Volume 3, Book 34, Number 277:
Narrated ‘Ubai bin ‘Umar:
Abu Musa (radiallaahu `anhu) asked Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) to admit him but he was not admitted as ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) was busy, so Abu Musa (radiallaahu `anhu) went back. When ‘Umar finished his job he said, “Didn’t I hear the voice of ‘Abdullah bin Qais (radiallaahu `anhu)? Let him come in.” ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) was told that he had left. So, he sent for him and on his arrival, he (Abu Musa) said, “We were ordered to do so (i.e. to leave if not admitted after asking permission thrice). ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) told him, “Bring witness in proof of your statement.” Abu Musa (radiallaahu `anhu) went to the Ansar’s meeting places and asked them. They said, “None amongst us will give this witness except the youngest of us, Abu Said Al-Khudri (radiallaahu `anhu). Abu Musa then took Abu Said Al-Khudri (radiallaahu `anhu) (to ‘Umar) and ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) said, surprisingly, “Has this order of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) been hidden from me?” (Then he added), “I used to be busy trading in markets.”
Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) admitted that he was unaware of that statement of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) because his trade used to keep him busy. He didn’t have enough time to spend in the company of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and increase his knowledge like some other Companions did, for example Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu).
Isn’t this the case with many of us today? Something or the other keeps us away from increasing our knowledge about Islam, be it studies, work or whatever else. While it’s not wrong to be busy with this stuff, one must try their level best to take out time for Deen as well. Depending on your situation and circumstances, you MUST be involved in some sort of Islamic classes or courses. If weekdays are busy, join weekend classes. If commuting is an issue, study online. There are a lot of options nowadays and you know you don’t have an excuse to not study Islam anymore. Take action now. Yes, Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) didn’t have as much knowledge of the Hadith as Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu) so to speak, but he didn’t become the second caliph for no reason. Get it?
A young Jewish boy used to serve the Prophet and he became sick. So the Prophet went to visit him. He sat near his head and asked him to embrace Islam. The boy looked at his father, who was sitting there; the latter told him to obey Abu-l-Qasim and the boy embraced Islam. The Prophet came out saying: “Praises be to Allah Who saved the boy from the Hell-fire.”
A child is on his/her parents’ religion, as we get to know from another Hadith. When he’s born, he’s on fitrah, but his parents make him a Jew or a Christian etc.
This young Jewish boy was invited to Islam on his death bed by Prophet (SAW). This means that if he died without accepting it, he would’ve entered the Hell-fire. So yes, children deserve da`wah as well.
What if one of the parents is Muslim? What religion is a child on then? Read more on it here.
When we are working for Deen, we should be as much more vigilant regarding our taqwa and sincerity. For we are the primary targets of shaytaan. Shaytan doesn’t really care about a person who is indulged in all kinds of disobedience of Allah anyways. His primary target are the people who are struggling to be slaves of Ar Rahmaan. If we ever become careless, we are ruined. For a fall of religious person is far dangerous as compared to another person.
Do not let shaytan make you forget your own sins. For as said by one of the salaf, that Iblis (shaytaan) said, “If I win three things from the son of Adam, I will have earned what I wanted from him: if he forgets his sins, thinks high of his actions, and becomes fond of his opinion.”
Then this hadeeth and special attention to the last part.
Abû Hurayrah quoted Allâh’s Messenger’s (Sallallahu alayhe wasallam) warning about a person’s adoration of himself “There are three destructful things: desires that are followed, greediness that is obeyed, and a person’s self-admiration and conceit: and this is the worst of the three! “[Authenticated in Mishkâh al-Masâbîh. no. 5122.]
We have to be very watchful. We should never let the feeling of us being anything “special” enter our hearts. For that is the worst of the three destructful things. So if any thought crosses our mind of praising ourselves, immediately say “Aoudhubillahi..”. That is our only refuge. We can’t deal with shaytan on our own, we desperately need Allah’s guidance in every second. For Prophet Sallallahu alayhe wasallam has been told to seek refuge with Allah from Shaytaan the accursed one, then what about us? Do we think that we are immune to his whispers?
