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بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

الحمد الله

Many a times we see brothers and sisters in situations when they are trying to convince their parents or their friends about some Islamic issue when they find their close ones doing something haraam. And then they might even complain that their parents are not listening to them even though they have provided sufficient adillah. Do you notice a missing ingredient here? It is nothing other than good akhlaaq when trying to persuade someone or even trying to convey some sort of message that might receive a bad response.

Allah سبحانه و تعالى says,

فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمْ ۖ وَلَوْ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ لَانفَضُّوا مِنْ حَوْلِكَ فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ

“And by the Mercy of Allâh, You dealt with them gently. And had You been Severe and harsh hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pass over (their faults), and ask (Allâh’s) Forgiveness for them …” [1]

In this ayah Allah سبحانه و تعالى tells us how Merciful He has been with our Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم by making him deal gently with the Sahabah رضي الله عنهم. And this is the type of manner we should employ when we give Da‘wah to others or when we try to invite others to an Islamic event.

Imam Al-Hasan Al-Basri رحمه الله said that “This, indeed, is the description of the behaviour that Allah سبحانه و تعالى sent Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم with.” [2]

Indeed it was from the Infinite Mercy of Allah سبحانه و تعالى that He made Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم gentle and kind with his companions رضي الله عنه and set us the best example of dealing with others.

فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمْ

Imam Al Baghawi رحمه الله writes in his Tafsir, “Easy and soft manners, great toleration towards them (Sahabah رضي الله عنهم) and did not rush with them even one day in what they were indulged.”[3] Ease in dealing and having good manners is something that carries a lot of weight when one is trying to teach others. Usually one rushes in an action when he is getting frustrated with it and can’t bear it any more whereas the manner of Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم was the exact contrary of it.

Al Qushayri رحمه الله said, “Know that Allah سبحانه و تعالى loves those servants who have a compassionate character and a servant does not have mercy except when Allah سبحانه و تعالى has mercy upon him.”[4]

وَلَوْ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ

Qatadah رحمه الله said, “In order that Allah سبحانه و تعالى would purify (Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم’s heart) from dryness and hardness and make it close, merciful and compassionate to the believers.”

Ibn Ishaaq رحمه الله said, “It is the mention of the gentleness with them (Sahabah رضي الله عنهم) and his patience with their weaknesses.” [5]

Goodness and softness attract people and thus it is amongst the most important characteristics of a Da‘ee (caller to Allah سبحانه و تعالى). It is from the built in nature of a man to go where he is treated good and therefore if one treats other in a good manner, he will receive the same in return insha’Allah.

فَظْ as described by Imam Al Baydaawi رحمه الله means dry character. [6]

Imam Al Shawkaani رحمه الله described the same word with unpleasant character. [7]

Imam Al Baghawi رحمه الله explained the word as, “Bad character and lack of patience.”[8]

This type of nature is of a person whose surroundings do not concerns him much and have no or almost no affect on him. It also means to not have much care of the people’s issues and treat them insignificant.

غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ

Al Kalbi رحمه الله said, “فَظْ is in speech and غَلِيظَ الْقَلْب in action.” [9]

Imam Al Th‘alabi رحمه الله said, “Words on an angry face, lack of clemency and consideration.”[10]

لَانفَضُّوا مِنْ حَوْلِكَ

This means that they might have left or departed from you (Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم)[11]

Because if people are treated with bad manners then they will for sure try to leave and be away from that person of evil character and this is human nature. Thus, if a child tries to persuade his mother to buy him to but starts misbehaving, then she will start ignoring the child and not get him what he desires.

Thus, we learn from this ayah:

1) The Mercy Allah سبحانه و تعالى had on His Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم

2) Sunnah of Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم in dealing with other people.

3) The lofty character of Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم

4) The Da‘wah technique of Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم

5) Importance of good manners in engagement with others

6) Evils of bad personality

7) Meanings of فَظْ and غَلِيظَ الْقَلْب and the differences between them

8) Effect of evil and vile behaviour

And indeed, Allah سبحانه و تعالى knows best.

