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    A Balanced Perception of Others


    Islam teaches us to maintain a balanced perception of others. We should not have unrealistically high expectations of anyone. This is because if our exceedingly high expectations (of others) are not realised, we will be disappointed and will eventually lose respect for them. Human beings naturally make mistakes and only Allah سبحانه وتعالى is perfect. If we see others as normal human beings with faults, passions, desires and weaknesses and then view their achievements in that context, our respect and admiration for them will increase. However, if we expect others to be angels then we will be disappointed, just as the disbelievers were with Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم. Being the bearer of Divine Revelation ,they expected him to be more than a human being. Allah سبحانه وتعالى quotes them in the Holy Qur’an:


    قُلْ لا أَقُولُ لَكُمْ عِندِي خَزَائِنُ اللَّهِ وَلا أَعْلَمُ الْغَيْبَ


    وَلا أَقُولُ لَكُمْ إِنِّي مَلَكٌ إِنْ أَتَّبِعُ إِلاَّ مَا يُوحَى إِلَيَّ
    “Say (O Prophet to the disbelievers): I say not unto you, that with me are the treasures of Allah, nor do I know the Unseen, nor do I say to you that I am an angel; I but follow that which has been revealed unto me. ” [[Al An'am 6/50]]

    The disbelievers rejected the message of Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم because he was a normal human being. However, despite him being a human being with human needs, his achievements were miraculous. In this way our love, admiration and respect for him should only increase. We should apply the same principle in our perception of others i.e. see the achievements of others whilst overlooking their weaknesses and faults.



    Speak with Love and Respect


    Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an,


    وَقُلْ لِعِبَادِي يَقُولُوا الَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَنزَغُ بَيْنَهُمْ
    “And say to My servants to speak that which is the best, for shaytaan seeks to draw divisions between them.” [al Isra' 17:53]

    Shaytaan creates enmity and hatred between us by exploiting what we say to each other. It is human nature to feel hurt by what another says, however shaytaan turns this into hatred. Therefore we should cut this at its root by being extremely careful about what we say to our husband, wife, children, parents, and friends. Rather than speaking harshly, we should train ourselves to speak with love and respect otherwise shaytaan will create divisions between us.

    [This short excerpt is based on a brothers' majlis (gathering held for spiritual training) held by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq on 27th February 2002].






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    A very beneficial reminder...JazakAllah kyran.
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    Asalamu Alaikum,

    JazakAllah..nice post


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    Abandon that which does not Concern you


    Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an,


    وَلا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ


    وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُوْلَئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْئُولاً
    “Do not pursue that regarding which you have no knowledge. Indeed the hearing, the sight and the heart will be questioned” [al Isra' 17:36]

    Further, in a hadeeth Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم mentions,
    “Part of the goodness of a man’s religion is that he abandons that which does not concern him.” [Tirmidhi]

    We cannot become pure of heart and mind without abandoning interest in other people’s affairs, which are of no concern to us. By asking questions and probing into the private affairs of others, we are only satisfying a craving of the nafs. In order to progress spiritually and thus make our religion good, we must abandon such acts.


    Mouthpiece of the Heart


    The tongue is the mouthpiece of the heart; whatever is in the heart will be revealed through the tongue. When a person is calm he can maintain a facade, however the moment he becomes angry, passionate or embroiled in an argument, his tongue will reveal what is truly in his heart. If a person does not work on cleaning his heart and mind, these things will surface under pressure. When a person is tested by his pride being pricked or by being provoked, then he will show his true colours. However, a believer whose heart has been cleansed will always respond with honour and dignity whatever the situation.


    Control the Nafs


    In a hadeeth Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم mentions:

    الكيس من دان نفسه وعمل لما بعد الموت والعاجز من


    اتبع نفسه هواها وتمنى على الله
    Intelligent is he who suppresses his nafs and works for that which is to come after death, and the weak is he who allows his nafs free reign and continues to build hope in Allah.
    [Tirmidhi]

    It is the inherent nature of the nafs to keep desiring for things. If we keep satisfying our permissible desires (beyond our rights and needs), the nafs will soon become tired of these desires and aspire to other desires which are doubtful until there comes a time when it will eventually desire haraam. We fall into the trap of leaving a desire only for the sake of a new desire. The result is that one’s life becomes a never-ending cycle of new desires and following one’s passions.

