Friday, 30 December 2011

Following the Sunnah- Righteous deeds

Necessary Conditions for the Righteous Deeds to be Accepted
I Seek refuge in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), from the Shaitan.
      Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s name I begin, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
      All praise be to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), Lord of the worlds,
      Who has disposed all matters through His arrangements thereof?
      Who has fairly composed His creation and given it excellent form, good structure and proportion.
     And may blessings and salutation be invoked upon Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), the bondsman of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make us all from those whose deeds are done in accordance with the Sunnah, deeds that are done sincerely for the sake of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)?

The Prophet (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Abu Dharr R.A., with the passing of days and nights, your age decreases and your deeds are recorded.
Death comes suddenly. One who sows good will soon harvest good, and one who sows evil will soon harvest regret.
In fact, each sower will gain that which he sows.”

 Righteous deeds" (amelunsalihan):
The righteous deeds (amelunsalihan) include every thing that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) loves and accepts from sayings and the physical acts;
The hidden (acts by heart) and the openly (acts by limbs).man’s whims prompt him, in nature, towards gaining earnings and tangible pleasures as well as the affairs that preclude him from acting righteous deeds and readying for the life to come,
Many texts from the Quran and hadith have enjoined him to arrange for his life to come:

“Whoever has done an atom's weight of good, will see it and whoever has done an atom's weight of evil, will also see it (99-8).”

“All righteous-doers among the believing male or female will be granted a blessed happy life and will receive their due reward and more. (16:97)”

“Whoever commits evil deeds will be recompensed to the same degree.
The righteously striving believer, male or female, will enter Paradise wherein they will receive their sustenance without any account being kept (40:40).”

“One who acts righteously does so for his /she own benefit and one who commits evil does so against his/her own soul.
To your Lord you will all return (45:15).”

              "Love for Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and His messenger (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)”
The acts by heart include the love for Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and His messenger,
 Fear of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),
Asking Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) for forgiveness,
 Having sincerity to Him alone in deen,
Being patient, (May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) give us the courage to be patient, indeed is the best of deeds but also very difficult).
Thanking Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) for His blessings,
 Accepting Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) His judgment,
Depending on Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),
Hoping for Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s mercy,
 Fear of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s punishment,
And all things of this nature are the righteousness."

The acts by limbs include saying "La Illaha Illallaah Muhammadan Rasulullah",
, prayers, Zakat, fasting, hajj,
Following the Sunnah
Lots of Durood, salawat sent to Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and Istighfar and continuing to remain hopeful and continue to make Halaal earnings,
Eat Halaal and work Halaal as well as fulfill all the rights of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and then do dua.
InshaAllah Allah SWT always answers your dua in a way that is best for you!
Straight talk,
 Loyalty (returning someone’s possessions to them),
Kindness with parents, having good accord with relatives,
Keeping promises and treaties, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil,
Jihad in the cause of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),
 Learning, teaching Islam to others
Kindness with the neighbor,
With the orphan,
With the poor,
With the wayfarer,
With the animals,
Remembering Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and reciting Qur’an."

What are the necessary conditions for the righteous deeds to be accepted?
Every righteous deed must meet two conditions to be accepted by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD):
1. The first is sincerity. This is achieved when the righteous is for the sake of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) alone.
2. The second is following The Prophet (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).
This is achieved when the righteous deeds are done exactly as prescribed by The Prophet (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).
 If these two conditions are met, the righteous deed will be accepted by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).
 In this case, the doer of righteous deeds will deserve the reward in this life and in the Hereafter as promised by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).

"Each person's every joint must perform a charity -
On the authority of Abu Hurairah, who said: The messenger of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said?
"Each person's every joint must perform a charity every day the sun comes up:
 To act justly between two people is a charity;
To help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it is a charity:
A good word is a charity,
Every step you take to prayers is a charity
And removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity."... (Related by: - Bukhari and Muslim).

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said in Surat An-Nahl, (Verse 97), what can be translated as,
"Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a true believer, verily?
To him We will give a good life (in this world) with respect, and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do."

Ibn Kathir says: "In this great verse, there is a promise from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) –
And He does not break his promise - for everyone, man or woman, who does a good deed and whose heart believes in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and His Messenger.
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) promises to give good life for such a person in this life as a quick reward for the righteous deed.
 Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) also promises to give more rewards to this person in the Hereafter.

