Seek Help Through Patience and Prayer

In the name of Allah (The One). I send the 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 Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:

Allah said in the Qur’an,

“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” — Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 153

Imam At-Tabari brings, in his explanation of this verse, a narration that Ja’far said:

“This verse is an exhortation from Allah ta’ala (the high) to be obedient to Him and the possibility of adversity upon oneself and one’s wealth in striving for this obedience. Allah said,

“O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer.” — Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 153

In other words: by being obedient to Me, fulfilling those things I have made obligatory, submitting to that which I have commanded you with at the time it becomes obligatory upon you, fighting for the sake of Allah[1]. Be patient in Me with what you dislike and calamities, persevering during difficulty, and pray to Me [for salvation] from that which you dread. For indeed with being patient upon those things you dislike, you achieve My pleasure. With prayer you will be successful with those things you ask for and I will fulfill all of your needs, because I am with the patient, those who uphold their religious obligations and leave off sin. I will make them successful and happy until have that which they requested and hoped for previously.

[1] TN: Fighting in the cause of Allah, or Jihad, has many conditions to it; many of which we are not able to fulfill in presently in our time. Thus, it is not for us to wage war against anyone unless done properly while being able to fulfill all of Jihad’s conditions. Nevertheless, Jihad An-Nafs (fighting one’s desires) is still a Jihad that we all can do. May Allah aid us all in fighting our desires and make us from those whom he loves in this life and the next, ameen.

And the peace and blessings are upon our prophet Muhammad, upon his family and companions.

Do you want Happiness in this Life and the Next?

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;

Question: I want to achieve happiness in this life and the next so what must I do to get it?

Sheikh Saalih as-Suhaymi[1], may Allaah preserve him, answers: “Allaah has clarified this to you. He says:

“Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (i.e. believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me.” [24:55]

And He says:

“Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter).” [16:97]

And He says:

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

So ponder over these verses and act upon them and you’ll -by Allaah’s permission- attain success and happiness in this life and the next. Also you can read the tremendous book by Sheikh ‘Abdur Rahman as-Sa’di, may Allaah have mercy upon him, -and we have explained it in this masjid [2] twice the last time being last ramadan- read this book. It is entitled “The beneficial means to attain a happy life.”

Footnotes:

[1] He is the former head of the ‘Aqeedah section at the Islaamic University of Medinah and presently a teacher at the Prophet’s Mosque.

[2] The Sheikh is referring to the Prophet’s Mosque.

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Obedience and Faith brings about Safety and Security

In the name of Allaah, the Giver of Security, Watcher over His creatures. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

Question: What is the connection between imaan (faith) in Allaah and safety in this life and the next? And how can we increase in those means that will preserve (one’s) faith and safety?

Sheikh Saalih al-Luhaydaan[1], may Allah preserve him, says: “It comes in the prophetic narration: “Faith is the manacle of devastation.” Meaning that faith protects a person from being oppressed or harmed by someone without right. The fruits of faith are only observed by one having watchfulness of Allaah, Mighty and Majestic, fulfilling the obligations of Islaam and performing the superagotory actions for Allaah. So that Allaah can protect the slave completey and thoroughly. It has come in the prophetic narration that Allaah, the Most High, says:

“Whoever shows enmity to a Walee, i.e. beloved, close one, of Mine, then I have declared war against him. My servant does not draw nearer to Me with anything more beloved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him; and My servant continues to draw near to me with extra, voluntary deeds until I love him; and when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks… [Bukhaari]

Thus the fruits and strengthening of faith comes by performing the acts of obedience with hope and fear. Hoping for its reward from Allaah and fearing being disgraced by them. And a person must take account of himself when he is alone remembering that Allaah is examining him.

If he’s in a safe country he ponders over the conditions of those who are in a country where they are covered in fear and strife. This is the recompense. How many years have passed where people are being killed for no reason whatsoever from women and children by the hands of who? By the hands of people from that very country. Their dysfunctions are numerous.

However Allaah does not wrong the people but rather it is the people who wrong themselves. If they were to rectify themselves and become upright upon the obedience of Allaah and worship Him sincerely, the affairs would become rectified.

Allaah says:

“And if they would have believed in Allaah and went on the Right Way, i.e. Islaam, We should surely have bestowed upon them water (rain) in abundance.”[72:16]

From the most important affairs of increasing one’s faith is that a person keeps up with the rememberances of the day and night. He asks Allaah to preserve him from in front of him and from behind. To aid him upon holding fast to His religion. He must also take great concern in the wellfare of his children.  Where are they? Where are they going? Who are they accompaniying? Because the Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him, said: “The example of the good companion and bad companion is like that of the seller of perfume and the iron smith.”

It is befitting that a person has a nightly portion that he stands confiding in his Lord even if it isn’t lengthly because the most beloved actions to Allaah are those that are consistent.[Muslim]

Lastly he shouldn’t forget about supplication (to Allaah). Asking Him to make him firm, keep evil and indecencies away from him, to assist him upon that which He, i.e. Allaah, loves from all good and the man should instill these (matters) and acts in his family.

It is obligatory for the people to cooperate upon the good. The neighbors in that which is between them, students in their schools, co-workers in their work places; they should reflect upon the khayr (good) and what the other countries are living in from strife and warfare. We hear that which is happening in Palestine from the destruction of houses and killing those who are in them and likewise in Iraq and we should detest this. But if it were to take place in our country, i.e. Saudi Arabia, it would be worst and more devestating to the hearts. Therefore it is upon the people to be diligent in abolishing all of the mistakes (that lead to such).”

Footnotes:

[1] He is the President of the Supreme Judicial Council and a member of the Permanent Comittee of Senior Scholars for islaamic research and verdicts.

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