[1] Surat `Al ‘Imran, ayah 159

[2] Tafsir Ibn Kathir

[3] Tafsir Al Baghawi

[4] Al Tahbeer

[5] Tafsir Al Tabari

[6] Tafsir Al Baydaawi

[7] Fath Al Qadeer

[8] Tafsir Al Baghawi

[9] Tafsir Al Baghawi

[10] Tafsir Al Th‘alabi

[11] Tafsir Al Tabari

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بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

Humanities Teacher – 21 Teaching Techniques of Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم by Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef حفظه الله.

Humanities Teacher 21 Teaching Techniques

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بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

Al-Ma’roor ibn Suwayd narrates that he once saw Abu Dharr – radi Allaahu ‘anhu – wearing a beautiful shawl. His slave standing next to him was wearing a shawl exactly like it, warm and beautiful.

Ma’roor said to Abu Dharr, “Perhaps you could take the shawl of your servant and give him another (less expensive) one.”

“Never,” said Abu Dharr, “for I once had a servant whose mother was not Arab and I cussed him and his mother. That servant went to the Messenger of Allah – sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – complaining of the words I had said.

“When Rasul Allaah – sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – saw me he commented, ‘O Abu Dharr, you are a man who still has Jahilliyyah (Pre-Islamic Ignorance) in him.’”

Because of these painful words, Abu Dharr – may Allah be pleased with him – would always dress his servants in the exact same garments that he would wear.

Dear brothers and sisters, Allah is disobeyed most with our tongues. There is a sin that sweeps amongst us, a sin that many take lightly, a sin that is laughed at, a sin that could very well pull someone to Hellfire: It is the sin of insulting others.

Read carefully this following verse. It is a commandment of Allah that begins with a call to those who claim to have Eemaan. Allah ta’ala says in the Qur’an (49/11):

O you who believe let not one group of people make fun of another, perhaps the (one’s being made fun of) are better then them. And let not women make fun of other women perhaps the (woman being made fun of) is better then them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by (offensive) nicknames. Wretched is the name (i.e. mention) of disobedience after (one’s) faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the Dhaalimoon (the wrongdoers).

Perhaps the one that is being made fun of is more beloved to Allah. Subhaan Allah, let us remember this if we ever try to make fun of someone, perhaps Allah loves them and does not love us. Didn’t the Mushrikeen make fun of Rasul Allah – sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – and we know Allah loved him and not them. Didn’t the Munaafiqeen make fun of the Sahaabah – and we know Allah loved the Sahaabah and not them.

Rasul Allah – sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – said, “Verily a person will speak words from those that Allah hates, paying no heed to what he is saying, and with those words he will plummet in to hellfire.” – Bukhari

There are different reasons why a person would want to insult, make fun of and ridicule other community members:

Firstly: They have weak Eemaan and their fear of Allah is poor. This is one of the major reasons.

Secondly: They spend a lot of their time in gatherings that bring no benefit.

Thirdly: They themselves may want others to praise them. Sadly, when there is a student or a community member that insults others, often it is they that want to be the ‘cool’ one. How can they be ‘cool’ if they are doing something that Allah and His Messenger hate?

Fourthly: They forget the punishment for those that make fun of others. Imam Al-Bayhaqee narrates in Shu’ab al-Eemaan, that Rasul Allah – sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – said, “Verily those people that make fun of people – for them a gate of Jannah will be opened. It will be said to them: Come (and enter). That person will come with all their anguish and depression – but when he gets close, the gate will be closed in his face. Then another gate (to Jannah) will be opened and it will be said: Come (and enter). So that person comes with all his anguish and depression. But when he gets close, the gate will be closed in his face. This will keep happening to him until it gets to the point where it will be said: Come (and enter), and he will not come from the despair of ever entering paradise.”

Fifthly: Those that make fun of others may do so out of love for the Kuffaar and a love to imitate them. How many times do we see the comedians mocking people and everyone laughing? Indeed, mocking others and insulting them is a characteristic of Jaahiliyyah and kufr, and it is never a characteristic of a believer.

