Whoever wants to know what Allah has prepared for him, should look to what he has prepared for Allah.

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What a beautiful, simple formula to calculate our future with!  We can match our life against the Qur’an and the Sunnah to know who we are, and to look at what we have set aside for Allah (Subhana wa Ta’ala), and to know what Allah the Almighty and Majestic has prepared for us.

It is imperative that we take our soul to account and treat its deficiencies. Hazrat Umar (radi Allahu anhu) said, “Take account of yourselves before you are taken to account, weigh your deeds before they are weighed.”

Hasan al Basri (rahimahu Allah) said “A believer will always be critical of himself in his food, his drink and his speech. A sinner will not criticize himself.” He also said “A believer is a guardian over himself: he takes account of himself for Allah. Those who take account of themselves in this world will be audited lightly in the Hereafter. Those who take this issue lightly will find their auditing very difficult.”

When a Muslim takes account of his actions, he is able to realize the right of Allah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) over him. Ibn al-Qayyim said, “A benefit of understanding Allah’s right over the servant is that it breeds condemnation of oneself and delivers one from showing off and vanity. It also opens the door of humbleness in front of Allah and closes the doors of conceit. It allows one to realize that salvation is only through Allah’s grace and mercy.”

It is Allah’s right that He should be obeyed and not disobeyed; that He should be remembered and not forgotten; and that He should be shown gratitude and not shown ingratitude. Whoever thinks over these things will know with certainty that he cannot fulfill these conditions and, thus, has to resort to Allah’s mercy. Such a person will be convinced that he cannot rely on his actions, lest he be destroyed.

We think about our rights over Allah and not about His rights over us. This is how we are detached from Allah and deprived of the desire to meet Him. This is the epitome of our ignorance of our Lord and of ourselves.

If we can make our Ramadan resolution this year to follow all the above mentioned advice — this will be the best possible Ramadan so far, inshaAllah.

Three things of life once gone never come back — time, words, and opportunity. Let us also make the resolution to not waste them.

With Allah’s help nothing is difficult, without His help nothing is easy!

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Sincerity is a jewel so hard to attain and preserve that no one other than Allah can truly evaluate its worth, because through it the windows of the heart are opened to Allah. Sincerity is a sublime quality that raises a servant to high ranks both in this world and the next and that brings one closer to Allah. Allah Most High does not accept deeds that are done devoid of sincerity. On the Day of Judgement, deeds done with self-satisfaction and for show, both of which indicate diseases of the heart, will be thrown at the faces of the ones who perform them. Sincerity on the other hand makes what is little great, through the bounty of Allah most High. It also makes one’s life long and its abundance and prosperity continual.

During the first years in the history of Islam an unknown person used to leave a sack of provisions every morning at the door of various poor people in Madina. It so happened that one morning the poor people woke up to find that there was no sack at their door. While they were wondering the reason they heard a poignant proclamation of the death of the grandson of Ali (Alaihi Salaam), Zayn-al-abideen (Alaihi Salaam). The city of Madina was shaken up with this news and its people were deeply grieved.

The last duties began to be meticulously carried out for this heir of the Prophet (SalAllahu Alaihi Waa Aalihi Wassallam). When it came time to wash his body, the person who performed the task saw some large boils on the back of the dead man. He was surprised and could not understand the reason. Somebody from the ahl’ul bayt  who knew his secret explained:

“Every morning Zayn-al-abideen would carry sacks of provisions that he had prepared and take them to the doors of the poor. He would return without anyone seeing him. Nobody ever knew who it was that kept bringing these provisions. These wounds that you see on his back are what developed as a result of carrying them”. (Ibn-i Kathir, al-Bidaya, IX, 112,133; Abu Nuaym, Hilye, III, 136)

This is the manifestation of sincerity in the heart of a believer full of compassion. This is a sensitivity observed for a lifetime that refused to tarnish the reward for goodness with the compliments of mere mortals.


