Character Building: “From the perfection of one’s Islam is leaving off what doesn’t concern you”

Bismillah!

 

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu ‘anhu — may Allah be pleased with him) said the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam — peace be upon him), “From the perfection of one’s Islam is leaving off that which doesn’t concern him.” [Tirmithi and others]

Shaykh Saalih Aali Shaykh (hafithahullah — may Allah preserve him) said explaining this hadith: The people of knowledge, from them Ibn Abi Zed Al-Qayrawani Al-Maliki[1], have said, “All good characteristics stem from four ahaadeeth (pl. hadith)”, mentioning this hadith as one of them. This hadith is a foundation from the foundations of character. Imam An-Nowawi (in his book “Imam Nowawi’s 40 Hadith”) chose these hadith to be comprehensive of different subjects; so in every subject there’s a foundational principle.

 

In his statement (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “From the perfection of one’s Islam is leaving off that which doesn’t concern you”, the word from means that some of what makes one’s Islam perfect is leaving off that which doesn’t concern him. This is apparent in the Arabic language.  As for his statement (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “Perfection of one’s Islam”, this sentence is used in numerous ahaadeeth. From them the statement of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “If one of you perfects his Islam, then ever good deed that he does will be multiplied by ten times up to seven hundred times. And ever evil deed that he does he is multiplied like it.” In another narration, “If the servant (of Allah) accepts Islam and perfects it then Allah will forgive all of his evil deeds he’d committed. After that the worth of a good deed will be multiplied ten times to seven hundred times, and evil deeds like that (except what Allah pardons).” So these, and other then them, prove that perfecting one’s Islam is a great level and merit.

 

Perfecting Islam is something that the scholars have differed upon into different views:

The first view: That the meaning of perfecting Islam is that the servant upholds the obligatory acts and stays away from the prohibited acts. It is the level of the moderate people that come in the statement of Allah:

“Then we caused to inherit the Book those We have chosen of Our servants; and among them is he who wrongs himself, and among them is he who is moderate, and among them is he who is foremost in good deeds by permission of Allah” — Surah Fatir (35) : 32

Therefore, the person who is moderate upholds the obligatory acts, leaves off the prohibited acts, and puts with the obligatory some supererogatory acts; whoever is like that then surely he’s perfected his Islam.

The second view: That the perfection Islam means that the servant be on the level of perfection in ebadah (worship), as it came in the well known hadith of Jibreel wherein: “He said, ‘Tell me about perfection.” He (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you don’t see Him then He sees you.’” So, the one who perfects his Islam is the one who’s reached the level of perfection. This second view is apparently complete, but it’s not complete from every aspect.

The third view: That the perfection of Islam is not in one category, rather its in many; so the by the amount [one’s] Islam is perfect he’s have the appropriate merit and reward. This is like his statement (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “If one of you perfects his Islam, then ever good deed that he does will be multiplied by ten times up to seven hundred times. And ever evil deed that he does he is multiplied like it.” They [i.e., the scholars who hold this view] say that the one who accepts Islam and perfects his Islam then he starts at ten multiples of reward. In other words, his good deed is recorded with ten like it, up to seven hundred times. This is according to the level of perfection of Islam, therefore proving the difference in reward according to the difference of Islam. In other words the level of perfection differs and the people who’ve perfected their Islam differ in they’re level of merit and reward applicably. From the reasons it’ll be increased to seven hundred times be by the perfection of Islam being magnificent. This is what Ibn Umar (radiAllahu ‘anhuma — may Allah be pleased with them both) and other then him said about His statement (‘azza wa jal — mighty and majestic):

“Whoever comes [on the Day of Judgment] with a good deed will have ten times the like thereof [to his credit]” — Surah Al-An’aam (6) : 160

He (Ibn Umar) said, “The one who gets his good deed multiplied by ten is for the Bedouin believers. But as for the one who perfected his Islam, then for him is greater as it comes in His statement (subhaanahu wa ta’ala — glory to him the exalted):

“While if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward.” — Surah An-Nisa (4) : 40

This is a correct judgment because the people in the perfection of their Islam differ.

The people who check, from the people of knowledge, have concluded and clarified that the perfection of Islam has different levels and is not one level. The people of transgression, meaning the people that oppress themselves, are not the same as the people who perfect their Islam.

