The Power of Doing- Part two

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“…O My servants, it is but your deeds that I account for you, and then recompense you for. So he who finds good, let him praise Allah, and he who finds other than that, let him blame no one but himself.”

We know then that our deeds are a reason for a good end or a bad end. They are the reason for our receiving mercy and entrance to Gardens of Bliss, or they are a reason for torment. The responsibility to act is on us, yet we are not and never will we be able to perform enough deeds to “deserve” entrance in to Paradise. It is but a mercy from Allaah as His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said in the narration by Abu Huraira:

I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “The good deeds of any person will not make him enter Paradise.” (i.e., None can enter Paradise through his good deeds.) They (the Prophet’s companions) said, ‘Not even you, O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)?’ He said, “Not even myself, unless Allah bestows His favour and mercy on me.” So be moderate in your religious deeds and do the deeds that are within your ability: and none of you should wish for death, for if he is a good doer, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil doer, he may repent to Allah.” {Saheeh Al-Bukhari: 5673}

It is clear from both hadeeth therefore that it is upon us to ask for guidance and strive in worship but it is Allaah that guides and facilitates us to perform deeds of righteousness:

O My servants, all of you are astray except those whom I have guided, so seek guidance from Me and I shall guide you.

We can not fathom the mercy of Allaah upon His slaves. He is more merciful to us than our mothers; He admits to Paradise those who fulfill His Covenant though He is Free of need. Were He to wish that every one of us went to the Fire then it would not be an injustice as He is the Creator. He recompenses based on our deeds, whether good or bad therefore it is upon us to act:

“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.

And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.” {Surat Az-Zalzalah 99:7-8}

These actions, whether large or small, must be in accordance to the Shariah, based on the Qur’an and the Sunnah and they must be for the sake of Allaah alone. It is not enough that an action has a good intention, seeking the pleasure of Allaah and His reward, but it is an innovation that neither the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم did, nor his companions, nor the righteous predecessors. The one that commits such an act is making the claim that either he is more knowledgeable about a deed which gets one closer to Allaah than the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم or that there is an action which the Messenger صلى الله عليه سلم concealed and only the “special Awliya” are aware of these acts. Both premises are dismissed as ignorance as the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

“If anyone introduces in our matter something which does not belong to it, will be rejected”. {Agreed Upon}

And he صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“I am leaving you upon a (path of) brightness whose night is like its day. No one will deviate from it after I am gone but one who is doomed. Whoever among you lives will see great conflict. I urge you to adhere to what you know of my Sunnah and the path of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, and cling stubbornly to it. And you must obey, even if (your leader is) an Abyssinian leader. For the true believer is like a camel with a ring in its nose; wherever it is driven, it complies.” {Sunan Ibn Maajah: Book 1 H:45}

There is, therefore, only one way of action that will lead to Paradise and that is the way of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم. Any action that does not comply with his Sunnah is rejected. In the same way, if an act is from the Sunnah but it is dedicated to other than Allaah, or used to seek nearness to other than Allaah then it is rejected. The act may be small but the Noble Angels are recording. The All-Mighty is Ever-Watching and All-Knowing. He knows the actions of the limbs and the actions of the heart. The power of doing an action, is that be it small or large, difficult or easy, it will all add up on the scales. Mountains, after all, are made up of small stones.

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We can not expect to follow our desires at every turn and neglect the obligations of Allaah upon us and expect that we will not be recompensed accordingly. It is as Ibn-ul Qayyim رحمه الله said:

“The intelligent person perceives forbidden things like a delicious food, which contain fatal poison. Whenever its pleasure arouses his interest, the reality of the poison would push him away from it. Also, he perceives the orders of Allaah as bitter medicine that leads to good health and recovery.” {Al-Fawaa’id (pg. 232 eng. trans)}

Let us not be deceived by the adornments of this worldly life. Let our actions reflect those of the righteous in order that we receive Mercy from The Merciful. We must remember that:

“The Paradise is surrounded by hardships and the Hell-Fire is surrounded by temptations.” {Saheeh Muslim: 2822}

We must remember that both are closer than we anticipate as the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

 “Jannah is nearer to anyone of you than your shoe-lace, and so is the (Hell) Fire”. {Saheeh Al-Bukhari: 6488}

May Allaah make our deeds those of righteousness, our hearts the hearts of the Muttaqeen and may He facilitate us towards evil and protect us from evil. May His Salaah and Salaam be upon the Final Messenger, his family, his companions and all those that follow them in goodness until the Day of Resurrection.

