The Final Jihad!!

The Final Jihad

Muslim brothers and sisters,

In the name of Allah you are called to jihad.

his statement marks the beginning of worldwide Islamic jihad. To make so serious a call upon the Muslim ummah there must indeed be dire circumstances. It is only right that the basis for this call to jihad be clearly explained. Right now the battle with shaitan is being lost. In modern terms this is the battle against western secular materialism.

You must know deeply in your heart that the influence of western secular materialism is the influence of shaitan. Western secular materialism takes us from our prayers, takes us from our Islamic culture, takes us from our Islamic economic system, takes us from our Islamic educational system, takes us from our Islamic values, turns our minds from Allah, and robs our children of an Islamic future. Western secular materialism gives us a society of crime, violence, drug abuse, alcoholism, prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, exploitation of people and resources, and reduces life to a meaningless exercise in futility. Western secular materialism creates in the minds of our children atheistic thought, disrespect for parents and elders, hopelessness, disregard for knowledge, and love of a debased animalistic lifestyle focused on only the crudest pleasures of the flesh. Do you not know this is exactly what shaitan most desires?

Right now the Western nations are actively pushing their shaitanic culture upon the rest of the world. They are the most powerful nations militarily and economically that have ever existed in the history of the world. They use that military and economic power to remake the world in their image. They also have the most effective tools of propaganda and influence the world has ever seen. This form of brainwashing is carried out through their news media, television, movies, popular music, and fashion. They have been very successful in the developing countries and the Muslim nations in using these powerful tools of influence to mold and twist the minds of the young so that they crave, praise and participate in that depraved Western culture.

The leaders of the Western world have already specifically identified Islam as the most powerful remaining threat to their way of life since the fall of communism, and have proclaimed this belief to their people. How often are the citizens of Western nations told that Muslims are fanatical terrorists, who have spread Islam across the world by the sword; and, how seldom do they hear the wondrous Truths of Islam, of the Mercy and Compassion of Allah? Let there be no doubt, the goal of the leaders of the Western world is to destroy the power of Islam.

Of course, they are partly right. Islam is the only real threat that exists to their way of life, to the shaitanic aspects of their culture. Nothing else in this world has any chance of stopping the power of Western secular materialism. Allah gave the people of the world Islam as their religion. Islam is the only way to stop the power of shaitan to rule this world.

Allah gave us as our responsibility the role of kalifah in this world. The primary role of the kalifah is to fight against the influence of shaitan. This obligation has three parts; we are to perfect ourselves according to the Will of Allah, we are to perfect all society according to the Will of Allah, and we are to perfect the physical environment according to the Will of Allah.

Right now the Muslim ummah is not fulfilling this obligation.

In Islam there are obligations upon the individual and there are obligations upon the ummah. Every Muslim is responsible for fulfilling his or her own individual obligations. Responsibilities upon the ummah are usually fulfilled by only those among the ummah who specifically take on that responsibility. If those within the ummah who take on the responsibility successfully fulfill that obligation then it fulfills the requirement for all members of the ummah. If an obligation upon the whole ummah is not being fulfilled by those within the ummah who take on the responsibility then that obligation falls upon every member of the ummah until the obligation is successfully fulfilled.

It is for these reasons that this call to jihad is made upon every Muslim brother and sister in the world. This is an obligation upon every Muslim above the age of puberty, though due to the seriousness of the circumstances Muslims below the age of puberty should also be encouraged to be part of this jihad. Each has the responsibility to do as much as is possible and in every way that they can, to successfully complete this jihad. The authority to make this call to jihad rests in the truth of the words not in power bestowed on those who make the call. Judge these words according to the Will of Allah. If we lose this battle against shaitan then Islam is lost. This is the last battle, this is the final jihad.

A few important issues must be made clear in this call to jihad:

We must know who and what is the enemy. It is important to realize that not all things of the Western world and not all people from Western culture are evil. There are many good things offered through Western knowledge, technology and medicine. There are many good people in Western nations trying to live right lives. These things and these people are not our enemy; they also are victims of Western secular materialism. The enemy can be found in many places. The enemy is every idea, every word and every action that is in opposition to the Will of Allah. The enemy is those who hold to the wrong beliefs, those who speak in support of what is wrong, and those who act against the Will of Allah.

We must know how to fight this battle and what weapons to use. Islam gives us the answer. This is not to be a jihad of the sword, or of guns, bombs and violence. Not only would that be wrong, but also we would have no chance of success against the military might of the Western world. Non-Muslims must know they will never be harmed by this jihad, and must be helped to realize that it is done for their great benefit also. This is to be jihad fought only in the battlefield of the mind with a weapon far more powerful than any sword or bomb. The weapon in this jihad must be knowledge, but do not believe this to be solely an educational jihad. Knowledge can be wielded with the precision of a sharp sword to effect any desired social/political change necessary for the fulfillment of Islam.

There may be those who will say that this jihad is not necessary, that we can rely on Allah to protect us. Those who wait for Allah to save them wait in vain. Did not our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) say, “Rely on Allah, but first tie up your camel”. We must consider the full and universal implication of those words. Allah does not do it for us. Allah has given us the knowledge of what we must do in every situation and when we follow His Will we can rely on Him to ensure the right outcome.

We must know this is a battle we will win, although it will be a most difficult struggle. At the battle of Badr who was stronger, 300 poorly equipped Muslims with Allah or 1000 well-equipped opponents of Islam without Allah? Is it not true that even one rightly guided Muslim with Allah at his side is stronger than all the armies in the world who do not have Allah on their side? Today there are perhaps 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, and we are not so poorly equipped as the opponents of Islam might like to believe. With Allah on our side we cannot do other than win – if we act rightly.

Note: This is the only the first in a series of messages which will be provided for use in the worldwide struggle to establish a truly and fully Islamic world. This declaration simply and publicly calls the Muslim ummah to jihad. It does not yet provide any of the necessary specifics for success. At this point no one but Allah knows exactly how to proceed, although everything necessary for success already exists within the ummah. We must all learn together the path that must be followed. As a first step each Muslim who receives this call to jihad is asked to make copies and distribute them widely to their Muslim brothers and sisters. Every Muslim in the world must hear this call.

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DA’WAH (Presenting Islam to Non-Muslims):Some Useful Hints!!

DA’WAH (Presenting Islam to Non-Muslims):

Some Useful Hints


Da’wah, conveying the message of Islâm to non-Muslims, is an obligation upon Muslims. Allâh the Almighty commanded and guided us in the Qur’ân to perform da’wah (in a specific manner):

“Invite (call) to the way of your Rabb with wisdom and beautiful preaching and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. “ (Qur’an 16:125).

The 4 key words in this verse are “invite”, “all”, “wisdom”, and “beautiful preaching”. Many da’wah workers and organizations around the globe have successfully based their da’wah activities on this verse.

To them, to “invite” implies to gently pursue, attract, be polite, be friendly, be caring and understanding, amongst other things. We cannot, for example, “invite” a non-Muslim to listen to anything about Islâm, let alone study Islâm or become interested in it, by calling him Kafir, unclean, or other hurtful names. The Holy Prophet did not allow even the pagans (who, by the way, not only refused to follow the Prophet’s teaching, but dumped camel intestine on him, boycotted the Muslims for three years and killed his closest companions, amongst other things) to be lampooned in satirical poetry by, Hassan bin Thabit by saying “what about the fact that I have common descent with them?” (Bukhari, from Aisha)

We should follow the example of the Holy Prophet by not reviling others. In this way, we portray a highly civilized form of behavior, as demanded by Islâm, and therefore become the best advertisement for Islâm, which is exactly what a true da’ee should be. Muslims who give the religion a bad name and image by behaving in fanatical, violent, highly emotional, not receptive to reason, narrow minded, dogmatic and other un-Islâmic ways, do, unfortunately, make the work of the da’ee that is much more difficult. They simply reinforce the already negative image of Islâm in the world today.