 

His statement (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “From the perfection of one’s Islam is leaving off that which does not concern him”, this action — leaving off that which doesn’t concern you — is from perfecting Islam, and this is apparent in all of the levels. So the one who comes with acts of obedience, stays away from the prohibited, busying him with obeying his Lord superseding that which doesn’t concern him. They’re busying themselves with good deeds apparently and hidden superseding worrying about things that don’t concern them.

 

What is understood from perfection of one’s Islam is placing precedence to what concerns him. And that which doesn’t concern the Muslim from statements that won’t benefit their religion, worldly life, next life, or past, and then leaving it off is from perfecting one’s Islam. This is general and comprehensive to other affairs that don’t benefit. Leaving off that which is does not concern him is a proof that one desires goodness because otherwise you could fall into prohibited actions or leaving off the obligatory.

 

In conclusion, this hadith is from the great ahaadeeth of character and it is necessary for us and obligatory upon us to be diligent in perfecting out Islam because in it is great merit. From perfection of Islam is leaving off that which does not concern you from speech, listening, not asking that does not have purpose, and not looking into people’s affairs what doesn’t have purpose (this one did, that one didn’t do, this one went, and that one came to the end of it). All of this is shameful and cancels the servant’s perfection of Islam if it overcomes him.

 

With that we say: In this hadith is a great commandment in this great characteristic of Al-Mustafa (i.e., the Prophet) (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Leaving off that which doesn’t concern you leads to correcting the heart and actions. Some of the Salaf said about people who talk a lot between themselves, “Those people don’t have a lot of actions and have a lot of speech.” People who have a lot of speech without actions, sitting in gatherings for long hours talking don’t benefit from it and this is shameful. If the servant pondered over the obligatory actions will find they’re a lot. Some people over do the permissible things, possibly having with it some prohibited speech and actions, leaving off a lot of obligatory acts. This is not from the characteristics of the student of knowledge. The student of knowledge strives for his actions to always be in what benefits him. In other words, in what he was commanded with in the Shari’ah (legislation) or called to, and leaves off that which doesn’t concern him from speech and actions openly and hidden.

 

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Footnotes:

[1] His full name is Abu Abdullah Muhammad Abdullah ibn Abi Zayd Al-Qayrawani Al-Maliki. He was a major scholar of Maliki Fiqh from Morocco (present day Tunisia) who died 386 H. May Allah have mercy upon him

 

And I send peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.

Summarized from: Sh. Saalih Aali Shaykh’s explanation of Imam Nowawi’s 40 Hadeeth

 

 

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From the Benefits of Taqwah: ‘Preservation of One’s Offspring after his Death’

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;

On the authority of Abu Dharr and Mu’aadh bin Jabal, may Allaah be pleased with them both, narrated that the Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him, stated: “Observe taqwah of Allaah wherever you may be…” [At-Tirmidhi]

[It comes in the book “Al-Jaami’ fee Sharhil Arba’een An-Nawawiyyah” a mention of the benefits of Taqwah and here is one of them.]

 ‘Preservation of One’s Offspring after his Death’

Allaah, the Most High, says:

“And let those (executors and guardians) have the same fear in their minds as they would have for their own children, if they had left weak offspring behind. So let them fear Allah and speak right words.” [4:9]

Thus, whoever desires that  his family be preserved after he is gone let him fear Allaah (during his life) so that Allaah will preserve them after him and cover them with His attention and mercy.

As Allaah mentions:

“And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was under it a treasure belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord.” [18:82]

Muhammad bin Al-Munkadir, may Allaah have mercy upon him, stated:

“Indeed Allaah will preserve a mans children, the children of his children, his village/town that he is in and the dwelling places around it, i.e. his village/town, all because of his righteousness. Therefore they will continue to be in the preservation and protection of Allaah.”