 

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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.

Contentment

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم):

“Be satisfied with what Allah has apportioned for you, and you will be the wealthiest of people.” [Ahmad and at-Tirmidhi]

He also said (صلى الله عليه و سلم):

“To be well off is not through possessing lots of transitory goods rather true well-being comes from a contented soul.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

The Muslim is always aware that this dunya is a fleeting dream. The reality will occur when the earth embraces us in her womb and the day that the believers are given admittance into paradise and the disbelievers, admittance to the hell fire.

Excessive hope is a means of diversion from this reality. Anas ibn Malik (رضي الله عنه) narrates:

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) drew a few lines and said: “This is (man’s) hope, and this is the instant of his death, and while he is in this state (of hope), the nearer line (death) comes to Him.” [Bukhari]

‘Ali bin Abi Talib (رضي الله عنه) said:

“The thing I fear for you most is following desires and having extensive hopes (about this worldly life). Following one’s desires blocks you from the truth, and having extensive hopes makes you forget the hereafter

The state of the believer is such that his hope is for the hereafter. He holds the dunya in his hand and does not let it enter his heart. The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“Whoever this dunya is his great concern; Allaah will scatter his affairs, and will put his poverty right between his eyes. And nothing from the dunya, i.e rizq will come to him except what has been decreed for him. And whoever his great concern is the hereafter, Allaah will organise his affairs, and He will put richness inside his heart, and the dunya will come to him, willingly or unwillingly.” [Narrated by Ibn Majah, authenticated by Sheikh al Albani]

Inability

Abu Hurairah (رضي الله عنه) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“Allaah, the Exalted says:  ‘I am as my slave thinks of me, and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me inwardly, I will remember him inwardly, and if he remembers Me in an assembly, I will remember him in a better assembly (i.e., in the assembly of angels).” [Bukhari and Muslim]

We are all slaves of Allaah, willingly and unwillingly. It is He who gives us our sustenance, causes us to live and causes us to die. So it is no surprise when the slave sees that his affairs have been so perfectly handled that he would remember Allaah. It is not strange that the helpless would be grateful to the one he is constantly reliant upon. What is incredible however, is that the Lord of the Worlds, the One who is free of all need would remember he who sincerely remembers Him.

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]

It is when we are forgotten (neglected and left to our own desires NOT excluded from the knowledge and ability of Allaah) that we are destroyed.

“And it will be said: ‘This Day We will forget you as you forgot the Meeting of this Day of yours. And your abode is the Fire, and there is none to help you.'” [Surat Al-Jathiyah: 34]

How miserable then is the case of the one who is heedless. He does not remember Allaah, therefore he is accordingly forgotten. He indulges in every sin, follows every whim and sees himself as self sufficient. He is so corrupted that, the thought of doing righteous deeds does not even enter his mind. The Angel that accompanies him withdraws from the vileness of his behaviour and the Shaytan (devil) gets closer to him for his evil.

