Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Significance of Insignificant Deeds, Anger and Regret, Experience on CVs, Dhikr after Salah And Duah When Someone Compliments You

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Hadith – Significance Of ‘Insignificant’ Deeds;
When referring to the process of accountability on the Day of Judgement, Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) says in the Qur’an,
“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.”
[Surah Zalzala, Ayah 7]

Abu Dharr (radhiAllaahu Anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) said to me:
"Do not belittle any good deed, even your meeting with your brother with a cheerful face".

Every deed approved by the shari'ah is considered good and rewarding. No matter how seemingly small people may consider it, it must not be looked at from a highbrow angle. Even to meet people cheerfully is one of the Islamic virtues, though it may appear quite insignificant to some people. Hence we should never hold back from doing even the most minor of good actions, as every one of those actions will count towards our forgiveness insha’Allah on the Day when it will really matter.

Pearls of Wisdom – Anger And Regret; 
“Anger begins with madness and ends with regret.” 
[Ali (RadiAllahu Anhu)]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. Is it permissible to add experience on ones resume that may not have been acquired in the manner required?

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

The Muslim should speak the truth and seek to be honest. Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Fear Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds)”
[at-Tawbah 9:119].

Al-Bukhaari (6094) and Muslim (2607) narrated that Ibn Mas‘ood (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:
“I enjoin you to be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man may continue to tell the truth and endeavour to be truthful until he is recorded with Allaah as a speaker of truth. And beware of lying, for lying leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to Hell. A man may continue to tell lies and endeavour to tell lies, until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar.”

The scholars said: What this means is that truthfulness leads to righteous deeds that are free of everything blameworthy. Al-birr (righteousness) is a general word that includes all kinds of good deeds. But lying leads to wickedness, which is drifting away from righteousness or, it was said, indulging in sin.
The scholars said: This is encouragement to endeavor to be truthful, which means seeking it and paying attention to it. (And it is encouragement) to beware of lying and taking the matter lightly, for if one takes the matter lightly he will do a great deal of it and become known for that. So if a person tells the truth all the time and it becomes second nature to him, Allah will record him as a speaker of truth. On the other hand, if he tells lies all the time and it becomes second nature to him, Allah will record him as a liar. End quote.
For example, someone mentioning their teaching at home as if it were teaching in an educational institution is undoubtedly a kind of lying. Rather they have to tell the truth and state that they taught privately at home.
Remember that if you tell the truth and fear Allah, Allah will provide for you from sources you could not imagine. Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). 3. And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine”
[at-Talaaq 65:2-3].

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Dhikr After Salah;
Many of us are very hasty in rushing off after the salah, pretty much as soon as the Imam completes the tasleem (salam at the end of the prayer). But we should ensure that we recite the recommended dhikr from the Sunnah, as there are great virtues in doing so. A few extra seconds of remembrance at the end of our prayer insha'Allah will go a long way in counting towards what we accumulate in terms of good deeds in this world.
A brief source which explains some of the recommended dhikr from the sunnah after our salah is at the following link:

Dua of the Week;
Dua for When Someone Compliments You:

Transliteration: “Allaahumma laa tu'aakhithnee bimaa yaqooloona, waghfir lee maa laa ya'lamoona [waj'alnee khayram-mimmaa yadhunnoon]”

Translation: “O Allah , do not call me to account for what they say and forgive me for what they have no knowledge of [and make me better than they imagine].”
[Al-Bukhari, Al-'Adabul-Mufrad no. 761. See Al-Albani, Sahih Al-'Adabul-Mufrad (no. 585). The portion between brackets if from Al-Bayhaqi, Shu'ab Al-Iman 4/228, and comes another account.]

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