Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Love For Our Prophet, Real Value, Counting Sins, Gender Equality and Duah For Consoling


Weekly Hadith – Love For Our Prophet (SAW);
Allah (Subhanawa taála) says in His Perfect Word,
“Say (Muhammad): ‘If you love Allah, then follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Oft-Merciful.’”
[Ale-Imran,  31]

Anas Bin Malik (radiAllahu anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“I wish that I could meet my brothers.” The Companions of the Prophet asked, “Are we not your brothers?” He replied: “You are my Companions, but my brothers are those who will believe in me, without having seen me.”
[Musnad Ahmad]

Indeed for a believer the love for the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) should out weight their love for any other individual, be it their parents, spouses or even children.
We are not blessed as the Sahaba (radiAllahu anhuma) were in that they were able to enjoy his (SalAllahu alayhi wasallam) company and learn about the Deen of Allah directly from him.
However, the belief and imaan of our generations will be rewarded with a tremendous reward, i.e. we will be counted amongst the brothers of the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasallam), a great honour.
So we should ensure that we remain steadfast in our resolve and commitment towards our Deen, in order to earn this prized status. 
May Allah guide us to love His Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasallam) so much so that it infuses us with an intense desire to behold him, meet him, and enjoy his company in the Akhirah, guiding us to those righteous actions that can help attain this ultimate culmination of success. Ameen.

Pearls of Wisdom – Real Value; 
“Verily for everything that a slave loses there is a substitute, but for one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him.”
[Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimAllah]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. Is thinking of a sin, a sin? Or are we only accountable for our actions?

Praise be to Allaah. 
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,

Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with them) reports that the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) reported from Allah Most High that:
Verily, Allah has written the good and the bad, and then explained it. So whoever inclines to perform a good deed but does not perform it, Allah writes it for him as a complete good deed. Then, if he inclined towards it and actually performs it, Allah writes it for him as ten good deeds to seven hundred time, to many times over.
And if he inclines towards a bad deed but does not perform it, Allah writes it for him as a complete good deed. If he inclined towards it and then performed it, Allah writes it as one bad deed.
[Bukhari, 6010 & Muslim, 187]

Imam Zaynal-Din Ibn Nujaym explained in his al-Ashbah wa al-Nadha’ir that:
“The mere whisperings of the soul are not punished, unless one speaks or acts on them,” as mentioned in the hadith in [Sahih] Muslim.

The summary of what the scholars have discussed on this is that the thoughts of sin or good works that occur to the soul are of five levels:
1. The notion (hajis), which is that which occurs to it;
2. The thought (khatir), which is the notion going through it;
3. The whisperings of the soul (hadith al-nafs), which is the uncertainty is has as to whether to do something or not;
4. Inclination ( hamm ), which is to lean towards doing something;
5. Determination (`azm).

There is scholarly consensus that mere notions are not punished, for they are not from one’s actions. As for thoughts and whisperings of the soul, even though one could avoid them by negating the notion as soon as it occurs, they are, however, not taken to account because of the authentic hadiths related to them.

As for inclination, it has been explained in the authentic hadiths that inclining towards a good dead leads to a good dead being written for one, though if one [merely] inclines to a bad deed this is not written.

As for determination, the scholars of verification hold that it is taken into account. It is mentioned in al-Bazzaziyya that, “If one inclined towards committing sin, this is not sinful, unless one fixed one’s determination on doing so. If one determined to do, one sins, but not the [complete] sin of the actual action.”
[Ibn Nujaym, al-Ashbah wa al-Nadha'ir]

This corresponds to what Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (Allah have mercy on him) explained in his Fath al-Bari, commenting upon the hadith of Ibn Abbas, and he stated that this was the position of Baqillani, and that Qadi Iyad stated that this was the position of the majority of the early Muslims and of the scholars.

And Allah (SWT) knows best.

[Source: and]

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Gender Equality and Sexism;
Many of us may have heard discussions around the topic taking place in our respective workplaces, regarding its legitimacy or inappropriateness in today’s developed age. If this is the case, we should take the opportunity to enlighten and educate our non-muslim acquaintances about the Islamic perception on the genders.
We know that our Deen outlines different roles and responsibilities for men and women in this world, and has granted them mutual as well as unique privileges. For example, if a man through the Shariah has been given the role of the leader and provider of the household, then the woman has also been bestowed with the role of the mother, the primary nurturer of the children, and consequently the architect of generations to come.
Her stature in this role is not matched by any other person as ‘Jannah lies beneath her feet’
[Sunan Ibn Majah, 2771], and what an exalted honour to be awarded.
This is just one example of many regarding which we should educate ourselves, and share this knowledge with others. Hence while the ‘modern’ world continues to debate on matters of gender equality and equal rights, Islam has eradicated these predicaments hundreds of years ago by honouring men and women individually as well as collectively, defining their rights, and ordaining complementary roles for them in Society as opposed to competitive ones.

Dua of the Week;
When Consoling Someone, Greet them With Salam and then say:

إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَا أَخَذَ وَلَهُ مَا أَعْطَى وَكُلٌّ عِنْدَهُ بِأَجَلٍ مُسَمَىً فَلَتَصْبِرْ وَلْتَحْتَسِب

Transliteration: “Innalillahi ma akhath walahu maa a’ta waqulla indahu bi ajalimmusammayan falatasbir wal tahtasib"

Translation: ‘Definitely Allah has taken what belongs to Him. He has given us what belongs to Him. He has stipulated a time for everyone (which He does not chance by impatience or plan). Have patience and hope for reward".

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