Striving against oneself

Fadalah ibn Ubaid reported: I heard the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم saying:

The one who strives in the way of Allah the Exalted is he who strives against his soul.” {Saheeh At-Tirmidhi: 1621. Graded Saheeh by Sheikh Al-Albaani}

In explanation of this Hadeeth, Al-Mubarakpuri رحمه الله said:

“This means he conquers evil inclinations within himself and performs acts of obedience pleasing to Allah and he avoids acts of disobedience. This jihad is the foundation for all other types of jihad, for indeed, if he does not perform this struggle then he cannot struggle against external enemies.” {Sharh Sunan At-Tirmidhi: 1621}

Striving against the evil of oneself is no easy task. If we were to occupy ourselves with just conquering these evil inclinations and performing acts of obedience and distancing ourselves from acts of disobedience, indeed we would be firm enough to stand against any external enemies. As it stands we are so preoccupied with the dunya, satisfying our desires and focusing on the external that we neglect what is truly needed for our self and this in turn leads to the death of the heart as Ibn Al Qayyim رحمه الله states:

“The death of the heart is caused by the lack of reckoning oneself and following one’s desire.” {Al-Igaathah: Vol.1 Page: 157}

We know that if we do not rectify our selves that we will not gain the Aid of Allaah, yet in reality our actions do not reflect a true understanding of this fact.

“That is so because Allah will never change a grace which He has bestowed on a people until they change what is in their ownselves. And verily, Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.” {Surat Al-Anfaal 8:53}

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When we rectify the deficiencies within ourselves, the effect reaches those around us; when we stop looking externally to make sense of the condition of the Ummah and instead look inside ourselves we will gain the good required to rectify the Ummah.

“To think of one’s deficiencies is the key to all the good. It disciplines the soul so that it can live harmoniously.” {Ibn Al-Qayyim. Al-Jawabul Kafi: 182}

The root of all good is At-Tawheed and the root of all evil is Shirk. It is therefore imperative that the ‘Aqeedah be rectified in order that the deeds are correct. Performing actions in abundance while one believes that Allaah is in everything, like some Sufis, or that He is nowhere, like the Asha’ira, makes these actions null and void. Allaah has stated numerous times in the Qur’an that He is above His Throne which is above the skies.

“The Most Beneficent (Allah) Istawa (rose over) the (Mighty) Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty).” {Surat Taha: 5}

It is only when tawheed is established that we can expect to reap its fruits. Once it is firm in our hearts, the limbs will perform actions in accordance. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.” {Saheeh Al-Bukhari: 52}

The Muslim, the true believer rectifies his heart first so that the actions of his limbs are accepted. In the well known hadeeth, A’ishah رضي الله عنها narrates:

“I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, ‘And those who give that (their charity) which they give (and also do other good deeds) with their hearts full of fear.” [23:60] Is this the one who commits adultery, steals and drinks alcohol?’ He said: ‘No, O daughter of Abu Bakr’ – O daughter of Siddiq – rather it is a man who fasts and gives charity and prays, but he fears that those will not be accepted from him.’”

 This is the state of those who realise the gravity of their deeds and how important it is that they are accepted from him. The righteous one performs good while fearing that it will not be accepted, yet the corrupt one commits evil while hoping he will not be recompensed for it. This is why striving with heart and limb against the evil of one’s desire is such a great task and one that should not be taken to lightly. It is as Sheikh Al Mubarakpuri so beautifully states “…if he does not perform this struggle then he can not struggle against external enemies” (quote above)
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We ask Allaah for sincere deeds, done purely for His sake, that are accepted and for the strength and diligence required to constantly struggle against our own evils and the evils that the Shayateen present to us. May the peace and salutation be upon the Final Messenger, his companions and his family.

