• As-salámu ‘alaikum wa rahmatul láhi wa barakátuh!”

    Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem

    People Whom Allah Loves

    Man's love for Allah is all about striving hard to uphold His Deen and obedience to Him, His Messenger or any system or authority that implements His Rule. In return, Allah's love for man is about being Gracious and Beneficent to man and providing him protection from the harmful consequences of his shortcomings or inadvertent mistakes [See, 3:31-32, 5:54, 9:24].

    In the Quran, various types of people are mentioned whom Allah loves, i.e. who get blessed with His special grace, beneficence and protection.

    Allah loves Muhsineen [2:195, 3:134, 3:148, 5:13, 5:93]

    [Those who do good (to others); who spend (benevolently) in the cause of Allah (2:195)

    in favorable as well as in adverse circumstances; who divert and sublimate their anger and potentially virulent emotions to creative energy and become a source of tranquility and comfort to people; who quickly correct any wrong or indecency that has occurred from them, remember Allah, protect themselves from trailing behind in dignity and refrain from willfully persisting in error. [3:134-135];

    who pardon and forbear [5:13];

    who do not spread corruption on earth [7:56];

    who strive hard for Him [29:69]; who establish As-Salaat [remembering Him (20:14, 62:9) all the time (70:23) and at appointed times (4:103, 62:9), and follow His Guidance in all the affairs] and keep the resources, that He has bestowed upon them, open [for the welfare of humanity]. (2:177, 9:44, 39:33, 92:17-20) [31:3-4];

    who are the believing servants of Allah [37:110-111, 37:121-122, 37:131-132]; who sleep but little at night (reflecting on His Commands and on ways to implement His Commands) and heartily seek to be guarded against imperfections (51:16-18)].

    Allah loves Tawwabeen [2:222][Those who turn to rightfulness and recourse much to Him and His Guidance]

    Allah loves Mutahhareen [2:222, 9:108] [Those who keep their bodies free from filth, minds distant from dirty thoughts and conduct clean from unseemly acts]

    Allah loves Muttaqeen [3:76, 9:4, 9:7]

    [Those who guard themselves against evil and preserve themselves from the inevitable harmful consequences for violating Allah's Commands by carefully abiding by His Guidance, not exceeding His Prescribed Limits and not deviating or departing from His Right Path; those who render service and obedience to Him alone (2:21) and observe the prescribed abstinence (2:183-187);

    those who believe in Him, Divine Books, Aakhrat, Malaika, Prophets, and in the existence of the Unseen, that which is beyond the reach of human perception (by the senses) {Allah (21:49, 35:18, 36:11, 50:33, 67:12), Al-Saa’at (16:77, 32:5-6, 34:3, 72:25-26) when every person will get the recompense for that which he strives (20:15), the day of resurrection (27:65-66) and the everlasting paradise (19:61)}(2:3-4, 2:177);

    those who establish As-Salaat [remembering Him (20:14, 62:9) all the time (70:23) and at appointed times (4:103, 62:9), and follow His Guidance in all the affairs] and keep the resources, that He has bestowed upon them, open [for the welfare of humanity]. (2:177, 9:44, 39:33, 92:17-20) [31:3-4];

    those who give from their wealth to family and relatives, orphans, widows to those left helpless in the society, to those whose hard-earned income fails to meet their basic needs, to those whose running businesses have stalled,

    to those who have lost their jobs, to the one whose life has stalled for any reason, to the disabled, the needy wayfarer, son of the street, the homeless, the one who travels to them for assistance, to those who ask for help, and to those whose necks are burdened with any kind of bondage, oppression, crushing debts and extreme hardship of labour [2:177];

     

    those who spend their wealth for their own tazkiya or personal development and not for favour from anyone to be paid back [92:17-20]; those who are true to their promises and covenants whenever they make a promise or covenant [2:177, 8:56, 9:4, 9:7]; those who remain steadfast in physical or emotional distress and in times of peril [2:177];

    those who avoid great sins and fawahish (yet not ascribe purity to themselves) [53:32]; those who promote the truth and believe therein [39:33]; those who remember Allah immediately, when approached by devil [7:201]; those who strive in the way of Allah by their wealth and lives [9:44]; and those who will be in the pure state when Angels come to take their lives [16:31-32]

