'Father, if you had known, when we were last together here, what even I feared while I strove against
it - as it has been my task from infancy to strive against every natural prompting that has arisen in my heart; if you had known that there lingered in my breast, sensibilities, affections, weaknesses capable of being cherished into strength, defying all the calculations ever made by man, and no more known to his arithmetic than his Creator is, - would you have given me to the husband whom I am now sure that I hate?'
We know now, the natural antipathy you strove against
, and conquered, for her dear sake.
He could feel the pricking and stinging of the old anger as it strove to rise up in him, but it strove against
To search for one he strove against
the tide of his pain.
(He) who strove against
these (people) with his hand was a believer; he who strove against
them with his heart was a believer; and he who strove against
them with his tongue was a believer; and beyond that there is no grain of faith." [Muslim] The Companions comprehended this very well and also kept in mind the saying of the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam, which was reported by Anas : "He who shuns my Sunnah is not from me." [Al-Bukhari] These sayings made them love the Sunnah of the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam, and spread and propagate it amongst their successors.
Allah says: "So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allah]." (Qur'an, 11:112); and, "So take a straight course to Him and seek His forgiveness." (Qur'an, 41:6) If you are from those who benefited from Ramadan, fulfilled the requirements of taqwa, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against
your soul, then praise and thank Allah, and ask Him for steadfastness upon it until you meet your death.
If you were among those who benefited from Ramadan, fulfilled the requirements of Taqwa, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against
your desires, then praise and thank Allah, and ask Him for steadfastness upon it until you meet your death.
This was no shell Of pointless breath That strove against
the sand, But each stride Engendered fortitude: The giving of the soul.
In this summary, Hull argues the necessity, radicalism, and subversive nature of original Baptist dissent as it strove against
great odds for religious freedom for all persons.
In fact, the principal danger comes from the theological drift that has been all too common in recent decades, and which Cardinal Ratzinger strove against
Shoemaker's "interpretation [of the earliest traditions] arises from a conviction that no single deposit of orthodoxy existed in the early church, and that the origins of the Christian tradition are characterized by competition among numerous theological rivals, each of which strove against
the others for dominance" (145).