The good life in this life as promised by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) comprises all aspects of comfort including Halaal Rizq, self-satisfaction, Happiness and contentment.
The Prophet (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) says: "He Who submitted himself to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),
And is provided enough sustenance, and Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) made him content with what He gave him, he indeed succeeded." {Imams Ahmad}.
The Prophet (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Allah does not deal unjustly with a believer about a good deed because he is given blessings for it in the Hereafter;
But the disbeliever is given in the world the reward for good deeds, he has performed and when he comes to the Hereafter,
There is no good deed for which he can be rewarded." {Imam Muslim}.

     What do you have for me, today?'
“When a servant is on his last day in this world and first step to the life to come,
His wealth, sons, and deeds are presented before him.
 As he turns to his wealth, he says, ‘I was very stingy and niggardly for you,
What do you have for me, today?'
His wealth will answer, 'Well, you can take from me only your coffin.'
 He then turns to his sons and says, 'I have loved you very much,
And I have protected you so excessively,
What do you have for me, today?’
His sons will answer, ‘Well, we will see you off to your grave to bury you there.
’ He then turns to his deeds and says, ‘By Allah, I have neglected you and you were so unwelcome for me, what do you have for me, today?’
His deed will answer, ‘Well, I am your companion in your grave and on the day of your resurrection until you, as well as I, will be stopped before your Lord (for interrogation).’

If that servant has acted righteously in this world and has been one of the disciples of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),
 His deed will come to him in the form of a sweet-smelling handsome man and will say to him,
‘I bear to you the good tidings of enjoying rest, happiness, and the beautiful Paradise,
And you are coming to the best abode. When that servant asks about his personality, his good deed will answer,
‘I am your righteous deed, and I will move you from this world to the world to come.’”

One thing which might be useful in achieving heart's presence is -remembrance of death.
If a person thinks about death, and pays attention to the fact that neither timings nor the circumstances of death’s arrival are known,
 it may occur at any time any place, under any situation, even it is quite possible that this prayer might be the last one.
In that case he would not offer prayer with negligence.
 It is recommended that a prayer offerer should think about death before the prayer;
Should imagine that the moment of death has arrived;
The death angel Israel for receiving the soul has already arrived,
And it is only a limited time; say, an hour or few minutes have been left for him,
After which his deeds' register will be closed forever, and he will be transferred to Eternal World.
    Over there, his deeds will be scrutinized and the result would be both eternal prosperity and happy living near Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s favorites or adversity, Cruelty, punishment, and torture inside the Hell.
 By imagining and picturing dying one may better concentrate, may witness himself standing in front of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)-Almighty,
And thus may offer prayer with more humility and humbleness as his farewell prayer.
Before beginning prayer create such conditions for yourself and then prolong it during entire length of prayer.

“As soon as a dead is put in his grave, a person comes to him and says,
‘We were three; one was your sustenance who ceased when your age was ceased.
The other was your family who left you.
 The third was I; your deed, and I will stay with you. Nevertheless, I was the most disrespectful in your sight.”

The Prophet (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) has said:
“Worship Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)-Almighty as though you are actually seeing Him, and even if you do not see Him, He sees you."
Man's attention towards Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)-Almighty depends in proportion to his knowledge and enlightenment relative to Him.
If the faith has reached to the degree of certainty, has completely comprehended Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s Majesty,
Power, Presence, Dominion, and Knowledge, naturally will show humility and humbleness in front of him,
And there would be no room left for negligence and forgetfulness.
Some one, who sees Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)'s existence everywhere as his overseer, regards himself continuously before His presence,
While standing in prayer -a place of talking with Him, will never be negligent from His remembrance.

Wabasha bin Ma’bad, (Radiyallaahu anhu)., who said:
I came to the messenger of Allah and he said:
"You have come to ask about righteousness?”.
I said:" Yes." He said: "Consult your heart.
Righteousness is that about which the soul feels tranquil and the heart feels tranquil,
And wrongdoing is that which wavers in the soul and moves to and from in the breast even though people again and again have given you their legal opinion [in its favor]."
Ahmed bin Hanbal

 Righteous deeds" (amelunsalihan):
"Righteous deeds" (amelunsalihan) are one of the key concepts of the Qur'an.
 In Arabic, the word "righteousness" comprises the meanings of good, beneficial and right.
In Arabic, the verb "to amend"(islah) is also derived from the same root.
Consequently, in English, every type of beneficial and good work or action done for the good of religion is expressed by the word "Righteous deed." In terms of the Qur'an, on the other hand, each act and all behavior designed to seek the favour of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is a "righteous deed".