Sa’eed bin Al-Musayyib, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said to his son:

“Oh dear son, verily I increase in my prayers for you hoping that Allaah will preserve you by this action of mine. And he recited the verse,

“And their father was a righteous man.” [18:82]

[“Al-Jaami’ fee Sharhil Arba’een An-Nawawiyyah” vol.2 Page; 723]

“Those people have nothing to do with Salafiya!” — Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgment (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih bin Uthaymeen (rahimahullah — may Allah have mercy upon him) said: Salafiya is following the way of the Prophet ﷺ and his companions, because they are our Salaf (predecessors) coming before us. Therefore, following them is Salafiya. As for taking Salafiya as a specific way that specific people are upon and consider whoever differs with them as misguided, even if the truth is with them, then this without doubt is in opposition to Salafiya! All of the Salaf called to Islam and clinging firmly to the Sunnah of the Messenger ﷺ. They did not consider those who differed with them in interpreting verses as misguided, by Allah except in Aqeedah (creed). They (i.e., the Salaf) regarded those who differed with them in that (i.e., Aqeedah) as the one who’s misguided.

But, some people subscribe to Salafiya in our time have begun to make anyone who differs with them misguided, even if the truth is with him. Some of them have taken it as a Hizbi Manhaj (fanatical methodology) like some of the other fanatical groups that ascribe themselves to Islam, and this is what is repudiated and is impossible to accept. It should be said: “look at the way of the Salaf As-Saalih (pious predecessors), how they were open hearted with those who differed with them in those matters where Ijtihaad (using your mind to derive a ruling without the use of a text from the Qur’an or the Sunnah) was warranted.” They even used to differ in major issues, like Aqeedah and scholastic issues. You’ll find some of them, for example, deny that the Messenger ﷺ saw his Lord; some people say that. And some people say that the things that will be weighed on the day of judgement are the actions, where some say that it is the books of actions that will be weighed. You’ll also find them differing in matters of fiqh (jurisprudence) like: nikah (marriage), faraaidh (inheritance), ‘eddah (annulment), buyoo‘ (trading), and other that. And with all of that, they never would consider each other as misguided.

Therefore, Salafiya with the meaning that it’s a specific Hizb (group/faction) that has special merits where you consider everyone else as misguided, those people have nothing to do with Salafiya! But as for Salafiya, that is following the Manhaj of the Salaf in Aqeedah, speech, actions, in differing, agreeing, having mercy, and loving as the Prophet ﷺ said, “The example of the Mu’mineen (believers) in their loving, mercy, and kindness is like one body. If one limb complains, then the rest of the body claims he has a fever or has been afflicted with restlessness”, then this is the true Salafiya!

Taken from: http://www.saaid.net/Doat/ehsan/122-2.htm

With that I conclude by sending peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his companions.

The Crime of Fornication and relieving Oneself from its Evil Effects

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

Shiekh Bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, was asked: “What is binding upon one who falls into the crime of fornication to clear himself from the effects of that?”

He, may Allaah have mercy upon him, answered: “Fornication is from the most disgusting of prohibitions and greatest sins. Allaah has threatened the polytheists, those who murder people without due right and the fornicators with a double torment on the Day of Ressurrection and remaining therein humiliated and debased due to the wickedness and severity of their crimes. As Allaah says:

“And those who invoke not any other diety along with Allah, nor kill such life as Allah has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse and whoever does this shall receive the punishment. The torment will be doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein in disgrace; Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds…” [25:68-69]

So it is upon the one who falls into anything of that nature to repent to Allaah a sincere repentance and follow that with true faith and righteous actions. A repentance is considered sincere if the repenter ceases from commiting the sin, is remorseful for what took place and is determined not return to that (all) out of fear of Allaah, magnifying Him, hoping for His reward and dreading his punishment. Allaah the Most High says:

“And verily, I am indeed Forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them, (till his death).” [20:82]

Therefore it is obligatory upon every Muslim, male and female, to beware of this grave indecency and its pathways with the utmost caution and to rush to perform sincere repentance from what has preceded. And Allaah forgives and accepts the repentance of the true repenters.”

Source: http://ibnbaz.org.sa/mat/2200

What’s after Ramdan?

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgment (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

There’s no doubt that everyone who fasted the month of Ramadan and stood up (in prayer) during his nights was hoping that his fasting and standing was correct and accepted, as well being grateful in his striving. He supplicates to Allah to make this request a reality and complete for him what he desires.

