July 20, 2012 § 2 Comments
The poisons of the heart are many, some are so clear while some are very discreet. We often wonder how can someone has a sick heart, full of hatred, envy and various ill-feelings. Perhaps, some of these pointers may assist us in ensuring that our very own hearts are in good shape.
1. Unnecessary Talking
‘Umar al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “A person who talks too much is a person who often makes mistakes, and someone who often makes mistakes, often has wrong actions. The Fire has a priority over such a frequent sinner.”
2. Unrestrained Glances
It has been related that the Prophet, Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him, once said words to the effect: “The glance is a poisoned arrow of shaitan (devil). Whoever lowers his gaze for Allah, He will bestow upon him a refreshing sweetness which he will find in his heart on the day that he meets Him.”
3. Too Much Food
Al-Miqdam ibn Ma’d Yakrib said: “I heard the Prophet, Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him, say: “The son of Adam fills no vessel more displeasing to Allah than his stomach. A few morsels should be enough for him to preserve his strength. If he must fill it, then he should allow a third for his food, a third for his drink and leave a third empty for easy breathing.”
4. Keeping Bad Company
The Prophet, Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith’s bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof.“
July 20, 2012 § 1 Comment
Every parent, when raising children, wishes that they become successful. However, parents just want worldly success for their children, sometimes at all costs. Most parents would prefer that their children would grow up to become doctors, engineers, pilots, etc. Great investments are made to achieve those dreams but admittedly, little thought are made for the success of the children in the after-life. How many of us want our children to become the awliya’ (Muslim holy person) of Allah SWT?
The following is a story of parents who wanted their child to grow up to be a pious person:
They sent their child to a madrasah (Islamic religious school) from a young age. Every day the child would come home hungry and ask his mother for food. The mother would tell him to go make wudhu’ (ablution), go to the masjid (mosque) and ask Allah SWT for the food.
While he was doing that, she would prepare the food and leave it on the dining table. When he would finish making his wudhu’, he would find the food on the table and eat it. His mother told him that Allah SWT had given the food to him, just as He provides for all other creatures. It continued for a long time and as a result, the child’s love for Allah SWT increased and the greatness of Allah SWT was firmly established in his heart.
One day, his mother went to visit some family members, and forgot to make the food for him. On her way home, she was crying and worrying about what her child would think, when the food would not be on the table. When she arrived home she saw he was sleeping, so she quickly made the food and then woke him up.
She asked him if he was hungry but he said no. She asked why and he replied that he had done as he always did: made du’a to Allah for food, and when he was done he found a piece of bread in the house. That was the most delicious food he had ever eaten.
June 24, 2012 § 2 Comments
Judging someone, that is the favorite past-time of most people, myself included. Worst still, we are too quick to do that without taking due time and considerations, often enough making fools of ourselves. Perhaps the following incident could offer us some useful thoughts.
Imam Ahmad used to mention the virtues of his great sheikh, Imam Shafi’e to his wife. He would mention to her the extensive and superb knowledge of Imam Shafi’e as well as his ‘Taqwa’ (piety).
One day, Imam Ahmad invited Imam Shafi’e to come to his home for a visit. When the time for dinner arrived,
Imam Shafi’e ate until he was full and went to the guest room for some sleep.
On seeing this, the startled wife of Imam Ahmad said to him: “O Ahmad, my beloved husband! Is this the same Shafi’e that you used to tell me so much about?”
Imam Ahmad said: “Indeed he is!”
And she said: “I noticed 3 things about him worthy of criticism! Firstly, when we served him the food, he ate plenty of it! Secondly, when he went into the guest room, he went to sleep without standing up to perform the Tahajjud (night prayer)! Lastly, when he prayed Solat ul Fajr with us, he did not perform the wudhu (ablution)!”
So Imam Ahmad went to Imam Shafi’e to ask him about these matters his wife noticed. Imam Shafi’e gently explained to him, like a father would to his son :
“O Ahmad! I ate plenty because I know for certain that your food is ‘Halal’ and indeed you are a generous man! And the food that comes from a generous man is a cure, while the food that comes from a stingy man is a disease! However, I didn’t eat plenty of food in order to achieve my fill; rather I ate plenty of your food in order to derive the cure from it!
As for the reason I didn’t stand up at night to perform the Tahajjud, when I laid my head down to get some sleep, I looked and all I could see was the Book of Allah (Qur’an) and the Sunnah of His Prophet SAW right in front of my face! So I deducted 72 fiqh-related benefits from them for the Muslims to benefit from. Hence, Thus there was no opportunity for me to stand and perform the Tahajjud!
As for the reason why I prayed Solat ul Fajr without performing ablution, by Allah! my eyes never tasted the sweetness of sleep in order for me to renew my wudhu. I was awake the whole night, so I prayed Solat ul Fajr with the same wudhu I had for Solat ul ‘Isha.”
That is how the great Imam Shafi’e normally make full use his time, remembering Allah SWT and the Prophet SAW. And he was famously known to maintain his wudhu from ‘Isya to Fajr. Perhaps, the singularly most important I learned from this wonderful story is how quick are we to offer judgment of someone. Let’s not be hasty in that, eh?