Remembrance of Allaah

Allaah said:

“Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying, etc.). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” [Surat Al-Baqarah: 152]

And:

“O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance.” [Surat Al-Ahzab: 41]

The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“He who remembers his Lord and he who does not remember his Lord are like the living and the dead.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari]

And:

“Whoever reads one letter from the Book of Allah, will receive one Hasanah (reward for a good deed), and one Hasanah comes with ten like it. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is a letter. Indeed Alif is a letter, and Lam is a letter, and Mim is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi- Graded Saheeh by Al Albani]

And he (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“I command you with dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah, for indeed the similitude of it is like the similitude of a man who is hotly pursued in his tracks by the enemy, until he reaches an imenetrable fortress, so he saves himself from them. Like wise, the servant cannot save himself from Shaytaan (Satan) except by the dhikr of Allaah” [Quoted by the Imaam Ibn Al Qayyim in Saheeh Al Waabikis-Sayyib minal Kalaamit tayyib]

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Performing deeds for show (Riya’)

Allaah said:

“Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them. And when they stand up for As-Salat (the prayer), they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little.” [Surat An-Nisaa’: 142]

It is from the characteristics of the hypocrites to do deeds for show and not  for attaining the pleasure of Allaah. Riya’ is a grave sin, that one should guard himself from, by seeking the assistance of Allaah and continuing to renew his niyah (intention) so that it is completely sincere for the sake of Allaah.

The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“He who acts to show off, Allaah will disgrace him on the Day of Resurrection, and he who does good deeds so that people (may hold him in high esteem), Allaah will expose his hidden evil intentions before the people on the Day of Resurrection.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

Therefore Riya’ does nothing but harm the servant who performs deeds with it. Instead of impressing the people he will be exposed as a liar. He will not find the deeds that he performed in favour of him on the Day of Resurrection, and instead these “dead deeds” will be a source of grief for him.

A poet said:

“The garment of Riya’ (doing deeds for show) is transparent, revealing what is underneath it, so that, if you attire yourself with it, you are in reality naked.” [Quoted by Sheikh Muhammad Al Uthaymeen]

We seek refuge with Allaah from performing deeds with Riya’, and may the Salaah and Salaam of Allaah be upon the Final Messenger.

Adhering to the truth

Sheikh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said:

Fitnah (trials and tribulations, destruction in the land) does not occur except when the commandments of Allaah are neglected. For He تعالى has commanded us to adhere to the Haqq (truth) and commanded us with Sabr (patience). So fitnah occurs either when the truth is neglected or when patience is neglected.

[Al-Istiqaamah]

His student Ibn Al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah expressed in verse form:

The Haqq (truth) is aided but tested as well, so do not fall in to a state of wonder, for this is the Sunnah (way) of the Most Merciful.

[Mention in “The Islamic Awakening” by Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al Uthaymeen]

Ignorance and Wisdom

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen (رحمه الله تعالى) said:

“The simple kind of ignorance is when one does not know and he remains quiet; his ignorance can be remedied by learning. The greater problem lies in one who is afflicted with compound ignorance: he does not know but speaks nonetheless. In this case, he destroys more than he builds.”

He also said:

“Wisdom is to perfect matters, and this means that one endowed with wisdom puts each thing in its appropriate place and gives each matter its due importance. Hence, it is not from wisdom for you to rush matters, wanting people to change overnight from the state that they are upon to the state that the Companions (رضي الله عنهم) were upon. Whoever wants that is foolish and far away from wisdom. The Shari’ah was revealed to Muhammad, the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم), but it was revealed to him gradually, in stages, until finally, it became settles in the hearts of the people.”

Taken from his book “The Islamic Awakening”

Beautiful Supplication

Shahr bin Haushab reported:

I asked Umm Salamah (رضي الله عنها), “O Mother of the Believers! Which supplication did the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) make frequently when he was in your house?” She said: “He (صلى الله عليه و سلم) supplicated frequently:

‘O Controller of the hearts make my heart steadfast in Your religion.'” [Riyadhus Saliheen- At-Tirmidhi]

Arabic text:

 يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِي عَلَى دِينِكَ

Transliteration:

Yaa Muqallibal quloob, thabbit qalbee ‘alaa deenik.

Test your heart

Allaah (سبحانه و تعالى) said:

And know that, among you there is the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم). If he were to obey you (i.e. follow your opinions and desires) in much of the matter, you would surely be in trouble, but Allah has endeared the Faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts, and has made disbelief, wickedness and disobedience (to Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم) hateful to you. These! They are the rightly guided ones.  [Surat Al-Hujurat: 7]

We need to test our hearts with this glorious ayah in the Book of Allaah. Does Islaam take a secure place in our hearts, such that it throws out anything that is not compatible with it? Is disbelief and disobedience hated to us, such that when we see such evil we act against it? The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“Whoever among you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; if he cannot, then with his tongue; if he cannot, then with his heart- and that is the weakest of Faith.” [Sahih- Sunan an-Nasaa’ii]

Do we fit this description? Do we command the good and forbid the evil?

Or has Shaytaan tricked us? Is our time is wasted, watching shows of disbelievers committing obscene things, which we justify to be ‘okay’ because it’s fiction. Are we entranced by the lives of these so called “stars”?

Our hearts are fickle. The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn disbeliever in the morning, and would sell his Faith for worldly goods.” [Sahih Muslim]

Our souls incline to what it is surrounded with. If the slave surrounds himself with beneficial knowledge, righteous companions and seeing and hearing the khayr (good), his soul will incline toward it and he will not be satisfied with anything except that which is good. Conversely, if the slave surrounds himself with vain amusements, idol talk, and falsehood, his soul will incline toward that and feel more comfortable with evil and unsettled with the good.

We should fear our own selves and never feel safe from the allure of the worldly life. We should never feel safe that because we have Islaam today, that we will have it tomorrow. The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“‘Verily, the hearts of all the sons of Adam are between two fingers of the fingers of the Compassionate Lord (Ar-Rahman) as one heart. He turns them to any (direction) He likes.’

Then Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: ‘O Allah, the Turner of the hearts, turn our hearts to Your obedience.'” [Sahih Muslim]

May Allaah rectify our conditions and make our hearts incline toward His obedience. May His Salaah and Salaam be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his wives, his companions and all those that follow them in righteousness.