Allah ta’ala shows us in Surah Al-Mutaffifeen (83/29) how this characteristic of laughing at others is a characteristic of the Kuffaar:

Indeed, those who committed crimes used to laugh at those who believed.

The seriousness of this sin varies in accordance to the subject being insulted:

On the highest level of seriousness is to make fun of Allah or His Ayaat or His Messenger – sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam.
A group of Munaafiqeen started joking one day about their Qurr’aa, i.e. the Companions of Allah’s Messenger. They described in ridiculing terms that they were large in stomachs, having lying tongues and being cowardly. Allah ta’ala tells us in the Qur’an (9/65-66): And if you ask them, they will surely say, “We were only conversing and playing.” Say, “Is it Allah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking?” / Make no excuse; you have disbelieved (i.e. rejected faith) after your belief. If We pardon one faction of you – We will punish another faction because they were criminals.

To ridicule and make fun of the Sahaabah
In the incident just mentioned, the comment that the Munaafiqeen was actually directed at the Sahaabah. The Qur’aan shows us that this was a direct ridicule of Allah, His verses, and His Messenger.

Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen – rahi mahullaah – said: Thus it is understood that someone who curses and ridicules the Companions is a Kaafir. This is because cutting their honor is in reality an attempt at ridiculing Allah and His Messenger and His Sharee’ah.

To ridicule the pious believers
For example, if someone were to ridicule a pious believer because of his practice of the Deen, such as ridiculing a brother’s beard or to mock a sisters Hijaab, etc. Doing this – i.e. mocking a Muslim because of his Islam – may very well expel someone from the fold of Islam.

Allah ta’ala says in Surah Al-Mutaffifeen (29-30):

Indeed, those that committed crimes used to laugh at those who believed

As reported in Tafseer At-Tabaree, the Munaafiqeen were once sitting back watching the charity that the believers were giving. To those that gave much, like AbdurRahmaan ibn ‘Owf, they said, ‘he only gave it to show off’. For those that gave little, they said, ‘Verily, Allah has no need for his petty offering.”

And so Allah ta’ala revealed in Surat At-Tawbah (9/79):

Those who criticize the contributers among the believers concerning their charities and (criticize) the ones who find nothing (to spend) except their effort, so they ridicule them – Allah will ridicule them, and they will have a painful punishment.

To ridicule humans in general
This applies to the God-fearing and the Fussaaq, a believer should not humiliate people and or use derogatory nicknames for them, nor should they ridicule their creation.

Allah ta’ala says 49/11:

O you who believe let not one group of people make fun of another

And Rasul Allah – sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – said, “It is enough sin for a person that they would ridicule their Muslim brother.”

Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood – radi Allaahu ‘anhu – used to say, as narrated by Ibn Abee ‘Aasim, “By Allah whom there is no god but He, there is nothing more worthy of a prolonged incarceration then one’s tongue.”

Part II

Abu Moosa – radi Allaahu ‘anhu – said: I asked Allah’s Messenger, ‘Who out of the Muslims is the best?’ He replied, “Those whom the other Muslims are safe from his tongue and hands.” – Agreed Upon

The mockingbird, native to the western hemisphere, has a very interesting name. The mockingbird gets its name from its ability to mimic the sounds of other animals. It combines song notes of it’s own with sounds from other birds, doing so in almost a mocking way. It is an endangered species, and we hope – in sha Allah – that the mocking it got its name after will become endangered in our communities too.

Al-Hasan Al-Basree – rahimahullaah – said, “Whoever does not guard the slips of their tongue has not understood their Deen.”

Dear brothers and sisters, one of the saddest things is to see the regulars of the masjid, or the leaders of the Muslim youth, being the ones who mock others. So many youth groups and Halaqahs around North America are built on this notion that in order to be cool you must ridicule and mock others.

In other places, I know personally people that abandoned the local Masjid because they did not want to be ridiculed by the Muslims. They felt more comfort and compassion in the character of the disbelievers. What will Allah ta’ala think of someone that does this to the Muslims, someone who is an obstacle for others to come closer to Allah?