    Allah loves Sabireen [3:146][

    Those who have capacity to endure hardship, difficulty, or inconvenience with calmness and self-control;

    those who can exhibit tolerance and restraint in the face of provocation;

     

    those who have calm and tranquil state of mind;

    those who can exhibit composure, equanimity, self-constraint, self-control, steadfastness, determination, perseverance and endurance;

    those who steadily adhere to the statutes of Quran; those who maintain constancy with Allah;

    those who show patience, endurance, equanimity and adherence to the Laws of Allah in harm, injury, mischief damage, poverty, bodily affliction, distress, lack of means of subsistence, misfortune, calamity, fear, hunger, a state of pressing want, loss of money, loss of life or loss of fruits of their toil (2:177, 2:155, 22:35);

    those who show patience and endurance in the face of rejection (6:34);

    those who show equanimity and composure when people make them a laughing stock for their True convictions (23:110-111);

    those who show steadfastness and perseverance in seeking their Lord’s Countenance (13:22);

    those who show equanimity and adherence to Allah’s laws when wealth, fortune, plenty or ease comes after poverty, misfortune, scarcity, or hardship (11:9-10);

    those who show patience, calm and tranquillity of mind while waiting for Allah’s judgement and the results of their actions (7:87); and

    those who show self-constraint and self-control in sexual matters (4:25)]

    Allah loves Mutawakkileen [3:159] [Those who put their trust in Allah and His Laws after seeking His Guidance, deliberation, consultation, decision making, resolution and determination]

    Allah loves Muqsiteen [5:42, 49:9, 60:8][Those who act equitably and justly, and judge and make reconciliation among people with equity, fairness and justice]

    Allah loves those who fight in His way against tyranny, injustice, wrongdoings, aggression and transgression, [61:4]

    [Source:http://quranicteachings.co.uk/whom-Allah-loves.htm]

    


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  • Assalamu’alaikum Warohmatullohi Wabarakatuhu...

    Bismillaahirrohmaanirrohiim ....

     

    I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts, Or fears.

    But I can listen to you, and together we will Search for answers.

     

    I can't change your past with all its heartache and pain,

    Nor the future with its untold stories.

    But I can be there now when you need me to care.

     

    I can't keep your feet from stumbling.

    I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.

     

    Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;

    Yet I can share in your laughter.

    Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;

     

    I can only support you, encourage you,

    And help you when you ask.

    I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship,

    From your values, from me.

     

    I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.

    I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you,

    But I can give you the room to change, room to grow, Room to be yourself.

     

    I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,

    But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces And put them back in place.

    I can't tell you who you are.

     

    I can only love you and be your friend.

    May Allah Make It Easy In Whatever We Do

    Inshallah

    Islam is a way of life

     http://www.islamicpoem.com/?q=node%2F474


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  • Assalamu’alaikum Warohmatullohi Wabarakatuhu...

    Bismillaahirrohmaanirrohiim ....

     

    Strangeness and the Strangers

    By Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah

     

    Adoptted by Ammar ibn Abdullah al-Hindi

    Based on a booklet by ibn Qayyim entitled al-Ghurbathu wa al-Ghuraba

    "Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to being something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers."

    The Meaning of "Strangeness"

    Many times in many situations the people that follow the religion of Allah feel a sense of not belonging, of being out of place, of not fitting in, and, in other words, of being strange. This feeling could occur in a gathering of non-Muslims, but, unfortunately, this feeling sometimes also occurs when one is with his fellow Muslims.

    A person sees his brothers and sisters doing acts that are contrary to Islam, or taking part in innovations that sometimes even border on kufr (apostasy), yet he feels that he does not have enough power or courage to stop them in these acts.

    Some brothers and sisters, especially if they do not have enough taqwa or Islamic knowledge, sometimes buckle under the pressure of their peers and join in these acts, knowing that this is not what Allah wants them to do. However, feeling helpless, since it seems that they are alone in their ideas and without any support to help them do what is right, they succumb to such pressures.

    These brothers and sisters, may Allah have mercy on them, should take consolation in the verses of the Qur’an and the many statements of the Prophet (saws) describing this very situation of strangeness that they feel.

    Why Have They Been Called "Strangers"?

    Allah says in the Qur’an,

    "If only there had been, in the generations preceding you, people having wisdom, prohibiting others from evil in the earth; except a few of those whom we have saved from among them." (Qur'an Hud 116).

