What is the importance of inculcating when conveying the message of Islam and implementing it into life?
Inculcating has a broad meaning, which includes motivation, inspiration, and activation. Human being is a sensitive receptor of inspirations both coming from inner self and from outside world. A person who says, “I should succeed, if I work hard, I certainly can do that,” grabs at an important secret on the way to success. This kind of inculcation is motivating of our own self. On the other hand, a fathers’ inculcating his son as, “you are going to achieve, you are going to be an important person,” is an external motivation.Inculcating has a broad meaning, which includes motivation, inspiration, and activation. Human being is a sensitive receptor of inspirations both coming from inner self and from outside world. A person who says, I should succeed, if I work hard, I certainly can do that, grabs at an important secret on the way to success. This kind of inculcation is motivating of our own self. On the other hand, a fathers inculcating his son as, you are going to achieve, you are going to be an important person, is an external motivation.
Inculcation can be used negatively too. A person who insistently says, I cannot be a man, I cannot succeed, cannot succeed indeed. You cannot be a man of consequence, you are incorrigible, kind of inculcation from a father or teacher, makes him lose all his energy, motivation, and abandon himself to despair.
Everyone can see both positive and negative impacts of inculcating in life. If couple of people asks as if you are sick while healthy, you would certainly feel sick. And if your physician and others motivate you as, You look better, take a look at your face, it is shinning makes you feel good and healthy.
There is nothing that a highly motivated person cannot sacrifice. For example, if rich people are told very well about the virtue of giving in the way God, they would probably spent important amount of their fortune. Inculcated pupils with the love of science would read books of hundreds of pages without getting bored. When soldiers are told about the virtue of being martyr, they would run to die with a smile on their faces.
We would like to dilate upon the last example by giving a Quranic verse as an example. Say (to the hypocrites): "Or else are you are expecting for us other than one of the two best things (namely, victory or martyrdom in Gods cause)? But what we expect for you is that God will inflict punishment upon you from Himself or by our hands! Wait, then, and we too are waiting with you." (At-Taubah Surah, 9:52) The reason why our heroic nation that has emerged triumphantly through the centuries in the battlefields, that has run to die as if it has gone to weddings, indeed mentioned in the above verse as, the two best things (namely, victory or martyrdom in Gods cause). Martyrdom is defined as, Do not think at all of those killed in Gods cause as dead. Rather, they are alive; with their Lord they have their sustenance, Rejoicing in what God has granted them out of His bounty, and joyful in the glad tidings for those left behind who have not yet joined them, that (in the event of martyrdom) they will have no fear, nor will they grieve. (Al-Imran Surah, 3:169, 170) There is no need for numerical majority for the victory, "Many a small company has overcome a numerous company by Gods leave." (Al-Baqarah Surah, 2:249)
They will never fight against you as a united body (in alliance with the Hypocrites, with the Jews of Khybar and others), unless it be from within fortified strongholds or from behind high walls. Severe is their belligerent discord among themselves (except when not opportunistically allied in warfare against you). You think of them as one body, but in fact their hearts are at odds with one another: This is because they are a people who do not reason (and come to an understanding of the situations they face). (Al-Hashr Surah, 59:14)
However, believers sometimes can show humane weakness. Then they could dissipate, and suffer the defeat. For example, at the end of the Uhud War, Muslims were abandoned. Especially rumors about Prophet Muhammads death during the battle of Uhud had spread and this had destroyed the Muslim communitys morale. Verses about the matter state;
(Did you think that this cause of Islam subsisted not by God but while Muhammad was alive among you? If so, know that this cause depends on God and as for his part in it, know that) Muhammad is but a Messenger, and Messengers passed away before him. If, then, he dies or is killed, will you turn back on your heels? Whoever turns back on his heels can in no way harm God. But God will (abundantly) reward the thankful ones (those who are steadfast in Gods cause). It never occurs that a soul dies save by Gods leave, at a time appointed. So whoever desires the reward of this world, We give him of it (in the world); and whoever desires the reward of the Hereafter, We give him of it; and We will soon reward the thankful. And how many a Prophet has had to fight (for Gods cause), followed by numbers of godly, dedicated servants of God; and they did not become faint of heart for all that befell them in Gods cause, nor did they weaken, nor did they abase themselves (before the enemy). And God loves the patient and steadfast. What they said (when they encountered the enemy) was: "Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and any wasteful act we may have done in our duty, and set our feet firm, and help us to victory over the disbelieving people!" So God granted them the reward of this world as well as the best reward of the Hereafter. Indeed God loves those devoted to doing good, aware that God is seeing them. O you who believe! If you follow those who disbelieve (the hypocrites and Jews in Medina who spread negative propaganda concerning the events at Uhud), they will drive you back on your heels (into unbelief), and you will turn utter losers (in both this world and the next). (Al-Imran Surah, 3:144-149)
These above mentioned verses are piece of inculcation poems that can jolt a nation out of their mental lethargy.
Let us look at the verses about the people who did not participate to the campaign of Tabuk. O you who believe! What excuse do you have that when it is said to you: "Mobilize (for the campaign of Tabuk) in Gods cause!" you cling heavily to the earth? Are you content with the present, worldly life, rather than the Hereafter? Yet slight is the enjoyment of the worldly life as compared with the Hereafter. (At-Taubah Surah, 9:38)
The Holy Quran while encouraging Jihad, it also gives examples of past generations: Among the believers are men (of highest valor) who have been true to their covenant with God: among them are those who have fulfilled their vow (by remaining steadfast until death), and those who are awaiting (its fulfillment). They have never altered in any way. (Al-Ahzab Surah, 33:23)
After we see the influence of inculcation even to the life of a human, we can easily say that it is possible to reach to any kind of altruism with a positive and strong inculcation.