Remember also the command from Allâh to the Prophets Moosa and Haroon, peace be upon them:

“Go both of you to the Pharaoh. Lo! He has sinned. Speak to him a gentle word, so that he may listen or feel fear.” (The Qur’an 20:43 -44)

So even to the Pharaoh, who boiled people in cauldrons of oil, proclaimed himself God, etc., we are required to say a gentle word, let alone those less evil than him.

The next important word is “all”. This means ALL, with no exceptions. Every non-Muslim is a potential Muslim how so bad or anti-Islâm he may seem to be. Remember Umar bin Khattab , Khalid bin Walid , before their conversion to Islâm, for example. Muslims should not be very choosy in who they are willing to interact with. There are at least three reasons for this:

I. It is better for us to explain Islâm to everyone, however hostile, hypocritical and cynical they may seem to be, rather than let them teach themselves and perpetuate the misconceptions, or worse, the distortions, misrepresentations, etc. By participating, we can at least make known to them the true Islâm. ‘Waste of time’, you say? See reason no. 2.

2. The objective of da’wah work is not to convert the non-Muslims, but simply to deliver the message of Islâm to them, in the best way we can, and that means with “wisdom and beautiful preaching”. Acceptance or rejection is up to the individual concerned. The success of any da’wah activity is not in your hands. Only God has the power to give hidayah (guidance) to anybody or any people. Not even the Holy Prophet was given this power. Remember the case of his beloved uncle Abu Talib .

3. A Muslim da’ee who has tried to get the attention of non-Muslims (or for that matter, uninterested converts or born Muslims) will know how difficult it is to succeed. Certainly it is not as “easy” as carrying out da’wah only to Muslims who are already committed, e.g. those who regularly go to mosque, attend Islâmic talks, seminars, da’wah programmes etc., and whose attention are not difficult to obtain.

The next key words in verse, 16:125 are “wisdom” and “beautiful preaching”. Let us consider them together, for the sake of brevity. They require that we prepare an effective strategy to make the invitation successful. One strategy that has been quite successful is reproduced here in the form of a set of guidelines:

GUIDELINES FOR TALKING TO NON-MUSLIMS ABOUT ISLÂM

AIM: To convey the message of Islâm, and to share one’s love of Islâm.

The aim should NOT be to convert the non-Muslim, since the non-Muslim must make that decision of his own free will, with no pressure from others. Of course, if he chooses to accept Islâm, Alhamdulillah; and we will give every help he needs during and after his conversion. Our role is to help the person to discover himself, and to find a true direction or purpose in his life. Getting to know about Islâm is a spiritual journey for him, and he will receive help and guidance in it from Allâh ; our role is merely to assist him in whatever way we can in that journey.

PRINCIPLES

A. APPROACH

1. Personal one to one approach is the method of choice. It brings the non-Muslim closer to Islâm. Before embarking upon conversation about Islâm, take time to get to know the person ¾ about him, his family, work etc. (but of course only as much as he seems willing to tell). Be a sincere friend to him. Be caring about his welfare. This is a practical demonstration of Islâm and to be oneself good Muslim is the best method of Da’wah. By getting to know him, you can also plan the most effective strategy and approach to tell him about Islâm. Every individual is different, and needs at approach to suit his own needs. Try to find out also how much he already knows about Islâm, and about any misconceptions, problems or doubts he has concerning Islâm. As to the problem how to begin the conversation, a sharp and dedicated da’ee will find an excuse to start the dialogue about Islâm. A suitable opening question might be: “How did you first come into contacts with Islâm?” Or “How did you hear about our Center? Or one can ask a question about some news involving Muslims and its background and turn the question around by asking if he/ she knows about Islâm and Muslims. Do this in a gentle, friendly manner ¾ don’t let it seem like an interview, or ever worse, interrogation. Try to draw him out, let him do a lot of the talking, and help him to feel as relaxed as possible. Depending upon the situation, continue the discussion or promise some literature.

2. With the people you meet regularly, never spend too much time discussing Islâm. Islâm in small doses is digested better than in large doses. Never give books or the Qur’an right away. Always begin with small brochures then booklets. A copy of the Qur’an or full size books should be given only after they are requested repeatedly. Never give more than one book at a time and follow up if the person has read the book and asks questions.

3. Try to get to know something about the cultural background of the major groups of non-Muslims and converts. This will also help us to plan suitable approaches in our da’wah. Non-Muslims are not a uniform, homogenous entity. They are not similar in all places. Each is very different from the other, each may pose a very different challenge, each may require a different approach. Westerners, for instance, tend to question everything and are often quite skeptical ¾ one needs to explain things in detail, reason things out, to convince them. Asian non-Muslims are more likely to face problems with their families if/when they convert. The Chinese especially, fear losing their ethnic identity ¾ one must reassure them that, in accepting Islâm, they become Muslims and do not switch over to another ethnic group.

Be rational (not emotional), and be gentle in your approach, even if he is aggressive or emotional, or even insulting. Be respectful toward him. Allâh I has given each person a mind with which to think and a heart with which to feel, and he is entitled to his own opinions and feelings. Avoid being confrontational, and don’t feel that it is a “battle” or contest which you must “win”.

5. Don’t be overzealous or overdo your da’wah. When you see from his face or body language that he is losing interest, stop conversation. You could ease the tension by suggesting you both have a cup of tea, or by introducing him to someone else at the Center. Remember that da’wah is a long process, and cannot be achieved in a single session, or even in a few sessions ¾ it demands consistent effort and a lot of patience.

6. Let him set the pace. For each individual, learning about Islâm is a very personal experience, and it is essential that he takes his own time to go through it. Do not set any time limits, but gently guide him step by step as he is ready. It is very important that he does not feel any pressure, as this will put him in the wrong frame of mind for learning about the joy and inner peace of Islâm.

7. Da’wah is an exchange of ideas and perceptions. Let it be a real conversation, not a monologue by the da’ee. Many non-Muslims despite having very little knowledge of Islâmic teachings, have ideas and beliefs which are very close to the Islâmic ones. They also often come with some stunning and insightful perceptions and comments, which are truly instructive for the da’ee.

8. If the target audience happens to be a group of more than five persons, the relationship may become a bit more impersonal, like giving a speech to a group. In such cases, questions should be invited after the lecture and some brochures may be distributed. Those group talks are the best which avail opportunity to the speaker of developing personal contacts with new persons.

9. In most cases debates have not been found to be suitable means of da’wah. Debates work on the principle of knocking out the opponent by exposing and attacking his perceived weaknesses. Debates could be quite entertaining to Muslims but a torture to the opponent group; torture never wins hearts. Quite often, a Muslim da’wah worker wins the debate but loses the debater, rendering the whole exercise futile.