    This verse speaks of the few people on earth, the "strangers", who prohibit mankind from evil. These are the same people the Prophet (saws) spoke about when he said, "Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to being something strange, so give glad tidings [ar. Tooba.

    This is a tree in Paradise. So the Prophet (saws) is giving the good news of Paradise to these strangers.] to the strangers." It was asked, "Who are those strangers, O Messenger of Allah?" He replied, "Those that correct the people when they become corrupt." [Reported by Abu Amr al-Dani, from the hadith of ibn Masoud. It is authentic according to al-Albani. Another narration says, "Those that correct my Sunnah which has been corrupted by the people after me."]

    In another narration he said in response to the same question, "They are a small group of people among a large evil population. Those who oppose them are more than those who follow them." [Reported by ibn Asaakir. It is authentic according to al-Albani.]

    These praiseworthy people are called strangers since they are a small minority among mankind. Thus, Muslims are strangers among mankind; the true believers are strangers among Muslims; and the scholars are strangers among the true believers. And the followers of the Sunnah, those that clear themselves from all peoples of innovation, are likewise strangers.

    In reality, however, their strangeness is only because they are the minority and it is not because their actions and beliefs are strange. This is what Allah says in surah al-Anaam,

    "And if you obey most of the people on Earth, they will lead you astray" (Qur'an al-Anaam 116).

    Allah also says,

    "And most of mankind will not believe, even if you (O Muhammad) desire it eagerly" (Qur'an Yusuf 103);

    "And truly, most of mankind are rebellious and disobedient (to Allah)." (Qur'an al-Maidah 49)

    "But nay, most of mankind are ungrateful" (Qur'an Yusuf 38).

    Therefore, Allah, the All-Knowing Creator, knows the most of mankind will not follow the truth. Instead, only a small group of people will be set apart that truly and correctly believe in Him, the strangers from among mankind.

    The strangers in belief, however, and the strangers in character and actions are in reality the majority of mankind, for they are strange to Islam and to the laws that Allah has revealed. Thus we see that there are various types of strangeness, of which some are praiseworthy, some are blameworthy and some are either praiseworthy or blameworthy. We will discuss these various categories separately below.

     

    The Various Types of Strangeness

    You should know, may Allah have mercy upon you, that strangeness is of three types:

    The first type of strangeness is the strangeness of the "People of Allah and the People of His Messenger" (saws), which we mentioned previously. This strangeness is a praiseworthy strangeness, as it has been praised by Allah and His Messenger (saws). Therefore, this kind of strangeness should be sought and its people must be supported. This strangeness occurs in different times, in different places, and among different peoples. These strangers, then, are the true "People of Allah" for they do not worship ought save Him, and they do not take support from any path except the path of the Prophet (saws), and they do not call to anything except that which has been brought by the Prophet (saws).

    These are the people who left mankind when they (the strangers) were in need of them the most. For, on the Day of Judgment, when all other groups will go with that which they used to worship, they will stay in their places. It will be said to them, "Will you not go as the other people have gone?" They will answer, "We had abandoned the people (in this life), and we were more in need of them then we are today, and we will wait for our Lord whom we used to worship." [Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim] Thus it is apparent that this strangeness does not cause its bearer any discontent. Rather it is a comforting strangeness, a solace to the believers. This is because he knows that his helpers are Allah, His Messenger and those who believe [This is a reference to verse 55 of surah al-Maidah], even if all of mankind left and abandoned him.

    These strangers are again described in a hadith narrated by Anas ibn Malik, in which the Prophet (saws) said, "It is possible that a disheveled, dusty person, with not many belongings [Literally, "with two headdresses"], who is not noticed among the people, if he asks of Allah, Allah will fulfill his prayer." [Reported by at-Tirmidhi and al-Hakim. Al-Albani said it is authentic.] Al-Hasan al-Basri [a very famous Follower – tabi‘ - known for his piety, asceticism and knowledge] said, "A believer is a stranger in this world, he is never afraid of its humiliation, and he never competes for its glory. The people are in one situation and he is in a different situation. The people are content with him, yet he is in turmoil [Literally, "tired"] with himself." From the characteristics of these strangers that the Prophet (saws) described is the holding on to the Sunnah of the Messenger (saws), even if the people abandon it.