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It is enough that Allaah knows

For the sacrifices met with indifference

For the pain and for all of the lows

For the patience and the endurance

It is enough that Allaah knows

 

For what could never be

And for what is yet to show

For the known deeds and the hidden

It is enough that Allaah knows

 

For the toil and for the torment

For the harm and for the blows

With all the hurt of the people

It is enough that Allaah knows

 

Beaten and bruised yet still protected

Struggling through the throes

The heart of the believer is gleaming

It is enough that Allaah knows

 

Severely tested are those whom He loves

In their faces, faith emits a glow

Trapped in the prison of this world

It is enough that Allaah knows

 

The truth will be known

And the falsehood shown

Until that time comes

It is enough that Allaah knows

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NB: This is a poem of the endurance, patience and tawakkul of the believer through difficulties that he/she may face in this world. It is to show that if the believer excels in his deen and his righteousness but the people harm him, or do not show gratitude to him, or dismiss his efforts then it is enough that Allaah sees and hears all. It is enough that his deeds are sincere for Allaah and upon the sunnah and it is not a necessity that he will see his reward in this dunya. It is not a necessity that he experiences comfort in this world because in actuality the heart of the believer cannot be comfortable in this world. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said ” الدنيا سجن المؤمن وجنة الكافر “- The dunya (worldly life) is a prison for the believer and a Jannah (paradise) for the disbeliever” {Sahih Muslim}

The believer knows the “pens have been lifted and the scrolls have dried” {40 Nawawi} so there is no grieving over the past and no worry for the future. He holds a good opinion of Allaah and relies on Him alone while striving and taking the means to attain success. It is as Sheikhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said: Trials and tribulations are like feeling the heat and cold, when one knows that they cannot be avoided, he will not feel anger at their onset, nor will he be distressed or disheartened. {Ibn al-Qayyim- Al-Madarij}

And Allaah knows best.

The angel waits…

Abu Umamah (رضي الله عنه ) narrated the Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said,

“The companion (Angel) on the left lifts his pen for six hours for the Muslim slave that errs or sins. If this slave repents and seeks Allah’s forgiveness for that error or sin, the Angel doesn’t record it. And if the slave doesn’t ask Allah for forgiveness, the Angel records it once”

Collected by At-Tabarani in Kabir (7667), Abu Na’eem in Hilya (6/124), Al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ib (6788). Shaykh Al-Albani graded this hadeeth as being Hasan in Saheehah (1209)

Source: http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2011/05/12/the-recording-angel-on-the-left-waits/

Note from myself:

Allaah mentions in the Qur’aan:

“Allah accepts only the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and foolishness and repent soon afterwards; it is they to whom Allah will forgive and Allah is Ever All-Knower, All-Wise.

And of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil deeds until death faces one of them and he says: “Now I repent;” nor of those who die while they are disbelievers. For them We have prepared a painful torment.” {Surat An-Nisaa:17-18}

Ibn Kathir’s exegis on these ayaat are as follows:

Allah states that He accepts repentance of the servant who commits an error in ignorance and then repents, even just before he sees the angel who captures the soul, before his soul reaches his throat. Mujahid and others said, “Every person who disobeys Allah by mistake, or intentionally is ignorant, until he refrains from the sin.” Qatadah said that Abu Al-`Aliyah narrated that the Companions of the Messenger of Allah used to say, “Every sin that the servant commits, he commits out of ignorance.” `Abdur-Razzaq narrated that, Ma`mar said that Qatadah said that, the Companions of the Messenger of Allah agreed that every sin that is committed by intention or otherwise, is committed in ignorance.” Ibn Jurayj said, “Abdullah bin Kathir narrated to me that Mujahid said, `Every person who disobeys Allah (even willfully), is ignorant while committing the act of disobedience.”’ Ibn Jurayj said, “`Ata’ bin Abi Rabah told me something similar.” Abu Salih said that Ibn `Abbas commented, “It is because of one’s ignorance that he commits the error.” `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas said about the Ayah,

﴿ثُمَّ يَتُوبُونَ مِن قَرِيبٍ﴾

(and repent soon (afterwards)), “Until just before he (or she) looks at the angel of death.” Ad-Dahhak said, “Every thing before death is `soon ﴿afterwards﴾.”’ Al-Hasan Al-Basri said about the Ayah,

﴿ثُمَّ يَتُوبُونَ مِن قَرِيبٍ﴾

(and repent soon afterwards), “Just before his last breath leaves his throat.” `Ikrimah said, “All of this life is `soon ﴿afterwards﴾.”’ Imam Ahmad recorded that Ibn `Umar said that the Messenger said,

«إِنَّ اللهَ يَقْبَلُ تَوْبَةَ الْعَبْدِمَالَمْ يُغَرْغِر»

