[Al-Kahf 18:106] Al-Kahf Challenge (16/20)

“If anyone learns by heart the first 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf,
he will be protected from the Dajjal.”  [Sahih Muslim]
Al-Kahf Challenge is to make the memorization & understanding of the first 10 & the last 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf easy, insya Allah. To catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

To read in chronological order, please click the links below:
Pg 1 | Pg 2 | Pg 3 | Pg 4 | Pg 5 | Pg 6 | Pg 7 | Pg 8 | Pg 9 | Pg 10
Pg 11Pg 12Pg 13 | Pg 14Pg 15 | Pg 16 | Pg 17 | Pg 18 Pg 19Pg 20  | Pg 21
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“That shall be their recompense, Hell;
because they disbelieved and took My Ayat
and My Messengers by way of jest and mockery.”

[Al-Kahf 18:106]

In the previous ayat, we have discussed two characteristics of those who Allah s.w.t. say will be the greatest losers in the Hereafter. Those characteristics are:

(1) They lost or wasted their deeds, and
(2) They deny the Ayat of Allah s.w.t, His messengers, and the Hereafter.

In this Ayah, Allah s.w.t. tell us the ultimate consequence for these worst losers – they will be thrown into Jahannam. These people do not only disbelieve, but they ridicule the clear signs of Allah and His Messengers in the worst possible way. Allah s.w.t. promises that their abode will be Jahannam.

Even though Allah s.w.t. is referring to the disbelievers in this ayah, notice the warning:

“…they took My Ayat and My Messengers by way of jest and mockery.”

This warning is super important to us Muslims. We should not mock the commandments and prohibitions of Allah s.w.t., nor should we make fun of the Sunnah of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. Even though we know it’s totally haram from doing so, but we might just fall into this sin unknowingly. How many of us do or say the following:

❌ “Hudud is so outdated in this time of ours. We need to be progressive!”
❌ “I know alcoholic drinks are haram, but my business is just about selling them, I don’t drink! So what’s the fuss!”
❌ “Bro, cut off the beard, it doesn’t look good on you.”
❌ “Sis, why don’t you take off your hijab once in a while. You look like a terrorist.”

These are some examples of belittling and making fun of the Ayat of Allah s.w.t. and His Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. So beware o Muslims, lest we mock the Deen unknowingly, due to our ignorance and arrogance. Be aware the gravity of our words.

Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:
“A slave (of Allah) may utter a word which pleases Allah without giving it much importance,
and because of that Allah will raise him to degrees (of reward);

a slave (of Allah) may utter a word which displeases Allah without thinking of its gravity,
and because of that he will be thrown into the Hell-Fire.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.

Beware Of The Words We Utter

Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:

“A slave (of Allah) may utter a word which pleases Allah without giving it much importance, and because of that Allah will raise him to degrees (of reward);
a slave (of Allah) may utter a word (carelessly) which displeases Allah without thinking of its gravity, and because of that he will be thrown into the Hell-Fire.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

A person might utter a word that pleases Allah s.w.t. – even though he does not recognize the significance of his word. But a person may also utter a word carelessly that angers Allah – even though he does not recognize the severity of his word.

These “hot gossips of the month” hurt our hasanat bank account BADLY. Chances are, the only thing that these stories ever do to us is make us backbite and/or slander someone. If the Akhirah is our utmost concern, then choose to unfollow and remove them from our radar. Question what benefit clicking on links related to celebrities’ gossips will have on our book of deeds.

A reminder to myself foremost.

The Sins of the Tongue

As Salaamu Alaikum means ‘peace be upon you’.
It means that I guarantee I won’t harm you because I’ve wished peace on you. This is why it is hypocritical to wish peace upon someone, and then when not in his presence,
you stab him in the back (i.e. steal, backbite, slander, etc.).

