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Being content with our provision in this world

Being content with our provision in this world

Al Hasan al-Basri (May Allah have mercy on him) reports that Umar ibn Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) wrote the following letter to Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (May Allah be pleased with him),

“Be content with your provision in this world, for the Most Merciful has honoured some of His(swt) servants over others in terms of provision as a test for both. The one who has been given plenty is being tested to see if he will give thanks to Allah and fulfil the duties which are His(swt) by virtue of his wealth.”

[Ibn Hatim]

Allah, the Most High has therefore forbidden us from desiring what others have in terms of worldly provision, “Do not wish for what we have favoured some of you over others.” [Al Qur’an 4:32]

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True Enrichment

True Enrichment

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with Him) it is related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“True enrichment does not come through possessing a lot of wealth, but true enrichment is the enrichment of the soul.”

[Bukhari]

Explanation

Enrichment of the soul means to spiritually enrich oneself through the obedience of Allah, by fulfilling His commands, doing sincere good deeds and abstaining from sins.

Fearing Allah

Fearing Allah

On the authority of Muadh ibn Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him) it is related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“Fear Allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe it out, and behave well towards people.”

[Tirmidhi]

Explanation

Fearing Allah does not mean that a person is always terrified and frightened of Allah. Rather the Fear of Allah constitutes the obedience of Allah, consciousness of Allah that Allah is present wherever we are, fulfillment of the rights of Allah and also the fulfillment of the rights of other Muslims, which would come under obedience of the commands of Allah. Moreover hope in Allah’s mercy, trusting in Allah, loving Allah and Rasullullah (saw), the religion of Allah and everything associated with it, all fall into the concept of Fearing Allah. May Allah make us all of those who truly fear Him (swt). Ameen

The value of this world

The value of this world

On the Authority of Sahl Bin Sa’d (may Allah be pleased with him) it is related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“If the world was worth even the weight of a mosquito’s wing to Allah,
He would not let a disbeliever drink even a sip of water in it.”

[Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]

“You prefer the worldly life (to the Aakhirah) whereas the Hereafter is best and everlasting.” (Al-Qur’an 87: 16-17)

The acceptance of dua on Friday

The acceptance of dua on Friday

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) it is related that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) talked about Friday and said,

“There is such an hour on Friday that if any Muslm makes dua (supplication) in it, his dua will definitely be accepted.” And He (Peace be upon him) pointed out the shortness of that time with his hands.

[Bukhari and Muslim]

An explanation of the time for the hour of acceptance on Friday by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq (hafidhullah)

A disease of the former people

A disease of the former people

On the authority of al-Zubayr Ibn al-Awam (may Allah be pleased with him) it is related the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“You have been afflicted with a disease of the nations that came before you – jealousy and hatred. They are shavers (destroyers), I do not mean they are the shavers of hair, rather they are the shavers (destroyers) of faith.”

[At-Tirmidhi, at-Tabaranee and al-Hakim].

Explanation

Just like a serious physical disease which might affect the whole body and destroy everything, unless it is cured. Similarly jealousy and hatred are spiritual diseases, which if found in anybody’s heart, will eventually end up destroying the spirit of that person, until that person’s faith becomes completely ruined and destroyed.

As-Salah (the Prayer)

As-Salah (the Prayer)

“Recite (O Muhammad) what has been revealed to you of the Book (al-Qur’an), and establish As-Salah (the prayer). Verily, the prayer prevents [man] from Al-Fahsha’ (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful intercourse, etc.) and Al- Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed, etc.). and surely the remembrance of Allah is the greatest. And Allah knows all that you do.”

[Al-Qur’an 29:45]

Explanation

“Prayer has three attributes, and any prayer that contains none of these attributes is not truly prayer: Being done purely and sincerely for Allah alone (Ikhlas), fear of Allah, and remembrance of Allah. Ikhlas makes a person do good deeds, fear prevents him from doing evil deeds, and the remembrance of Allah is the Qur’an which contains commands and prohibitions.” Ibn `Awn Al-Ansari said: “When you are praying, you are doing good, it is keeping you away from immoral sins and evil wicked deeds and what you are doing is part of the remembrance of Allah which is greater.” [Tafsir ibn kathir]


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