    They, the strangers, leave all the innovations that their people invent, even if such practices should be common among them. They also stick to tawheed, even if the people corrupt it with shirk. They do not ascribe themselves to anything besides Allah and His Prophet (saws); they do not, that is, ascribe themselves to a shaikh, tariqah, particular madhhab or a group of people. They are dedicated only to Allah, with their sincere worship of Him and Him alone, and to His Prophet (saws), by following the path that he followed. These are the people who grasp the glowing hot embers [A reference to the hadith that is to follow], even though most of mankind - nay, all of them - blame them for this. This is the meaning of the statements of the Prophet (saws) alluding to the fact that they stick to his Sunnah, even if the people corrupt it.

    Allah, all praise be to Him, sent His Prophet (saws) when mankind followed different religions, for there were those who worshipped rivers and trees, and there were those who worshipped idols, and there were Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians.

    Islam, when it first appeared among these people, was strange to them. If a person from among them accepted Islam and followed the call of Allah and His Prophet (saws), he would be shunned by his family and his tribe. He would live the life of a stranger among his people. Eventually, however, Islam spread far and wide. The Muslims became stronger and stronger, so much so that the strangers were those that did not accept the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (saws).

    But, alas, Satan deceived mankind again. People took to the ways that their forefathers, who had accepted Islam, had abandoned until, finally, Islam became strange again, just like it had started and just like the Prophet (saws) had foretold. Nay, indeed, rather the true Islam - that which the Prophet (saws) and his Companions were following [this is a reference to the reply that the Prophet (saws) gave when asked what the characteristics of the "Saved Group" were] has become even stranger to the people then when it initially appeared, even though its outward signs and external relics are well known and widespread. [This is what ibn al-Qayyim, wrote in the 8th Century of the Hijrah, wrote. Imagine our situations six centuries after him. May Allah protect us.]

    How can it not be so, when these strangers are only one group among seventy-two others [the Prophet (saws) said in an authentic hadith that this Ummah would divide into seventy-three groups, all of which would go to Hell except the one Saved Group.], each of which follows its own desires and takes its passions as gods?

    Those are the groups that base their teachings on doubts and innovations and whose sole purpose is the gratification of their own desires. Thus, the group whose goal is to achieve the pleasure of Allah by following the path of His Messenger (saws) will be the strange one among all of the other groups. This is why the true Muslims - those that adamantly cling to the Sunnah - will have the reward of fifty Companions. When the Prophet (saws) was asked about the verse,

    "O you who believe! Take care of your own selves. If you follow right guidance, no harm can come to you from those who err" (Qur'an al-Maidah 105)

    he said, "Nay indeed, order good and forbid evil until you see stinginess being obeyed, and desires being followed, and this world preferred [over the next], and each person being deluded by his own opinions. Then take care of yourself and leave the common people. For indeed, after you there will be days of patience, where patience will be like holding on to glowing embers. Whoever is able to do this will have the reward of fifty people that do like him." They asked, "O Messenger of Allah, the reward of fifty of them?" He replied, "The reward of fifty of you" [Recorded by al-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud with a weak chain but it has supporting evidence. Al-Albani calls it sahih. See al-Sahiha, #957]. This reward is due to his strangeness among the people.

    So, if the believer whom Allah has blessed with wisdom and knowledge wants to tread upon this path, the path of Allah, then let him be prepared to resign himself to the life of a stranger among his people, just like his predecessors who accepted Islam were treated by the people. For indeed, he will be a stranger in his beliefs, because his people have corrupted their beliefs. He will be a stranger in his religion, due to what the people have done to it. He will be a stranger in his manner of praying, because the people are ignorant of the prayer of the Prophet (saws).

    He will be a stranger in his ordering of good and prohibiting evil, for the people have taken what is evil as good and they have abandoned what is good as evil. In short, then, he will be a stranger in all his matters of this world and the Hereafter, calling to the path of Allah and withstanding the harm of all those that go against him.

    As for the second type of strangeness, then know, O reader, that this strangeness is the blameworthy strangeness, for its people are the evil sinners, the ignorant and the arrogant of mankind. Their strangeness is due to their refusal to follow the correct and straight path of Allah. This strangeness is the strangeness of not conforming to the religion of Islam and, as such, it will remain strange even if its followers are numerous, its power is strong and its existence is widespread. These are the strangers to Allah. May Allah keep us from becoming one of them.

