Make things easy and do not make them difficult …

All praise are due to Allah the lord of the worlds and the the peace and blessings upon our prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions and everyone who follows him in goodness until The Day of Judgment. As to what proceeds:

عن أنس رضي الله عره عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: » يسروا ولا تعسروا، بشروا ولا تنفروا « متفق عليه 

Anas (radiAllahu ‘anhu — may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam — peace be upon him) said, “Make things easy and do not make them difficult, cheer the people up by conveying glad tidings to them and do not repulse (them).” [Agreed upon]

His statement, «يسروا – Make things easy»

It means do those things that are easy and unchallenging, whether it is associated with your actions or your  dealings with others. With this the Prophet (sallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) from his guidance didn’t chose between two things except that he chose the easier of the two, as long as there was not harm [or sin with]. And if there was any harm then he was the furthest of people from it.

So, chose that what is easy for you in all of your affairs. In your worship, in dealings with people, and in everything. Because ease is what Allah (powerful and high) wants from us and for us: “Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.” [Surah Al-Baqara 2 : 185]

For example, if you have two paths to the Masjid. One of them is difficult, in it are stones, rocks, and thorns. Whereas the second is easy. Then it is better to take the easier [path]. [Or for example] there are two waters and you are in the winter. One of them is cold and harms you whereas the other is warm and you will be at ease with it. Then it is better to use the warm [water] because it is easy and unchallenging. If it was possible to make Hajj by car or to make Hajj without it and [with] the care is easier, then making Hajj by care is better.

So what is important is that everything that is easier is better so long as there is now harm [or sin]. Because the Mother of the Believers A’isha (radiAllahu ‘anha) said, “The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) didn’t chose between two things except he chose the easier of the two so long as there was no harm [or sin].”

As for actions of worship, [they] don’t come accept with difficulty. And this difficulty, you will never be relieved of it and [when] you performed the action upon difficulty then it increases your reward. For surely Isbaagh Al-Wudu [washing beyond the legislated amount, ex: for washing you feet you wash up to you shin] when it is disliked is from those things that with it Allah raises levels and forgives sins. But as for a person going to the hardest [thing] when something easier is possible, then this is in opposition to Al-Afdal [what is better]. So it is better to follow what is better in everything. Look at fasting [for example], the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said about it, “The people will always be upon goodness as long as they hasten their Iftar [breaking their fast].” And  in another hadeeth, “And delay their Suhoor [morning meal prior to fasting]” Why? Because delay of the Suhoor [closer to the time of sunrise] strengthens your fast more than if you hastened it [or ate earlier]. And hastening Iftar is easier and less challenging upon you. Even more so when the days are long and the weather is difficult. So this and other [examples] than it prove that the easier thing is the better thing, so make things easy for yourself.

And like this as well, in performing actions. If you see that if you do an action and it is easier, closer, and achieve by it what is intended, then don’t tire yourself in other actions more when you do not require them. Do what is easier and everything. This is the principle [in actions]: Follow the unchallenging and the easier, it is more beneficial to you and better with Allah.

«ولا تعسروا — and do not make them difficult»

Meaning, do not tred the difficult path in your worship, dealings, nor in other than that. For this is prohibited, so do not make things difficult. With this, when the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saw a man standing in the sun he said about him. They [the companions] said, “Oh Messenger of Allah he is fasting. He made a Nathr [when you say, “Oh Allah if you allow me to do such and such I will do this or that”] that he would fast and stand in the sun.” So he [sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] prohibited him from this and told him, “Dont stand in the sun.”  Because in this is difficulty upon a person and harmful as well as the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Don’t make them difficult.”

The second sentence he [sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said, «و بشروا – Cheer up the people by conveying glad tidings to them»

“Cheer the people up by conveying glad tidings” means always make your path [or wherever you go] cheerful [conveying glad tidings]. Cheer yourself up and other than you. Meaning, if you did something then seek glad tidings and cheer yourself up. So if you did a righteous action then give yourself glad tidings that it will be accepted from you if you feared Allah in it. Verily Allah says, “Verily, Allah accepts only from those who are Al-Muttaqûn (the pious – see V.2:2).” [Surah Al-Ma’idah 5 : 27]

And if you called upon Allah, then give yourself glad tidings that Allah will accept it from you. Because Allah (glory be to He) says, “Invoke Me, [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islamic Monotheism)] (and ask Me for anything) I will respond to your (invocation)…” [Surah Ghafir 40 : 60] So give yourself glad tidings in all of your actions.

Also, this aids it that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to hate At-Tatayr [a type of omen using birds, which is Shirk (associating partners with Allah)] and was amazed by hope. Because if the person hopes he becomes energized and gives him sell glads tidings. And if a person takes an omen then he limits himself, constrains himself, wont go forth upon acting, and acts as if it is something disliked to him. So give yourself glad tidings and give others glad tidings. If someone comes to you and says, “I did this and did that” and he is scared then send him glad tidings and make him happy. Even more so when someone visiting the sick. If you visit the sick then say to him أبشر بالخير [glad tidings of goodness], you are going to be ok, it is impossible for something to remain the same, it is upon the person to be patient, accountable, and receive the reward upon it or something that resembles that. Give him glad tidings by saying, “Today your face looks good” or something in similarity. Because with this you will make him happy and give him glad tidings about himself]. Make your way like this when dealing with yourself and with dealing with others. Always give glad tidings, make yourself happy and others happy. So this is [a] good [thing].

«ولا تنفروا — and do not repulse (them)»

Meaning, do not turn the people away from righteous actions and the correct path. Rather, encourage them upon it. Even in worship don’t repulse them.

From that is the Imam lengthening the congregation[al prayers] longer than the Sunnah [supererogatory prayers]. For verily Mu’ath bin Jabal (radiAllahu ‘anhu) prayed with the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) Salat Al-Esha. He went to his people and lead them in the same prayed. Then one day in Salah he read a long surah so one man left and prayed alone. Someone said that he [the man who lest the salah] was an apostate. So this man went to the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then Mu’ath came to the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) so he [the Messenger of Allah] said, “Are you a trouble maker Oh Mu’ath?!” And to the other man [who called the one who left Salah an apostate] the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,“Verily from you are those who repulse people! So beware [Oh] Imams make it light.”

Therefore, repulsion is not necessary. Do not repulse the people, rather, make it light for them. Even in calling to Allah (powerful and high) don’t call to Allah [by way of] repulsion. Don’t say to a someone if you see him in error, “Oh So in So, you are in error, you sinned, in you [is such and such], and so on and so forth. This is repulsion and it [only] increases them in remaining in disobedience. But [rather] call them with ease and softness until you attract them to you and to what you are calling to. By this you are acting out the example of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in his statement, “…Cheer the people up by conveying glad tidings to them and do not repulse (them).”

So take this hadeeth Oh brother, and make this the foundation [or source] of your profit.  “Make things easy and do not make them difficult, cheer the people up by conveying glad tidings to them and do not repulse (them).”

Go to Allah (powerful and high) upon this foundation and upon this path. Go with the worshipers of Allah upon that, you will find much good. And Allah is the provider of success.

Taken from: [Shaykh Uthaymeen’s explanation of] Raiyad Al-Saliheen

And all prays due to Allah the lord of the worlds, and the peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions


Translated by:

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Umm al-Qura University

Makkah Al-Mukarramah, KSA

Saffar 18, 1432 — January 22, 2011


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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