10. Wide distribution of simple brochures and knocking, at the doors are another two methods of reaching out. The first is like throwing seeds from an airplane some will fall on rocks, some in lakes, some in desert and some in fertile lands and grow. While using this approach, it is important to ensure that brochures are simple and can be read within three to five minutes. These must carry address(es) and phone numbers of some Islâmic centers in the area. A Christian missionary organization has applied the ‘knocking at the door approach with some success. In this case, every care should be taken to be very polite in seeking permission to enter the house and during the conversation. The meeting must conclude as soon you notice such an indication from the face or the body language of the hosts. The follow up visit should depend on the willingness of the hosts and at their convenience.

B. CONTENTS

1. Aim to demonstrate the beauty of Islâm such as oneness of God and man’s direct relationship with Him. Begin with the positive aspects.

2. As far as possible, stick to the main or central principles of Islâm. Try to avoid the less important (ikhtilafi) issues, e.g. Sunni-Shi’a issue; if the person brings up such things, give a brief answer, and then try to steer him back to the more basic principles, so that he will not see things in the wrong perspective. At the same time, if there is a particular aspect of Islâm ¾ or more likely mis-understanding of it ¾ which seriously bothers him, take time to discuss it and help clear his doubts.

3. Emphasize the universalism of Islâm (e.g., Allâh as the Universal God, the only One worthy of True Worship) ¾ the fact that Islâm is a reaffirmation and perfecting of the whole stream of Revelations from God since the time of Prophet Adam; it thus teaches many of the same values and principles that also occur in other major religions. It is not therefore, a totally different and separate religion without any relationship to existing religions. Do not criticize or insult any other religion. As far as possible, avoid comparing Islâm to other religions; just explain the teachings of Islâm itself.

4. It is often appropriate to present Islâm as a way to find the answer to contemporary social problems, which upset many people. Explain that Islâm covers all aspects of life, the social as well as individual, the material (worldly) as well as the intellectual and spiritual; its principles are broad, enabling their implementations to be flexible and dynamic and thus suitable to all times and conditions.

5. Tell the truth always. Try to equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible about Islâm. Don’t ever guess; if you don’t know, or are not sure, say so, and either refer him to someone who does know, or offer to find out for him (and really do so!) from a reliable source. Always have someone with better knowledge of Islâm available for referral whenever difficult questions arise. Never give video tapes of debates or those talks which appear offensive to them because such material does not open hearts and minds but the person will build defensive walls around himself rendering it impossible to penetrate.

6. Don’t be apologetic about Islâm – Islâm with all its aspects, principles and practices, is a perfect religion, given to humanity by Allâh ¾ there is therefore nothing to hide, apologize for or be ashamed of. Don’t be upset if anyone criticizes or rejects any aspects of Islâm. Our role is to explain Islâm as best as we can ¾ whether or not he accepts it, is not our responsibility, but is entirely in Allâh’s hands.

7. Don’t be afraid to accept criticisms ¾ often people judge Islâm by looking at Muslims, and of course many Muslims do not follow Islâmic teachings fully (or sometimes at all). We should admit such failings, and point out that the “fault” is due to people’s own weakness, whereas Islâm itself is a perfectly suitable way of life for man and brings him the fullest satisfaction, happiness and peace if followed conscientiously. Do not attack personalities of other religions. This is very unproductive, and only invites the listener to retaliate with attacks on Muslims. For the convert, the da’ee should first build up the person’s aqeedah, his acceptance for love of Islâm. Teaching of the ritual practices of Islâm should only come later.

We should aim to make every person feel a comfortable and “at home” as possible at our centers, which should be places where he can simply be himself, and enjoy the company of sincere Muslims, as well as learn about Islâm. He should not feel in any way “out of place”.

Any Muslim with some elementary knowledge of Islâm can be a da’wah worker but his effectiveness will depend upon his maturity in approach. We should always be respectful and polite towards non-Muslims, however far from the path they may seem to us to be. We must remind ourselves constantly that each human being has been created by Allâh with the same potential to gain the highest level of consciousness of Him. Thus they might well eventually become far better Muslims than our selves.

Finally, Remember da’wah is a duty which each of us must discharge according to the best of our ability and to please Allâh . Don’t be afraid! Although da’wah is quite a big responsibility, we must remember that we are not doing it alone. Allâh is always with us. He gives tremendous help to His servants who are sincere and humble in their wish to please Him.

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Al-JIHAD: THE FORGOTTEN OBLIGATION!!

Al-JIHAD: THE FORGOTTEN OBLIGATION




CONTENTS:

1. NO DEED EQUALS JIHAD
2. Al-MUJAHID -THE MOST SUPERIOR
3. Al-JiHAD – THE APEX OF THE DEEN
4. Ar-RIBAT – AN UNENDING REWARD
5. THE LOVE OF THE SAHABA FOR RIBAT
6. THE GRADE OF THE MUJAHIDEEN
7. THE PALACE FOR THE SHUHADAA’
8. IN THE HEARTS OF GREEN BIRDS
9. THE BEST JIHAD
10. SPECIAL FAVOURS FOR THE SHUHADAA’
11. ONE MORNING AND EVENING IN JIHAD
12. THE BLESSED DUST OF JIHAD
13. PARADISE UNDER THE SHADE OF SWORDS
14. KEEPING A HORSE FOR JIHAD
15. GLAD TIDINGS FOR THE MUJAHID
16. Al-JIHAD – BETTER THAN MAINTAINING THE HARAMAYN
17. Al-JIHAD – BETTER THAN JUMU’AH WITH THE PROPHET
18. THE PROPHET’S WISH TO BE SHAHEED
19. THE UNDERSTANDING OF AS-SALAF AS-SAALiH
20. PERFECTING EEMAAN: A PRE-REQUISITE FOR JIHAD?
21. THE ORDER TO PREPARE FOR JIHAD
22. THE EXISTENCE OF A KHILAFAH IS NOT A PREREQUISITE
23. THE ONE WHO DOES NOT GO OUT OR PREPARE FOR JIHAD
24. THE ABANDONMENT OF JIHAD

1. NO DEED EQUALS JIHAD

Narrated Abu Huraira (R), a man came to Allah’s Messenger (saw) and said
“Instruct me as to such a deed as equals jihad (in reward). He replied, “I
do not find such a deed.” Then he added, “Can you, while the Muslim fighter
is in the battlefield, enter your Mosque to perform prayers without cease
and fast and never break your fast?” The man said, “but who can do that?”
Abu Huraira (ra) added, “The Mujahid is rewarded even for the footsteps of
his horse while it wanders about (for grazing) tied on a long rope.” (Sahih
Bukhari, p.391, vol.1)

Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated: One companion asked, “O Messenger of Allah (saw)
tell me of an action by doing which I can attain the reward of the fighters
in the path of Allah.” The Prophet (saw) said to him, “Do you have the
strength to continuously offer Salah and get tired and observe fast and not
break it?” The person replied, “O Messenger of Allah (saw)! I am weak, I
do not have the strength.” Then the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “If you
were to be given the strength (to continuously offer Salah and observe fast)
yet you would not have achieved the status of the fighter in the path of
Allah.

Do you not know that the horse of a Mujahid, tied to a rope, when it
treads forth in length for grazing, even for this the Mujahid gains reward.”
(Tafsir Ibn Kathir, wa Tafsir Suratul Kahf)

Al-Fadl ibn Ziyad said, “I heard Abu Abdullaah Ahmad ibn Hanbal while he was
talking about the enemy and he began crying, saying there is no deed of
righteousness better than fighting them.” And that he (rahimahullaah) said,
“nothing matches encountering the enemy, and face to face combat is the most
excellent of deeds. Those who fight the enemy are the ones who protect
Islam and its holy places, and what deed could be superior to that? People
are safe while they are in fear, and they have contributed to their very
lifeblood.”

Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said “As for the occupying enemy who is
spoiling the religion and the world, there is nothing more compulsory after
Eemaan than repelling him.”

2. Al-MUJAHID -THE MOST SUPERIOR

Narrated Abu Said Khudri (ra), somebody asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! (saw)
Who is the best among the people?”. Allah’s Messenger (saw) replied, “A
believer who performs jihad with his life and wealth.” They asked, “Who is
next?” He replied, “A believer who stays in one of the mountain paths
worshipping Allah
and leaving the people safe from his mischief.” (Sahih Bukhari p.391, vol.1)

3. Al-JIHAD – THE APEX OF THE DEEN
“The head of the matter is Islam, and its pillar is salaah and the apex is
jihad.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

4. Ar-RIBAT – AN UNENDING REWARD

Narrated Sahl bin Sad, as Saidi (ra), Allah’s Messenger (saw) said: “To
guard Muslims from infidels in Allah’s cause for one day is better than the
World and whatever is on it’s surface, and a place in Paradise as small as
that occupied by the whip of one of you is better than the world and
whatever is on it’s surface; and a morning’s or an evening’s journey which a
slave (person) travels in Allah’s cause is better than the World and
whatever is on it’s surface”.

(Sahih Bukhari, p.404, vol.1)
Ibn ‘Abbas (ra) has said: I have heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say,
“Two eyes will not be touched by the Hell fire, one is that eye which has
shed tears in the fear of Allah and second that eye which stayed awake guarding in the path of Allah.
(Tirmidhi)

It is reported in Ibn Majah that Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated that the Prophet
(saw) said, “Whoever dies while guarding the territory, in the cause of
Allah, his good deeds will continue and his sustenance will continue and he
will be saved from the questioning by the Munkar, Nakir and Allah will raise
him in the day of Qiyamah,
protected from the immense adversity of that day”.

5. THE LOVE OF THE SAHABA FOR RIBAT

Abu Huraira (ra) said, “Safe guarding the Muslim borders in the path of
Allah is more beloved to me, than my worshipping Allah in the night of Qadr
in front of Hajr al Aswad (the black stone of the Kabah)

Khalid ibn Waleed (ra) said, on his deathbed, “I reached every possible
place for Shahadah, but it was written in my ate that I should die of my
bed. In my opinion there is no deed more dearer than my waiting with my
horse and shield in the darkness of night, the sky to be glittering due to
the rain, waiting for the onset of dawn, so that I can attack the enemy.”
(al Jihad, Ibn al Mubarak, p.88)

Umar (ra) asked the people in his gathering, “Which person would attain the
most virtue and reward?” The people suggested zakah and salaah and agreed
the highest rank is for the Ameer ul Mumineen (Umar himself) and started
naming other individuals. Umar (ra) then advised, “Shall I tell you the
best person is terms of virtue who is even higher than the Ameer ul Mumineen
(the leader of the Muslims)?.

The people replied, “Please do tell us”. He
said, “that small person who is holding the reins of his horse in Syria
safeguarding the Muslim army, he is unaware if a wild animal will rip him
apart or an insect will bite him or the enemy will attack. This person is
higher in rank than those people whom you have mentioned and he is higher
than the Ameer ul Mumineen in virtue. (Kanzul Ummal, p.289, vol.2)

6. THE GRADE OF THE MUJAHIDEEN

“Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their
wealth and lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has
promised good (paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and
fight above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward.” (4:95)

Narrated Abu Huraira (r), the Prophet (saw) said, “Whoever believes in Allah
and His Messenger, performs salaah and observes sawm of the month of
Ramadhan, then it will be a promise binding upon Allah to admit him to
Paradise, no matter whether he fights in Allah’s cause or remains in the
land where he was born.” The people said, “O Allah’s Messenger (saw) shall
we aquaint the people with the good news?”.

He said, “Paradise has one
hundred grades which Allah has reserved for the Mujahideen who fight in his
cause, and the distance between each of two grades is like the distance
between the Heaven and the Earth.

So when you ask Allah (for something), ask for al-Firdaus which is the middle (best) and the highest part of Paradise. And above it is the throne of the Beneficient (Allah), and from it
gushes forth the rivers of Paradise. (Sahih Bukhari, p.391, vol.1)
at-Tirmidhi narrated that the distance between the two grades of jannah is
quoted as 100 years and in a further hadith in Tabarani this distance is
quoted as 500 years.

7. THE PALACE FOR THE SHUHADAA’

Narrated Samura, the Prophet (saw) said, “Last night two men came to me (in
a dream) and made me ascend a tree and then admitted me into a better and
superior house better of which I have never seen. One of them said, this
house is the house of the Shuhadah.” (Sahih Bukhari, p.185, vol.1)
Ahmad, at-Tabarani and al-Haakim report from Ibn ‘Abbas that the Messenger
of Allaah (saw) said, “The shuhadaa’ are in a green dome besides the river
of Baariq, near the gate of Paradise, from which provision comes to them,
morning and evening” (Saheeh al-Jaami’ as-Sagheer, 3/235 no. 3636)

8. IN THE HEARTS OF GREEN BIRDS

Ibn Mas’ood narrated that the Prophet (saw) said “Indeed the souls of the
shuhadaa’ are in the hearts of green birds, and they have lanterns hanging
underneath the ‘arsh (throne of Allaah) of ar-Rahmaan. They roam around in
Paradise wherever they wish, then they return to their lanterns.” (Muslim,
at-Tirmidhi)

9. THE BEST JIHAD

Jabir (ra) narrated that a person asked, “O Prophet of Allah, which is the
best Jihad?”. The Prophet (saw) said,
“The Jihad is that the legs of your horse be cut off and your blood spilt
(shahadah)”.
(Ibn Hibban, Ibn Majah, at-Targheeb wa at-Tarheeb, p.438. vol.2)
Whilst the narration “We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater
jihad”, that is, that of striving against the self, is often quoted and thus
well known amongst the Muslims, this cannot be attributed to the Messenger
of Allaah (saw) as it is da’eef (as-Suyuti, al-‘Iraaqi, al-Bayhaqi) or
according to some (Ibn Taymiyyah), mawdoo’ (fabricated).

10. SPECIAL FAVOURS FOR THE SHUHADAA’

Ubada bin Samit (ra) narrates, that the Prophet (saw) said, “The shaheed is
granted seven gifts from Allah swt –
1. He is forgiven at the first drop of his blood.
2. He sees his status in jannah.
3. He is dressed in the clothes of iman.
4. He is safe from the punishment of the grave.
5. He will be safe from the great fear of the Day of Judgement.
6. A crown of honour will be placed on his head.
7. He will intercede on behalf of 70 members of his family.
(Musnad Ahmad, at-Tabarani, at-Targheeb wa at-Tarheeb, p.443, vol.2)
Abud-Darda (r) narrates that I heard the Prophet saw saying that the Shaheed
will intercede on behalf of 70 Members of his family.(Abu Dawud, at-Targheeb
wa at-Tarheeb)

Naeem ibn Hamar (ra) narrates that a person asked the Prophet (saw), “Which
Shaheed is superior?”.

The Prophet (saw) answered, “Those who are in the rows of battle and do not
turn their face till they are killed.

They will roam around in the highest rooms in Jannah and their Lord will
laugh at them. This is an indication that, when Allah laughs at somebody, there is no accounting of his deeds on the day of Judgement.”