If we find a gathering of Muslims to be like this, it is our duty to command the good and forbid the evil and demand that this ridiculing stop once and for all.

In conclusion, the questions that begs to be asked is: What is the cure for this disease of the tongue?

One: We should know that it is a major sin. In fact, a person may make a single statement – not paying any heed to it – by which he may slip in to Hellfire.

Two: We should follow what our tongues are saying and not allow ourselves to stoop to vain talk.

Three: We should distance ourselves from those long useless gatherings where nothing is done for hours except laughing and chatting. Instead, we should replace our gatherings with the remembrance of Allah and good speech.

Four: We must glorify this Deen and make enormous in our hearts the commandments of Allah ta’ala. If Allah says do not make fun of one another, our reply should be nothing more then: ‘we hear and we obey’.

Five: We should warn others of the sin of insulting other people and making fun of them. Let us not allow ourselves to be as a silent Shaytaan listening to others being insulted. Let us speak up and say it clearly that this is not something loved by Allah and His Messenger. Say that if Allah and His Messenger hate it, then so do I.

Six: If you feel yourself that you just have to insult someone, ask Allah to protect you from the Shaytaan and this satanic act. As Allah ta’ala says (7/200): And if an evil suggestion comes to you from Satan, then seek refuge in Allah. Indeed, He is Hearing and Knowing.

Seven: And of course, if anyone of us should fall into this sin, we should be swift in turning back to Allah in Towbah. Say Astaghfirullaah wa ‘atoobo ilayh, O Allah I ask You to forgive me and I return to You.

Allah ta’ala says in the Qur’an (49/11): And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the Dhaalimoon (the wrongdoers).

Finally, if there is one thing that you remember from this khutbah let it be this following commandment of Allaah ta’ala, memorize it and teach it to at least one other person:

O you who believe let not one group of people make fun of another

By Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef حفظه الله

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Do not fear them!

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

All Praise is due to Allah سبحانه و تعالى, may Peace and Blessings be upon Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم, his progeny and his companions رضي الله عنهم

After 11th September and 7/7 attacks, many Muslims have developed fear of the disbelievers so much that many of them have changed their names from Muhammad to Moe and Bilal to Billy just avoid being arrested by the police. Is this way we are commanded to be? Are we allowed to be fearful of the disbelievers when we are on the Truth whilst they are misguided?

Allah سبحانه و تعالى categorically tells us that it is only shaytaan, who wants us to fear his allies so do not fear them,

إِنَّمَا ذَ‌ٰلِكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوْلِيَاءَهُ فَلَا تَخَافُوهُمْ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ

“It is only Satan that suggests to you the fear of his allies. So, do not fear them, and fear Me if you are believers.”[1]

Al Haafidh Ibn Kathir رحمه الله writes in his Tafsir, “Shaytaan threatens you with his friends and tries to pretend they are powerful and fearsome.” [2]

Al Hasan رضي الله عنه and Al Suddi رحمه الله comment on this ayah by saying, “The meaning of the fear of his (shaytaan) allies means the hypocrites who forsake and sit (in their homes) and do not fight the disbelievers. As for the Friends of Allah, they do not fear when they are told to fear them (allies of shaytaan).” [3]

Mujahid bin Jabr رحمه الله said, “The believers fear (khawf) the disbelievers.”[4]

Then Allah سبحانه و تعالى tells us, “…So, do not fear them, and fear Me if you are believers.”

Yet again, Al Haafidh Ibn Kathir رحمه الله beautifully writes, “If Shaytaan brings these thoughts to you, then depend on Me (Allah سبحانه و تعالى) and seek refuge with Me. Indeed, I shall suffice you and make you prevail over them” [5]

Imam Abu Ja‘far Ibn Jarir Al Tabari رحمه الله writes, “Do not be in awe of their group with your obedience to Me and obey My orders. We will force upon you victory and success. However, only fear Me and have Taqwa of committing acts of disobedience against Me and going against My commandments.”[6]

So, the stronger your faith becomes, the weaker the fear in your heart will be of Satan’s allies, and the weaker your faith becomes, the stronger the fear in your heart will be of them. And one can increase his Imaan by the obedience of Allah سبحانه و تعالى and staying away from His disobedience. The very reason we are in this phase because our Imaan is weakened and it is so because have stopped following the Sunnah of RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه و سلم.