(Allah accepts the repentance of the servant as long as the soul does not reach the throat.) This Hadith was also collected by At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah, and At-Tirmidhi said, “Hasan Gharib”. By mistake, Ibn Majah mentioned that this Hadith was narrated through `Abdullah bin `Amr. However, what is correct is that `Abdullah bin `Umar bin Al-Khattab was the narrator. Allah said,

﴿فَأُوْلَـئِكَ يَتُوبُ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلِيماً حَكِيماً﴾

(It is they to whom Allah will forgive and Allah is Ever All-Knower, All-Wise.) Surely, when hope in continued living diminishes, the angel of death comes forth and the soul reaches the throat, approaches the chest and arrives at the state where it is being gradually pulled out, then there is no accepted repentance, nor a way out of that certain end. Hence Allah’s statements,

﴿وَلَيْسَتِ التَّوْبَةُ لِلَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ السَّيِّئَـتِ حَتَّى إِذَا حَضَرَ أَحَدَهُمُ الْمَوْتُ قَالَ إِنِّى تُبْتُ الاٌّنَ﴾

(And of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil deeds until death faces one of them and he says: “Now I repent,”)

{End quote}

What should be noted here is the vast mercy of Allaah. The fact that He decreed that the Angel that records the sin waits for the slave to repent shows how the slave is given an opportunity to redeem himself through quick repentance after his sin so that he will not be faced with it on the Day of Judgement. The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“Allaah, the Exalted, and Glorious said: ‘A slave committed a sin and he said: O Allaah, forgive my sin,’ and Allaah said: ‘My slave committed a sin and then he realized that he has a Rabb Who forgives the sins and punishes for the sin.’ He then again committed a sin and said: ‘My Rabb, forgive my sin,’ and Allaah said: ‘My slave committed a sin and then realized that he has a Rabb Who forgives his sin and punishes for the sin.’ He again committed a sin and said: ‘My Rabb, forgive my sin,’ and Allaah said: ‘My slave has committed a sin and then realized that he has a Rabb Who forgives the sin or takes (him) to account for sin. I have granted forgiveness to my slave. Let him do whatever he likes”. {Agreed upon}

The statement ‘Let him do whatever he likes’ relates to the slave that sins and truly repents following it, with all the conditions of repentance. Meaning if this was his case then he could do as he wishes because his condition is such that he will always seek forgiveness and therefore be forgiven.

SubhanAllaah! May Allaah forgive us and our families and the Muslimoon. May His Salaah and Salaam be upon His final Messenger.

Better off than the Atheist

“The patients in the mental house are better off than the atheists. The former lost the ability to reason whereas the latter gave it away.”

I read this on the Facebook page of Muwahidoon.com and thought I would expand on the statement

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The former is only held accountable for the times when he was sane, as in the statement of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم:

“The pen has been lifted from three; for the sleeping person until he awakens, for the boy until he becomes  a young man and for the mentally insane until he regains sanity.” {At-Tirmithi, Sunan an-Nasa’i, Sunan Ibn Majah}

They will not be recompensed for actions committed while they do not possess their sanity.

The latter, however, is held accountable since he used his “intelligence” to counter not only his fitrah (innate/natural disposition) but everything that proves to the intellect the existence of Allaah.

The former is pitied by all; the Muslim and non-Muslim alike see his condition and do not consider it something to be envied. The latter, however, will draw in those weak in eemaan and those that are ignorant to make his life choice seem enviable as opposed to pitied. The Shayatin (devils) from the Jinn and the Ins (humankind) will make alluring the life of “zero recompense before the Creator” because “you only live once, so enjoy it”. They will act freely, under the illusion that the All-Hearer does not hear them, the All-Seer does not see them, and that He, the Most Just won’t judge them. They will believe this lie until the inevitable happens and they meet their Lord on the Day, in which there is no doubt. It is only the true believers, those whom Allaah has fortified with firmness, that see the true condition of the atheist and so they look at them with disdain and pity.