Acceptance (of your deeds) has signs that prove and characteristics that make one hope to believe that they were accepted. From them: that the person finds himself upon goodness, forbearance, and obedience after Ramadan at a higher level than he was at before (Ramadan). He does his ‘ebadah (worship) with zeal, preserving his wajibaat (obligatory acts) and fulfilling his prayers in the Masjid with the jama’ah (congregation). Loving righteousness, acting upon it, and commanding it; as well as hatting transgression, staying away from it, and warning from it. But as for the one who’s condition after Ramadan is like his condition before it, or worse than it; headless in misguidance, being lazy in fulfilling his wajibaat and missing them, and immersed in muharramaat (impermissible acts), then this is from the signs of the loser and a proof what he wasn’t successful. He didn’t seize the moment in the season of righteousness, didn’t show any inspiration in the season of donations, didn’t ask Allah’s forgiveness, and didn’t do what he needed to in the month of forgiveness and success. So what a great failure and enormous calamity!

Indeed the blessed month of Ramadan is a great season to accustom yourself to righteousness, diligence in ‘ebadah, and competing to perform good deeds. It’s distasteful for a Muslim to leave off ‘ebadah after this noble month finishes as is the condition of some people; they don’t know Allah or ‘ebadah except in the month of Ramadan. To these people we say: O you who knew in Ramadan that you have a Lord that you worship, obey, fear, and hope in; how do you forget him after Ramadan?! O you who knew in Ramadan that Allah made obligatory upon you the five daily prayers in the masaajid (plural of masjid), how did you forget or ignore that after Ramadan?! O you who knew in Ramadan Allah prohibited sinning, how did you forget after Ramadan? O you who knew in Ramadan that in front of you (i.e., in the future there will be) Jannah (Paradise), Naar (fire, i.e., hellfire), reward, and punishment; how did become negligent to that after Ramadan?! And O you who used to fill up the masaajid in Ramadan reciting Qur’an, how’ve you abandoned the masaajid and migrated away from the Qur’an after Ramadan?! It is strange for a people to not know Allah,  nor are they fearful of him, except in Ramadan. Some of the Salaf (predecessors) were asked about a condition like these people, so they said, “What an evil people that do not know Allah except in Ramadan.”

For surely the Lord of the months is one. Therefore the Lord of Ramadan is the Lord of Showwal, Sha’baan, and the rest of the months. It is obligatory upon a Muslim to worship Allah and stay away from sin all the time and everywhere, as Allah said,

“And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death).” — Surah Al-Hijr (15) : 99

Which means, stay consistent in ‘ebaadah (worship) of Allah and submit your entire life to him; because Allah is the owner of a person’s life, and he wants from his servents to fill it with obedience, ‘ebaadah, and nothing else. Allah said,

“Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the worlds.” — Surah Al-An’aam (6) : 162

So, whoever busies his time, life, health, strength, youth, intelligence, thoughts, heart, tongue, and the rest of his limbs in something that Allah did not command with or His messenger ﷺ did not legislate from the obligatory, recommended, or permissible things to make your intentions to gain closeness to Allah, then indeed he has wronged his  tongue in a great way! Also, he will be heartbroken and regretful on Youm Al-Qiyaamaby the amount he wasted. Whoever preserves something and is consistent in it, he’ll die upon it and will be resurrected upon it. This is the Sunnah of Allah with his creation, and for that reason He commanded them to worship Him. The first of that is consistency upon Islam, its laws, and legislations until he dies upon that. Allah said,

“O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].” — Surah Aali Imran (3) : 102

Ibn Katheer (rahimahullah — may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “Meaning, preserve your Islam while you’re healthy and peaceful so you’ll die upon that. For indeed this has made it a tendency that if someone lived upon something he’ll die upon it. And whoever dies upon something he’ll be resurrected upon it. Therefore seek refuge in Allah from having other than that (i.e., other than dieing Muslim).” Imam Ahmed, Tirmithi, Ibn Maajah, and other than them narrated on Mujaahid who said: People used to make Towaaf(curcummemulation of the Ka’bah) and Ibn Abbaas was sitting with him and said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,

“O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].”

