The 9 Characteristics of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman (6/10) – Not Committing Shirk, Murder, and Fornication

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

And those who invoke not any other god along with Allah,
nor kill such person 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 and do righteous deeds,
for those, Allah will change their sins into good deeds,
and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

And whosoever repents and does righteous good deeds,
then verily, he repents towards Allah with true repentance.
[Surah Al-Furqan 25:68-71]

🌸 Sixth Characteristic: They do not commit shirk, murder, and zina (adultery)

The ayah that we will be discussing today is another characteristic of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman. It also talks about the absolutely immense virtue of those who sincerely repent – who may have fallen into so many sins, but they regret for committing them, and they desist from committing them, and they firmly decide not to commit them ever again.

Notice that all of the sins mentioned in this ayah are major sins: shirk, murder, and zina. Similarly, there is a hadith that speaks about these same types of sins:

Narrated ‘Abdullah: I asked the Prophet ﷺ, “What is the greatest sin in the Sight of Allah?”
He said, “That you set up a rival unto Allah though He Alone created you.”
I said, “That is indeed a great sin.” Then asked, “What is next?”
He said, “To kill your son lest he should share your food with you.”
I asked, “What is next?”
He said, “To commit illegal sexual intercourse with the wife of your neighbor.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

The above hadith teaches us that some of the greatest sins in the sight of Allah are three: Shirk, Murder, Zina. All of these major sins destroy something in one way or another: shirk is a sin that destroys one’s Deen, murder is a sin that destroys a soul, and zina is a sin that destroys honor.

What we learn from this ayah, together with the context of the above hadith, are the following:

  1. Shirk, Murder, and Zina are 3 major sins that are very heavy in the sight of Allah s.w.t.
  2. The ‘Ibad-ur Rahman are those who avoid these 3 major sins.
  3. The ‘Ibad-ur Rahman may also include those who have actually committed these sins in the past, but they have sincerely repented to Allah (we will discuss about sincere repentance at the end of this article).

Severe Penalty: ‘Athama’ and Doubled Torment
Allah s.w.t. next gives us a severe warning to those who commit these sins:

And those who invoke not any other god along with Allah,
nor kill such person as Allah has forbidden except for just cause,
nor commit illegal sexual intercourse
– and whoever does this shall receive the punishment [athama].
[Surah Al-Furqan 25:68]

Scholars said that [athama] is:
(1) a valley in Hell; or
(2) a valley in Hell exclusively for those who commit unlawful sexual acts where they will be punished; or
(3) punishment.

The passage continues:

The torment will be doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection,
and he will abide therein in disgrace.
[Surah Al-Furqan 25:69]

How can a Muslim do shirk, murder, or zina, when it is already clear in this Deen that all these three things are forbidden? How can a Muslim know all of these, yet still does it? Those who commit these sins will be punished heavily, severely. Their torments will be doubled on the Day of Resurrection, meaning that their torments will be repetitive and will be intensified. These people will be thrown into Jahannam in disgrace and humiliation. They will constantly be humiliated because shirk, murder, and zina are themselves humiliating crimes – they take away the dignity of a human being one way or another.

Subhanallah. May Allah protect us from these torments.

Allah s.w.t. is extremely angry at these people. He has given us a very intense warning so that we steer clear from these three major sins. This harsh warning is actually a Mercy of Allah s.w.t.; He is informing us in advance of the consequences of committing these sins. Indeed, the wise Muslims will take heed of the warnings of their Rabb.

