Thursday, 10 October 2013

Time in Islam Part 1 - True Believers Mu’mins

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE
Time in Islam Part 1: True Believers Mu’mins;

What Allah wants for us is to be True Believers;
The most common excuse we give ourselves and to others for not progressing or establishing a closer relationship with Allah and His Book is time. Through this series on the topic of time we hope to convey the significance of using time productively and how Allah wants us to view this blessing.

In order to appreciate the topic of time we must briefly touch on the topic of a Mu’min so we can grasp what is expected of us.
We can practice the basic 5 pillars of Islam but that is what makes us Muslims, but in order to be true believers and Mu’mins we must persevere and strive further to please Allah and attain closeness to Allah and what He has revealed and allowed our Prophet (SAW) to show us as guidance.

“Whosoever Allah wishes good for, He gives him understanding (fiqh) of the Religion.”
[Bukhari and Muslim]
And we should do our best to fall into this category as Allah has given guidance to all of us, it is up to us to take the opportunity as Allah wants the best for us, so we should not be lazy and we should be eager to earn this Love.

An excellent quote recently:
“You can’t run your laptops or gadgets perfectly without ‘updating’ them regularly. How do you expect to have a perfect relationship with Allah without updating your level of worship and connection to His Book?
Staying at the same level is not an option for anything in life – much less when it comes to your Creator”
[Shaykh Tawfique Chowdhury]

Just some brief points on Mu’mins, there are many more examples but some to put things in perspective. Please note the comments are not Tafseer in any way but just some (Of many) practical methods of benefiting and working towards achieving what pleases Allah.

They attain the status of having no doubt:
"…and attain the status of having no doubt whatsoever…"

One of the best ways to do this is to learn about the life of the Prophet (SAW), aim to understand the Qur’an by learning Arabic Language or Tafseer and learn the Fiqh of topics of everyday life that is an obligation like Tahara (Cleanliness and Purity) and Marriage as a minimum inn shaa Allah.

They Strive with their money and lives:
"…and Strive with their money and their lives in the cause of Allah.
These are the truthful ones."

This form of striving could be to give up time to regularly teach Islamic knowledge, or help with your skills for a particular charity, or even spending your money and investing your time in taking part in Islamic courses and succeeding in them with an aim to do further good deeds with it inn shaa Allah.

Their faith is strengthened by hearing God's revelations:
"…and when His revelations are recited to them, their faith is strengthened…"

We know we are supposed to love Allah first above all, then Rasool (SAW) and then our parents and so on. And when we love Allah truly out of belief of what He has revealed that faith will increase from reminders of His Ayahs. Another easy way is to ensure that relationship with Allah is improved is to ensure that we understand His Ayahs, so we can interpret what Allah intends for us and the guidance He has set out for us out of His divine mercy and love for us. So when Our Majesty is mentioned we may always have that connection with Him.

6. They trust in their Lord:
"…and they trust in their Lord."
This Ayah has many other benefits to take from Qadr (Divine Decree) to when Allah affirms He does not burden us with more than His slave (Us/We) can take, but for sake of this reminder let us limit it.
In order to trust we must love, in order to love, we must know and what better place to start than the beautiful names of Allah. What a shame that most of us cannot list the names of our Creator.

“Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees.”
[Qur'an, 58:11]

Here Allah clearly mentions the status of those with knowledge as if they were celebrities in the Akhirah and furthermore the following hadith further affirms this point, SunhanAllah.

Hadith of Abu Darda
“If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge, the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man.
 The superiority of the learned man over the worshipper is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave neither dinar nor dirham, leaving only knowledge, and he who takes it takes a big fortune.”
[Abu Dawud]

SubhanAllah, they are the heirs of the Prophets, what a status, and this celebrity status in the Akhirah is what we should aim for as that is eternal as promised by Allah, eternal happiness.

Finally, simply attaining knowledge is not enough, we carry a responsibility of conveying the message just as our Prophet (SAW) did, so knowledge comes with action inn shaa Allah.
“Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single sentence…”

Now that we have a basis on what Allah expects of us iA next week we can cover what is specifically mentioned about time by Allah and His Messenger (SAW).

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