(Musnad Ahmed, at-Targheeb wa at-Tarheeb, p.442, vol.2)
Narrated Anas bin Malik (r), the Prophet (saw) said, “Nobody who enters
Paradise likes to go to the world even if he got everything in the earth
except a Mujahid who wishes to return to the world so that he may be shaheed
ten times, because of the dignity he receives (from Allah)”. (Sahih Bukhari,
p.395, vol.1)

Jabir ibn Abdullah (r) says that when Abdullah bin Amr ibn Haram was Shaheed
the Prophet saw said, “O Jabir! Shall I inform you of how Allah honoured your father?” He
answered, “Please do.” The Prophet saw said,
“Allah does not talk to anybody but behind the veil but he talked to your
father directly (without the veil)”.
(Tirmidhi, at-Targheeb wa at-Tarheeb, p437, vol. 2)

11. ONE MORNING AND EVENING IN JIHAD

Narrated Abu Huraira (ra), The Prophet (saw) said, “A single endeavour (of
fighting) in Allah’s cause in the afternoon
or forenoon is better than all that, on which the sun rises and sets.”
(Sahih Bukhari, p.392, vol.1)

Ibn Daqeeq ul-Eed (ra) says that the meaning of, “a single expedition in the
afternoon or forenoon of the Mujahid being better than all that is on the
earth and which is in it, ” is: that of a person was to be given the whole
world and own all the wealth and needs of the world and then he spends all
this in a good cause, the reward of this cannot be compared to one noon or
forenoon spent by the Mujahid in the battlefield, in fact, spending one
morning or afternoon in the battlefield is more virtuous than spending all
the world in Allah’s cause.

“He who fights in the way of Allaah for the time between the milking of the
camel jannah becomes waajib upon him” (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi).

12. THE BLESSED DUST OF JIHAD

The Prophet (saw) said “Never will there combine upon a servant the dust of
battle in the way of Allaah
and the smoke of the Hellfire.” (Ahmad)
The Prophet (saw) said, “Whosever’s feet were covered with the dust in the
way of Allaah,
He forbids the Hellfire upon him.” (al-Bukhari)

13. PARADISE UNDER THE SHADE OF SWORDS

The Prophet (saw) said, “Know surely that Jannah is under the shade of
swords” (Sahih Bukhari, p.395, vol.1)

Ibn al-Jawzi states the understanding of this hadith is that Jannah is
attained by performing Jihad. One companion asked the Prophet (saw) “O
Messenger of Allah! What is the reason that every Muslim has to face the
trial of the grave, except the Shaheed?”.

The Prophet (saw) answered, “The sword over his head was enough as a trial” (meaning he would not be now put in any trial or torment). (Kanzul Ummal, p.596, vol.4)

14. KEEPING A HORSE FOR JIHAD

Narrated Abu Huraira (ra), the Prophet (saw) said, “If somebody keeps a
horse (for Jihad) in Allah’s cause, motivated by his faith in Allah and his
belief in His promise, then he will be rewarded on the day of resurrection
for what the horse has eaten or drunk and for it’s dung and urine”. (Sahih
Bukhari, p.406, vol.1)

15. GLAD TIDINGS FOR THE MUJAHID

Narrated Abu Huraira (ra), the Prophet (saw) said, “Let the slave of dinar
and dirhams, of khatifah and khamisa, (ie money and luxurious clothes),
perish for he is pleased if these things are given to him and if not he is
displeased. Let such a person perish and relapse, and if he is pierced with
a thorn, let him not find anybody to take it out for him.

Paradise is for him who holds the reins of his horse to strive in Allah’s cause, with hair
unkempt and feet covered with dust, if he is appointed in the vanguard, he
is perfectly satisfied with his post of guarding, and if he is appointed in
the rear guard, he accepts his post with satisfaction, (he is so simple and
unambitious that if he asks for permission he is not permitted and if he
intercedes his intercession is not accepted)”. (Sahih Bukhari, p.404, vol.1)

16. Al-JIHAD – BETTER THAN MAINTAINING THE HARAMAYN

“Do you consider the providing of drinking water to the pilgrims and the
maintenance of al-Masjid al-Haram as equal to the worth of those who believe
in Allaah and the Last Day and fight in the way of Allaah.
They are not equal before Allaah.” (9:19)

17. Al-JIHAD – BETTER THAN JUMU’AH WITH THE PROPHET

The Prophet (saw) sent an army in which Abdullah bin Rawaha participated.
When the army set out, Abdullah bin Rawaha stayed behind so that he could
perform Jumma Salah behind the Prophet (saw) and then intended to join the
army straight after. The Prophet (saw) said to him, “I swear by the One in
whose power lies my life, if you were to spend everything on earth you could
not attain the virtue of their one morning.” (Fath ul Bari, p.91, vol.6)

18. THE PROPHET’S WISH TO BE SHAHEED

Narrated Abu Huraira (r), the Prophet (saw) said, “By him in whose hands my
life is! Were it not for some men amongst the Believers who dislike to be
left behind me, and whom I cannot provide with means of conveyance, I would
certainly never remain behind any sariyah (army unit) setting out in Allah’s
cause. By Him in whose hands my life is! I would love to be Shaheed in
Allah’s cause and then get resurrected, and then get Shaheed and then get
resurrected again, and then get Shaheed. ” (Sahih Bukhari, p.42-3, vol.4)

19. THE UNDERSTANDING OF AS-SALAF AS-SAALiH

At-Tabari reported that al-Miqdad ibn al-Aswad was seen at money-changers
in Emesa. He was leaning on the table due to his corpulence, and it was said
to him, “Allaah has excused you (from jihad)!” Whereupon he said, “The surah
of dispatchment (i.e. at-Tawbah) has come to us, “March forth, light and
heavy.”

Abu Talha (ra) said “Young, and old, Allaah has not accepted the excuse of
anyone.O my son! Prepare me (for jihad), prepare me!”. His son said, “May
Allaah have mercy on you! You did battle along with the Prophet (saw) until
he died, and together with Abu Bakr until he died, and the same alongside
‘Umar until he died so now we will do battle on your behalf.” But Abu Talha
said, “No! Prepare me!” So he went out and died at sea.

His body could not be buried for seven days, at which time it had still not decomposed.
Az-Zuhri said, “Sa’eed ibn al-Mussayib went out for Jihad, blind in one eye
and somebody told him, “You are an invalid” but he said, “Allaah has called
forth the light and the heavy.
If I cannot fight I will increase our numbers and guard possessions.”

20. PERFECTING EEMAAN: A PRE-REQUISITE FOR JIHAD?

Narrated al-Bara (r), a man whose face was covered with an iron armour (i.e.
clad in armour) came to the Prophet saw and said, “O Allah’s messenger!
Shall I fight or embrace Islam first?” The Prophet (Saw) replied, “Embrace
Islam first and then fight”. So he embraced Islam and was Shaheed. Allah’s
Messenger (saw) said, “A little work, but a great reward.” (He did very
little after embracing Islam but he was rewarded in abundance). (Sahih
Bukhari, p.394, vol.1)

Ibn Ishaq has recorded in maghazi (an authentic tradition of Abu Huraira (r)
that the Prophet (saw) said, “Tell me about a person who never prayed one
salaah but entered jannah.” Then he answered himself that this lucky person
was Amar bin Thabit (r)” (Fath ul Bari, p.105, vol.6) Taking this narration
into consideration, the scholars of hadith have agreed that the person
mention in Bukhari is Amar bin Thabit (r).