    However, the only way to reach spiritual heights and gain closeness to Allah سبحانه وتعالى is to sacrifice even the permissible desires. One should sacrifice a desire only for the sake of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and not for the sake of the nafs in the form of a new desire. Only by sacrificing the permissible desires will the nafs remain under control. Either the nafs controls the person or the person controls the nafs.
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    Jazakallah


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    Sincere Repentance


    In a hadeeth reported by Imam Bukhari, Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

    والله إنِّي لأَسْتَغْفِرُ الله وأَتُوبُ إِلَيْه في

    اليَوْمِ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ سَبْعِينَ مَرَّةً
    By Allah I seek forgiveness from Allah and repent to Him more than seventy times in a day
    [Tirmidhi]

    A person cannot progress on the path of tazkiyah (spiritual purification) without sincere tawbah (repentance). Tawbah is to return to one’s original pure state. The Ulama (scholars) of tazkiyah say that a person should be repentant every moment of the day. Repentance is not only verbal, but more importantly, repentance should be in one’s state of heart and mind. The proof of tawbah and it’s main component is remorse and one can never be remorseful without remembering one’s sins. A person’s character should be dripping with remorse and this inspires others to forgive. The true state of tawbah reveals itself in a person’s speech, gait and appearance.

    This dunya (world) is where sins are committed and a truly repentant person will dislike the dunya because he is trying to flee from sin.



    Self-Conceit


    Every Muslim has a responsibility to impart naseehah (advice) to his fellow Muslim. However when doing so, one should only speak about those points which are within the scope of one’s knowledge and not delve beyond that. When a person is asked a question by another person thinking him to be knowledgeable, he should never rush to answer whilst thinking himself to be knowledgeable – this is a deception of Shaytaan. If he does not know the answer, he should be humble enough to admit this and to refer the questioner to someone who is qualified to answer. Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم says in a hadeeth,
    “One faqih (jurist) is more severe upon Shaytaan than a thousand worshippers.” [Tirmidhi]

    This means that one who has understanding of religion will not be deluded by Shaytaan on account of his knowledge, whereas an ordinary worshipper who has no understanding is led to believe in his own greatness (self-conceit), despite his lack of knowledge, by people approaching him for advice thinking him to be knowledgeable. One should never forget one’s own station and position when asked for advice.


    Solitude


    In a hadeeth Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

    الوحدة خير من جليس السوء والجليس الصالح خير من الوحدة
    ”Solitude is better than bad company and good company is better than solitude.” [Bayhaqi – Shu’ab al Imaan]

    If a person cannot adopt good company, then he should remain in solitude. Nothing is more helpful in achieving sincerity of intention than solitude. When a person is away from the view and attention of people, then it is more likely that his deeds will be sincere. Furthermore, a person often changes his behaviour when associating with different people, thus becoming somewhat hypocritical in his behaviour. One of the unique characteristics of the siddiqeen (truthful ones) is that they prefer to keep away from people other than what is necessary. Solitude also reveals a person’s faults to himself. The fewer people a person sees and meets the better it is for the heart.
    Verily, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O Believers! send blessings upon him and salute him with a worthy salutation". (Qur'aan - 33:56)

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    Forced to Reflect


    Ilm ul zaahir (outward knowledge) is appealing for a number of reasons including the fact that such knowledge is tangible and stimulates the mind e.g. learning Arabic, fiqh and tafseer. Ilm ul baatin (inner, spiritual knowledge) does not have the same appeal for someone who is interesting in learning and thus some people actually deny it exists.

    Ilm ul zahir is shifted away from the individual, for example, when studying incidents about other people. On the other hand, with ilm ul baatin the focus is on the individual and not on others. A person is therefore forced to reflect upon himself.