Making Sincere Repentance
What if one of us had committed these sins in the past?
What about those who have truly regretted, and have abandoned the sins completely?
My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, do not despair the Mercy of Allah, for He s.w.t. says immediately in the next ayah:

Except those who repent, and believe,
and do righteous deeds [‘amila ‘amalan solihan]…
[Surah Al-Furqan 25:70]

Allah s.w.t. says that those who did shirk, or murdered someone, or did zina – or all three of them – but after that, they do the three conditions, Allah s.w.t. will forgive all of their sins. Those three conditions mentioned in this ayah are: Repent, Believe, and Do Righteous Deeds:

Condition #1: Make repentance
When someone fell into shirk, murder, and zina, he or she must repent sincerely [tawbatun nasuha] to Allah s.w.t. from those sins. Allah s.w.t. says in another surah:

O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance [tawbatun nasuha]…
[Surah At-Tahrim 66:8]

[Tawbah] means to return or to turn to Allah, i.e. to repent, while [Nasuha] means sincere or true. Therefore, [tawbatun nasuha] means sincere repentance. According to Imam Al-Nawawi rahimahullah, there are 3 conditions of tawbatun nasuha:

1. One must give up the sin
2. One must regret having done it
3. One must resolve never to go back to it.

If one of these three is missing, then the repentance is not sincere. If the sin has to do with the rights of another person, then there are 4 conditions: the three mentioned above and restoring the rights of that person.

Do you still remember the definition of the word [‘Ibad] from our first post? [‘Ibad] means slaves of Allah s.w.t. who do sin, who do make mistakes, but they always repent to Allah whenever they fall into sins, and have a strong desire to constantly rectify themselves in becoming a better slave of Allah. Indeed, even ‘Ibad-ur Rahman make mistakes. But what sets them apart is that they do not take any of their sin lightly.

Thus, the ones who have sincerely repented are those who immediately desist completely from committing that sin, and regret for committing that sin, and have a strong resolute not to return to the sin ever again!

Condition #2: Strengthen our Iman
Fix our iman, become a good believer again.

Condition #3: Do Righteous Deeds that conform with the Qur’an and Sunnah.
Notice that Allah s.w.t. did not say [‘amila solihan] in this ayah, but He s.w.t. says [‘amila ‘amalan solihan] This is a grammar to emphasize the verb. What it means in simple English is that: Do not be wishy-washy, you need to be very serious and be very keen on doing righteous deeds from now on.

These are the three conditions that one must fulfill in order to attain Allah’s Forgiveness.

Replacement of Ugly Sins Into Good Deeds
The ayah continues:

Except those who repent, and believe, and do righteous deeds
– for those, Allah will change their sins into good deeds,
and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
[Surah Al-Furqan 25:70]

Subhanallah, what an amazing promise of Allah! Not only will Allah s.w.t. accept the repentance of those who have sincerely repented, but He s.w.t. will change their sins into good deeds!

Ibn al-Jawzi rahimahullah said that scholars have differences of opinions in regard to the meaning of this ayah:

The first opinion
“Allah will change their sins into good deeds” means that Allah will replace their previous acts of shirk with iman, their previous acts of murder with refraining oneself from doing it, and their previous acts of fornication with being chaste. All of these show that the replacement of good deeds happen in the dunya. Scholars who hold this opinion are Ibn Abbas, Sa’id bin Jubair, Mujahid, Qatadah, Adh Dhohak, and Ibnu Zaid.

The second opinion
The second opinion is that the conversion of sins into good deeds will happen in the akhirah. Scholars who hold this opinion are Salman r.a., Sa’id bin Al Musayyib, and ‘Ali bin Al Husain.

Regardless of the differences of opinions, both show how truly remarkable the virtue of believers who sincerely repent to Allah.

Hence, if we did any of these three sins, we must make sincere repentance to Allah, and we must fix our faith and become good believers again, and we must take our actions very, very seriously – really keen on doing good deeds from now onwards. If we do these, Allah will not just accept our repentance, but He s.w.t. will convert those mountains of sins into mountains of good deeds – subhanallah!

