Friday Focus: Law of Mukafat

‘Law of ‘Mukafat’ is universally applicable.
Friday Focus: Law of Mukafat

'Law of 'Mukafat' is universally applicable. Mukafat may not find an exact translated form, however it could be taken as a reaction to an unlikable, unwanted or an untoward act—reckoning, reprisal or retribution. In the divine realm, it encompasses not only individuals, but it hold good for nations composed of individuals, no change is fashioned unless there is willingness to change inner-selves. God helps those, who help themselves—be it on an individual level or on the national level, as enshrined:

''He has a succession; before him and behind him, protecting him by God's command. God does not change the condition of people until they change what is within themselves. And if God wills any hardship for a people, there is no turning back; and apart from Him they have no protector.'' (13:11)

Allah's law of Mukafat encompasses a human being from all sides, what is before him and what is behind him and brings all actions to logical conclusion. The protection in whatever form it comes is by God's command. And since a nation comprises of individuals, of people who live within the confines of the nation, what holds good for an individual holds good for the nation on mass level. 

On an individual level or en-masse, God helps those who help themselves. The change obviously takes place in accordance with intentions, desires and actions. The change has to be wrought from within. And, when it is said from within, it translates to spiritual enrichment by noble deeds, instead falling prey to the base material needs. Falling prey to base material needs lead to corrupting influences, polluting the society. It could lead to national ruin.

The 'Law of Mukafat' is so strict that when chastisement comes, none can avert it, nor can people have any protection besides Allah. And, divine protection has to be earned by treading on the straight path, and not on the path, which is deviant.

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