And if a drop from Az-Zaqqum (a tree that grows in Hell) were commanded to drop to the people of Earth it would eat them up, so what about the one who has no sustenance other than Az-Zaqqum?” From the comprehensive Duas (supplications) are that of Yusuf (‘alayhis salam— peace be upon him),

“You are my protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Cause me to die a Muslim and join me with the righteous.”” — Surah Yusuf (12) : 101

There’s nothing of success, happiness, peace, nor safety in this Dunya (worldly life) except by grabbing hold to this religion and being religious upon all of it’s teachings, legislations, and directions; rather, success in this Dunya is connected to success in the religion. For that reason the Prophet ﷺ grouped the Dunya and the Deen together in his Duas when he said, “O Allah, make me successful in my religion for it is the greatest thing in my life, make me successful in my Dunya wherein I find my sustenance, make me successful in my Aakhira (afterlife) to which I shall return, make my life long all upon goodness, and make my death easy from all evil.”

He ﷺ used to start his month with the known Dua whenever he’d see the hilal (crescent), “Oh Allah make this hilal reach us with goodness, Iman, peace , and Islam. Allah is my Lord and your Lord.” This was a warning from him ﷺ to be religious and the connection between it and Iman, peace, and Islam. It is as if he said: If you want Al-Ihsaan (the highest state of goodness), then live believing and in peace during this month and the rest of this life, therefore being firm in Islam and living with Iman. Indeed whoever believes in Allah and his firm upon His legislations (that he revieleved to his Prophet ﷺ) and did not mix with that anything from Shirk (associating partners with Allah), kufr (disbelief), bid’ah (innovation), or transgression then Allah has guaranteed for him safety, peace, and guidance in this Dunya and on Yowm Al-Qiyaamah. Allah said,

“They who believe and do not mix their belief with injustice – those will have security, and they are [rightly] guided.” — Surah An’aam (6) : 82

He also said,

“Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ” and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised. We [angels] were your allies in worldly life and [are so] in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request [or wish] As accommodation from a [Lord who is] Forgiving and Merciful.” And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.” — Surah Fussilat (41) : 30-33

In addition He said,

“Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ,” and then remained on a right course – there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. Those are the companions of Paradise, abiding eternally therein as reward for what they used to do.” — Surah Al-Ahqaaf (46) : 13-14

Muslim recorded that on the authority of Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (radiAllahuanhu — may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Whoever would love to be freed from Hell and entered into Jannah then let him make his intention while believing in Allah and the last day, and let him give to people that which he’d love to be given to him.”

I ask Allah to make our lives upon Islam, make us die with Iman, and make us firm upon the truth and guidance until we meet him Subhaanahu (glory be to him — i.e., Allah).

Written by: Shaykh Abdul-Razzaq ibn Abdul-Muhin Al-Abbaad

Taken from: http://www.al-badr.net/web/index.php?page=article&action=article&article=62

Very Important Affairs we must remember during the ‘Eid

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;

The noble scholar, Sheikh, Dr. ‘Abdur Razaaq ibn ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbaad, may Allaah preserve them both, gave the following ‘Eid sermon:

[After praising Allaah and sending peace and blessings upon the Messneger, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace]

“Indeed the day of the Blessed ‘Eid Fitr is the day by which Allaah completes the Month of Fasting, begins the months of Hajj to His Sacred House and rewards those who fasted and prayed in it generously and immensely. It is a holiday that feels the hearts of the believers with happiness and joy and by it the breasts are filled with delight. The people come out to their Lord praising Him, glorifying Him and magnifying Him. Thankful and extremly grateful for His favor upon them of completing the fast and the standing . Hopeful for His benevolence and reward. Beseeching their Generous Lord to accept their actions, pardon them their sins and return this ‘Eid to them again for many years more upon good and obedience to Him.

However with all that there are matters that are befitting for us to be concious of on this day of ‘Eid:

1: It is befitting that we remember while we are living in the happiness of the ‘Eid our brothers (and sisters) who have met their end and death has siezed them. They didn’t get the chance to see this gathering of the ‘Eid. They are in their graves detained, held in pledge for their actions and recompensed for all that they have sent forth in their lives. Know for certain that you are all traveling to what they traveled to, they preceded and you will follow. So do not forget to supplicate for them that Allaah overlooks their faults, forgives thier mistakes, raises their ranks and makes their graves gardens from the gardens of Paradise. Oh Allaah! Forgive our dead and the dead Muslims. Oh Allaah! Forgive them, have mercy on them, make their abodes generous and expand their admittances.