Remember that whatever good one is able to do, its purely Allah’s blessing. We don’t inherent any goodness. It is by the Mercy of Allah ‘azza wa jall that He enables us to do any tiny bit of good work for His sake. Even that tiny bit of good deed that “He” enables us to do, we contaminate it by our lack of pristine sincerity. So then what is making us feel big about ourselves? We have nothing to present to Allah, we should realize that we just have empty hands to offer. Remember all those times when you disobeyed Allah ‘azza wa jall, and you will realize how weak and miserable you are without the help of Allah ‘azza wa jall. Then what kind of foolish person will let shaytaan praise him and think that he owns any goodness, while he doesn’t seek refuge with Allah from these whispers? What kind of foolish person will enjoy and dwell in the whispers of shaytaan, praising his righteousness? For we keep on disobeying Allah, day in and day out, while Allah ‘azza wa jall keeps on granting us opportunities after opportunities to seek His pleasure. It will be the height of ungratefulness, that Allah blesses the person through His pure mercy with a chance to worship Him and get near to Him, and the person rather than praising Allah for this blessing, he praises himself. For Allah doesn’t like the ungrateful people. May Allah forgive us, aameen.
(7:175) And recite to them [O Muhammad] the story of the man to whom We gave Our signs *138 and who turned away from them; then ultimately Satan caught up with him and he was led astray.
(7:176) Now had We so willed We could indeed have exalted him through those signs, but he clung to earthly life and followed his carnal desires. Thus his parable is that of the dog who lolls out his tongue whether you attack him or leave him alone. Such is the parable of those who reject Our signs as false. Narrate to them these parables that they may reflect.
This is extremely scary, the part “Thus his parable is that of the dog who lolls out his tongue” (remember the punjabi lingo Dr Abdus Samie used to explain this). We cannot take this as a trivial matter. Once Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘aala guided you, taught you His Deen, His Quran, then you are so much more responsible than the rest of people. Everytime shaytaan makes you forget about Allah, remember the responsibility that you are bearing. For you to fall into disobeying Allah is not same as the rest of people who do not know about Allah, don’t forget that.
There are two ways people (we) say Astaghfirullah. One is that you recognize the sins that you have committed, and you ask Allah to forgive you with humility and remorse. Another is, that you don’t spot any disobedience of Allah in your life, but you just say this to feel righteous/pious. Thus increasing you in your pride and your arrogance, while outwardly you may be becoming better in practising Deen. We need to have 20/20 Visual acuity to discern the disobedience of Allah in our intentions and actions in life. Don’t fool yourself. Say “Aoudhubillah..” if you don’t see any faults in yourself, for it is surely the beguilement of shaytaan, and not righteousness in you.
If we become happy with the praise of people, then there is something wrong with our intentions. This reminds me of something else which I read from Ibn Hazm rahimahullah some years back, it is really awesome understanding, so I would share this here. Only a person of pure intellect reaches that conclusion and lives it. He says on the concept of praise and criticism, from the section Al-’Aql wa al-Rahah (Rationality and Peace of Mind).
Ibn Hazm rahimahullah says, “Whoever believes he can totally avoid people’s scorn and criticism is mad. Whoever examines matters carefully and disciplines himself to rely on the facts would enjoy people’s criticizing him more than praising him. This is because if they praise him justly and he becomes aware of their praise, it might make him vainglorious, and this would devalue his virtues. If they praise him unjustly and he becomes aware of their praise, he would attain happiness from that which is false, and this would be a grave fault.
On the other hand, if people criticize him justly and he becomes aware of their criticism, it might help him to avoid that for which he is criticized; and this would be a great fortune, which only the faulty would forsake. If they criticize him unjustly and he becomes aware of their criticism and perseveres, he would become more virtuous by his perseverance and forbearance.
Moreover, he gains reward, because he receives some of the good deeds of those who criticize him unjustly. These deeds will count for him on the Day of Judgment, when he will be in most need to be saved; let it be by deeds of which he did not labor and by which he was not burdened. This is a great fortune, which only a fool would belittle.