This fear develops when one is embarrassed of his Islam being known to people and the reason for that is because he doesn’t have trust in Allah سبحانه و تعالى that whatever He has chose for him i.e. Islam is the best. Thus the person develops lack of confidence and starts concealing his religion from others when he must openly declare and practice as a Muslim.

Let me share a story with you, just after he accepted Islam, ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه wanted his acceptance of Islam to get noticed so when he saw that the Muslims were being tortured, he wanted to be like them. So he went to Abu Jahl’s house and knocked his door. Abu Jahl said, “Welcome Ibn al-Khattab, welcome!” (he didn’t know that ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه was a Muslim yet). ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “I became Muslim.” Abu Jahl said, “What?! Don’t do so!” ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “Well I did!” Abu Jahl slammed the door on his face. ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “This is not what I am looking for.” Then he went to someone else’s house and the same thing happened. There was somebody who was watching what ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه was doing and he went to ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه and said, “It seems that you want people to know that you have become a Muslim.” ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “Yes!” The man said, “You see that man over there, go to him and tell him that you have become a Muslim that’s what you have to do.” He was pointing towards Jamil ibn Mu’ammar al-Jumahi. ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه went to him, and said, “O’ Jamil, I have become a Muslim.” ‘AbduLlah ibn ‘Umar said, “I was watching my father, when he told Jamil, he immediately stood up, dragged his Izaar and walked briskly towards the Ka’bah where people were meeting said, ‘Ya Quraysh ‘Umar embraced Islam! Umar embraced Islam! Umar embraced Islam!’” In fact, the narrations say Jamil wasn’t saying that but he was saying, Umar Saba’!” which was a derogatory term used against Muslims. ‘Umar was trying to correct Jamil by saying, “Bal Aslamt Bal Aslamt” when Jamil was saying, “’Umar Saba’.” The mobs just attacked from every direction and ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه was between them, fighting for himself and was being hit from every side. ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه grabbed ‘Utbah bin Rabi’ah, a noble man of Quraysh, sat on top of him and stuck his fingers in his eyes! So, ‘Utbah screamed so everybody backed up. ‘AbduLlah رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “When he released ‘Utbah, and walked away, they attacked him again. Whenever they would attack him, ‘Umar would grab the noblest man in front of him and stick his fingers in his eyes until they would back off and that kept on happening again and again. Eventually, he could not fight anymore, so he sat down and people were hitting him from everywhere and then he said, ‘If we were but 300 strong, you would either leave it for us or we would leave it for you.’” This happened in Battle of Badr where Muslims were 313* and they defeated the kuffar. When ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه became Muslim, there were 40 Muslims in total Allahu A’alam if that included Muslims who migrated to Abyssinia. Then ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه went to Dar al-Arqam and asked Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم, “Aren’t we on the right path, whether we live or die?” The Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Yes!” ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه said, “Then why should we hide?” So, Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم agreed with ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه and he arranged Muslims in two ranks and the Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم was standing in between these two ranks. One of the ranks was headed by ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه and the rest by Hamzah رضي الله تعالى عنه and they marched down the streets of Makkah declaring “Ashhadu an La Ilaha IllaLah wa Ashhadu ana Muhammadur RasuluLlah” This only happened when ‘Umar and Hamzah رضي الله تعالى عنه became Muslims and the difference between their acceptance was 3 days. When they reached Ka’bah, the people were depressed like never before and that day, ‘Umar رضي الله تعالى عنه was given the name al-Farooq by Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم: the criterion of haqq and baatil.

* There is a difference of opinion on the exact number some narrations say 313,others 315 whilst others say 319 Allah سبحانه و تعالى knows best.