Do Not Despair The Mercy of Allah
The passage continues:

And whosoever repents and does righteous good deeds,
then verily, he repents towards Allah with true repentance.
[Surah Al-Furqan 25:71]

Here, Allah s.w.t. tells us how His Mercy extends to all of His creatures, and that whoever among them sincerely repents to Him, He will accept his repentance for any sin – great or small. This offer is for all sinners! This is like the Ayat:

And whoever does evil or wrongs himself
but afterwards seeks Allah’s Forgiveness,
he will find Allah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
[Surah An-Nisa 4:110]

Know they not that Allah accepts repentance from His slaves…
[Surah At-Tawbah 9:104]

Say: “O My slaves who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds & sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins.
Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
[Surah Az-Zumar 39:53]

This passage of Surah Al-Furqan that we’re discussing today is so beautiful, because it tells us that at one point of time, the people who committed these major sins were the furthest away from Allah due to their transgressions. But the fact that they turn back to Allah and sincerely repent to Him, Allah s.w.t. in return will make them as those whom He calls Ibad-ur Rahman. Look at the Mercy of Allah s.w.t. to those who were once so far away, but have returned to Allah s.w.t.

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, know that no sin is greater than Allah’s Mercy. All we need to do is return to Allah and repent sincerely. Those who sincerely repent to Allah in this world from all of sins, Allah s.w.t. says that He will accept their repentance. So never, ever despair of Allah’s Mercy, and never give up on yourselves.

But just remember one thing:
If your sins are a big deal to you, then they are small in the sight of Allah.
Allah will forgive them if you worry about your sins, take them seriously, and repent.
But if your sins are no big deal to you, then they’re a big deal to Allah.
If you don’t care about your sins, no matter how small that mistake may be, know that it will become a very big thing on the Day of Judgment.

Suffice that I end this article with the following quote:

“No sin remains minor when accompanied by persistence,
and no sin remains major when accompanied by the seeking of forgiveness.”

May Allah s.w.t. forgive all of our sins and shortcomings – Allahumma ameen.

Alhamdulillah we have covered the sixth characteristic of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman. We will continue with the subsequent characteristics in the next posts, insya Allah.

🌸 ‘Ibad-ur Rahman Characteristics Recap 🌸

6th Characteristic

The ‘Ibad-ur Rahman are those who avoid Shirk, Murder, and Zina. They may also include those who have actually committed these sins in the past, but have sincerely repented to Allah i.e. they regret for committing them, and they desist from committing them, and they decide firmly not to commit them ever again. After making sincere tawbah, they strengthen their iman, and they become serious in doing good deeds from there on.

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References:
Tafsir Ibn Kathir
Tafsir Surah Al-Furqan by Dr Abdullah Yasin
Rumaysho.com
Islamqa.info
Who Gets Allah’s Mercy by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan

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The 9 Characteristics of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman (4/10) – Seeking Refuge From Jahannam

A Project in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah.
Articles authored for The Ideal Muslimah are available here.

To read in chronological order, please click the links below:
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

And those who say: Our Rabb! Avert from us the torment of Hell.
Verily! Its torment is ever an inseparable, permanent punishment.
Evil indeed it is as an abode and as a place to rest in.
[Surah Al-Furqan 25: 65-66]

🌸 Fourth Characteristic: They seek refuge from the Jahannam (Hellfire)

This ayah tells us the fourth characteristic of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman: they are those who constantly make du’a to Allah asking for refuge from Jahannam. They firmly believe and understand that the torments and penalties of Jahannam are so monstrous, so heavy, they just can’t bear the thought of it. They know it is a terrible and horrifying place to be, whether for a little while or a long time. They understand that the torment of Jahannam is ever-present, and never ending. Al-Hasan Al-Basri rahimahullah said concerning this ayah:

“Everything that strikes the son of Adam, then disappears, does not constitute an inseparable, permanent punishment. The inseparable, permanent punishment is that which lasts as long as heaven and earth.”

Subhanallah! Yet there are a few Muslims who say: “Sure I do some bad stuff and will go to Hell because of my sins. But it’s only temporary because I’m a Muslim. I’ll go to Jannah eventually anyway. So what’s the big deal!” This is the exact mentality of Bani Israel of the past as stated in the Qur’an:

And they (Jews) say, “The Fire shall not touch us but for a few numbered days.”
[Surah Al-Baqarah 2:80]

This is clearly not a characteristic of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman. The ‘Ibad-ur Rahman fear of being thrown into Jahannam either for a long time, or even a short time – not for a minute, not even for a second!

