Originally Posted by yes.i.am.muslim
Islam itself is submission to the will of Allah.
You remind me of the story of a priest.
He used to be a priest of a church which was positioned in a valley near a river.
One day, the NEWS warned the inhabitants of that valley that a storm was coming and the valley would flood. The warning was such that the inhabitants left the valley and went to safety... but the Priest stayed. "My God will save me" he said. Such was his imaan.
At first, the emergency service vehicles were in town, helping to take those who were unable to move, to safety. One reched the chruch and informed the priest "we're here to save you Priest" - but the Priest just stared back and said "My God will save me". When the flood waters had reached the first story of the houses, the priest climbed to the roof of the church and looked at the clouds. He was expecting to be miraculously saved. After his neck started to hurt, from looking up all that time, he looked out across the valley. The flood waters had swamped the houses, and he could see police rescue boats taking those who were too old to leave. One boat reached him, "Priest, we're here to save you" but the Priest stared back and pointed to the sky, saying "My God will save me". The left boats left, as the waters were now rising violently in the valley.
Within minutes the water level had risen so high that now, the entire town in the valley had disappeared and the Priest was now clinging to the Spire of his Church, his faith unshaken. He was looking up at the clouds, firm in his faith, waiting for God to save him, when he heard the sound of an helicopter. He stared on, and as he watched, an helicopter broke through the clouds, and a ladder was lowered to the Spire the Priest was clinging to. A voice from a powerful speaker on the helicopter spoke "Priest, we don't have much time, the storm is too violent, grab the ladder and we'll bring you up". But the Priest was defiant "My God will save me". The rescue helicopter crew tried to reason with him but he did not listen, and the helicopter had no choice but to leave as the storm was risking the lives of the helicopter rescue crew.
The flood waters rose above the spire, and the Priest was drowned.
A few days later the Priest of a nearby town which was on higher ground than the valley, had a dream. In his dream the Priest was shown the conversation of the dead priest with God.
"Why are you here, Priest?" asked God.
"because you left me to die, God"
"Priest, are you blind and deaf I sent you rescue vehicles, boats and even a helicopter, and you expected miracles! You're dead because you couldn't understand that faith was only reciprocated when all other options had failed to manifest. You are thus, dead and will be judged like any other human. You will be found to be in want and your place shall be the hellfire, you foolish man"
And so it was, the Priest from the neighbouring town awoke with this dream fresh in his mind and heart, and understood that which his friend, the other priest never could.
Faith is never blind.
Now I ask you - why do you invest so much in a blind faith yourself? Don't be so foolish, young one. Islam commands that you be a part of this world. We are not monks, we are Muslims, we bring light to humanity with out interaction with them, we are supposed to be the best examples of humanity, so be that example by living in this Dunya but remember the Akhirah often, you are a representative of Islam. Not a secluded monk of Christianity. Remember this!