Every Friday Muslims read the 18th Chapter of the Qur’an entitled “Surat Al Kahf”, which starts with the story of the youth who were Muwahedeen (Monotheistic) in a city that wasn’t. How they were threatened with a severe punishment (even death) by their King if they didn’t get in line—meaning they didn’t follow the thoughts and beliefs of their people. They couldn’t bring themselves to change, so they decided to pack their beliefs and escape to a cave: .
(The young men said to one another): ‘And when you withdraw from them, and that which they worship, except Allah, then seek refuge in the Cave, your Lord will open a way for you from His Mercy and will make easy for you your affair (i.e. will give you what you will need of provision, dwelling, etc.).’ (Qur’an 18:16)
What spurred such a drastic plan of action? It was their certainty in their belief that Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala)—The Guardian and the Helper— would not let them down. So, their belief determined their expectations of Allah and with that the confidence with which they took action.
Let’s consider another example from the Seerah of the Prophet (Salah Allah Alayhe Wa Salam). The companion Ka’ab ibn Malik, along with 80 other hypocrites, lagged behind when the Prophet called them to Ghazwat Tabuk. None had a good enough excuse for lagging behind. When the Prophet (Salah Allah Alayhe Wa Salam) came back to Al Madinah each of the hypocrites approached him with one excuse or another, none of which were valid. They were outright lies. When it was Ka’ab ibn Malik’s turn he said:
O Messenger of Allah, if I were asked this question [of why he didn’t go out with them to Tabuk] by anyone other than you, I would have considered an excuse to save me from his anger. You know I have a way with words. But by Allah, O’ Prophet of Allah, if I lie to gain your pleasure it will only be a matter of time before both your and Allah’s wrath will befall me. I am hoping that Allah will save me from this regretful situation I have put myself in. So, I am choosing the truth. In all honesty, I had absolutely no excuse. I was able to join you all but didn’t. That the truth.