Is doing good deeds out of fear of Jahannam considered insincere acts of worship?

There are Muslims who think that doing acts of ‘ibadah out of fear of Jahannam and hoping for Jannah is insincere. They think that all acts of worship must only be done out of love for Allah s.w.t. and nothing else.

This belief is incorrect and contrary to the teachings of Islam. The proof is in this ayah that we are studying, where it clearly shows that the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman are those who seek refuge from Jahannam. There are several ayat showing that the worship of the Prophets, scholars and pious people is based on both fear and hope, and it is not devoid of love of Allah at all. Allah s.w.t. says, describing the Prophets:

Verily, they used to hasten on to do good deeds,
and they used to call on Us with hope and fear,
and used to humble themselves before Us.
[Surah Al-Anbiya’ 21:90]

And in another ayat, Allah s.w.t. says:

Those who remember Allah standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides,
and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying):
“Our Rabb! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You!
Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire.
Our Rabb! Verily, whom You admit to the Fire, indeed, You have disgraced him,
and never will the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) find any helpers.
[Surah Ali Imran 3:191-192]

Hoping for Jannah and fearing Jahannam are the results when one has the correct understanding of Tawhid. They are the results when one truly understands that it is Allah s.w.t. Himself Who has promised Jannah for those who are obedient, and Jahannam for those who are not.

And do you know what is the greatest punishment of the inhabitants of Jahannam? They are veiled, forever, from looking upon Allah s.w.t. Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahullah wrote in his Madaarij as-Saalikeen:

“…one of the greatest joys of Jannah is that of gazing upon the Countenance of Allah and hearing His Words, and the delight of being close to Him and attaining His pleasure. There is no comparison between what it contains of delightful food, drink, clothing and images and this sublime joy. The least of His Good Pleasure is greater than Jannah and all that it contains of such things, as Allah s.w.t. says:

“Allah has promised the believers – men and women – Gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein forever, and beautiful mansions in Gardens of ‘Adn. But the greatest bliss is the Good Pleasure of Allah. That is the supreme success. “[Surah At-Tawbah 9:72]

…Similarly, with regard to the Fire – we seek refuge with Allah from it – for those who enter it the pain of being veiled from Allah, and of being disgraced by Him, and feeling His anger and wrath, and being far away from Him, will be greater than the pain they suffer because of the flames burning their bodies and souls. In fact the flames of this fire start in their hearts, and this is what causes the flames to torment them physically.”

What we can learn from these evidences is that ‘Ibad-ur Rahman absolutely fear Jahannam, and seek refuge with Allah s.w.t. from His Anger and Punishment. We also learn that our acts of ‘ibadah should be done out of fear of Allah’s Punishment while hoping for His Mercy – both of which are themselves indicators that we love Allah s.w.t. because we want to look upon Allah s.w.t., and we hate and are afraid of being veiled from this greatest blessing ever!

Selected du’as to seek refuge from Jahannam

The ‘Ibad-ur Rahman always make du’a to Allah for protection from Jahannam. If we want to be one of them, we need to make such supplications constantly in our everyday lives. There are many beautiful supplications in the Qur’an and the Sunnah, these are three selected du’as that are short and easy to memorize, insya Allah.

1. Surah Al-Furqan 25:65-66 (the du’a by the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman)

رَبَّنَا ٱصۡرِفۡ عَنَّا عَذَابَ جَهَنَّمَ‌ۖ إِنَّ عَذَابَهَا كَانَ غَرَامًا
إِنَّهَا سَآءَتۡ مُسۡتَقَرًّ۬ا وَمُقَامً۬ا
Our Rabb! Avert from us the torment of Hell.
Verily! Its torment is ever an inseparable, permanent punishment.
Evil indeed it is as an abode and as a place to rest in.

