thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE
Weekly Hadith – Importance Of Being Just & Rulers;
Allah (Subhanawa taála) says in His Perfect Word,
"Verily, Allah enjoins Al-Adl (i.e. justice and worshipping none but Allah Alone - Islamic Monotheism) and Al-Ihsan [i.e. to be patient in performing your duties to Allah, totally for Allah's sake and in accordance with the Sunnah (legal ways) of the Prophet SAW in a perfect manner], and giving (help) to kith and kin (i.e. all that Allah has ordered you to give them e.g., wealth, visiting, looking after them, or any other kind of help, etc.): and forbids Al-Fahsha' (i.e. all evil deeds, e.g. illegal sexual acts, disobedience of parents, polytheism, to tell lies, to give false witness, to kill a life without right, etc.), and Al-Munkar (i.e. all that is prohibited by Islamic law: polytheism of every kind, disbelief and every kind of evil deeds, etc.), and Al-Baghy (i.e. all kinds of oppression), He admonishes you, that you may take heed''
[Al Nahl: 90]
It is narrated from Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) said,
“A commander (of the Muslims) is a shield for them. They fight behind him, and are protected by him (from tyrants and aggressors). If he enjoins fear of God, the Exalted and Glorious, and dispenses justice, there will be a (great) reward for him; and if he enjoins otherwise, it rebounds on him.” [Muslim, Book 20, Hadith 4542]
The rulers of Muslim nations bear the burden of tremendous responsibility. It is through them that the roads and paths become safe, and the world becomes upright. Through them the weak receive support, the oppressors are humiliated, and the frightened become secure. They are the ones who enact the divine penalties and repel corruption. They enjoin the good, forbid the evil, and implement the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasallam). Examples are rife within Islamic history of staunch, righteous leaders whose hearts were fuelled by Taqwah (the fear of Allah), and who fulfilled their obligations to the Ummah above everything else as had been ordained for them.
The abhorrent fact is that there is a plethora of examples amongst Muslim nations today where the leaders are negating their duties towards their citizens and have busied themselves in their own interests. They have given preference to the life of this World and all that it contains over the promised reward for them by Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala). If only they realised the great honour which could be bestowed upon them and that by observing their obligations they would hold one of the highest ranks in Jannah.
May Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) give this Ummah the leaders to guide them according to His Divine Decree, to truly benefit those that they will be answerable for on the Day of Judgement, Ameen.
Pearls of Wisdom – Duah and Rulers;
“If your ruler is just, then praise Allah; but if he is unjust, pray to Allah to rid you of him.”
[Umar Ibn al-Khattab (radiAllahu anhu)]
Q. Should considering oneself to be too young or too old prevent one from attaining knowledge?
Praise be to Allaah.
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,
You should note that the greatest blessing that Allaah can bestow upon His slave is to guide him out of misguidance and save him from going astray. When Allaah opens the heart of His slave to acquire and teach Islamic knowledge, this is a great honour that Allaah bestows upon him. This makes the person more grateful towards his Lord and makes him strive to please Him. That includes striving to acquire the knowledge that has been handed down from the leader of the Messengers (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
Remember that the path to knowledge is long, but it is easy for the one for whom Allaah makes it easy. So strengthen your resolve and seek the help of your Lord, and do not worry about your age. Perhaps what is left of your life will be better for you than what has passed.
Remember that the greatest companions of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not acquire knowledge until they started to get grey hairs, and they were older than you are now. It did not take long until they became masters of knowledge and worldly leaders. In them is an example for everyone. There is the example of al-‘Izz ibn ‘Abd al-Salaam and Ibn Hazm and others who started to seek knowledge at an older age.
So seek the help of Allaah and do not feel helpless.
And Allaah (SWT) knows best.
Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Remember Your Oppressed Brothers and Sisters;
The world at present is witnessing a defining era amongst many Muslim nations, where those that have been oppressed, and whose rights have been unreservedly breached for many years, struggle for justice. It was through Islam and its principles that the concept of a Welfare State was established at the time of Khalifah Umar ibn al-Khattab (RadiAllahhu anhu).
Every individual within a country is entitled to equitable treatment, along with the benefit of its resources. A collective strife is underway amongst the people of various countries to voice their discontentment, and may Allah give them success in their efforts to take back what is rightfully theirs.
Insha’Allah we should remember them in our Dua’s at this difficult time, and ask Allah to serve justice for them.
Dua of the Week;
What to say if you are afraid to go to sleep, or feel lonely and depressed:
Transliteration: “A'oothu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati min ghadhabihi wa 'iqaabihi, wa sharri 'ibaadihi, wa min hamazaatish-shayaateeni wa 'an yahdhuroon”
Translation: "I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from His anger and His punishment, from the evil of His slaves and from the taunts of devils and from their presence."
[Abu Dawud, 4/12, At-Tirmidhi,3/171]
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