Narrated Abu Huraira:
One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, “What is faith?” Allah’s Apostle replied, ‘Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection.” Then he further asked, “What is Islam?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.” Then he further asked, “What is Ihsan (perfection)?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.” Then he further asked, “When will the Hour be established?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.
1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.
2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.
The Prophet then recited: “Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour–.” (31. 34) Then that man (Gabriel) left and the Prophet asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet said, “That was Gabriel who came to teach the people their religion.” Abu ‘Abdullah said: He (the Prophet) considered all that as a part of faith.
The most appealing thing about this Hadith is the definition of Ihsan: “to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.”
Beautiful! It’s really hard to achieve this level in ‘Ibadah (worship), but when you work for it, Allah does give you a taste of its sweetness.
Keep in mind, you need to work on a lot of aspects in order to achieve this state. It’s not only spiritual. It’s physical and mental as well. I won’t go on explaining in detail now. Maybe some other time, inshaAllah.
One more thing: I don’t say it’s impossible to achieve it, but it’s not easy either. And just like Imaan, Ihsan sways. It’ll never remain constant. If you think you achieved it in Fajr prayer, you’ll probably feel the opposite in Zuhr.
So it requires constant struggle. May Allah give us the capability to work for it. Ameen.
My Friday went great, Alhamdulillah. I told many people about the revelation-day. It was news to most of them. But yeah, it was an awesome experience. :)
You’re going to love today’s Hadith! See for yourself..
Narrated Talha bin ‘Ubaidullah:
A man from Najd with unkempt hair came to Allah’s Apostle and we heard his loud voice but could not understand what he was saying, till he came near and then we came to know that he was asking about Islam. Allah’s Apostle said, “You have to offer prayers perfectly five times in a day and night (24 hours).” The man asked, “Is there any more (praying)?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “No, but if you want to offer the Nawafil prayers (you can).” Allah’s Apostle further said to him: “You have to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.” The man asked, “Is there any more fasting?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “No, but if you want to observe the Nawafil fasts (you can.)” Then Allah’s Apostle further said to him, “You have to pay the Zakat (obligatory charity).” The man asked, “Is there any thing other than the Zakat for me to pay?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “No, unless you want to give alms of your own.” And then that man retreated saying, “By Allah! I will neither do less nor more than this.” Allah’s Apostle said, “If what he said is true, then he will be successful (i.e. he will be granted Paradise).”
Yes, doing only the Faraidh (obligatory) is required of us. But there’s always the option of doing more (voluntary) worship. Why, you ask? Because it is for our own good. From another Hadith we get to know that on the Day of Judgement, a person will be brought who will have incomplete Fardh (obligatory) actions (meaning: he either left out some, or didn’t do them properly). Allah will ask the angels to fill in those spaces by his voluntary worship and then he’ll be sent to Paradise. But imagine if we go there and all we have with us is the faraidh, and some spaces are left blank. What will fill them up?
So, doing the voluntary worship is for our own benefit. It only takes a few minutes to pray the extra two Sunnah/nafal prayers. There’s no fixed amount of sadaqah (charity) we need to give. Half a date also does the job. And voluntary fasts are just so easy! You can do Iftar (break them) any time if it’s getting hard to carry them on. Intention counts, remember?
My lesson from this Hadith is to perform my faraidh properly and do a little more effort for nawafil, inshaAllah. :)
Interesting Hadith today.
Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab:
Once a Jew said to me, “O the chief of believers! There is a verse in your Holy Book Which is read by all of you (Muslims), and had it been revealed to us, we would have taken that day (on which it was revealed) as a day of celebration.” ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab asked, “Which is that verse?” The Jew replied, “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” (5:3) ‘Umar replied,”No doubt, we know when and where this verse was revealed to the Prophet. It was Friday and the Prophet was standing at ‘Arafat (i.e. the Day of Hajj)”
How much the Jews know about us and our religion! They memorize Quranic verses and quote to us. I guarantee that if today’s random Muslim was in place of Umar (RA) that day, he wouldn’t even know it was a verse in the Quran. Knowing where and when it was revealed is out of the question!
But this is not what I plan to talk about today, although I think I’ve made a point there. Friday is what we’re talking about. This beautiful verse was revealed on a Friday. About which Ibn Kathir says:
This, indeed, is the biggest favor from Allah to this Ummah, for He has completed their religion for them, and they, thus, do not need any other religion or any other Prophet except Muhammad . This is why Allah made Muhammad the Final Prophet and sent him to all humans and Jinn. Therefore, the permissible is what he allows, the impermissible is what he prohibits, the Law is what he legislates and everything that he conveys is true and authentic and does not contain lies or contradictions.