    The third category of strangeness is, in essence, neither praiseworthy or blameworthy. It is the strangeness that a traveller experiences when he travels to a different country, like a person who lives in a place for a short period of time, knowing that he has to move on. One aspect of this strangeness is that all of us, whether we realize it or not, are strangers in this world, for we will all go one day to our permanent abode in the Hereafter. This is the meaning of the hadith of the Prophet (saws) when he told Abdullah ibn Umar, "Live in this world as though you are a stranger or a wayfarer." Thus, this category of strangeness has the potential to become a praiseworthy strangeness if we realize the meaning of this statement of Allah’s Messenger (saws).

    We pray that Allah bless us to be Muslims, knowledgeable and pious, and that He forgive us our sins and bless us with His Mercy. Glorified be your Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! (He is free) from what they attribute to Him And Peace be on the Messengers. And all Praise and thanks be to the Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

    http://www.missionislam.com/knowledge/Strangers.htm


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  • Assalamu’alaikum Warohmatullohi Wabarakatuhu...

    Bismillaahirrohmaanirrohiim ....

    Blessing of Health and Free Time

     

    By Shaykh Usaamah Khayyaat

    All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.  Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger, his household and companions.

    Fellow Muslims! Fear Allah Whose knowledge and mercy encompass all things. Thank Him for the unseen and evident blessings He bestowed upon you. Remember that He has promised the grateful that He would give him more and promised the ingrate that He would punish him severely.

     

    Allah endows His servants with many blessings as He says,“And if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Verily! Man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, a disbeliever (an extreme ingrate).”(Ibraaheem 14:34) 

     

    In the midst of these abundant blessings are two favour's in which may people are deluded. The Messenger of Allah mentioned them when he said, “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing righteous deeds.” (Al-Bukhaaree)

    Many are those whom Allah blessed with hearing, seeing and power and youthfulness and yet they fail to use these blessings to seek Allah’s pleasure and His abode of Honour, and they fail to use them in what can bring about happiness in this world and the Hereafter. They forgot that the bane of blessing is removal.

    There are many healthy people who are later weighed down by diseases that lead them to early old age and prevent them from enjoying what they desire.

    There are others who spent their youthful days in forbidden things and desires; they did not seek the pleasure of their Lord or put forth good deeds by which they can attain happiness when they meet Him. Theirs is a loss upon loss and regret upon regret. This is because they wasted the opportunities provided for them.

    Brethren in faith! Free time is also a blessing that Allah bestows upon His servants. So if Allah blesses someone with free time and he does not show the gratitude for this blessing through deeds that can elevate him, bring prosperity to his society or strengthen his nation but instead of that, spends it in fun and pastime and sinful words and deeds thereby wasting that precious time, such a person is in a serious and irrevocable loss.

    It is in the light of this that the Prophetic admonition came thus, “Seize the opportunity of five things before five things come to you: Your life before your death, your health before your illness, your free time before your time of occupation, your youthfulness before your old age and your time of wealth before your time of poverty.”

     

    One of the most beautiful and the most successful means of using free time is the habit of some wise people, who, during the end of session holidays, spend their time in things that benefit them physically and intellectually and in righteous deeds and in enjoying pleasant lawful things. They do not spend their holidays in keeping awake during nights engaging in gossips and rumours and spreading lies that lead to evil consequences, roaming about in market places causing disturbance and bothering believing men and women or watching useless and immoral satellite programs that are abhorrent to Allah

    To these righteous people, holidays are not an opportunity to sleep for most hours of the day and as a result stay away from congregational prayers or abandon useful activities or give free reign to indolence. Rather, they regard holidays as reinforcement in competition in righteous deeds and to an opportunity to enjoy pleasant lawful things. This is because they understand the great responsibility of standing before the One Who endowed them with these blessings on the Day of Resurrection. This is a responsibility that the Prophet referred to in his saying, “The feet of man will not slip on the Day of Resurrection until he is asked of five things: of his life as to how he spent it; his youth as to how he used it; his wealth as to where he got it and how he spent it; and of his knowledge as to what he did with it.”