21. THE ORDER TO PREPARE FOR JIHAD

“And make ready against them (the Kuffar)all you can of power
including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery, etc) to
terrorise
the enemy of Allaah and your enemy” (8:60)
Sheikh al-Islam, Ibn Taymiyyah: “It is an obligation to make preparations
for jihad at times when it is not possible to wage it due to weakness. For
anything without which an obligation cannot be fulfilled is an obligation
itself.”

22. THE EXISTENCE OF A KHILAFAH IS NOT A PREREQUISITE

Ibn Qudama: “The absence of the Muslim ruler should not (be used as an
excuse) to put off Jihad, otherwise its exigency and advantages will be lost
by so doing; and if the Muslims happen to take some booty (from the war)
they should distribute it in accordance with the laws of the Shariah.”

Ash-Shawkaani, “The Muslims have differed regarding attacking the Kuffaar in
their lands, whether the presence of the main Imam is a pre-requisite or
not. And the truth most worthy of acceptance is that it is waajib upon every
individual from the Muslims and the Quranic verses and Ahadeeth are
general and not restricted.”
(ar-Rasaa’il as-Salafiyyah, p.43)

23. THE ONE WHO DOES NOT GO OUT OR PREPARE FOR JIHAD

These are like the Munafiqoon, and they said to the believers
“Our possessions and our families occupied us, so ask forgiveness for us.”
(48:11)

The Prophet (saw) “Whoever dies and he does not fight nor does he ever
intend to fight (prepares for it)
then he dies on a branch of hypocrisy” (Muslim)
“And if you march not forth He will punish you with a painful torment and
will replace you with another people
and you cannot harm Him in the least.” (9:39)

And let the one who claims love for jihad and desire for its implementation
but who does nothing to prepare for it remember the words of Allaah:
“And if they had intended to march forth they would certainly have made
ready some preparation for it, but Allaah was averse to their being sent forth, so He made them lag behind,
and it was said to them,
“Sit you with those who sit (at home)”. (9:46)

24. THE ABANDONMENT OF JIHAD

Our beloved Prophet (saw) said: “When people become stingy towards the dinar
and dirham, and deal in fine things, and engage themselves in agricultural
activities, forsaking Jihad in the Way of Allaah, Allaah will send down on
them a calamity that will not be dispelled away from them until they return
to their deen” (Ahmad, Abu Dawud)

And ibn al-Arabi said regarding the verse, “If you march not forth He will
punish you.” (9:39),
“The severe punishment in this world is through the occupation of the enemy
and in the Hereafter by fire.”

THE STRAIGHT PATH!!

The Straight Path

Surah al-A’la
(The Most High)


” Glorify the Name of your Lord, Most High, Who has created and then proportioned it. And Who has measured and then guided. And Who brings out the pasturage (plants), And then makes it dark stubble. We shall make you to recite, so you shall not forget it, Except what Allah may will. He knows what is apparent and what is hidden. And we shall make easy for you, the easy way. Therefore, remind (men) in case the Reminder profits (them). The Reminder will be received by him who fears (Allah), But it will be avoided by the wretched, Who will enter the great Fire. There he will neither die nor live. Indeed, whosoever purifies himself shall achieve success, And remembers the Name of his Lord. Nay, you prefer the life of this world, Although the Hereafter is better and more lasting. Verily, this is in the former Scriptures– The Scriptures of Abraham and Moses”

All the Praises are for Allah and Salutation is for the Messenger and his family and all those that follow him doing good works until the Day of Resurrection. The very first generation of Muslims that lived and established Islaam in their lives with Muhammad , the son of Abdullah, had glory and triumph that no nation that existed before them or any that came after them achieved. This is a reality which no one denies. Thus we find that every conscious Muslim dreams about this reality and so in his own way tries to work for this glory to return within his life and the life of those around him. However, to dream is one thing and the reality is another. The Muslims although they are now the fastest growing nation, are also the most divided. This division was predicted by the messenger , who said: The Jews were divided into seventy one (71) groups and the Christians were divided into seventy two (72) any my ummah (nation) will divide into seventy three (73), each of which would be in the Fire except one… Although this prediction is established in the Hadeeth above, yet it is not approved by Islaam. On the contrary, Allah had commanded the Muslims to unite, He said: Hold fast all together to the rope of Allah and be not divided.. [Al Quraan 3:103] The division of this ummah started very early after the death of the messenger of Allah . After Islaam became strong and its enemies found that they could not defeat it physically they started to attack it by undermining the faith of the common people and those newly converted to Islaam by introducing new concepts that were alien to the Islaam brought by Muhammad . This wave of attack brought about an almost total standstill to the quest for sound knowledge and facilitated the easy spread of deviant concepts and new innovations in this deen. The vast majority of Muslims are now totally lost and their understanding of Islaam was very much diluted with deviant ideas which allowed anyone who wanted to captialize on the ignorant to do so with ease. People now lost the correct way and so they did not know what method to use to understand this deen. Therefore, instead of referring matters of belief (‘Aqeeda) to the Quraan and the Sunnah they turned to the books of philosophy which, although written by Muslims, were all affected by the Greek, Persian and other prevelant thoughts of that time. Issues of fiqh on the other hand were completely restricted to the four Imaams. And so as time went by the people became totally fanatical about their Madhab (school of thought). This caused the noble Imaams to be treated by their followers as the prophets ought to be treated (i.e. as if they were protected from errors). Whatever any of them said was taken as totally correct by those who followed them (as if it were revelation). Even if a verse from the Quraan or an authentic saying of the Messenger was brought as an argument against what the Imaam said, their followers left what Allah or the messenger said and followed their Imaams. This dangerous state of affair led to blind following (Taqleed) of humans at the expense of revelation. Blind following of other than Allah and His messenger along with widespread ignorance was definately the major sources of all the division that occurred in the Deen. This was now what Islaam became to the people. And this attitude closed the doors of Ijtihad. Proof were no longer looked into to understand anything in the Islaam and the Quraan and the sunnah of the messenger which must be used for our guidance now became means for the Muslim of acquiring blessings (Barakah). This further led to the state where anyone could now give Fatawas (Legislative rulings in Islaam) and also say anything he felt like saying about Islaam because there was no threat that anyone would ask for proof from the Quraan or the Sunnah. On the other hand the people who were listening to him had no basis to determine whether what they are hearing is correct or not because they themselves have lost any attachment to sources of Islaamic law. This condition of ignorance and blind following was also predicted by the messenger , who said: Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people, but (this is done) by causing (the death) of the scholars until none of them is left alive. People would then appoint ignorant leaders for themselves who would be consulted in matters of religion and they would give Fatawas without knowledge, falling into misguidance and misguiding others. [Muslim]. The Solution The messenger of Allah said: O mankind, I am leaving two things with you, if you cling to them you will never go astray. The Book of Allah and my way of life. [Al-Haakim and Al-Baihaqi]. This hadeeth is laying the bases for the Muslim if he does not want to go astray. It follows, therefore, that if at anytime some one finds himself going astray, then he is not holding on to one or both of these sources. The problem we face, however, is that every Muslim stand by this claim that they are holding on to the Quraan and the Sunnah So how can anyone determine whose claim is correct? The messenger of Allah left this way very clear for us as he said: I am leaving you on a clear way, its night is like its day and none turns away from it except that he would be destroyed. He told us that the way he left is very clear and then in the following Ah-Hadeeth he explained for us what it is. He said: The Jews were divided into seventy one groups and the Christians were divided into seventy-two and my ummah will be divided into seventy three and each of them will be in the fire except one. The companions asked: “Who are they, O messenger of Allah?” He said: They are those who are on the like of what I and my companions are on. And in another Hadeeth, he said: The best people is my generation then those that follow them, then those who follow them. In the above hadeeth the prophet is telling us the way to understand the Quraan and the Sunnah is the way the sahabas understood and practised it. If the understanding of the Quraan and the sunnah of any group coincides with the understanding of the Companions in all issues, then that group would be the one that is on the truth. It must also be very clear that only one group of all the groups that are existing is on the correct way as is explained in the hadeeth. One way The saying of Allah further emphasises that there is only one way. He said: Whoever opposes the messenger after the guidance has been clearly shown to him, and follows other than the way of the believers, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in hell, and what an evil destination. [Al-Quraan 4:115] Who were the believers during the time the Quraan was being revealed? Were they not only the messenger and the first generation of believers? So Allah is also making it very clear that there is only one way i.e. the way of the messenger and his companions. My brothers and sisters, life is short so we must make sure that before we die we serure the key that will take us to Al-Jannah(Heaven). Let us not follow Allah’s religion based on customs and based on our desires but let us keep an open mind and beg Allah to guide us to the Truth that was left very clear for us by Him and His messenger . May Allah guide us all to the straight way of Islaam. Ameen!

