Reference: Hadith no. 218
Narrated Abu Huraira:
A Bedouin stood up and started making water in the mosque. The people caught him but the Prophet ordered them to leave him and to pour a bucket or a tumbler of water over the place where he had passed the urine. The Prophet then said, “You have been sent to make things easy and not to make them difficult.”
These words are just so beautiful and full of wisdom. When we study the teachings of Islam, the Halal and the Haram, we tend to become really hard on others. And that’s exactly what the Prophet (SAW) is forbidding us from. We’re supposed to make things easy for others. Help them. Not impose on them. Solve their problems, not create them. This should be our attitude as a nation. Work on it! :)
Hadith no. 102 is a repeat. Read it here.
We’re humans, living lives as a test. Some of us realize it and some don’t. But there will be a day of Result – the Day of Reckoning. Those who performed good in the test will find it easy. Others won’t.
Narrated Ibn Abu Mulaika:
Whenever ‘Aisha (the wife of the Prophet) heard anything which she did not understand, she used to ask again till she understood it completely. Aisha said: “Once the Prophet said, “Whoever will be called to account (about his deeds on the Day of Resurrection) will surely be punished.” I said, “Doesn’t Allah say: “He surely will receive an easy reckoning.” (84.8) The Prophet replied, “This means only the presentation of the accounts but whoever will be argued about his account, will certainly be ruined.”
Meaning, if Allah asks someone why he did something, he’s ruined!
And easy reckoning means, Allah will show him his accounts in private. There will be no humiliation or disgrace. He’ll ask: ‘did you do such and such?’. The believer will confess and he’ll think to himself: “I’m ruined!” But then Allah will say to him: ‘just as I hid your bad deeds in the world, I’ll hide them today as well.’ So he’ll be sent to Paradise directly, inshaAllah.
Lesson: Take your test seriously and pray for the easy reckoning.
X and Y are good friends. X studies in Quran school and Y goes to regular school. One day, X found Y listening to music. This was his reaction: “OH MY GOD! Music?! Don’t you know it’s HARAAM to listen to music? You’ll be punished like so and so in the Hereafter! You’ve disobeyed Allah and His Messenger (SAW). WHat kind of a Muslim are you?”
Okay, I know that’s an overreaction. But let’s just suppose it’s true. :P
Did you notice where X went wrong? Why was his reaction not right? Moreover, how would Y react to it? :D
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
The Prophet said, “Facilitate things to people (concerning religious matters), and do not make it hard for them and give them good tidings and do not make them run away (from Islam).”
The Hadith is pretty clear. Can you suggest a better reaction for X? How could he have explained to Y that he was doing something wrong and that it had severe consequences? Keep in mind the words of the Hadith: facilitate, easy, not hard, good tidings..
Waiting for your replies!
Following Islam. Do you find it hard? Like it’s impossible? It’s not practical in this time and age. It was for the Arabs 1400 years back. Not us.
If you get these kind of thoughts, better kick them out of your mind. NOT GOOD! Believe the Holy Prophet (SAW) when he says: Religion is easy. :)
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights.”
A few tips are given to make religion easy for us to follow. We’ll look at them one by one.
– Do not overburden yourself. Voluntary fasting is good, but doing it everyday non-stop isn’t. And frankly, you won’t be able to continue it for long.
– Try to be near perfection. Whatever you do, do it perfectly. Find out exactly how the Prophet (SAW) did it and follow the footsteps. When you’re doing it for Allah, hindrances lose their meaning.
– Receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded. Always keep the outcome of your efforts in mind. You don’t want people to acknowledge your good deeds, you want reward from Allah. It’ll become too easy.
– Gain strength by worshiping in the mornings and nights. The MOST important point. Tahajjud prayers. They give you so much strength and spiritual boost that keeps you going through the most difficult times in life. It’s the most beautiful time of the 24 hours. The time when Allah descends to the seventh Heaven. He’s so close. He listens to your prayers. He gives you what you ask for. Ask for strength, He’ll give you it. ;)
Conclusion: religion is easy. Our misunderstanding/misinterpretation makes it seem hard to us. And sometimes, we just get emotional. :D
Keep these few things in mind and inshaAllah you’ll find the words of the Prophet (SAW) to be true.