2. Surah Al-Baqarah 2:201

رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا فِى ٱلدُّنۡيَا حَسَنَةً۬ وَفِى ٱلۡأَخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً۬ وَقِنَا عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ
Our Rabb! Give us in this world that which is good
and in the Hereafter that which is good,
and save us from the torment of the Fire!

A golden advice from my teacher: Keep this du’a close to our hearts, for it is a supplication that covers everything that we need – a good worldly life, and good Hereafter as well as protection from Jahannam. It is a short yet comprehensive du’a, so recite it often, and recite it from the depths of our hearts.

3. From the following hadith recorded in Sunan an-Nasa’i (graded sahih)

Rasulallah ﷺ used to say in his supplication:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ جَهَنَّمَ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَسِيحِ الدَّجَّالِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ
O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the torment of Hell,
and I seek refuge in You from the torment of the grave,
and I seek refuge in You from the tribulation of the Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal,
and I seek refuge with You from the trials of life and death.

Allahumma ameen!

Alhamdulillah we have covered the fourth characteristic of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman. We will continue with the subsequent characteristics in the next posts, insya Allah.

🌸 ‘Ibad-ur Rahman Characteristics Recap 🌸

4th Characteristic
They constantly make du’a to Allah asking for refuge from Jahannam. They firmly believe that the torments and penalties of Jahannam are so monstrous and heavy. They know it is a terrifying place to be, whether for a little while or a long time.

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References:
Tafsir Ibn Kathir
Tafsir Surah Al-Furqan by Dr Abdullah Yasin
Rumaysho.com
Islamqa.info
Who Gets Allah’s Mercy by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan

[Al-Kahf 18:108] Al-Kahf Challenge (18/20)

“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 19 | Pg 20  | Pg 21
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“Wherein they shall dwell (forever).
No desire will they have for removal therefrom.”

[Al-Kahf 18:108]

In the previous post, we learnt that the believers who have the correct belief and who did righteous deeds will be granted Gardens of Al-Firdaus. This ayah continues to explain that their eternal abode is the Gardens of Al-Firdaus.

My teacher once asked: “Are men created to live forever?”
To which we replied, of course not!
He said: “Wrong! Allah s.w.t. has indeed created us to live forever. It’s just that we have to move on to our next stage of life – the Akhirah.” Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:

“When the people of Paradise have entered Paradise
and the people of the Fire have entered the Fire,
death will be brought and will be placed between the Fire and Paradise,
and then it will be slaughtered, and a call will be made:
O people of Paradise, no more death! O people of the Fire, no more death!
So the people of Paradise will have happiness added to their previous happiness,
and the people of the Fire will have sorrow added to their previous sorrow.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

Everytime I try to ponder the concept of living forever, I just couldn’t grasp it. The thought of continue to live, and live, and live on, forever and ever in Jannah, is too overwhelming to be fully understood by this limited mind. What is more terrifying is the fact that the same will be faced by the people of Fire – who will continue to live on and on, forever and ever in the Hellfire, drinking and eating filth, to be inflicted punishment upon punishments – day in and out – for eternity.

Can you imagine that condition?
Can you bear that thought?
Subhanallah, may Allah save us from the terrors of Jahannam.

Let us continue with the ayah:

“No desire will they have for removal therefrom (from Jannah).”

Ibn Kathir wrote that the believers will never choose or want anything else. This ayah explains how much they love and desire it! We might think that a person who stays in one place forever would get bored and tired of it. This is true in this dunya. What happens to our beautiful homes? They’re only perfect for a few months and after a while, we start wishing that the designs, colors, interior, neighbourhood, landscapes were different. We can even stay in a beautiful 5-star hotel for several years, but eventually we will want to move on, try something new, eat something new, make new changes. But in this ayah, Allah s.w.t. tells us that despite the eternal stay in Jannah, the believers will never, ever want to choose, nor want to change, nor want to move from where they are.