…accept Islam for yourselves, for it is the religion that Allah likes and which He chose for you, and it is that with which He sent the best of the honorable Messengers and the most glorious of His Books. Ibn Jarir recorded that Harun bin `Antarah said that his father said, “When the Ayah, “This day, I have perfected your religion for you…” was revealed, during the great day of Hajj (the Day of `Arafah, the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah) `Umar cried. The Prophet said, `What makes you cry?’ He said, `What made me cry is that our religion is being perfected for us. Now it is perfect, nothing is perfect, but it is bound to deteriorate.’ The Prophet said, ‘You have said the truth.’ What supports the meaning of this Hadith is the authentic Hadith:
«إِنَّ الْإِسْلَامَ بَدَأَ غَرِيبًا، وَسَيَعُودُ غَرِيبًا، فَطُوبَى لِلْغُرَبَاء»
(Islam was strange in its beginning and will return strange once more. Therefore, Tuba for the strangers.)
What an awesome verse! And what a beautiful day it must’ve been. We like to celebrate birthdays a lot, don’t we? Why not celebrate the revelation-day of this verse tomorrow – Friday (YES! It’s a coincidence. :D)? And how do we celebrate it? I plan to tell others about it, inshaAllah. Knowledge is what we lack, and knowledge is what I intend to spread.
Do tell how you celebrated the revelation-day of this verse! :)
I’m a Muslim.
I’ll definitely go to Heaven.
God will forgive me my sins because He is the Most Merciful.
Do you get these promising thoughts? I don’t. And if I do, I don’t entertain them. Read today’s Hadith, I’ll tell you why..
The Prophet said, ‘Whoever said “None has the right to be worshiped but Allah” and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of a barley grain will be taken out of Hell. And whoever said: “None has the right to be worshiped but Allah” and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of a wheat grain will be taken out of Hell. And whoever said, “None has the right to be worshiped but Allah” and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of an atom will be taken out of Hell.’
Now, you might say I ‘should’ entertain such thoughts because the Holy Prophet (SAW) guarantees us Paradise. And he said it thrice. But did you have a good look at his words? I’d like you to read the text again and focus on these words: FAITH, HELL..
There are two conditions mentioned here for being taken out of Hell:
- Saying “None has the right to be worshiped but Allah”
- And having Faith in heart
Anyone may fulfill the first condition. But what about the second one? What is Imaan/Faith? How to know if I have it in my heart? We’re going through Kitaab-ul-Imaan of Bukhari to get to know this. So keep in touch! :)
Secondly, the Hadith says: “..will be taken out of Hell.”
Yes, Muslims will go to Hell. The disobedient ones. But my question is this: are you ready to go to Hell? Is disobeying Allah worth going through such severe pain and torment? Why do we take it so lightly? “Oh we’ll get out of there some day!”. Do you even know the length of one day in Hell? If you did, you’d never dare to entertain such promising thoughts.
So, I’ve diagnosed the problem: lack of knowledge.
And the solution is: GAIN KNOWLEDGE! And authentic, for that matter. Get to know about Islam, what Allah requires from us Muslims, what is the Day of Judgement and what is Hell and Paradise.
And what better source of knowledge than the Word of God Himself – Quran? And His revelations to the Prophet (SAW) – Hadith?
Scholars have done their work. Everything is out there. Consult books or the internet. But be careful. Only go for the AUTHENTIC stuff. And inshaAllah, you’ll find that there was an ocean of real knowledge that you were unaware of.
May Allah guide us all to the right path and take us to Jannah on a direct ticket, not via Jahannam! Ameen.
Do what you can. ‘Can’ means with all your effort and struggle. Not what you ‘want’. :)
When I get to know about something that Allah likes, for example Tahajjud prayers, I try my best to do it. And I overdo it. :D
Meaning, I start off with so much energy and ‘josh’ that I can’t continue it. It becomes impossible for me to carry it on with regularity.
What I’m trying to say is, whatever good you decide to do, be realistic and not too emotional. Start small, go big slowly. As for me, I should start with two rak’aat of Tahajjud and increase the number with time, inshaAllah. So it’s easy for me to carry it on and do it regularly. Why do I talk about regularity in good deeds? This Hadith will tell you..
Once the Prophet came while a woman was sitting with me. He said, “Who is she?” I replied, “She is so and so,” and told him about her (excessive) praying. He said disapprovingly, “Do (good) deeds which is within your capacity (without being overtaxed) as Allah does not get tired (of giving rewards) but (surely) you will get tired. And the best deed (act of worship) in the sight of Allah is that which is done regularly.”
A deed done regularly, though less in quantity, is more beloved to Allah than the deed which is more in quantity but not done regularly. (I had problems constructing that sentence. Hope the message is through. :P)