By Prof. Salman Nadwi
By Prof. Salman Nadwi
Indeed when Allahﷻ intends good for a slave, He strips away sight of his good deeds from his heart, and their mention from his tongue, and causes him to become preoccupied with his sins, and they continue to be before his eyes until he enters Jannah.
Kushairi relates :A person wanted to test the Akhlaq of Shaikh Abu Othman Al Heeri and so he invited him for a meal. When the Shaikh arrived he said to him, “I don’t know you. Who are you?” The Shaikh went away. The man then went behind him and called him back. But when he returned he did the same. He did this five times at the end of which he apologised and said that he was testing the teacher. He also praised the Shaikh for his patience. The Shaikh said to him, “Please don’t praise me because you only praising what any dog will do. You call him he comes you shoo him away he goes.”
By Maulana Mohammed Rashid Nadwi.
Translation of this reminder in English by Sh. Mirza Yawar Baig:
Juma Khutba by Maulana Mufti Mohammed Azam Nadwi titled ‘Aafiyat badi nemat hai is ki qadr kijie’
Text of the Khutba
Abdullah ibn Salam(RA) said: When Rasoolullahﷺ came to Medina, the people rushed towards him and it was said, “The Messenger of Allah has come!” I came along with the people to see him, and when I looked at the face of the Messenger of Allah, I realized that his face was not the face of a liar. The first thing he said was:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَفْشُوا السَّلَامَ وَأَطْعِمُوا الطَّعَامَ وَصَلُّوا بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّاسُ نِيَامٌ تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ بِسَلَامٍ
O people, spread peace, feed the hungry, and pray at night when people are sleeping and you will enter Jannah in peace. (Sunan Ibn Majah 1334, Grade: Sahih)
Abdullah ibn Umar(RA) reported: A man asked Rasoolullahﷺ, “Which Islam is best?” He said:
تُطْعِمُ الطَّعَامَ وَتَقْرَأُ السَّلاَمَ عَلَى مَنْ عَرَفْتَ وَمَنْ لَمْ تَعْرِفْ
To feed the hungry and to greet with Salaam (peace, safety) those you know and those you do not know. (Sahih Bukhari 28, Grade: Sahih)
The meaning of spreading peace to “those you do not know” is to spread peace in the world in general.
Ammar ibn Yasir(RA) said:
ثَلَاثٌ مَنْ جَمَعَهُنَّ فَقَدْ جَمَعَ الْإِيمَانَ الْإِنْصَافُ مِنْ نَفْسِكَ وَبَذْلُ السَّلَامِ لِلْعَالَمِ وَالْإِنْفَاقُ مِنْ الْإِقْتَارِ
Whoever has three qualities will have completed the faith: fairness from yourself to others, offering peace (salaam, safety) to the world, and spending in charity even while poor. (Sahih Bukhari 28, Grade: Sahih)
Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah):
A friend will not (literally) share your struggles, and a loved one cannot physically take away your pain, and a close one will not stay up the night on your behalf. So look after yourself, protect yourself, nurture yourself and don’t give life’s events more than what they are really worth. Know for certain that when you break no one will heal you except you, and when you are defeated no one will give you victory except your determination. Your ability to stand up again and carry on is your responsibility. Do not look for your self worth in the eyes of people; look for your worth from within your conscience. If your conscience is at peace then you will ascend high and if you truly know yourself then what is said about you won’t harm you.
Do not carry the worries of this life because this is for Allah. And do not carry the worries of sustenance because it is from Allah. And do not carry the anxiety for the future because it is in the Hands of Allah.
Carry one thing: How to Please Allah. Because if you please Him, He pleases you, fulfils you and enriches you.
Do not weep from a life that made your heart weep. Just say, “Oh Allah compensate me with good in this life and the hereafter.”
Sadness departs with a Sajdah. Happiness comes with a sincere Du’a. Allah does not forget the good you do. Nor does he forget the good you did to others and the pain you relieved them from. Nor will He forget the eye which was about to cry but you made it laugh.
Live your life with this principle:
Be good even if you don’t receive good, not because of others’ sake but because Allah loves those who do good
أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ اللَّـهَ يَسْجُدُ لَهُ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَن فِي الْأَرْضِ وَالشَّمْسُ وَالْقَمَرُ وَالنُّجُومُ وَالْجِبَالُ وَالشَّجَرُ وَالدَّوَابُّ وَكَثِيرٌ مِّنَ النَّاسِ ۖ وَكَثِيرٌ حَقَّ عَلَيْهِ الْعَذَابُ ۗ وَمَن يُهِنِ اللَّـهُ فَمَا لَهُ مِن مُّكْرِمٍ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يَفْعَلُ مَا يَشَاءُ ۩ ﴿١٨﴾
See you not that to Allah prostrates whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the mountains, and the trees, and Ad-Dawab (moving living creatures, beasts, etc.), and many of mankind? But there are many (men) on whom the punishment is justified. And whomsoever Allah disgraces, none can honour him. Verily! Allah does what He wills. (18)
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