It is part of Ikhlaas (sincerity) to do good deeds and conceal one’s good deeds.
Hadhrat Abu Musa Asha’ari (Radhiyallahu Anhu) explains the difficult and hard times they experienced in the war Dhaat al – Riqaa. They were six people in a group and shared one camel. Often they had to walk in rough terrain and their feet were wounded. Their nails also fell off. They had to bandage their feet with pieces of cloth, hence the name of the war is Dhaat al- Riqaa. Riqaa means pieces of cloth.
After Hazrath Abu Musa Ash’ari (Radhiyallahu Anhu) mentioned this incident and he regretted and felt he exposed his good deed. He then stated:
ما كنت اصنع بان اذكره
“I do not do (good deeds) to mention it”
(Saheeh al- Bukhari, Pg.592, Vol.2, Qadeemi)
A’isha (Radhiyallahu Anha) was falsely accused of having an affair with Safwaan Bin Mu’attal (Radhiyallahu Anhu).
This accusation was instigated by the leader of the Munafiqeen (hypocrites), Abdullah Bin Ubayy.
This was a very trying time for A’ishah (Radhiyallahu Anha), Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) and the general Muslims.
Some sincere Muslims got caught up with this rumour. Among them was Hamanah Binte Jahash (Radhiyallahu Anha), the sister of Zainab (Radhiyallahu Anha). Zianab (Radhiyallahu Anha) was the wife of Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam).
Zainab (Radhiyallahu Anha) and A’ishah (Radhiyallahu Anha) used to compete with each other as wives of Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam).
Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) consulted with Zainab (Radhiyallahu Anha) regarding A’ishah (Radhiyallahu Anha) as it possible she must have heard something about A’ishah (Radhiyallahu Anha) from her sister.
The response of Zainab (Radhiyallahu Anha) is amazing. It presents a glimpse ofa pure and shining heart.
She could have take advantage of the trying times of Ayesha (Radhiyallahu Anha) to gain mileage for herself. Yet she responded and said:
“Oh prophet of Allah,
احمي سمعي و بصري
“I protect my ears and my eyes”
This is a glaring example of a clean heart and expounds justice and fairness.
When a person is engaged in any act of virtue, for example, he is an Ustaadh of Hadeeth, or a Mufti or he is engaged in the noble work of Tableegh or he may be serving the community in various ways, for example, he is a trustee of a Musjid or engaged in some social work, it is possible he may start feeling superior about himself. That may destroy his good deeds.
A believer is always focussed in doing good deeds to preserve them for his hereafter. He should do whatever it takes to preserve his good deeds. It is therefore vital that one should always fear one’s shortcomings and make abundant Istighfaar and seek Allah’s (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) forgiveness for one’s shortcomings.
Think what is the value of my good deeds in relation to the greatness of Allah (Subahanu Wa Ta’ala). My good deeds are absolutely insignificant.
Think, Allah (Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala) has many sincere servants who are engaged in serving Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) many times more than me. What right do I have to be proud. Make Shukr to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) that he gave me the opportunity to serve him. I need Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) . Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) does not need me.
The habit of Istighfaar generates humility and sincerity in an individual and is a means of preserving one’s good deeds.
Beauty is relative and competitive. No amount of beauty will fulfil you.
Furthermore, what if you your wife is extremely beautiful but she has bad conduct. She backchats you, screams at you and makes life miserable. Will you still enjoy her beauty?
Beauty is skin deep and temporary. If you chase a woman because of her beauty, what if her form and figure changed upon birth or due to unforeseen circumstances, will you change her?
If you found a woman who is reasonably good looking but has good values and sound character, you should be content with that.
The beauty of a woman is admired for a few days in the beginning of the marriage, thereafter one lives with the conduct of the person. Don’t be deceived by beauty. Don’t compare your wife to other women. Be happy with her as a person. Say to yourself you are happy with her.
Almighty Allah has blessed us with so many bounties that it is impossible to enumerate the bounties of Allah Ta’ala. While we are required to thank Allah for His innumerable bounties, we will never be able to fulfill the right of thanking Allah. No one can ever fulfill the right of thanking Allah. We will still have to thank Allah for the Tawfeeq and ability to thank Him and that will go on and on.
We should verbally thank Allah for His bounties on us to the best of our abilities. Obedience to Allah and fulfilling the obligations towards Allah is the actual Shukr.
To disobey Allah is the greatest form of ungratefulness. We use His bounties to disobey Him, Astaghfirullah.
In order to induce the spirit of Shukr in us, think of the various bounties of Allah upon us.
What if I was insane?
What if I was blind?
What if I was deaf?
What if I was crippled?
What if I could not walk?
What if…? What if…? What if…?
Such questions will help us to realize the bounties of Allah and lead us to the recognition of Allah.
Thanking Allah should be with heart, tongue, and deeds and should continue all the time in various ways,be it by reading the Quran, Zikr, Nafl Salah, Sadaqah in the path of Allah etc.
- Sheikh Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Hafidhahullah)
When a person undertakes a long journey, he ensures his mode of transport is safe. If he is traveling by motor vehicle, he will have it serviced. The oil will be replaced with new oil. The plugs will be changed. The lifespan of the brake pads and discs will be assessed. These are some of the very few things that need to be checked in a service of a motor vehicle. If a person does not service his motor vehicle, in all probability he will have a break down and suffer the consequences of his negligence.
We all are travelling to the hereafter. This is a long and arduous journey. The mode of our journey in the hereafter is qalb-e-saleem.
Ibrahim ؛ made du`ā to Allāh Ta`ālā as follows:
وَلَا تُخْزِنِي يَوْمَ يُبْعَثُونَ، يَوْمَ لَا يَنْفَعُ مَالٌ وَلَا بَنُونَ، إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ
And do not disgrace me on the Day they are [all] resurrected. The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, except him who comes to Allāh with a sound heart. [Al-Shu`arā’, 26: 87-89]
Qalb-e-Saleem is inculcated by servicing the heart with the following five qualities :
1. الذي لا يكون في قلبه عقائد باطلة: Remove incorrect beliefs and adopt correct beliefs.
2. الذي لا يكون في قلبه غلبة الشهوات: Control the overpowering of carnal desires.
3. الذي ينفق ماله الي البر: Spend one’s wealth in places of virtue.
4. الذي يرشد بنيه الي الحق: Guide one’s children towards haq.
5. الذي لا يكون في قلبه غير الله: Remove everything else from the heart besides Allāh.
Just as a car has to be serviced for a smooth and safe journey, the heart has to be serviced for a smooth and safe journey to the hereafter.
If we are stranded in our worldly journey, we could seek help through our worldly means: wealth, children, friends, AA, credit card, etc.
All these means will not be available in the journey to the hereafter. Everyone will have to fend for himself/herself. The only security is to create a sound heart in this world for the journey to the hereafter.
To service one’s car, one will refer to a mechanic. To service one’s heart, refer to the Ahlullāh and spiritual guides.
- Mufti Ebrahim Desai Saheb
When a person experiences a challenging situation in life, do not ask Allah to do justice in the matter. If Allah has to deal with us through His measure of justice, we will fail miserably. How can we justify any of our actions with all our shortcomings?
Instead beseech Allah for His grace and mercy.
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