بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
This is in continuation of the super-ace tarbiyah done on “Arrogance and humility”
1) First, we should appreciate that all the blessings we have in life are from Allah subhana wata’ala:
“And whatever blessings and good you have, it is from Allah…” Qur’an (16: 53)
“And if you were to count the blessings of Allah, you will never be able to count them.” Qur’an (14: 34)
If we gain our dream job, win the Waltham Forest citizen of the year award, do well in our exams…….we do so ONLY by the will and grace of our Lord the most High. Yes we may have put in the effort, (and indeed Allah subhana wata a’la loves the hard worker), but our success is not by our own design. Our intellect and resources are from Allah.
2)…..Sooooooooo, who are we to then take these blessings, and abuse them in the path of Shaytan? What kind of gratitude is that!?
I.e. we should not allow our achievements to fill our chests with self-importance;
“That home of the Hereafter We shall assign to those who seek neither haughtiness nor any corruption on earth, the good end is for the pious,” (Surah Al-Qasas 83)
I.e. we should not inflict the rest of humanity with our boastfulness as Allah subhana wata’ala will inflict us with an even worse torment (apologies for the abruptness);
Allah subhana wata’ala tells us in the Qur’an:“Think not that those who rejoice in what they have done (or brought about), and love to be praised for what they have not done, think not they are rescued from the torment, and for them is a painful punishment.” (Surah Al-Imran 188)
If you make all of your good actions apparent, it means that you are not doing them for the sake of Allah………….although
3)…because, as we all know, Allah can take away our bessings in the twinkle of an eye…
“Verily, We sent (messengers) to many nations before you (O Muuhammad (saw)). And we seized them with extreme poverty (or loss in wealth) and loss in health with calamities so that they might believe with humility” (Surah Al-An’aam 42)
In Surah Kahf in the story of the two gardens there is a good reminder for us all… the owner of the splendid garden became arrogant and haughty with the wealth that was given to him by Allah subhana wata’ala, and as a result was not only thankless and ungrateful towards Allah for the blessing, but believed that his good fortune would be everlasting:
“I do not think that this will ever perish.” [18:35]
But the owner of the other garden reminded him that he should be thankful to Allah, as Allah could easily deliver a calamity on him.
4)……..Rather, one should always be aware of his or her weaknesses
None of us are self-sufficient; we are all dependent on Allah subhana wata’ala. The more we know, the more we realise we don’t know…and it is the most pious that ask Allah subhana wata a’la for forgiveness. If our most beloved Prophet (saw), the ‘bestest’ example from all of humanity, was constantly turning to Allah subhana wata a’la for forgiveness…we should be far from content with ourselves, and far less assured about our akhirah!
The Prophet (saw) would recite the following after his two sunna rak’as of the dawn prayer,(from Al-Ghazali on Islamic Guidance);
“…God, I place my needs before You, although my though it weak and I fall short in my action; I am in dire need of Your mercy. I, therefore, beseech You, O Determiner of all affairs, O Healer of human souls, that, as You rescue from the midst of the seas, You would rescue me from the punishment of Hell, punishment of the grave…”
5) However, at the same time we should not sit tight like lemons, and not make use of the blessings Allah subhana wata a’la has given us.
Ok, so “riya”, is derived from the verb “ar-ru’yah” (seeking/looking/observing). Falling into “riya” is to do actions of goodness or piety that people may see or hear of them in order to win their praise and admiration.
Yet leaving an action for fear of “riya” is also disliked, and is following the path of shaytan who wants us to abandon a good action. Rather we should strive to purify our intention, to make our heart overflow with the remembrance of Allah and to fulfil our intended action if it be so correct and righteous.
If Allah subhana wata a’la has given us a big brain, we should use it to find cures of diseases, memorise the Qur’an and teach others, defend the rights of Palestinians and other oppressed peoples…
If Allah subhana wata a’la has blessed us with wealth, we should invest it wisely and give plenty away to charity, e.t.c…you get the picture….
Finally remember the hadith where the Prophet (saw) has told us that:
“None of you is a true believer until you want for your brother what you want for yourself.” (An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith also narrated by al Bukaree and Muslim)
Thus, our Iman is incomplete unless we extend to our brother whatever we desire for ourselves.
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6) In turn we should not be envious of those who have been blessed
Envy, (“hasad”) is of two types
i)Envy can be unrestricted dislike for a blessing bestowed on someone, to the extent the envy endures a sickness in the heart and is only placated by the removal of the blessing from the one he envies.
ii)Envy can be to dislike to the superiority of that person over him so he desires to be like him, or better
The Prophet (saw) said; “You have been afflicted with the illness of the nations that came before you – jealousy and hatred. They are the shearers, I do not mean the shearers of the hair, rather they are the shearers of the religion.” (At-Tirmidhee/At-Tabaraanee)
Jealousy is a sickness of the soul and only a few are secure from it. This is why it is said; “The body is never free from jealousy, but debasement brings it out, and nobility hides it.”
Al Hasan al-Basree said…”you should keep (this envy should it occur) blinded in your heart, for you cannot be harmed by that which you did not act upon in speech or action.”
We can however be envious of two things:
Aboo Hurayah (ra) reported: “There is no desirable from of jealousy except for two types; a person to whom Allah has given the Qur’an and he recites it day and night, so when a person hears him he says, ‘If only I was given the likes of what he was given so that I may act upon it the way this person is.’ And a person to whom Allah has bestowed wealth and he spends it in the cause of Truth, so a person says, ‘if only I were given the likes of what he has been given, do that I may act upon it the way this person is.’ (Sahih al-Bukharee)
I am writing this after the end of the Charity Week Dinner…alhamdulilah it was a blessing to be a witness to such generosity and good will:)
May Allah subhana wata’ala deliver us all blessings that can benefit the rest of mankind! Ameen.
Anything good is from Allah subhana wata’ala, anything bad is from me.
Jazak Allahu Khair