Sadly, most Muslims do not follow the footsteps of ‘Umar رضي الله عنه rather they try to integrate or blend in with the lifestyle of the unbelievers just to save themselves from being ‘harassed’ because they are Muslims. They try to please them whilst gaining the anger of Allah سبحانه و تعالى. ‘A’ishah رضي الله عنها wrote to Mu’awiyah رضي الله عنه: ‘Salamun ‘alayk. Amma ba’d, I have heard the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم say, ‘Whoever gains the Pleasure of Allah by the anger of the people (i.e. thereby gains their anger), Allah suffices him of the people’s troubles. And whoever gains the pleasure of the people by the Anger of Allah (i.e. in the process he gains His Anger), then Allah leaves him to the people.’ Wa-Salaamu ‘alayk.’ [7] This is a stern warning going against the commands of Allah سبحانه و تعالى to make His creation happy. An example of such act would be not going for a fardh prayer because one is in an ‘important’ meeting in his office and people might get disturbed or he might feel awkward whilst leaving the room. A person in this or a similar situation should think to himself, “Do I want to seek the pleasure of Allah or keep on being fearful of the disbelievers’ attitude towards my Islam? Which action is more worthy?”

No matter how much a person tries, he will never be able to please everyone. As Imam al Shaf‘i رحمه الله said, “’There is nobody except that he has someone who loves him and someone who hates him. So if that’s the case, let a person be with the people who are obedient to Allah سبحانه و تعالى!’ (- as they love and hate for the Sake of Allah and they are not unjust) [8] Since you can’t have everyone happy with you at a time so why not seek the Pleasure of Allah سبحانه و تعالى at the expense of having others displeased?

In conclusion, we must realise and understand that by being afraid of the non-Muslims’ response on our strict allegiance to Islam will not gain us anything. Rather we will lose in this world and in the next. In this world we might not even be able to make this people happy by compromising on our Deen and in the next, we will have lost Paradise due to Allah سبحانه و تعالى being Angry with us. So I’d like to finish this article by saying, “So, do not fear them, and fear Me (Allah سبحانه و تعالى) if you are believers.”[9]

And indeed Allah سبحانه و تعالى knows best.

[1] Surat `Al ‘Imran, ayah 175

[2] Tafsir Ibn Kathir

[3] Tafsir Al Qurtubi

[4] Tafsir Al Tabari

[5] Tafsir Ibn Kathir

[6] Tafsir Al Tabari

[7] Sunan Al Tirmidhi, hadith is sahih

[8] Hilyat Al Awliyaa’

[9] Surat `Al ‘Imran, ayah 175

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Dawn of Islam

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

All Praise is due to Allah سبحانه و تعالى. May Peace and Blessings be upon Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم, his progeny, his companions رضي الله عنهم.

If one studies the history, he will surely find that the best of the people have come from this very Ummah. The greatest of men was Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم, the greatest of caliphs was Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه, the greatest of businessman was ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan رضي الله عنه, the greatest of military general was Khalid bin Waleed رضي الله عنه, the greatest of shuhadaa’ was Hamzah bin ‘Abdil Muttalib رضي الله عنه, the greatest of scholars was Mu‘adh bin Jabal رضي الله عنهand the list goes on and on so why feel embarrassed of being a Muslim?

It is very well known that each nation has its ups and downs. Sometimes, it is feared and respected whereas at other times, it is treated as if it were worth nothing and the people of that particular nation were the worst of all. Such is also the state of affairs of our beloved Muslim Ummah. But everything that goes up must come down and thus there is a saying in Arabic, لِكُلِّ حِسَانٍ كِبْوَة which means every horse has a stumble. No matter how well a horse is trained, a day will come that he will stumble and will make a mistake. The Ummah of RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمis the best Ummah ever sent and the proof of this where Allah سبحانه و تعالىsays,

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ

“You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind…”[1]

Also the hadith of RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم, “You are the final of seventy nations, you are the best and most honoured among them to Allah.[2]