The salvation of an individual is not attained only through faith; righteous deeds, the signs of sincere faith, also save the soul.
Saying "I believe" yet failing to comply with the commandments of religion does not lead man to salvation.
In the Qur’an Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) states the following about this issue:

Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, "We believe", and that they will not be tested?
We tested those before them, and Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) will certainly know those who are true from those who are false. (Al-Ankaboot, 2-3)

The way a believer does a righteous deed proves his mettle.
His deeds indicate his perseverance, stability, determination and loyalty-in other words the depth of his faith.

Nawas bin Sam’ an (radiyallaahu anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
Righteousness is in good character/morality, and wrong doing is that which wavers in your soul, and which you dislike people finding out about.
It was related by Muslim.

The guidance and coming out of the darkness of (Falsehood) into the light of (Truth).
Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said in Surat Yunus, (Verse 9), what can be translated as,
"Verily, those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, their Lord will guide them by their faith…"

And also Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said in Surat At-Alaq, (Verse 11), what can be translated as,
"…that He may take out, those who believe and do righteous good deed from the darkness to the light…"

Love for them from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)
 And in the hearts of the believers Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said in Surat Maryam, (Verse 96), what can be translated as,
“Verily, those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, the Most Beneficent will bestow love for them (in the hearts of the believers)."

And also Imams Bukhari and Muslim reported that,
The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:
"If Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) love's a person, He calls Jibraeel (Gabriel) saying: Allah love so and so; O Jibraeel love him.
 Jibraeel would love him, and then Jibraeel would make an announcement among the resident of the heavens,
Allah loves so and so, therefore, you should love him also.
So, all the resident of the heavens would love him and he is granted the pleasure of the people of the earth."

Whipping away there bad deeds. Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said in Surat Al-Ankaboot, (Verse 7), what can be translated as,
" Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, surly, We shall remit from them their evil deeds and shall reward them according to the best of that which they used to do."

Allah’s protection: In the Qudsi (Holy) Hadith, reported by Imams Bukhari and Muslim that, the prophet The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:
"Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) said:
My servant draws near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him.
When I love him I am his hearing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with he walks…"
Narrated: - Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri (Radiyallaahu anhu). And Abu Huraira (Radiyallaahu anhu):
     The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said, "No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim,
Even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that."

A good deed has its sure reward, and that reward will be better than the merits of the doer.
An evil deed will not be punished with a severer penalty than justice demands.
On tope of that, sins and evil deeds may be forgiven by making repentance at the right time.

"Allah accepts the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and repent soon afterwards; to them, Allah turns in mercy...” 4/17

“Of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil until death faces one of them and he says:
"Now I repent". Nor of those who die rejecting Faith. For them We have prepared a most grievous punishment.4/18

Repentance from bad deeds and Kufr, when facing death, is no good.
That is too late. Those who miss the opportunity to repent will stand at the Day of Judgment before their Lord bending their heads saying:

"Our Lord: We have seen and we have heard. Let us go back to the world. We will work righteousness for now we do believe indeed". 32/12

For those, there is no going back; there is no return to this world.
There is no second chance for them to work righteousness.
They had their time. They had their opportunity.
They missed it. Now it is time to face the consequences of their deeds and action.
Now is the time to be paid for their evil and their sins.
Let us pray to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD): To increase and strengthen our faith, Ameen!
To Guide us and help us to work righteous deeds acceptable and pleasing to Him so that we may gain His Mercy and Grace. Ameen!

Sayidina 'Umar ibn al-Khattab (Radiyallaahu anhu): Was heard weeping and saying:
'You are more to me than my father and mother, O Messenger of Allah!
There was once a palm tree stump on which you used to stand when you addressed the people.
But when the people grew in number, you adopted a pulpit to let them all hear you.
 The tree stump then mourned your separation, until you laid your hand upon it and it was reassured.
Still greater right has your Community to pine for you now you have parted from them.

'You are more to me than my father and mother,
O Messenger of Allah! So great is your merit in His sight that He has equated obedience to you with obedience to Himself:
 For He said, Great and Glorious is He: "Whoever obeys the Messenger, obeys Allah." (Al-Nisa', 4:80).

WA Khair ul Hadyi Hadyu Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).
And the best advice is the advice of The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).

Pray and do Dhikr in good times and tense times, and hold tight to the rope of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) at all times.
Try to give up some dunya and replace with Dhikr and Salat, InshaAllah it will help.
Alhamdullilah! Sabr is the secret door to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s presence.
It is the code that tells Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) that we truly submit to His will, whatever it may be.
May Allah Subhanawataala grant us what is best in this world and the next!
Action speaks louder then words my friend’s practice Islam the way of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) did.
 May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him?
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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