lord, if they but knew!

Al Baqara 2:118 Say those without knowledge: “Why speaketh not Allah unto us? or why cometh not unto us a Sign?” So said the people before them words of similar import. Their hearts are alike. We have indeed made clear the Signs unto any people who hold firmly to faith (in their hearts).

Al Baqara 2:121 Those to whom We have sent the Book study it as it should be studied: They are the ones that believe therein: Those who reject faith therein,- the loss is their own.

Al Baqara 2:132 And this was the legacy that Abraham left to his sons, and so did Jacob; “Oh my sons! Allah hath chosen the faith for you; then die not except in the faith of Islam.”

Al Baqara 2:152 Then do ye remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and reject not faith.

Al Baqara 2:161 Those who reject faith, and die rejecting,- on them is Allah’s curse, and the curse of angels, and of all mankind;

Al Baqara 2:165 Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides Allah, as equal (with Allah): They love them as they should love Allah. But those of faith are overflowing in their love for Allah. If only the unrighteous could see, behold, they would see the penalty: that to Allah belongs all power, and Allah will strongly enforce the penalty.

Al Baqara 2:212 The life of this world is alluring to those who reject faith, and they scoff at those who believe. But the righteous will be above them on the Day of Resurrection; for Allah bestows His abundance without measure on whom He will.

Al Baqara 2:214 Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden (of bliss) without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? they encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those of faith who were with him cried: “When (will come) the help of Allah?” Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near!

Al Baqara 2:257 Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith the patrons are the evil ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (For ever).

Al Baqara 2:286 On no soul doth Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray:) “Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who stand against faith.”

Al Imran 3:95 Say: “Allah speaketh the Truth: follow the religion of Abraham, the sane in faith; he was not of the Pagans.”

Al Imran 3:139 So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For ye must gain mastery if ye are true in faith.

Al Imran 3:141 Allah’s object also is to purge those that are true in faith and to deprive of blessing Those that resist faith.

Al Imran 3:175 It is only the Evil One that suggests to you the fear of his votaries: Be ye not afraid of them, but fear Me, if ye have faith.

Al Imran 3:193 “Our Lord! we have heard the call of one calling (Us) to faith, ‘Believe ye in the Lord,’ and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins, blot out from us our iniquities, and take to Thyself our souls in the company of the righteous.

An Nisaa 4:76 Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject faith Fight in the cause of Evil: So fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.

An Nisaa 4:124 If any do deeds of righteousness,- be they male or female – and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them.

An Nisaa 4:125 Who can be better in religion than one who submits his whole self to Allah, does good, and follows the way of Abraham the true in faith? For Allah did take Abraham for a friend.

An Nisaa 4:136 O you who believe, have faith in Allah and His messenger and the book that He revealed to His messenger and the scripture which He revealed before. Whoever disbelieves in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray.

An Nisaa 4:167 Those who reject faith and keep off (men) from the way of Allah, have verily strayed far, far away from the Path.

An Nisaa 4:170 O Mankind! The Messenger hath come to you in truth from Allah: believe in him: It is best for you. But if ye reject faith, to Allah belong all things in the heavens and on earth: And Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.

Al Anaam 6:1 Praise be Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, and made the darkness and the light. Yet those who reject faith hold (others) as equal, with their Guardian-Lord.

Al Anaam 6:161 Say: “Verily, my Lord hath guided me to a way that is straight,- a religion of right,- the path (trod) by Abraham the true in faith, and he (certainly) joined not gods with Allah.”

Al Araaf 7:203 If thou bring them not a revelation, they say: “Why hast thou not got it together?” Say: “I but follow what is revealed to me from my Lord: this is (nothing but) lights from your Lord, and Guidance, and mercy, for any who have faith.”

Al Anfaal 8:2 For, Believers are those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts, and when they hear His signs rehearsed, find their faith strengthened, and put (all) their trust in their Lord;

At Tawba 9:23 O ye who believe! take not for protectors your fathers and your brothers if they love infidelity above faith: if any of you do so, they do wrong.

Yunus 10:9 Those who believe, and work righteousness,- their Lord will guide them because of their faith: beneath them will flow rivers in gardens of bliss.

An Nahl 16:97 Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily, to him will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.

An Nahl 16:110 But verily thy Lord,- to those who leave their homes after trials and persecutions,- and who thereafter strive and fight for the faith and patiently persevere,- Thy Lord, after all this is oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

An Nahl 16:123 So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), “Follow the ways of Abraham the True in faith, and he joined not gods with Allah.”

Al Israa 17:19 Those who do wish for the (things of) the Hereafter, and strive therefor with all due striving, and have faith,- they are the ones whose striving is acceptable (to Allah).

TaHa 20:112 But he who works deeds of righteousness, and has faith, will have no fear of harm nor of any curtailment (of what is his due).

Al Anbiyaa 21:94 Whoever works any act of righteousness and has faith,- His endeavour will not be rejected: We shall record it in his favour.

Al Hajj 22:38 Verily Allah will defend (from ill) those who believe: verily, Allah loveth not any that is a traitor to faith, or show ingratitude.

An Noor 24:55 Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their religion – the one which He has chosen for them; and that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace: ‘They will worship Me (alone) and not associate aught with Me. ‘If any do reject faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked.

Ash Shuara 26:193 With it came down the spirit of faith and Truth-

Ar Rum 30:30 So set thou thy face steadily and truly to the faith: (establish) Allah’s handiwork according to the pattern on which He has made mankind: no change (let there be) in the work (wrought) by Allah: that is the standard Religion: but most among mankind understand not.

Ar Rum 30:45 That He may reward those who believe and work righteous deeds, out of his Bounty. For He loves not those who reject faith.

Ar Rum 30:60 So patiently persevere: for verily the promise of Allah is true: nor let those shake thy firmness, who have (themselves) no certainty of faith.

Ash Shura 42:52 And thus have We, by Our Command, sent inspiration to thee: thou knewest not (before) what was Revelation, and what was faith; but We have made the (Qur’an) a Light, wherewith We guide such of Our servants as We will; and verily thou dost guide (men) to the Straight Way,-

Al-Jaathiya 45:4 And in the creation of yourselves and the fact that animals are scattered (through the earth), are Signs for those of assured faith.

Al-Jaathiya 45:20 These are clear evidences to men and a Guidance and Mercy to those of assured faith.

Al Ahqaf 46:3 We created not the heavens and the earth and all between them but for just ends, and for a Term Appointed: But those who reject faith turn away from that whereof they are warned.

Al Fath 48:4 It is He Who sent down tranquillity into the hearts of the Believers, that they may add faith to their faith;- for to Allah belong the Forces of the heavens and the earth; and Allah is Full of Knowledge and Wisdom;-

At Tur 52:21 And those who believe and whose families follow them in faith,- to them shall We join their families: Nor shall We deprive them (of the fruit) of aught of their works: (Yet) is each individual in pledge for his deeds.

Al Hashr 59:23 Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god;- the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah! (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him.

Al Bayyina 98:7 Those who have faith and do righteous deeds,- they are the best of creatures.

Al Asr 103 By (the Token of) Time (through the ages), Verily Man is in loss, Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.

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