This is because Jannah is absolutely perfect in all senses, beyond our comprehension. We all know that there are many different levels of Jannah, where people of greater piety will have higher levels than others. But the point of this ayah is that each and every person will feel that no one else has anything more than him! He will feel no one else has anything better than what he has! He will feel that he has THE BEST THERE IS in Jannah!

Subhanallah – such is the perfection of Jannah! And such is the Rahmat of Allah s.w.t. towards the slaves whom He loves. May Allah grant us all Jannatul Firdaus!

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

[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]

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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.

To Be Forgotten/Ignored By Your Rabb

And it will be said:
“This Day, We (Allah) will forget you as you forgot the Meeting of this Day of yours.
And your abode is the Fire, and there is none to help you.”
[Al-Jathiyah 45:34]

In Sahih Muslim, it is reported that Allah will ask some of His slaves on the Day of Resurrection:
“Have I not given you a spouse, honored you, and subjected the camels and horses to you?
Have I not allowed you to be a chief and a master?”
The slave will say in answer, “Yes, O Rabb!”
Allah will say, “Did you think that you would ever meet Me?”
He will say, “No.”
Allah the Exalted will say, “Then this Day, I will forget you as you forgot Me.

This because you took the revelations of Allah in mockery,
and the life of the world deceived you.
So this Day, they shall not be taken out from there (Jahannam),
nor shall they be returned to the worldly life (so that they repent to Allah).
[Al-Jathiyah 45:35]

Therefore o sons of Adam, be wise! Do not let the pleasure of this world fool you, for there will come a definite Day when no apology shall be accepted by the Rabb of all worlds. There will come a definite Day when Allah s.w.t. will forget you, as you have chosen to forget Him.
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Reference:
Tafsir Ibn Kathir

[Al-Kahf 18:49] A Striking Lesson

“And the Book (one’s Record) will be placed, and you will see the Mujrimun fearful of that which is (recorded) therein. They will say: ‘Woe to us! What sort of Book is this that leaves neither a small thing nor a big thing, but has recorded it with numbers!’ And they will find all that they did placed before them,
and your Rabb treats no one with injustice.”
[Al-Kahf 18:49]

Surah Al-Kahf has many powerful ayat, and one of them that really strikes the heart is this. After mentioning how the mujrimun were so frightened and so distressed on the Day of Judgment by the contents of their Record that lists absolutely every single thing that they did, Allah s.w.t. says:

“And your Rabb treats no one with injustice.”

It is not Allah who is being unjust to men.
But it is men themselves who are being unjust to their own souls.
Because it is our own fault when we choose not to pray.
It’s our own fault when we choose to cheat and lie.
It’s our own fault for watching those filthy stuff.
It’s our own fault for backbiting, slandering, and gossiping.

It’s not our job’s / boss’ fault that caused us to abandon our prayers. It’s not the fault of the situation that made us cheat others. It’s not our computer’s fault that started our addiction. It’s not our friends’ / parents’ / celebrities’ / politicians’ faults that made us backbite and slander them.

Even Shaitan will deny his grasp over us on that Day:

And Shaitan will say when the matter has been decided:
“Verily, Allah promised you a promise of truth.
And I too promised you, but I betrayed you.
I had no authority over you except that I called you, so you responded to me.
So blame me not, but blame yourselves.
I cannot help you, nor can you help me.
I deny your former act in associating me as a partner with Allah (by obeying me in the life of the world).
Verily, there is a painful torment for the Zalimun.”
[Ibrahim 14:22]

There will be no one to blame but our own selves.
We will be held accountable for every single sin that we do.
And we will face the consequences alone.

So Muslims, fortify your hearts. Stop being unjust to your soul.
Come back to Ar-Rahman who is willing to forgive all of our sins, as long as we choose to repent, and choose to abandon our bad habits and traits. Sow the seed of taqwa and piety in everything we do.
Know that your Rabb loves you, and He will not abandon you.
But it is upon each individual to make that decision.
– make that choice before it’s too late.