The insanity of the patient is clear whereas the insanity of the Atheist is hidden. The former is alienated from society; his time is spent away from the eyes of people. The latter is being welcomed by society under the pretence of “scientific truth and discovery”. He uses his lack of reasoning and his stubbornness in it to throw his theories at the unsuspecting public and unfortunately, the gullible will eat it all up. He will in turn earn not only his own sin, but the sin of everyone that follows him, as comes in the authentic hadith:

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Every caller who invites people to misguidance and is followed, will have a burden of sin equal to that of those who follow him, without that detracting from their burden in the slightest. And every caller who invites people to true guidance and is followed, will have a reward equal to that of those who follow him, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest.'” {Graded authentic by Al-Albani}

In conclusion, the statement above holds utter truth. The patient in the mental house is better off than the atheist. He is better off in this world before the people of intellect and he is better off on the Day of Judgement before His Lord. If he spent his entire life insane and the message of truth did not reach him, he will be tested on the Day of Judgement, as is narrated in many ahadith. If he passes then he will attain Paradise and if he fails and falls in to the Fire, he will only be recompensed for this sole act of disbelief and nothing of his actions in this world. The atheist, however, will be recompensed for his disbelief in this world, for the sins he accumulated, for the sins of those he misguided along with him and he will not find besides Allaah any helper. Just as he forgot Allaah in this world, so will he be forgotten in the Fire in the Hereafter.

“[ Allah ] will say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten.” {Surat Taha: 126}

May Allaah protect us, our loved ones and all the Muslimeen. May His Salaah and Salaam be upon the final Messenger, his family, his companions and all those that follow them in righteousness until the Day of Resurrection.

What’s in a name

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Changing the name of an evil does not render it permissible, but this is how Shaitaan wants to beautify things for us.

Ibn Muhairiz narrated from a man among the Companions of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “People among my Ummah will drink Khamr (intoxicant), calling it by another name.” [Sunan al-Nasaa’ee (5658) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee. See also Sunan Abu Dawood (3688, 3689) and Sunan Ibn Maajah (3384, 3385, and 4020)]

What an age are we living in…

1. Where KHAMR is called DRINK (booze, beer, spirit etc.)!

2. Where GAMBLING is called (a game of) CHANCE (luck, fortune)!

3. Where SINGING is called ART!

4. Where a BRIBE is called a GIFT!

5. Where FREE-MIXING is called CIVILIZING!

6. Where TABARRUJ (wanton display) is called ELEGANCE!

7. Where NUDITY is called LIBERTY!

8. Where ADULTERY is called TRANSIENT RELATIONSHIP!

9. Where a DAYYOOTH (a man with no protective jealousy for his wife) is called MODERNITY!

10. Where HYPOCRISY is called POLITICS!

11. Where ENJOINING GOOD is called BACKWARDNESS!

12. Where FORBIDDING EVIL is called RIGIDITY!

13. Where LYING is called BLUFFING!

14. Where USURY (interest) is called PROFIT!

We seek Allaah’s refuge from this evil and repent to Him for our sins.

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Al-Sidq- Truthfulness

‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud narrated  that the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Truth leads to piety and piety leads to Jannah. A man persists in speaking the truth till he is enrolled with Allaah as a truthful. Falsehood leads to vice and vice leads to the Fire (Hell), and a person persists on telling lies until he is enrolled as a liar” {Agreed upon}

And in the narration in At-Tirmidhi, he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Abide by truthfulness. For indeed truthfulness leads to righteousness. And indeed righteousness leads to Paradise. A man continues telling the truth and trying hard to tell he truth until he is recorded with Allaah as a truthful person. Refrain from falsehood. For indeed falsehood leads to the wickedness, and wickedness leads to Fire. A slave (of Allaah) continues lying and trying hard to lie, until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar.” {Sahih}

Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen said in his explanation of Riyadhus Saaliheen, in regards to Al-Sidq:

“Honesty: The original meaning is: to comply with actual news (or event). And it is about the news/information that is being conveyed. So if one communicates news about something and this news is in accordance with the actual event then, it is said: “it is true”. Example: (if it is Sunday) and the person says: Today is Sunday. Then this news is true because the day is Sunday. But if someone says it is Monday, then this news is false.

 

So if the news is in accordance with the actual incident then it is true; and when it opposes the incident then it is false. Truthfulness can be in speech as well as in actions.