“And whosoever turns away (blinds himself) from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allaah) (i.e. this Qur’aan and worship of Allaah), We appoint for him Shaytan (Satan – devil) to be a Qarin (an intimate companion) to him.” [Surat Az-Zukhruf: 36]

He is lost in a world of vain desires and amusements, while thinking he is successful. When he is reminded of the eternal (the afterlife, paradise and hellfire), he is not affected. The Qur’aan, the speech of Allaah about which Allaah said…

“And if there had been a Qur’aan with which mountains could be moved (from their places), or the earth could be cloven asunder, or the dead could be made to speak (it would not have been other than this Qur’aan). But the decision of all things is certainly with Allaah…” [Surat Ar-Ra’d:31]

…does not affect him, and he is as Allaah described him:

“Have you seen him who takes his own lust (vain desires) as his ilah (god), and Allah knowing (him as such), left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who then will guide him after Allah? Will you not then remember?” [Surat Al-Jathiyah: 23]

He has lost the ability to do good, because of his persistence in evil. He is punished in this world and the punishment of the Hereafter is greater. Ibn al Qayyim (رحمه الله) said:

“The slave is not afflicted with a punishment greater than the hardening of the heart and being distant from Allaah. For the Fire was created to melt the hardened heart.The most distant heart from Allaah is the heart which is hardened. If the heart becomes hardened, the eyes become dry.”

We seek refuge in Allaah from a hardened heart, the inability to do righteous deeds and eyes that do not weep in fear and hope of Him. May the Salaah and Salaam be upon the final Messenger, his family, his companions and those that follow them in goodness till the Day of Resurrection.

The Manifestation of the Lord

The Qur’aan is the words of Allaah, and He, the Almighty manifested His glory to His creatures through His attributes. When He shows His Greatness and Majesty, His creatures will submit and pride will melt away like salt in water. He manifests His attributes of beauty and perfection, which are the perfection of His names and the beauty of His actions, which show the perfection of His self. So the servant will love Him and his heart will be empty from any love other than love for Allaah. And if the other wanted to end this love, his heart and body will refuse. This love will remain as his innate nature as it is not artificial.

If Allaah manifests His glory in the attributes of mercy, charity, and kindness, then the power of hope will emit from the servant and he will show his wish and resort to Allaah and the more his hope increases the more he will work hard. It is exactly like the one who sows seeds in his land. The more his greed increases in what he will harvest, the more he will sow the seeds, but if his hope is weak, he will become stingy and careless in sowing them.

If Allaah shows Himself through His attributes of justice, revenge, anger, wrath and punishment, the evil soul will be repressed, stooped and its power will be weakened from imagination, anger and lust and it will be afraid.

If He shows Himself through His attributes of commanding, forbidding, sending Messengers, revealing Books and setting decrees, then the ability to obey, report, and follow these orders will be shown. People will follow His orders and will avoid whatever He has forbidden.

If He manifests Himself through His attributes of listening, seeing and knowing, then the servant will be shy. He will be ashamed that his Lord sees and listens to him, as he does not want Him to see him doing what He hates, hear what He hates or hide what He hates. His thoughts, words and deeds will remain balanced according to the law of Islam not according to imagination and nature.

If Allaah manifested Himself through His attributes of sufficiency, managing His servants’ interests, insuring their subsistence, preventing distress, and supporting, protecting and accompanying His pious people, then the servant will show the ability to put trust in Allaah and be committed to Him, and He will be satisfied with that and will all that Allaah destined for him.

If He shows His attributes of glory and pride, the good soul will show humility to His power, submission to His pride, and his heart and limbs will submit to Him and recklessness will vanish.

The essence of this is that Allaah, the Exalted knows His servants through His attributes of both Divinity and Lordship  The attributes of Divinity provoke special love, longing to meet Allaah, and pleasing Him by obeying, and remembering Him. And the attributes of the Lordship of Allaah induce trust in Him, resorting to Him, asking for His support, and showing humility and submission to Him. Perfection is when the servant knows the Divinity and Lordship of Allaah. It is also to see His power in His forgiveness, His wisdom in His Divine decree, His blessing in affliction, giving in preventing, justice in revenge, generosity in forgiveness, wisdom and blessing in commanding and forbidding, glory in anger and pleasure, patience in giving chances, generosity in advancing, and sufficiency in what He has forbidden. If you carefully consider the Qur’aan without any distortion or evil opinions you will see a dominating King over the heavens, who manages His servants’ affairs, send Messengers, Books, and sometimes He is angry or pleased, sometimes He rewards or punishes, sometimes He gives or prevents, sometimes He humiliates or honours, sometimes He lowers or raises, and always He sees and hears from above the seven heavens, and knows what is kept secret and what is broadcast. A leaf does not fall, nothing moves, and no one intercedes in His presence except with His permission.