    They also realise the greatness of the responsibility that is upon fathers, mothers and teachers as regards managing our youths’ free times, teaching them on how to use their time in the most fruitful way and making them the best youth ever evolved for mankind.

    Above all, they certainly realise that the path of gratitude that they take leads to more blessings. For, Allah says,

    “And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: "If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings); but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily My Punishment is indeed severe.”

    (Ibraaheem 14:7)

    The responsibility of parents towards their sons and daughters should not be neglected at any time. The Messenger of Allah said, “Every one of you is a guardian and is responsible for his charges. The ruler who has authority over people, is a guardian and is responsible for them, a man is a guardian of his family and is responsible for them; a woman is a guardian of her husband's house and children and is responsible for them; a slave is a guardian of his master's property and is responsible for it; so all of you are guardians and are responsible for your charges.” (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

    It is therefore incumbent upon every Muslim who hears this Prophetic declaration not to shirk his responsibility towards those who are under his guardianship. Holiday is not an occasion for overlooking children’s behaviours under the excuse of allowing them to have fun. Holiday should not be made a pretext to give children free rein to do whatever they like. It should rather be an avenue for giving them greater care.

    In fact, during the holiday season the children need more of wise and judicious supervision and continuous follow-up. This is because; there are many dangers that are threatening our youth and they are more exposed to hazards.

    Dear brethren! Fear Allah and emulate the successful and righteous servants of Allah Follow their path in giving thanks to Allah for His uncountable blessings on you. Show gratitude to Him in order to avert calamities and as a way of fulfilling your responsibilities to Him, and always remember him.

    http://www.missionislam.com/knowledge/blessinghealthtime.htm


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  • Assalamu’alaikum Warohmatullohi Wabarakatuhu...

    Bismillaahirrohmaanirrohiim ....

     

    Perfecting Moral Integrity

     By Shaykh Salman al-`Awdah

    Among the Prophet's (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) authentic supplications are:

    "O Allah, guide me to good character, none guides to good character but You...." [Recorded by Muslim]

     "O Allah, I seek refuge in you from bad character, deeds, and desires." [Recorded by Tirmidhi.]

    "O Allah, You perfectly created me, so perfect my character." [Recorded by Ahmad]

    "O Allah, I seek refuge in you from disability and laziness; from cowardice and avarice; from decrepitude and harshness; from negligence and impoverishment from lowness and humiliation. And I seek refuge in You from poverty and disbelief; from sinfulness, disunity and hypocrisy; from notability and riyaa' [show]..." [Recorded by Hakim]

    Perfecting Moral Integrity

    Morality occupies one of the greatest positions in Islam, so great that the Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) said, "I have only been sent to perfect moral integrity.” [Ahmad, Malik, Bazaar, Haithami and Ibn `Abd al Barr authenticated it. From Abu Hurairah.]. As if he (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) restricted the duty with which he was commissioned to this matter alone...

    If we look at morality as a transaction between the servant and Allah, and between people, then the matter becomes clear. This is the whole religion. How do you deal with the Creator? How do you worship Him, profess belief in His oneness, and avoid His wrath? How do you deal with created beings including the angels, the Prophets, the righteous, the close relatives who posses the rights of love and affection? Including also the different categories of shayateen, kufaar, sinners, hypocrites. Those who we hate for Allah's sake, such as the kufaar, or those who we partially hate such as the sinners who at the onset believe in Allah and His Messengers.

    If we understand morality with an exclusive meaning, a transaction with the people only, then the hadeeth demonstrates the greatness of genuine morality, and its high position in the religion.

    Therefore, it its like the hadeeth, "Hajj is 'Arafah." [Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Nisaa’ee, Ibn Majah, Darimy and others. All upon 'Abd al-Rahmaan bin Yahmir al-Dayliy.] And the hadeeth, "The religion is sincere advice." [Muslim, Abu Dawud, and Nisaa'ee from a hadeeth complete with Darimy.] That is not that the whole of Hajj is restricted to `Arafah, nor the whole religion restricted to sincere advice.

    But it signifies that standing on `Arafah is the greatest of the pillars of Hajj, and that sincere advice holds a lofty position in the religion.

    Therefore, in this hadeeth, there is no uncertainty of these two meanings, and both of them emphasize the greatness of morality in Islam.

    http://www.missionislam.com/knowledge/perfectingintegrity.htm


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