 

Truthfulness in actions: It is when the internal (feeling) of a person is similar to his outer (reaction); so that if he does something, then it should be in accordance with what is in his heart.

 

Example: The show-off is not truthful, because he pretends in front of the people to be religious whereas he is not.

 

The Mushrik (the one who associates partners) with Allaah is not truthful, because he pretends to be upon Tawheed whereas he is not.

 

The hypocrite is not truthful because he pretends to have faith whereas he is not a believer.

 

The Mubtadi` (the innovator in religion) is not truthful because he pretends to be following (the Sunnah of) the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم whereas he is not a follower.

The important thing (to understand) is that truthfulness is in accordance with the actual event, and it is one of the characteristics of the Believers. And its opposite is falsehood, and it is one of the characteristics of the hypocrites – and Allaah’s refuge is sought.” {End quote from the Sheikh- Source:Ilm 4 All

Allaah said:

“O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds).” {Surat At-Tawbah: 119}

Ibn Kathir said about this ayah:

“The Ayah says, adhere to and always say the truth so that you become among its people and be saved from destruction. Allaah will make a way for you out of your concerns and a refuge. Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud said that the Messenger of Allaah (صلى  الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Abide by truthfulness. For indeed truthfulness leads to righteousness. And indeed righteousness leads to Paradise. A man continues telling the truth and trying hard to tell he truth until he is recorded with Allaah as a truthful person. Refrain from falsehood. For indeed falsehood leads to the wickedness, and wickedness leads to Fire. A slave (of Allaah) continues lying and trying hard to lie, until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar.” {The narration quoted above}” {Tafsir Ibn Kathir}

May Allaah make the Muslimeen firm on the word of truth and make us practise and teach these values. May His Salah and Salam be upon the Final Messenger, his companions, his wives and all those that follow them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement.

Isn’t it that time?

It is reported that Al-Fudayl b. ‘Ayyâd – Allâh have mercy on him – said:
How will you be if you reach a time when you will see people who do not distinguish truth from falsehood, believer from unbeliever, trustworthy from treacherous, nor ignorant from knowledgeable, and neither recognize what is right nor censure what is wrong?

Ibn Battah, Al-Ibânah Al-Kubrâ 1:188.

After reporting this narration, Imâm Ibn Battah (d. 387H) said:

To Allâh we belong and to Him we will return! We have reached that time, we have heard this and have come to know most of it and witnessed it. If a man to whom Allâh has bestowed sound reasoning looks and thinks carefully and ponders the matter of Islâm and its people and treads the rightly guided path as regards to them, it will become clear to him that most people have turned back on their heals, deviated from the correct path, and turned away from  correct proof. Many people have started to like what they used to hate, allow what they used to forbid and recognize what they used to reject. And for sure – Allâh have mercy on you – this is not the [right] character of the Muslims, nor the behaviour of those who have insight into this religion, and neither of those who believe in it and are certain about it.

Source: http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/isnt-this-that-time/#ixzz2csN4OPWG

 

Note: Imam Ibn Battah was saying this during his time and currently we see much more of this behaviour. It seems as though accepting the falsehood of others amounts to “tolerance”, whether this is the falsehood of saying Allaah has a son, (Glorified He is from such a thing), or the deviated belief of the Shi’ah that Allaah became incarnate in ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him). The Muslim does not accept false beliefs so that the people are pleased with him, rather he is more concerned with enjoining the good and forbidding the evil and more concerned with pleasing Allaah than the creation. It is said that the head of all good is Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) and the head of all evil is Shirk (associating partners with Allaah in His Lordship, Names and Attributes or right to be worshipped alone). The Muslim strives in propagating the correct creed and if he sees falsehood or sin, he does what he can to stop it. He does not do what is practised today, by calling everyone his brother, whether they are Christian, Hindu or Pagan as Allaah said:

“But if they repent, perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat, then they are your brethren in religion. (In this way) We explain the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail for a people who know.” {9:11}

and:

“The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islamic religion). So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy.” {49:11}

The Muslim should therefore be keen on seeking knowledge and asking Allaah to give him the ability to distinguish between truth and falsehood, to stay firm on the correct path; the path of those whom He has guided, not of those who have incurred His anger, nor of those who have gone astray.