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The Righteous Wife

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She is beautiful, honourable and unspoilt.

The corruption of the “modern” woman does not enter her soul.

She is content with the blessings of Allaah.

Patient with the decree.

She veils her adornment from the eyes of strangers but always looks pleasing to her husband.

She is brave and has fortitude

She does not complain.

She hides her husbands secrets as she would hide her own

She is the best of provision in this worldly life

She is honoured, revered, and adored

She maintains her obligations and abstains from the prohibited

She safeguards what is entrusted to her and she does so with love

She is a pure soul, serene and shy

She exhibits humility and submission to Her Lord

She is knowledgeable and wise

She is hopeful for Ar-Rahman

She fears His Punishment

She flies to Her Lord on wings of obedience

She is the righteous wife whom the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) described:

“If a woman prays her five (daily prayers),

Fasts her month (Ramadan),

Guards her chastity and obeys her husband,

It will be said to her: Enter Paradise through whichever of the gates of Paradise you wish.

[Saheeh al-Jaami’- Graded Saheeh by Al-Albani]

May Allaah aid the sisters of this Ummah to be of the women whom it is said to ‘enter paradise through whichever of the gates of Paradise you wish’. May the Salaah and Salaam of Allaah be upon the Final Messenger

How bold they are…

“Those are they who have purchased error at the price of Guidance, and torment at the price of Forgiveness. So how bold they are (for evil deeds which will push them) to the Fire.” [Surat al-Baqarah: 175]

How short sighted we are. In this life, given a choice we almost always choose the way that has the least amount of harm in it. The way that is secure, free of risk, grief and sorrow. Yet for the hereafter, the permanent abode, we forget about ourselves. We do the deeds of the people of the Hell fire, still maintaining hope that we will not end up in it.

How beautifully accurate therefore is the description that Allaah gave above! It is boldness that drives us to this. We believe to be lords of our own selves, and Allaah’s refuge is sought. We follow every whim and desire that our soul inclines to and we exchange that which is good for that which is evil. The fact of the matter is that our demise can be caused by something as small as a mosquito.

“…And none knows the soldiers of your Lord except Him…” [Surat al Muddatthir: 31]

We are weak in mind and in body. Our minds are swayed by the whisperings of Shaytaan and our bodies are subjected to the evil consequences of following these whispers. We forget the permanent (the hereafter) and focus on the temporary (this worldly life), even though if a fraction of the pain prepared for the denizens of the Hell fire to be inflicted upon us we would be destroyed. We wrong ourselves and we will only see the result of this on the Day of Resurrection:

“And if Allah were to impose blame on the people for their wrongdoing, He would not have left upon the earth any creature, but He defers them for a specified term. And when their term has come, they will not remain behind an hour, nor will they precede [it].” [Surat an-Nahl: 61]

Again, how short sighted we are to our fate. Abu Hazim was asked:

“O Aba Hazim, why do we hate death?”. Abu Hazim said, “Because you have built up your Dunya (worldly life), and you have neglected and ruined your hereafter, therefore you hate to leave that for which you built up to go to that which you have ruined” [Taken from  the biography of Salama ibn Dinar]

Can the mansions of this life be compared to the mansions of Jannah? Can the pain of this life be compare to that of the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones? Yet our conditions remain such that we forget, except those whom Allaah has mercy upon.

We ask Allaah for rectification of our souls, protection against its evil and the tawfeeq (success) to do the righteous deeds of the people of Jannah, the most righteous deed being Tawheed (affirming the Oneness of Allaah in His Lordship, Names and Attributes and His right to be worshipped alone).May He help the Muslimeen turn back to Him and assist them against the disbelieving people. May He send His Salaah and Salaam upon the Final Messenger to mankind, his family, his companions and all those that follow their way until the Day of Recompense.