Monthly Archives: October 2010
I miss Ramadaan! Especially the last odd nights. Sigh.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.”
Now we know why those last odd nights of Ramadaan hold so much importance. Why people arrange for ‘Ibadah especially in those nights. And even the people who can’t make it to Taraweeh the whole Ramadaan, try their best to acquire the blessings of these nights.
The night of Qadr is to be found in the last 5 odd nights of Ramadaan. We all know that. We have to look for it. So we establish Salah, do dhikr and all kinds of ‘Ibadah that we can think of. Here, the Hadith tells us to rectify our intention and have faith in our hearts. Because the reward is awesome.
The only intention acceptable is: sincerity, meaning: doing it for Allah’s sake only.
And the awesome reward will be: getting all our past sins forgiven.
So, if you established prayers on this year’s night of Qadr, rejoice and be hopeful.
Otherwise, pray that you live to see the coming Ramadaan so you can benefit the most from it, inshaAllah.
May Allah accept our ‘Ibadah, the little that we do. And may He grace us with His Bounty by rewarding us in this world and the Hereafter. Ameen.
Can hypocrisy and faith be in one heart simultaneously?
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:
The Prophet said, “Whoever has the following four (characteristics) will be a pure hypocrite and whoever has one of the following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up.
1. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays.
2. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.
3. Whenever he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous.
4. Whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner.”
Note that the Prophet (SAW) said, whoever has one of these characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy until and unless he gives it up. Meaning that a believer MAY have either of these qualities but he should try to give it up since it’s hypocritical.
To clarify, read this:
Imam Ahmad recorded Abu Sa`id saying that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:
(The hearts are four (types): polished as shiny as the radiating lamp, a sealed heart with a knot tied around its seal, a heart that is turned upside down and a wrapped heart. As for the polished heart, it is the heart of the believer and the lamp is the light of faith. The sealed heart is the heart of the disbeliever. The heart that is turned upside down is the heart of the pure hypocrite, because he had knowledge but denied it. As for the wrapped heart, it is a heart that contains belief and hypocrisy. The example of faith in this heart, is the example of the herb that is sustained by pure water. The example of hypocrisy in it, is the example of an ulcer that thrives on puss and blood. Whichever of the two substances has the upper hand, it will have the upper hand on that heart). This Hadith has a Jayid Hasan (good) chain of narration.
We’re humans. We do commit sins, knowingly and unknowingly. But to repent and to make amendments is what’s required of us. So, if you diagnose yourself with either of these hypocritical characteristics, GIVE IT UP! Because Imaan and Nifaq cannot get together in one heart for long. One will take over eventually.
Injustice can be divided into two types – one is with people, the other is with our own selves.
Yes. We do wrong our souls. How? By committing sins. Nobody, apart from the Prophets, is exempted from this.
When the following verse was revealed: “It is those who believe and confuse not their belief with wrong (injustice)” (6:83), the companions of Allah’s Apostle asked, “Who is amongst us who had not done injustice (wrong)?” Allah revealed: “No doubt, joining others in worship with Allah is a great injustice (wrong) indeed.” (31.13)
Sins have categories and divisions. And so do punishments. Sins and their respective punishments also have similarities. For example, a thief gets his hands cut off (because he uses hands to steal). The greatest of all sins is Shirk. So is its punishment – eternal Hellfire.
Dawai Shaafi (a book by Imam Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah) explains these concepts in great detail. Here’s a glimpse:
Evil is in all of us. It tempts us to commit sins. Sins result in punishments, which are of two types:
– Physical: like karma. You do bad, bad happens to you.
– Of the heart: after doing something wrong, you feel guilt.
The effect on the heart is the worst of the two. And actually it is the root cause of physical punishments.
Prophet (SAW) used to seek Allah’s refuge from the evil inside in his sermons by saying:
“We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds.”
There are two ways to prevent this evil:
– Asking for Allah’s help against committing sins
– Hoping Allah will save us from the punishments of the sins we commit
Lesson: Every sin is followed by its punishment.
Hope it’s helpful. =)
وَإِن طَائِفَتَانِ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ اقْتَتَلُوا فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَهُمَا
And if two parties or groups among the believers fall to fighting, then make peace between them both.
Allah has called them ‘believers’.
Narrated Al-Ahnaf bin Qais:
While I was going to help this man (‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib), Abu Bakra met me and asked, “Where are you going?” I replied, “I am going to help that person.” He said, “Go back for I have heard Allah’s Apostle saying, ‘When two Muslims fight (meet) each other with their swords, both the murderer as well as the murdered will go to the Hell-fire.’ I said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! It is all right for the murderer but what about the murdered one?’ Allah’s Apostle replied, “He surely had the intention to kill his companion.”
There’s been much talk on intentions. Actions will be judged according to them. We shall look at this Hadith in another perspective inshaAllah.
We’re humans, prone to mistakes and misunderstandings. But as believers, we’re supposed to live in harmony with each other. A believer doesn’t harm others by his hands or tongue. So whenever a spark occurs between two brothers, make peace between them.
You know why it’s important? Quran orders us to do so (verse quoted on top). And we get to know from a Hadith, that when people are fighting amongst each other, Allah takes away the ‘khayr’ (good, blessing, mercy) from them. We don’t want that happening, do we?