Strive in du’aa’ therein
Regarding the words of the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam),
“As for rukoo’, glorify your Lord there, and as for sujood (prostration) strive in du’aa’ therein, because then it is more likely that you will be answered.”
(Narrated by Muslim)
– this has the command to glorify Allah in rukoo’; and the command to make du’aa’ when prostrating indicates that du’aa’ in sujood is more likely to be answered than in rukoo’.
Hence he said, “because then it is more likely that you will be answered.”
Likewise he also said,
“The closest that the slave is to his Lord is when he is prostrating.”
(Narrated by Muslim)
This is a command that du’aa’ should be made in sujood.
From: Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 22/378
Jabir bin `Abdullah (رضي الله عنه) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) saying three days before his death: “Let none of you die unless he has good expectations from Allah”
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported: the Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: “Allah says: ‘I am just as My slave thinks of Me when he remembers Me.’ By Allah! Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His slave than one of you who unexpectedly finds in the desert his lost camel. `He who comes closer to Me one span, I come closer to him a cubit; and he who comes closer to Me a cubit, I come closer to him a fathom; and if he comes to Me walking, I come to him running’ ”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Commentary by Imam al-Nawawi:
“This Hadith highlights the merits of expecting good treatment of Allah. But this has to be backed by good actions, in the same way as one can hope for good results after ploughing and sowing seeds.
It is obvious that one who accomplishes good deeds will expect good consequences, and one who does evil deeds will expect evil consequences.
Allah will treat people according to their expectation that are founded on their actions, and the reward will match their deeds.”
[Riyad-us-Saliheen, Chapter 52;440]
Importance of humility
Haritha ibn Wahb (رضي الله عنه) reported: The Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said:
“Shall I not tell you about the companions of Paradise? They are every humble person considered weak, but if they gave an oath by Allaah it would be fulfilled. Shall I not tell you about the companions of Hellfire? They are every harsh, haughty, and arrogant person.”
[Sahih Bukhari 4634]
Iyad ibn Himar (رضي الله عنه) reported: The Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said:
“Verily, Allah has revealed to me that you must be humble towards one another, so that no one wrongs another or boasts to another.”
[Sahih Muslim 2865]
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported:
The Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: “Charity does not decrease wealth, no one forgives except that Allaah increases his honour, and no one humbles himself for the sake of Allaah except that Allaah raises his status.”
[Sahih Muslim 2588]
It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (رضي الله عنه) that The Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: “None shall enter the Fire (of Hell) who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of Iman (faith) and none shall enter Paradise who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride.”
[Sahih Muslim Book 1;172]
Allaah has mercy on a man who relieves others of debt
Hudhaifa (رضي الله عنه) reported:
The Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said, “The angels received the soul of a man who lived before you.
They said: Have you done anything good? The man said no.
They said: Try to remember. The man said: I used to give loans and I would order my servants to be lenient with those in difficulty and to give relief even to those who could repay.
Allaah the Exalted said: Thus, you will be relieved.”
[Sahih Bukhari 1971; Sahih Muslim 1560]
Wishing good for others
On the authority of Abu Hamzah Anas bin Malik (رضي الله عنه): the Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: “None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported: the Messenger of Allaah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said,
“By Him in Whose Hand my soul is! You will not enter Jannah until you believe, and you shall not believe until you love one another.
May I inform you of something, if you do, you love each other. Promote greeting amongst you (by saying As-salamu alaikum to one another)”
Commentary by Imam al-Nawawi: “In this Hadith, Islam has been regarded as the medium of mutual love.
This is the reason Muslims have been enjoined to greet each other regardless of acquaintance. It does not, however, mean that a Muslim will be a true believer or entitled to Jannah, by mere greeting.
What it really means is that his Faith will become meaningful only when it is supported by actions.
Greeting is an Islamic custom and a practical form and demonstration of it. The combination of Faith and its practice will take a Muslim to Jannah.”
[Riyad-us-Saliheen, Chapter 46;387]