Monday, 16 January 2012

Having Good Character

I Seek refuge in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), from the Shaitan.
      In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
         Islam has two primary sources, the Quran, and the authentic Traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), that explain and sometimes expand on that of the Quran.
Bismillah Al-Hamdu lillah WA salatu WA Salamu 'ala Rasulullah
Amma ba'd

The truth centers around and is based upon the Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam)
And that which he was upon as well as that which the companions (radiyallaahu 'anhuma) were upon and not other than them.

Principle in Islam is that whenever Allah promises, have Iman, submit and obey. Don't ask, "Why," or "how?"

Our hearts should not be connected to the means.

Allah 'azza wa jall commanded Musa ('alaihi salaam) to take Bani Israel to the sea.
[The intellect might suggest one to hide in the mountains.] Musa took Bani Israel to the sea,
But there was no boat there. And when people saw there was no boat (to get to the other side),
They complained and lost hope and thought they lost, and thought the pursuing Fir’ awn would catch them.

And when the two hosts saw each other, the companions of Musa (Moses) said: "We are sure to be overtaken." (Ash-Shu'ara, ayah 61)

[Musa (Moses)] said: "Nay, verily! With me is my Lord, He will guide me." (Ash-Shu'ara, ayah 62) 

Musa said "never," and he didn't lose hope; he had Iman in Allah’s statement.

Allah said: Then We inspired Musa (Moses) (saying): "Strike the sea with your stick
." And it parted, and each separate part (of that sea water) became like the huge, firm mass of a mountain. (Ash-Shu'ara, ayah 63) Allahu Akbar!

[And We saved Musa (Moses) and all those with him. Then We drowned the others.
Verily! In this is indeed a sign (or a proof), yet most of them are not believers. (Ash-Shu'ara, ayah 65-67)] 

Accepting Allah’s reports [Qur’an and Sunnah] and believing them means
That one does not doubt them or waver in his affirmation of what Allah, Subhanahu WA Ta'aala, says.
This is because what Allah Ta'aala says only comes from Knowledge, while He is the Most Truthful in speech.

Allah, Ta’aala, has said about Himself:

And who is more truthful in speech than Allah? [Surah an-Nisa`, ayah 87]

To truly believe in what Allah says necessitates that one puts his trust in His reports, defends them,
And struggles by way of them, and he does not allow the entrance of any doubt or confusion over what Allah,
Subhanahu WA Ta’aala and His Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi WA sallam) reported.
When someone takes on this kind of character,
 It enables him to repel the doubts cast by those who speak with ulterior motives about the reports of Allah
And His Messenger (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam), whether they be from the Muslims who have introduced new affairs into the Religion,
Or from the non-Muslims who try to cast doubts into the hearts of the Muslims.
   1. Akhlaaq with Allah
   2. Akhlaaq with the Angels
   3. Akhlaaq with the Books

And that we have Akhlaaq with the Messengers,
Akhlaaq with the Affairs of the Last Day (how we act regarding the texts about the Last Day), Akhlaaq with the affair of the Divine Decree (Qadar) - the good of it and the bad of it being patient with the decree of Allah and pleased with it.

Having good character regarding the Pillars of Iman, the Pillars of Islam, good character with relations with the people - this is the 3rd level.
All of the Deen is Khuluq.
And what's the proof?
The hadith where the Prophet said what means:

What is most heavy upon theHaving good character.

So, does this exclude the affair of 'Aqidah, no! Rather, 'Aqidah is the first level of Good Character.

 "Four will have proofs (in their favor) on the Day of Standing:
(1) A deaf man who could not hear anything;
(2) A fool (who could not understand anything);
(3) A feebly old man;
 (4) A man who died in the fat rah (the period between Prophets).
 As for the deaf man, then he will say: 'My Lord, Islam came and I did not hear anything.' 
And as for the fool, then he will say, 'My Lord, Islam came and the children were throwing dung at me.
‘And as for the feebly old man, then he will say, 'My Lord, Islam came and I did not understand anything.' 
And as for the one who died in the fat rah (period between Prophets), then he will say,
 'My Lord, no Messenger from you came to me.' 
So He (Allah) will take oaths from them that they will obey Him (in what He is about to request from them),
So it (an order) will be sent to them: 'Enter the Fire!'
And verily by Him, in whose Hand is my soul: if they entered it, it will be cool and soothing." (Musnad of Ahmad, no. 16301,)
    Allah will test these four by commanding them to enter the fire.
 Those who obey Allah will be rewarded, finding the fire to be "cool and soothing" - In total contrast to what one's intellect may incline toward, but (Subhanallah!) in complete agreement with the Truthfulness of Allah and His commands.

Indeed, I am your Lord, so remove your sandals. Indeed, you are in the sacred valley of Tuwa.

[Qur'an 20:12]

The Quran is core to Islam.  Believing in it is a requirement. 
One who does not believe in the Quran, in its entirety, cannot claim to be a Muslim?
 "The Messenger (Muhammad) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord and (so do) the believers. 
Each one believes in God, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. 
(They say,)  ‘We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers’ —
And they say, ‘We hear, and we obey.  (We seek)  Your forgiveness, our Lord,
And to You is the return (of all)’." (Quran 2:285)

      Islam has two primary sources, the Quran, and the authentic Traditions of Prophet Muhammad,
That explains and sometimes expands on that of the Quran. 
 “And We have not sent down the Book (the Quran) to you (O Muhammad,
Except that you may explain clearly unto them those things in which they differ, and (as) a guidance and a mercy for a folk who believe.” (Quran 16:64)

Quran is the word of God and that it is a recitation, it is also important to understand that Quran has remained unchanged for more than 1400 years.  Today when a Muslim in Egypt holds his Mushaf in his hands and begins to recite you can be sure that in far away Fiji another Muslim is looking at and reciting the exact same words.  There are no differences.  The child in France holding his first Mushaf is tentatively reciting the same words that flowed from the lips of Prophet Muhammad.

God assures us in Quran that He will surely protect His words.  He says, “Verily, it is We Who has sent down the Quran and surely, We will guard it (from corruption).” (Quran 15:9) This means that God will guard against anything false being added or any part of it being taken away.[1]  It is protected from tampering and if anyone attempts to distort the meanings of Quran, God will guide someone to expose the deception.[2]  Muslims believe that the previous revelations from God, including the Torah and the Gospels of Jesus were either lost in antiquity, or changed and distorted, so it is a source of comfort to them knowing that God’s words – the Quran – are now well guarded.
The Quran was delivered to Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel and revealed in stages over a period of 23 years.
 “And (it is) a Quran which We have divided into parts, in order that you might recite it to men at intervals. 
And We have revealed it by stages.” (Quran 17:106)
 Prophet Muhammad was commanded by God to convey the Quran to all of humankind
And the responsibility weighed heavily upon him. 
Even in his farewell address he called on the people present to bear witness that he had delivered the message.
May Allah make us from the Companions of His Book and unite us with His righteous slaves in the highest gardens of Paradise. Amen.
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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