And another one, where RasuluLlahصلى الله عليه وآله وسلمsaid,“I was given what no other Prophet before me was given.”We said,“O Messenger of Allah! What is it”He said,“I was given victory by fear, I was given the keys of the earth, I was called Ahmad, the earth was made a clean place for me (to pray and perform Tayammum with it) and my Ummah was made the best Ummah.”[3]

There might be times in which this great Ummah will rise amongst the other Umam (sing. Ummah) and at other times in might dip from the highest to the lowest Ummah such as now and there might be occasions in which this Ummah might deviate from Siraatul Mustaqeem (straight path i.e. Al Islam) but keep in mind that this is the best Ummah that has ever come and will ever come.

Allah سبحانه و تعالىsays,

وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَىٰ لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُم مِّن بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا

“Allah has promised such of you who believe and do good deeds that He will surely make them to succeed (the present rulers) in the earth even as He caused those before them to succeed (others); and He will surely establish for them their religion which He has approved for them, and will give in exchange safety after their fear…”[4]

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمsaid, “The best generation (of mankind) is my generation, then those after them, then those after them” [5]Every generation that came after the Sahabah رضي الله عنهمlived in an established Islamic state but now we have the golden opportunity of doing what they did therefore that will make us the most similar generation to them in terms of being the best and the most successful in dunya and the Akhirah.

Also remember that أَلْأَسْلَامُ يَعْلُوا وَ لَا يُعْلَى عَلَيْهwhich roughly means that Al Islam is always higher and nothing goes above it. But if one does not see the Promise of Allah سبحانه و تعالىbeing fulfilled, he must not question His Promise rather his Imaan. The reality is that the success of this Ummah lies in following RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمas confirmed by Allah سبحانه و تعالىin the ayah previously mentioned. Also as RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمwas saying in the early days of Makkah, “Say La Ilaha ILlah and you will be successful!” Moreover, one should not worry what he might face when following RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمbecause Allah سبحانه و تعالىhas promised the believers protection,

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُدَافِعُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ خَوَّانٍ كَفُورٍ

“Verily Allah will defend (from ill) those who believe: verily, Allah love not any that is unfaithful, ungrateful.”[6]

But if the believers didn’t get His Protection, then it means there is something wrong with their Imaan. Therefore we must revive within ourselves the confidence and courage. The only way to do so is by following the footsteps of RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمand insha’Allah Allahسبحانه وتعالىmake us, the Muslimeen, the successful ones against our enemies in this dunya and reward us with Jannat Al Firdous.

It is as if we are waiting for Imam Mahdi عليه السلامso Allahسبحانه وتعالىwill us victory and we will not move a single inch until he comes. In battle of Uhud when the rumour spread that RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمwas killed, one of the people of Muhajirun رضي الله عنهمpassed by Anas bin Nadhr رضي الله عنهwho was bleeding and said to him, “O fellow! Did you know that Muhammad was killed” The Ansaari man said, “Even if Muhammad was killed, he has indeed conveyed the Message. Therefore, defend your religion.” [7]‘ And this great Sahabi رضي الله عنهwas killed shaheed and could only be recognised by his finger tips by his sister because of him being so wounded. Thus we understand from this incident, that we should not wait for a leader to do everything for us rather we must initiate the work ourselves and go on with it until Allah سبحانه وتعالىblesses us an Imam.

Are you now going to sit down or getup and do something for this great Deen? Make a sincere intention now before Allah سبحانه و تعالىgives you death and you haven’t even thought of doing something!
May Allah سبحانه وتعالىgrant this great religion of His victory soon through this generation of ours. Ameen

[1]Surat `Aal ‘Imran, ayah 110

[2]Imams Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and Al-Hakim recorded that Hakim bin Mu‘awiyah bin Haydah narrated that his father said that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلمsaid.

[3]ImamAhmad recorded that `Ali bin Abi Talib رضي الله عنهsaid.

[4]Surat An Noor, ayah 55

[5]Sahih Al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim

[6]Surat Al Hajj, ayah 38

[7]Tafsir Ibn Kathir

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