2: Remember while you are living in the joy of this ‘Eid in good health and well-being our brothers (and sisters) who have been prevented from witnessing the gathering of the ‘Eid due to sickness. They are in the hospitals on the beds and dependant upon their families. Some of them have been sick for many long months, some of them many weeks without even being able to shut their eyes in order to find rest or relief from the pain and agony and they wish that they could take part along with their brothers in their enjoyments. So praise Allaah for the state you are in of good health, peace, and well-being and don’t forgot about supplicating for them that they be cured from their sicknesses, removed from their hardship, freed from their distress and pain. Oh Allaah! Cure our sick and the sick Muslims. Oh Allaah! Lord of Mankind, remove what has afflicted them from hardship and cure them for You are Ash-Shaafi (the Curer) there is no cure except Your cure, a cure that isn’t followed by any sickness.

And from the greatest actions on the day of the ‘Eid and that which has the most benefit is visiting these people in their places of resindence, consoling them and supplicating for them. Imaam Ahmad and Abu Daawud reported on the authority of ‘Ali, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “I heard the Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, saying: “If a man visits his Muslim brother he never ceases to be in a garden of Paradise until he sits. When he sits he is overcome with mercy. If (the visit) was in the morning seventy-thousand angels will ask forgiveness for him until evening. And if it was in the evening then seventy-thousand angels will ask forgiveness for him until morning comes.”

3: Remember while you are living in happiness of the ‘Eid in safety, peace, and tranquility our brothers (and sisters) who have been destroyed by wars, bombs have given them insominia, terrorized by evil and siezed by their enemies. So blood has been spilled, women have been widowed, children have become orphans and money has been taken wrongfully.

So thank Allaah for what you are upon from safety and peace and don’t forget to supplicate for them that Allaah removes their distress and worries, destroys their enemies and assist them over them. Oh Allaah! Grant might to Islaam and its people everywhere. Oh Allaah! Grant might to Islaam and the Muslims and humiliate polytheism and its people and destroy the enemies of this Religion. Make this country of ours, i.e. Saudi Arabia, safe and peaceful and the rest of the Islaamic countries.

4: Remember while you are living in the happiness of the ‘Eid, with your precious jewlerey and fine clothing our brothers (and sisters) who poverty has overtaken them and are in dire need. From them are those who have no clothing to wear, any place to live, no food to eat or anything to drink. Rather from them are those who have died during disastorous famine and droughts.

So thank Allaah for what you are in of blessings and don’t forget to supplicate for your brothers that Allaah enriches their poor, feeds their hungry, takes care of their needs, removes their poverty and solve their debts.

Oh Allaah! You are the First and their is nothing before You, You are the Last and there is nothing after You, You are the Highest and there is nothing above You and You are the Most Near and nothing is nearer than You.

Oh Allaah! Solve their debts and enrich them from poverty. Oh Allaah! Suffice them with Your Halaal (permissible) away from You Haraam (prohibited) and enrich them from Your Bounty from other than you. Don’t forget to lend them a helping hand with money, clothing, food, comforters, etc. Allaah says:

“and whatever good you send before you for yourselves, (i.e. Nawafil non-obligatory acts of worship: prayers, charity, fasting, Hajj and ‘Umrah, etc.), you will certainly find it with Allah, better and greater in reward.” [73:20]

“and whatever you do of good deeds, truly, Allah knows it well.” [2:215]

5: Remember while you are living in the happiness of the ‘Eid after completing the obedience of Ramadan; the completion of the fasting and standing, our brothers (and sisters) whose sins have restricted them (from striving hard). The diligent believers marched forth in the obedience of their Lord and the sincere advisers and upright ones competed in drawing near to Allaah. While these were immersed in their temptations and puttering around, laxed in the worship of Allaah and gaining nearness to Him and constant upon sins and evil. Seasons of worship and competing in good pass by them and they are not motivated whatsoever.