    Debating, criticizing and obstinacy


    Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم mentioned the following ḥadīth,

    “One of the most detested people in the Sight of Allah is he who is obstinate and argumentative.”
    [Bukhārī]

    By constantly debating and discussing a person’s heart becomes hard, his ʿibādāt (acts of worship) become mechanical and all he thinks about and is perturbed about are the fine points of religion, which are best left to the ʿUlamā (scholars), whilst at the same time neglecting the major aspects. This leads to a character of criticizing others starting by those around him, followed by those in religious authority (present and past) and even as far as criticizing the Ṣaḥābah (Companions of Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم, may Allah be pleased with them). Debating, criticizing and obstinacy stem from arrogance.

    However the teaching of Islam is that rather being critical of others, a person should be critical of himself. Before thinking of criticizing others a person should ask himself whether he is in a moral or scholarly position to do so and whether it is the genuine, sincere and constructive criticism a Muslim imparts to his fellow Muslim referred to in the ḥadīth,

    “A believer is a mirror of a believer.”
    [Abū Dāwūd]

    What this means is that if a Muslim sees a fault in his fellow Muslim he should sincerely advise him in the best way possible.
    Verily, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O Believers! send blessings upon him and salute him with a worthy salutation". (Qur'aan - 33:56)

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    Spiritual Reality


    Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Quran,

    وَمَنْ جَاهَدَ فَإِنَّمَا يُجَاهِدُ لِنَفْسِهِ
    “And whoever strives, thus he strives only for himself.”
    [al ʿAnkabūt 29/6]

    One can never progress on the path of tazkiyah without mujāhadah (striving against one’s nafs and carnal desires) and this, undoubtedly, is very difficult. However, if, with the Help of Allah سبحانه وتعالى,one’s mujāhadah is successful, Allah سبحانه وتعالى removes certain veils over one’s heart which enables one to see things much clearer and spiritual realities become known. Ultimately, this leads to true faith and the highest rank of ʿubūdiyyah (servitude) to Allah سبحانه وتعالى which is to engage in good deeds and refrain from evil deeds only for the pleasure of Allah سبحانه وتعالى.


    The Difficult Part


    A sahabi رضى الله عنه asked the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم for advice. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: ‘Say ‘I believe in Allah’ and then remain steadfast’ [Reported in Muslim]

    It is very easy to say ‘I believe in Allah‘ but the second part i.e. ‘remain steadfast‘ (one word in Arabic – istiqamah) is very difficult. This is what makes Islam so different from other faiths. In other faiths once a person has entered the faith, even if they do not remain observant to the faith they have ‘guaranteed membership’ in a way; the person remains part of the faith.

    With Islam, it is very different because there is no training or indoctrination. It is a very simple process to enter the faith. However, in contrast to other faiths, there are many things which a person can do or say which can render their faith invalid after they have believed. It is very difficult in remaining steadfast upon Islam; the hard work is not becoming a Muslim but remaining steadfast. The formality of embracing is important but the journey begins when the new Muslim tries to remain steadfast.



    Hearts and Minds


    Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an:

    أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ
    Has the time not come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s Reminder.
    [al Ḥadīd 57/16]

    In order for a person to be to be fully receptive of the laws of Allah سبحانه وتعالى, his heart and mind must be prepared; tazkiyah enables one to do this, just as a farmer prepares the soil before planting the seed. Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم reformed the hearts and minds of the people in Makkah over a period of 13 years without any ahkaam (laws), so when they reached Madinah they were ready and willing to accept the laws of Allah سبحانه وتعالى that were revealed there.
    Verily, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O Believers! send blessings upon him and salute him with a worthy salutation". (Qur'aan - 33:56)

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    Do You Love Allah?


    There is a famous poem in Arabic where the poet says that you claim to love Allah and you express Allah’s love but at the same time you disobey him. By Allah, this is a very strange thing indeed! If your love for Allah was true, you would obey him because one who claims love for another, always follows him, obeys him and that is amongst people. You express your love for Allah, the Creator, and yet at the same time you quite blatantly disobey Him and also claim that you love Him.