If he is not aware of people’s praise of him, then whether they talked about him or were silent makes no difference for him. But that is not the case with their criticism of him; for he will be rewarded either way: whether he becomes aware of their criticism or not.
If it were not for the saying of the Messenger (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) about praise: “This [the praise] is the worldly good tiding for the believer,” then it would have been incumbent upon the rational individual to desire to be criticized unjustly more than to be praised justly. But given this saying [of the Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)], it is clear that the good tiding is obtained from just deeds, not from unjust deeds.”–
Shaykh Yasir Birjas had a really good explanation of this excerpt from Ibn Hazm rahimahullah.
Last thing, remember what our priority in life is. Our priority is to please Allah, to worship Him, to be grateful to Him to the best of our abilities. So if worldly work, which is a necessity, becomes an impediment, then we should hold back ourselves, and reassess our priorities. If we find that the two (i.e. Your purely religious duty and your worldly necessity) can’t work together, then we should be ready to forsake a so called worldly necessity for the sake of a religious duty.
Very last thing, do not belittle taking care of your parents. Do not consider it as something trivial, while we consider da’wah activities to be noble work. This itself is a worldly understanding, because doing da’wah work, you see apparent fruits out of it, while with parents, you may feel as your time being wasted. But remember that whatever we do, we do to please Allah, and in the sight of Allah, being kind and caring towards your parents is a huge thing. It is either a ticket to Heaven, or a ticket to Hell.
May Allah ‘azza wa jall grant us ikhlaas, istiqaama upon His Deen and correct understanding regarding all matters. Aameen.
Taken from Br. Jamal Khattak (Dr. Abdus Samie’s Talk)
Imaan. Much talk about it, eh? Did you know, it increases and decreases as well? =)
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
Allah’s Apostle said, “While I was sleeping I saw (in a dream) some people wearing shirts of which some were reaching up to the breasts only while others were even shorter than that. Umar bin Al-Khattab was shown wearing a shirt that he was dragging.” The people asked, “How did you interpret it? (What is its interpretation) O Allah’s Apostle?” He (the Prophet ) replied, “It is the Religion.”
Deen. Some people have loads of it. Some have a little. And some, insufficient.
How to know the length of your shirt (Deen)?
Only you can know the answer to that question. Ask yourself. Ask your heart. Because Faith lies in there. If not, this might be helpful: Do you loooove to recite Qur’an? Do you loooove to act upon its teachings? Do you loooove to follow the Sunnah? Do you loooove people who keep telling you about Deen? Or do you avoid all of these?
How to increase the length of your shirt?
Qur’an. Sunnah. Get good company. Do little acts of charity. Small good deeds. Be helpful. Care. Love.
You know how I check my level of Faith? By analyzing my Salah. If it was a beyond awesome experience, I give myself an A. If it was just ‘okay’, B. If none of these, a big and bold F. But that’s just me. ;)
What can you do to save your deen? Can you give up all that you own? Tough question, right? It shouldn’t be!
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
Allah’s Apostle said, “A time will come that the best property of a Muslim will be sheep, which he will take on the top of mountains and the places of rainfall (valleys) so as to flee with his religion from Al-Fitan (afflictions and trials).”
Al-Fitan (singular: finah) refers to anything that makes you heedless of Allah.
Simply put, the person will prefer living on mountains rather than put his deen in danger.
We’re made to go through tests and trials everyday. Anyone who says ‘La Iaha Illa Allah’ will definitely be tested, to check if he really means what he says. And just like our SAT’s and GCE’s, we get graded on these tests. Our reactions determine our grades. And the top scorers are the chosen ones.
This Hadith doesn’t mean we should start living on mountains. The lesson here is, that we should avoid Fitan (afflictions). Keep the definition in mind and you’ll get a lot of examples. A lot of things make us heedless of our Lord. We forget He’s watching us. Worse, we forget Him completely.
Another important thing: our use of certain things determines their effect. For example, computer isn’t a Fitnah in itself. The way we use it will decide. There are good things and wicked things available on a computer. It’s all about our choice. And it all depends on how careful we are about our deen.