Would you like to be a Key to Good?

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

The Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, said:

‎”Verily amongst the people are those who are keys to good ‎and locks to evil. And amongst the people are those who ‎are keys to evil and locks to good. So Toobaa‎[1] for the ‎one whom Allaah has placed the keys of good upon his hands and woe be to the one ‎whom Allaah has placed the keys of evil at his disposal.” ‎[Sunan Ibn Maajah #237, Ibn Abi ‘Aasim in “As-Sunnah” #297, Musnad At-Tayaalisi #2082, Al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Eemaan #698, and Al-Albani delcared it good in As-Saheehah #1332]

Sheikh ‘Abdur Razaaq bin ‘Abdul Muhsin Al-‘Abbaad, may Allaah preserve them both, said:

“From the ways to be a key to good is by supplication.

Supplication is the key to every good as one of the ‎Pious Predecessors stated something similar ‎when he said: “I contemplated about the entirety ‎of good and found that it has many entrances: ‎Prayer is from good, fasting is from good, hajj ‎‎(pilgrimage to the Sacred House of Allaah) is from good, ‎the entrances of good are numerous. Then I realized ‎that all of that is in the Hands of Allaah and thus I ‎was certain that supplication is the key to all ‎good.”

You are incapable of praying unless Allaah ‎assists you in that, you are incapable of performing ‎the pilgrimage to the Sacred House, fasting, giving ‎charity, being dutiful to your parents, carrying out ‎acts of righteousness unless Allaah assists you in ‎that. For this reason, the Prophet, may peace be upon him, recited on the day of Ahzaab: “If it wasn’t for Allaah ‎we wouldn’t have been guided, nor would we have ‎fasted or offered prayer.”[Bukhari #6620, Muslim ‎‎#1803]‎

‎ “And had it not been for the Grace of Allaah and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been pure from sins. But Allaah purifies (guides to Islam) whom He wills…” [24:21]

“but Allaah has endeared the Faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts, and has made disbelief, wickedness and disobedience (to Allah and His Messenger) hateful to you. These! They are the rightly guided ones, (This is) a Grace from Allaah and His Favour.” [49:7,8‎]

Due to this, if you want to be a key to good and from the people of virtue; from the noble people of knowledge; from the people of esteem and magnificence, then ask Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. For all of that is in His Hands, the Majestic and High. For this reason, more than one of the people of ‎knowledge have stated: “Supplication is the key to all ‎good. Hence whoever is granted success to (the usage of) this ‎key, will be granted success to good. And whoever ‎is prevented from (the usage of) this key will be prevented from ‎good.”‎[2]


[1] It has been mentioned that Toobaa is a tree in ‎Paradise that a rider will travel in its shade for one-‎hundred years before passing it and that Toobaa is Paradise itself.‎

[2] Taken from the book “How can you be a key to good.”


About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

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