    Thus, the love of Allah عز وجل and His Rasool صلى الله عليه وسلم is not as simple as saying ‘I love Allah, I love His messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم’ rather the proof of that love is in our actions. Whenever we are tested by Allah, are we inclined towards the akhirah (hereafter) or towards the dunya (worldly life)? When the test comes, are we inclined towards Allah and His messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم and their ways or the dunya?


    Spiritual Deterioration


    Man naturally deteriorates in spirituality over time. This is because no effort is required for this to happen. When a person is not doing any good, he falls into this state of decline. It is not that a person sins then a person becomes bad and only then declines in spirituality. Rather, if a person does not do anything, neither good nor bad, then a person’s spirituality will still deteriorate and will naturally fall and become more and more distant from Allah سبحانه وتعالى. Sinning only increases the rate of deterioration.

    In Surah al Asr, Allah سبحانه وتعالى swears upon time:

    وَالْعَصْرِ

    إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ

    By time
    Indeed man is in a great and constant state of loss
    [Surah al Asr 103:1-2]

    The translation for this ayah is not just that man is in a great state of loss but that man is in a great and perpetual, recurring state of loss. This means man is in a state of loss for every moment of his existence. This is not just a simple loss but a great loss indeed because for every moment of his existence from the time of birth to the time of death man deteriorates.

    إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ
    Except those who practice good deeds and who counsel one another to the truth and patience.
    [Surah al Asr 103:3]

    The only way to arrest this natural decline is by practicing and preaching good deeds which in turn strengthen imaan (faith). This ensures a rise in spirituality and checks the decline.

    Always remember that spirituality can easily be lost – climbing is difficult but falling is easy. Consolidate what you have i.e. fardh and sunnah acts of ibadah and take things slowly with patience and perseverance.
    Verily, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O Believers! send blessings upon him and salute him with a worthy salutation". (Qur'aan - 33:56)

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    Aim for the Skies


    Allah سبحانه وتعالى Says in the Holy Qurān,

    وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا
    “We shall guide those who strive hard in Our cause to the path leading to Us.”
    [al ʿAnkabūt 29/69]

    Allah’s hidayah (guidance) is proportional to one’s ṭalab (zeal). One should develop a yearning and desire to attain higher goals in life, beyond one’s mundane existence, in the fields of both ʿilm (knowledge) and spirituality. In the field of ʿilm one’s ambition should be to gain as much understanding of the Holy Qurān and aḥadīth of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم as possible and to be able to appreciate their eloquence and beauty by studying the Arabic language. In spirituality, one should strive to attain the rank of iḥsan. It is a life-long struggle and one may or may not succeed, however our duty is to make the effort and if a person has passion and zeal and commits himself, then Allah سبحانه وتعالى will reward him accordingly. This is far better than being content with a bestial existence. Aim for the skies so that at least you reach the tree-tops.

    Religion is Firm


    The sahabah رضى الله عنهم were blessed with beautiful characters and manners and they reached the rank of ihsaan due to the blessing of being in the presence of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. They benefitted from the suhba (company) of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم. We, today, have to work towards this aim, i.e. attaining the rank of ihsaan, through tazkiyyah. This is not something trivial and it cannot be achieved overnight. We have to strive and work towards this goal with balance and moderation.

    In a hadeeth related by Imam al-Bazzar the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم says ‘This religion is firm and strong therefore embrace it and enter into it with ease and simplicity and softly. And do not make resentful to yourselves and detestable the worship of Allah because the hasty traveller neither traverses the distance nor spares his mount’.

    Hold onto the rope of Allah; do not hold on to the rope too laxly so that it drops, nor hold on to it so tightly that it breaks. Rather, hold onto it in moderation so that it remains taut.

    Instead of aspiring to the heights of performing extensive nafil ibadah and failing it is better to remain firm on the five fardh salah and avoid sin. This in itself will take you leaps and bounds in deen.
    Verily, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O Believers! send blessings upon him and salute him with a worthy salutation". (Qur'aan - 33:56)

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