Mastery of situations, and of events is promised. Being true in faith is however a precondition. Down the historical trail the promise has been held, as seen in different situations, in different events that passed by. The Holy Verses hold the promise:
`Many were the ways of life that have passed before you: travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected faith. Here is a plain statement to men, a guidance and instruction to those who fear Allah! ’ (4:137, 138)
Indeed many were the way of life, as is borne by the pharaonic tale and before that the tale of Nimrod. Pharos and Nimrod traversed the earth, holding the temporal power and claiming the spiritual power as well. They rejected faith; however they had to contend with men of faith. While as Syedena Ibrahim (A.S) contended Nimrod, Syedena Musa (A.S) challenged the ways of pharaonic system. The trail of these eminent prophets holds a witness that the autocratic tyranny of Nimrod and Pharos that extended to claiming spiritual prowess did not last. Tennyson in In Memoriam makes a telling statement: ‘’Our little systems have their day. They have had their day and cease to be: They are but broken lights of Thee, And Thou, O Lord! art more than they.’’
The Holy verses hold a lesson for men of faith, the lesson that needs to be followed, as is enshrined in the Holy Verse that follows:
’So lose not heart, nor fall into despair, for ye must gain mastery if you are true in faith’ (4:139)
However tough the conditions might be, however fearsome the adversary might pose to be, steadfastness should remember the rule—lose not your heart, nor fall into despair, as mastery over situations, over events that might unfold is promised, provided you are true in faith.