TAQWA…what every soul craves!!

Taqwa
What every soul craves…

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“It is not righteousness that you turn your faces to the East and the West; but righteous is he who believes in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the Scripture and the Prophets; and gives his wealth, for love of Him, to kinsfolk and to orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and to those who ask, and to set slaves free; and observes proper worship and pays the poor due. And those who keep their treaty when they make one, and the patient in tribulation and adversity and time of stress. Such are they who are sincere. Such are the God fearing (those with taqwa).” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:177)

The concept of taqwaa is always linked to ibaadah in the Qu’raan. ‘Ibaadah can be defined as: to do what Allah has commanded and to avoid what He has prohibited. ‘Ibaadah has also been defined as a concept that includes all actions that Allah loves and approves of, whether they are actions of the heart, the tongue or the limbs. So taqwaa is linked with doing what is correct and avoiding that which is wrong. Taqwaa is the fruit of doing the actions of ‘Ibaadah. In other words, if one does what Allah has commanded him to do, and abstains from that which he has been forbidden, he will achieve taqwaa. Allah mentions in His Book ( that means ): ” O you who believe ! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become muttaqoon ( those who have taqwaa or piety ).” [ Al-Baqarah 2:183 ]. In this aayah and in many others, Allah has shown us that taqwaa is the result or fruit of doing actions of ibaadah. The meaning of Taqwaa Now that we have clarified how to achieve taqwaa, we define what the concept of taqwaa means. Taqwaa means: to cleanse or purify the heart and the soul. This fact is proven by some ayaat in Suorat ush-Shams in which Allah (T) says (what means) ” By the sun and its brightness, by the moon as it follows it, by the day as it shows its brightness, by the night as it conceals it, by the heaven and its wondrous make, by the earth and all its expanse, and by the soul and He Who perfected it in proportion, then He showed it what is wrong for it and what is right for it – indeed he succeeds who purifies it, and he fails who corrupts it.” [ Ash-Shams 91:1-10 ]. Allah begins this soorah by taking seven oaths. Whenever Allah begins a soorah or an ayaah with an oath, He (T) does so to bear witness to the fact that whatever follows this oath is very important and essential for us to understand. Therefore, we should pay very close attention to what is being said, and reflect upon its meanings. To cleans one’s heart and to purify the soul, one must perform righteous actions that Allah has enjoined upon us, and our destruction lies in doing the actions that Allah has forbidden. As Allah is the Guardian and Protector of the Soul, we should do every good deed hoping for Allah’s Mercy and fearing His Punishment, having full reliance and trust in Him (T). Purification of the Soul Among the missions of the Prophet. Allah sent him with the command to purify the souls of the Muslims in particular, and of mankind in general. Allah (T) says (what means) ” He it is who sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger from among themselves, reciting to them His ayaat, purifying them, and teaching them the Book and the Hikmah, while before they had been in error.” [ Al-Jumu’ah 62:2 ]. In this ayaah the word Hikmah is often translated as wisdom. Imaam ash-Shafi’, one of the greatest scholars of Islaam, said that when Allah mentions Hikmah in the Qur’aan it refers to the Sunnah of the Prophet. In addition to this ayaah, we see that the Prophet, was sent with three tasks: 1) To teach the Qur’aan. 2) To teach the Sunnah. 3) To show the means of purifying the soul. This purification is obtained by doing the proper acts of ‘ibaadah and by avoiding sins and disobedience. Conditions for Attaining Taqwaa How does a person know that his acts of ‘ibaadah are helping him to achieve taqwaa ? To develop taqwaa, one must fulfill the following conditions:- 1) Ikhlaas, sincere intention that the act is performed purely for the pleasure of Allah, out of love for Him, while hoping for His reward and mercy, as well as fearing His anger and punishment if He is disobeyed. 2) To do the deed in accordance with the authentic Sunnah. To have the necessary knowledge of the ‘ibaadah that is being performed. To know how the Prophet. ..performed the action and proper times for the performance of that action. Concerning Ikhlaas (sincerity), it must be present both before and after performing the deed, with no riyaa (showing off) or sum’ah (doing things to be seen or heard by people). For instance, after doing a good deed, someone tells others, ” Look at all the good I have been doing “, or ” I’m such a marvelous person because I do such and such”. This formula, if used to achieve taqwaa, is scientific, in that if you follow it, while fulfilling all of its conditions and their rights, you will achieve taqwaa Insha Allah. The Effect of Taqwa A person once asked the Prophet SAW, “O Messenger of Allah! Give me some advice!” He replied, “I advise you to fear Allah because it is the head of everything.” The likeness of one who has the awareness of the reality of Allah’s existence in every single act, in every single decision, in every single word and thought is the likeness of a dry, curled up desert plant that receives a drop of moisture, which will make it spread out its leaves and sink its roots and flourish and blossom. Similarly, one who feels Allah in their heart at every breath they take and in every aspect of their lives and in everything they do, from the important and profound to the everyday, simple tasks becomes aware of the great thirst, the Great Dependence, and the great joy his/her life had been lacking without this devotion, without this urge to serve (the Creator). And with it, they strive for the pleasure of their Lord, finding fulfillment and happiness in this world and the next.

The Life of This World Is a Transient Shade!!

