Allah loves those who put their trust in Him as shown in Surah Ali Imran verse 159. The verse says: “It was by the mercy of God that you, Prophet Muhammad, were lenient with them, that you showed indulgence toward them when they disobeyed you; Had you been harsh in speech, Ill-natured, and fierce of heart, Brutish and coarse towards them, They would have dispersed, split away, from about you. So pardon them, pass over what they have done, Pardon your Companions for that which may ensue from them And ask forgiveness for them, for their sins, until I forgive them, And consult them; find out their opinions, in the matter, Consult with them upon the conduct of affairs In order to win their hearts over And so that you may be emulated in this respect; And indeed, the Prophet would frequently consult them. And when you are resolved, to carry out what you wish after counsel, rely on Allah, putyour trust in Him, Put your trust in Allah to give you triumph and domination For Allah loves those who rely on Him.”
When the Iranians put out a sentence of death on Salman Rushdie, the non-Muslim world laughed and shook their heads. When a Pakistani owner of a New York TV station devoted to the beauties of Islam cut off the head of his wife when she asked for a divorce, the non-Muslim world, much to our consternation, laughed and shook their heads. People who have sufficient self-esteem do not do such things. Evidently, Muslims are still lacking in this bedrock of their identity. And this lack causes them to behave in such ways that Islamic outreach becomes much more difficult for the rest of us.