“This world is tempting and it adorns itself to people, so that many people are inclined towards it.
Do not be content with this world and do not place your trust in it, for it is not trustworthy.
Understand that these worldly temptations will not disappear unless you ignore them.”
Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan رضي الله عنه
Taareekh at-Tabaree [5/443]
“Your soul is like a wild horse.
You have to train it before it obeys you. Training your soul means to force it to do good and avoid evil until it becomes easy.
At first you’ll be fighting your soul but eventually your soul will aid you to do good.”
— Abu Abdissalam
“The most wonderful thing about doing a secret good deed that benefits a large number of people is that you never know who is making dua’ for you, and with what intensity and sincerity!
You might be surprised at some wonderful ease Allah will give in your life and hereafter, without realizing that the source of that is the dua’ of one sincere, humble, kind person who you helped secretly!”
— Tawfique Chowdhury
Many of us, though we may have sincere and righteous intentions, have recently misplaced our ahklaq (i.e. we have lost our manners).
Many of us (myself included) have forgotten the proper way to advise our fellow Muslims.
When we advise our brothers and sisters if they are doing something incorrectly, we must remember to do it for the sake of Allah (SWT) with the best of intentions.
The believer looks for excuses, not blame for his brother.
We want the best for our brothers and sisters and hence we advise them because we love them, not because we think we are better than them.
For if we think we are better than them, then this is arrogance and pride, and arrogance and pride was the sin that got the rejected and accursed devil kicked out of paradise and damned.
We should not think we are better than others. We need to humble ourselves and be thankful that we are in a position to advise others. We shouldn’t advise people harshly, rather we need to be gentle, yet firm.
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was the best of examples sent to mankind and he would be gentle with others. We have heard the hadith of the man who urinated in the masjid and the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) handled the situation in the most eloquent of ways.
Some of us nowadays, if a brother is praying without a turban or a “kufi” (head-covering) or his pants below his ankles in the masjid, we may berate him, but is this really the best way, will he continue coming to this masjid?
There may be a time for harshness, but many of us are not in the situation to handle it as we are the laymen.
What kind of legacy do you wish to leave behind? !!!!
Every act of goodness, every act of charitable deed has the potential to carry on after you leave this earth.
Think about what you can do to continue ‘stacking dem good deedz’ even after you are six feet under.
Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه reported Allah’s Messenger ﷺ as saying:
When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three,
– recurring charity, or
– knowledge by which people benefit,or
– a pious son, who prays for him (for the deceased)
[Sahih Muslim: Book 25, Hadith 20]
May Allah give us the opportunity to increase our charitable acts and accept from us our Sadaqah Jariyah. Ameen.