The Life of This World Is a Transient Shade

Abdul Malik Al-Qasim

Excerpted from “The Life of This World Is a Transient Shade” © 1999 IIPH

“Truly, the life of this world is nothing but a [quick passing] enjoyment, and verily, the Hereafter that is the home that will remain forever.” [Qur’an, 40:39]
“And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial and that surely with Allah is a mighty reward.” [Qur’an 8:28]
“And strain not your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to various groups of them [polytheists], the splendour of the life in this world, that We may test them thereby.” [Qur’an 20:131]
“And put forward to them the example of the life of this world: It is like the water [rain] which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it, and becomes fresh and green. But [later] it becomes dry and broken pieces, which the winds scatter. And Allah is Able to do everything.” [Qur’an 18:45]
“My similitude and that of the life of this world is that of a traveler who took a rest at mid-day under a shade of a tree and then left it.” [Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and al-Hakim]
“Be in this world like a stranger, or a wayfarer.” [Bukhari]
“When Allah (`azza wa jall) gives a person whatever he loves of the worldly benefits despite his disobedience, then that is a gradual enticement.” [Ahmad and al-Bayhaqi]
“The Hour has drawn near, whereas the people have become more greedy for the life of the world and more remote from Allah.” [Al-Hakim]
Yahya ibn Mu`adh, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “I don’t order you to abandon life but to abandon sins. Abandoning life is a virtue and abandoning sins is a duty, so your need for this latter is greater than your need for the former.”
Dear brother/sister,
This life is full of benefits and fortunes: The land on which man constructs his dwelling, and grows his food, drinks, dress… etc., all represents the nourishment for man’s body and soul proceeding towards Allah. Man of course cannot do without these vital necessities. the one who takes from these necessities only according to his real need as commanded by Allah is saved and praised. But whoever takes more than necessary for himself falls into covetousness which will lead him into harm instead of benefit, and consequently divert him from the right path towards Allah and the Hereafter.
Likewise, taking less than required of the worldly benefits is harmful because the human body needs to satisfy certain basic needs, and that will increase its capability to worship Allah perfectly.
`Amr ibn Abdullah said: “The life of this world and the Hereafter, in the heart of a person, are like the two scales of a balance, when the one becomes heavier the other becomes lighter.”
Al-Hasan Al-Basri was asked: “Who is going to cry more than the others on the Day of Resurrection?” He answered, “A man on whom Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala has bestowed His Grace and who uses that for Allah’s disobedience.”
`Umar ibn Al-Khattab said: “Renouncing the worldly pleasures is a comfort for both the human heart and body.”
Yahya ibn Mu`adh said: “How can I love this life? A sustenance is decreed for me in it which keeps me alive and helps me to perform the deeds of obedience that will lead me to Paradise.”
`Abdullah ibn `Umar, radhiallahu `anhu, said: “The life of this world is Paradise for a disbeliever and a prision for a believer. When a believer dies and departs from this world, he feels himself like a prisoner who was released to go freely on the spacious earth.”
`Umar ibn `Abdil `Aziz said: “The life of this world is not your permanent dwelling because Allah has decreed that it should perish and that all its dwellers should leave it. How many a populated area that will soon come to ruins, and how many a happy resident who will soon leave his residence. You should therefore leave this wolrd in the best way you can, and the best of provisions is piety. Since the life of this world is neither a home nor an abode for the believer, he should be in it, either a stranger whose objective is to take the required provisions and return home, or a traveler who is residing nowhere and who is proceeding day and night to reach a country of residence.”
A poet said: “Man should take the minimum possible of the worldly pleasures, because he is leaving for a fixed appointment; turn his eyes away from this life and its ornaments, make all the efforts to keep away from its lusts, because it is a place of temporary pleasures and trials, and all the people in it will perish.”

The Life of this World is Fleeting Enjoyment!

The Life of this World is Fleeting Enjoyment

Imam Ibn Kathir

Tafsir Ibn Katheer (Abridged) Volume 9 © Darussalam 2000

“Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children. (It is) like a rain (Ghayth), thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment, and (there is) forgiveness from Allah and (His) pleasure. And the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment.” [57:20]
Allah the Exalted degrades the significance of this life and belittles it by saying,
“that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children.”
Meaning, this is the significance of this life to its people, just as He said in another Ayah,
“Beautified for men is the love of things they covet; women, children, much of gold and silver (wealth), branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilled land. This is the pleasure of the present world’s life; but Allah has the excellent return with Him.” (3:14)
Allah the Exalted also sets a parable for this life, declaring that its joys are fading and its delights are perishable, saying that life is,
“Like a rain (Ghayth),” which is the rain that comes down to mankind, after they had felt despair. Allah the Exalted said in another Ayah,
“And He is it Who sends down the Ghayth (rain) after they have despaired.” (42:28)
Allah’s statement,
“thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller;” meaning that farmers admire the vegetation that grows in the aftermath of rain. And just as farmers admire vegetation, the disbelievers admire this life; they are the most eager to acquire the traits of life, and life is most dear to them,
“afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw.”
Meaning, that vegetation soon turns yellow in color, after being fresh and green. After that, the green fades away and becomes scattered pieces of dust. This is the parable of this worldly life, it starts young, then matures and then turns old and feeble. This is also the parable of mankind in this life; they are young and strong in the beginning. In this stage of life, they look youthful and handsome. Slowly, they begin growing older, their mannerism changes and their strength weakens. They then grow old and feeble; moving becomes difficult for them, while doing easy things becomes beyond their ability. Allah the Exalted said,
“Allah is He Who created you in (a state of) weakness, then gave you strength after weakness, then after strength gave (you) weakness and gray hair. He creates what He wills. And He is the All-Knowing, the All-Powerful.” (30:54)
This parable indicates the near demise of this life and the imminent end of it, while in contrast, the Hereafter is surely coming. Those who hear this parable should, therefore, be aware of the significance of the Hereafter and feel eagerness in the goodness that it contains,
“But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment, and (there is) forgiveness from Allah and (His) pleasure. And the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment.”
Meaning, surely, the Hereafter that will certainly come contains two things either severe punishment or forgiveness from Allah and His good pleasure.
Allah the Exalted said,
“And the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment.”
Meaning, this life is only a form of enjoyment that deceives those who incline to it. Surely, those who recline to this life will admire it and feel that it is dear to them, so much so, that they might think that this is the only life, no life or dwelling after it. Yet, in reality, this life is insignificant as compared to the Hereafter.
Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah said that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, said,
“Paradise is nearer to any of you than the strap of his shoe, and so is the (Hell) Fire.” [Ahmad 1:387]
Al-Bukhari collected this Hadith through the narration of Ath-Thawri [Fath al-Bari 11:328]. This Hadith indicates the close proximity of both good and evil in relation to mankind. If this is the case, then this is the reason Allah the Exalted encouraged mankind to rush to perform acts of righteousness and obedience and to avoid the prohibitions. By doing so, their sins and errors will be forgiven and they will acquire rewards and an exalted status. Allah the Exalted said,
“Race with one another in hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord, and Paradise the width whereof is as the width of the heaven and the earth.”
Allah the Exalted said in another Ayah,
“And march forth in the way (to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who have Taqwa.” (3:133)
Allah said here,
“prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers. That is the grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He is pleased with. And Allah is the Owner of the great bounty.”
Meaning, “This, that Allah has qualified them for, is all a part of His favor, bounty and compassion.” We mentioned a Hadith collected in the Sahih in which the poor emigrants said to the Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, “O Allah’s Messenger! The wealthy people will get higher grades and permanent enjoyment.” He asked, “Why is that?” They said, “They pray like us and fast as we do. However, they give in charity, whereas we cannot do that, and they free servants, whereas we cannot afford it.” The Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, said, “Shall I tell you of a good deed that, if you acted upon, you would catch up with those who have surpassed you? None would overtake you and be better than you, except those who might do the same. Say, “Glorious is Allah,” Allah is Most Great”, and “Praise be to Allah”, thirty three times each after every prayer.” They later came back and said, “Our wealthy brethren heard what we did and they started doing the same.” Allah’s Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, said,
“This is the favor that He gives to whom He wills.” [Muslim 1:416]