Therefore thank Allaah for what He has bestowed upon you from obedience and what He guided you to from drawing near to His pleasure. Ask Him for firmness upon that and resolve upon the truth. And don’t forget to supplicate for those brothers (and sisters) of yours that Allaah guides them to the good and returns them to the truth in a good manner. Oh Allaah! Guide the Muslims who have strayed and return them to the truth in a beautiful manner. Oh Allaah! Aid those who have been tested and forgive the sinners.

6: Remembner while you are living in the happiness of the ‘Eid, that Allaah has honored you in this Blessed Month of Ramadan by chaining down the devils and thus they weren’t able to do what they normally do before Ramadan. Now after the ending of Ramadan they have become free from their chains and are more eager to get back at what they missed from misleading and decieving the people during the month of Ramadan.

“O mankind! Verily, the Promise of Allah is true. So let not this present life deceive you, and let not the chief deceiver (Satan) deceive you about Allah.” [35:6]

And no one is capable of protecting himself from the Devil except by the rememberance of Allaah, preservation of His obedience and refraining from His disobedience and seeking refuge with Allaah from him.

“And say: “My Lord! I seek refuge with You from the whisperings (suggestions) of the Shayatin (devils).”And I seek refuge with You, My Lord! lest they may attend (or come near) me.” [23:97-98]

Remember with this gathering of yours on the day ‘Eid, the day of the Ultimate Gathering, when you will all stand in front of the Lord of all that exists barefooted, naked, eyes fixed. The day the books will be dissemenated and the scales will be set up.

“That Day shall a man flee from his brother, And from his mother and his father, And from his wife and his children. Everyman, that Day, will have enough to make him careless of others.” [80:34-37]

So prepare for that Day its due preperation and increase in provisons for that Day as long as you are in in the abode of Action for the best of provisions is taqwah. Oh Allaah! Give our souls their portion of taqwah and purify them You are the best to purify them, You are their Gaurdian and Protecter. Grant us success to perform righteous actions and statements and give us a good end. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and all of his companions.”

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Hasten to do good deeds before you are Overtaken!

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May Allaah bless His Slave and Messenger Muhammad and raise him in rank. May peace and blessings be upon him, his family and compannions. As for what follows;

Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported: “The  Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah bless him and raise his rank, said, “Hasten to do good deeds before you are overtaken by one of the seven afflictions.” Then (giving a warning) he said, “Are you waiting for poverty which will make you unmindful of devotion, or prosperity which will make you corrupt, or a disease which will disable you, or senility which will make you mentally unstable, or sudden death which will take you all of a sudden, or Ad-Dajjal who is the worst expected, or the Hour; and the Hour will be most grievous and most bitter.” [Collected by At-Tirmidhi who said: “This hadeeth has a good chain”]

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah have mercy upon, explains this hadeeth by saying:

“Hasten to do good deeds before you are overtaken by one of the seven afflictions.”

Meaning work and rush before one of these seven things afflict you that the Messenger, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, mentioned in this hadeeth.

Either;

“are you waiting for poverty which will make you unmindful of devotion”

Whereby a person is afflicted with poverty that causes him to forget about the rememberance of his Lord. Because poverty, may Allaah protect us all from it, is an evil cloak that envelopes the slave. If he is poor he becomes in need of food, drink, clothing, shelter, a spouse, etc. and he finds none of that. Until the point the earth (seems to) close in on him and he goes searching to find those affairs and forgets about the rememberance of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. Nor is he able to perform obedience in its’ desired manner.

Likewise many acts of obedience pass him by that require wealth like zakaat, charity, emancipation, hajj, spending in the way of Allaah and the likes.

Or;

“prosperity which will make you corrupt”

Whereas Allaah enriches a person and opens up the dunya for him thus he becomes oppressive and deems himself free of need from his Lord. So he does not uphold what Allaah obligated upon him nor does he cease from what Allaah prohibited him from. Allaah, the Most High, says:

“Nay! Indeed man transgresses. Because he sees himself self-sufficient.”[96:6,7]

Likewise;

“or a disease which will disable you”

A sickness that ruins a persons life. Because as long as a person is healthy then he is energetic, delightful and the dunya is open in front of him but if he becomes sick his body weakens, and his soul becomes sluggish and restricted and he turns into one who is constantly sad and depressed and so his life becomes ruined.