Mufti Ismail Menk

When we talk about someone, it’s easy to fall into one of these sins:

1. Gheebah / backbiting – to say what is true about a person in a manner that he/she dislikes

2. Buhtaan / slandering – to say what is untrue about a person

3. Ifk / rumors, hearsay – to spread what was conveyed to you (without verifying if it’s true or not)

4. Nameemah / gossiping – to stir enmity between friends

1 & 2. Backbiting & Slandering:
Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Backbiting is talking about your (Muslim) brother in a manner which he dislikes.” It was said to him: “What if my (Muslim) brother is as I say?” He sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said, “If he’s actually as you say, then that’s backbiting; but if that isn’t in him, that’s slandering.” [1]

3. Spreading Rumors / Hearsay:
“It is sufficient that a man has lied who narrates everything that he hears.” [2]

4. Gossiping:
“A gossip monger will never enter paradise.” [3]

On the social media platform, it’s super easy to hit the “share” button without thinking of the consequences of our actions. So have second thoughts before we share something – Will I commit any of these sins by sharing this post/photo/video? This also of course applies in our everyday interaction outside the virtual world.
[1] Muslim
[2] Muslim
[3] Bukhari & Muslim

A Dish of Sweet Dates for a Backbiter

It was narrated from Hasan Al-Basri (rahimahullah) that a man said to him, “Indeed, someone has backbitten you.” So Hasan Al-Basri sent a dish of sweet dates to the backbiter and he said:

“I heard that you have given me your good deeds as a gift, so I would like to repay you for it; but please excuse me for I am unable to completely repay you.” [1]

Indeed, we gather up good deeds through prayers, fasting, charity, feeding the poor and so on. But at the end of the day, we give them all up to the ones we backbite. May Allah s.w.t. protect us from becoming bankrupt on the Day of Judgement.
[1] Source: Bariqah Mahmudiyyah 257

Ramadhan Gem – Day 8

Rasulallah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever does not give up false statements (telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink.” [1]

It’s disturbing to see so many people who think they have the license to say anything and everything they want, so much so that whatever that comes out from their mouth (or on the social media) are nothing but insult, backbite, slandering, trolling, spreading lies and gossips.

One of the things that most of us often neglect when we’re fasting is watching our tongue (and hands) from speaking (and posting) whatever that is not pleasing to Allah s.w.t. Allah is in no need of our leaving food and drink if we go around abusing others with our tongue. We often fail to realize what we say / post, and how detrimental it can be for our Akhirah. This is important outside Ramadhan, but it is even more severe in Ramadhan.

So be careful. Be mindful of what we say. And if someone anger or annoy you, say: I’m fasting. Don’t fight. Remove yourself from that scene.

This is a reminder for myself foremost.
[1] Sahih Bukhari – http://sunnah.com/bukhari/78/87

[Al-Ma’aarij 70:10-11] Be Careful In Our Dealings With Others

A scary reminder:

“And no friend will ask a friend (about his condition), though they shall be made to see one another…” [Al-Ma’aarij 70:10-11] Meaning, no relative will ask about another relative, even if he can see him. Even if he is carrying a heavy burden. Even if he was the dearest of people to him in this world. He will not care about him or take even the slightest part of his burden from him. Allah says in another Ayah:

“That Day shall a man flee from his brother. And from his mother and his father. And from his wife and his children.” [‘Abasa 80:34-36]

Ibn Mas’ud said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will gather the first and the last, then a voice will call out: ‘Whoever is owed something by another, let him come forth and take it.’ And a man will REJOICE if he is owed something or had been mistreated by his father or child or wife, even if it is little.”

The above is from Tafseer Ibn Kathir. This reminded me one of my ustadh’s advice. Most of us have these ‘fond’ nicknames, like “Shorty” or “Fatty”, that we use around our intimate circle of friends, to which our friends would usually laugh or silently shrug it off. But deep down inside, these name-callings might actually hurt them. And come the Day of Judgement – where everyone is desperate to save their own selves – those people whom we made fun of, or mocked at, will claim for every single little mistreatment or injustice that we inflicted upon them in this Dunya.

So please, please be careful on how we treat others. Be vigilant on how we interact in reality and what we post on the social media. This is a reminder for myself foremost and then to others.

[Al-Baqarah 2:67] Jaahil vs Aaqil

Think it’s cool/smart to curse?

…He (Musa a.s.) said,
“I take Allah’s Refuge from being among Al-Jahilun (the ignorants or the foolish).”
[Al-Baqarah 2:67]

The word Jaahil in Arabic is the opposite of ‘Aaqil. Jaahil means someone who has no control over their emotions eg. being disrespectful, insulting, etc. If a bad word comes to their mind, it comes out immediately of their mouth – there is no thought process.

Whereas ‘Aaqil comes from the word ‘iqaal, which the Arabs refer to the rope they use to tie and restrain their camels from running away. So ‘Aaqil is someone who is able to restrain themselves, someone who has control over their emotion. And this is a person of aql / intellect.