As we are seated in our houses in comfort and peace there are fellow Muslims across the globe suffering for various reasons. Some of them are being tested by famine. Some of them are having bombs raining on them. Some of them are gripped by civil war. We might not be able to lessen their sufferings but at least we can make du’a. We need to be sensitive to others’ pains. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala bring them comfort and relief, ameen.
Once again we study the obligation of honoring our commitments,
“O you who have believed, fulfill [all] contracts,” [5:1].
We barely reach at the time that we committed for an appointment then what to talk about bigger and more serious contracts? Let’s not make our words cheap.
Stand Up for Justice
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala guides us regarding how we should live with one another as a society,
“And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression,” [5:2].
A person who plots evil plans cannot live in peace. Likewise, a person who helps the evil person accomplish his evil plans earns the burden of the sin as the person who initiated it. Why would someone want to waste their time and energy that can never be beneficial for them? Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says, “O you who believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just,” [5:8]. Even if you have to stand against your own father or your son in justice do not back away. A Muslim cannot love anyone more than he loves Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Therefore, nothing should stop him from abiding by what Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has commanded.
Don’t Pick and Choose
There are people who conduct debates on the Qur’anic ayaat. They adopt a pick-and-choose policy in Islam. Sometimes they would negate the Prophetic narrations and even challenge them. Read what Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,
“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion,” [5:3].
This was one of the last ayaat to be revealed.
The Jews present at the time of its revelation commented if this ayah was revealed to them they would have rejoiced and celebrated that day. What is our attitude, in contrast? We challenge the Qur’an and conduct debates on it? Nothing can be added or deleted from what the Prophet ﷺ conveyed to us. The credibility of Shari’ah is valid till the last moment of this world.
Take Care of Your Prayers
Many of us treat Salah as a burden forgetting that it was actually given as a gift to the Prophet ﷺ. And because we consider it a burden our attitude towards Salah is that of laziness. We delay it to the last possible time, and when we get up, we are least particular about our clothes or purity.
Standing in Salah is equivalent to standing before Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. If one knows he is going to a meeting with Allah, how should his dress be like and what should be his state of cleanliness?
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,
“O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles,” [5:6].
The Prophet ﷺ informed us that every time a person performs ablution his sins are wiped off. If we consciously remembered this statement each time that we perform wudhu would we rush through it? Bilal RA’s footsteps were heard in Paradise because he used to perform fresh ablution for each Salah and also offer two rakahs of ablution before the Salah.
Not only does a person who performs his ablution correctly feel contentment and cleanliness but Shaytan too stays away from a person who is in a state of purity. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala help us understand how high the level of ablution is in His Sight, ameen.
What is Shari’ah?
What happens when we hear the word ‘Shariah’? Images of one eye and amputated arms cross our minds. SubhanAllah! It is Allah’s law that we are talking about.
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,
“[As for] the thief, the male and the female, amputate their hands in recompense for what they committed as a deterrent from Allah. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise,” [5:38].
Anywhere in the world where you see the crime rate high, know that their justice system is weak or probably it is almost non-existent. The reason Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has decided such harsh punishment for the criminals is to deter them and others from repeating the crime. One has to set the example. If the law of Allah was being followed in its actual sense would the crime rate and the number of rapes be as high as it is today?
May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala protect our men, our women and our children, and grant us the correct understanding our Deen, ameen.
(Adapted from Mufti Ismail Menk’s Peace of Pearl Series, Cape Town, Ramadan 2013.)