Or;

“senility which will make you mentally unstable”

Meaning old-age that destroys the capability of a person. As Allaah says:

“Allaah is the one who created you from weakness, then made after weakness strength, then made after strength weakness and white hair. He creates what He wills, and He is the Knowing, the Competent.”[31:54]

So as long as a person is active and youthful he performs obedience with a zeal, perfomrs abulution with energy, prays with enthusiasm, goes out to seek knowledge with determination however when he becomes old as Allaah said about Zakariyyah:

“My Lord, indeed my bones have weakened, and my head has filled with white.”[19:4]

Meaning the bones have become weakened and he loses his strenght and he isn’t able of doing what he used to when he was young as the poet said:

“Oh I wish that youthfulness would return one day, so that I can inform it about what this old-age has done.”

“or sudden death which will take you all of a sudden”

When a person dies his actions are cut off and he is no longer able to perform deeds. How many people have died (at a time) when they thought they weren’t going to die?! How many people have died and he was in his prime, healthy in a fiery accident or the flipping of a car or the collapsing of a wall on him or heart failure, many things that a person can die from even though he may be young.

Therefore, hasten to do good deeds because you do not know, you might die while speaking to your family or you might die and you are on your bed or you might die while you’re getting ready to eat lunch, you leave out the house and say to your family “get lunch ready” but you never return to eat it or you might die while you’re in your car or on a trip, therefore hasten!

From those matters also;

“or Ad-Dajjaal who is the worst expected”

Meaning or are you waiting for the Dajjaal who is a wicked liar that will be sent at the end of time inviting the people to worship him and decieving them. Many of the creation will be put to trial by him except those whom Allaah wills not.

Due to this, we have been commanded to seek refuge with Allaah from him in every prayer. The Messenger, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, said: “When one of you says the last tashahhud let him say: “Oh Allaah I seek refuge with You from the punishment of Hell, the punishment of the grave, the trials of life and death and the trial of the Anti-Christ Ad-Dajjaal.”

The Dajjaal is a (human) man however he is one-eyed, evil, a disbeliever and rebellious. The word kaafir, i.e. disbeliever, has been written between his eyes and every believer will read it and not the evil-doer. The disbeliever will not read it even if he may be literate and the believer will read it even if he may be illeterate and this is from the signs of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.

This is the Dajjaal who will invite the people to worship him saying: “I am your lord” so if they obey him, he will enter them into paradise and if they disobey him, he will enter them into hell. But what is his paradise and hell? His paradise is actually hell and his hell is actually paradise. However he will decieve the people into thinking that this person who obeyed him has entered paradise but it is really hell and if anyone disobeys him he enters them into hell which is really paradise, sweet tasting water, pleasant, bliss. The Messenger, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, said: “Indeed he is going to come with the likeness of paradise and hell, so that which he says is paradise is hell.”

But he will decieve the people into thinking that the person who obeys him enters paradise and the one who disobeys him enters hell but it is contrary to that. He will also come to people in the desert and it will be barren and the udders of their livestock will have no milk. So he will call them saying: “I am your lord”, and they will answer him and then he will command the sky to rain and it will do so and he will command the earth to produce vegetation and it will do so and they will come in the morning and the land will be fertile and their livestock will return to them with their udders full with milk, the camels humps will be very lengthy from fullness and plumpness and as a result of this they will continue to worship him however they profited in the dunya only and wasted their Hereafter and Allaah’s refuge is sought. they took him as a lord besides Allaah.

The Messenger, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, said about the Dajjaal that he is ” the worst expected” may Allaah protect us from his trial.

Then he said:

“or the Hour”

Which is the seventh affliction, meaning or are you waiting for the establishment of the Hour,

“for the Hour will be most grievous and most bitter”

Meaning a severe catastrophe and a bitter tasting thing. Allaah, the Most High, says:

“But the Hour is their appointment [for due punishment], and the Hour is more disastrous and more bitter.”[54:46]

So briefly, a person will not be free from one of these seven afflictions and all of them prevent one from actions therefore he must hasten now while he is healthy, energetic, still young, free, in safety and all praise is for Allaah. Let him hasten to do righteous actions before it passes him by and he becomes remorseful when remorse will be to no avail. I ask Allaah to make me and you from those who hasten and race towards the good.

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