 

One time a great fire broke out in the copper markets of Baghdad. Two children were trapped in one of the burning shops. Despite their cries for help, the flames were so intense that nobody was brave enough to try and save them. Their foreman was crying out outside in desperation:

“I will give 1000 pieces of gold to whoever saves my children”.

At that point Abu’l Hussain Nuri who happened to be passing by, immediately threw himself into the fire. The fire became like a rose garden for him. With the help of almighty Allah, this saint was able to save the children from those flames, to the amazement of everyone watching. Happily the foreman presented the gold pieces to Abu’l Hussain Nuri, who suddenly grimaced and said:

“Take your gold and be grateful to Allah Most High! If I had done what I did not for Allah but for the hope of some material reward, I would never have been able to rescue those children from that fire”.


 

The following is another beautiful example of sincerity displayed by Sultan Alparslan whose heart was ever together with his Lord.

Before entering the Battle of Malazgirt in 1071, Alparlsan donned pure white clothes and remarked:

“This is my shroud”. In other words, he had prepared himself not for worldly fame but for martyrdom with the ecstasy resulting from pure faith. Before he went to battle he gave this short speech to his soldiers:

“Either I become victorious and reach my aim; or I become a martyr and go to heaven. Those of you who choose to follow me, let them do so. Those who choose to leave, let them go. There are no commanding sultans giving orders here, nor are there any soldiers needing to obey. Today I am one of you. I am a soldier going to war alongside you. Those who follow me and become martyrs having devoted their souls to almighty Allah – to heaven you go; those left alive will be war heroes. As for those who desert us, it is the fire of the hereafter and disgrace in this world that await them”.

As a result of the sincerity of Sultan Alparslan, almighty Allah made him victorious against the Roman Diyogen, whose army was five times the size of his own.

As mentioned before only those people who possess sincerity will attain to true salvation. However the possessors of sincerity are in great danger constantly and face a risky trial.

The distinguished friends of Allah have advised people to forget two things:

  • The good deeds that you have done so that they do not boost your ego and make you vain and proud;
  • The bad things that have been done to you so that ill-will and rage do not germinate within your heart.

 

According to a narration whenever Imam Zayn al Abideen (RadiAllahu Anhu) rose to take his ablution his face would turn pale and whenever he began to pray his legs would shake. When he was asked the reason he said:

“Are you not aware of Whose presence I am entering? (Abu Nuaym, Hilya, III, 133).

One time when he was praying his house caught fire. However he remained unaware of this. When he finished his prayer and was told of the situation they asked him:

“What was it that made you fail to notice that your house was on fire?”.

Imam Zayn al Abideen (RadiAllahu Anhu) replied:

“The fire that awaits mankind in the hereafter made me forget the fire of this world”.

His faith in the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa ‘aalihi wa sallam) was unwavering; his heart believing every word the Beloved Messenger (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa ‘aalihi wa sallam) spoke, without a shadow of a doubt. It was due to this love for the Truth that he earned the title of as-Siddiq (the truthful).

He, may Allah be pleased with him, earned this title on the morning following the Me’raj (Prophetic Ascension to the Heavens); the unbelievers went to him, making a mockery of the Beloved Messenger’s (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa ‘aalihi wa sallam)  report of his journey of Me’raj. They questioned how he could travel such a distance, and to the Heavens too, in such a short length of time.

Sayyidina Abu Bakr Siddique may Allah be pleased with him, asked one question before making his judgment: “Did the Messenger say that?” When this was confirmed, and it was clear to him that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa ‘aalihi wa sallam)  had said those words, he vowed with heart and soul that this was indeed the truth. This is the essence of yaqeen (certainty), about which the Qur’an itself states, “So patiently persevere: for verily the promise of Allah is true: nor let those shake your firmness, who have (themselves) no certainty of faith.” [Qur’an 30:60]

Sayyida Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said about her father, “The idolaters came to Abu Bakr and said, ‘What do you think of your Companion? He claims that he was taken this night to Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem).’ He replied, ‘Did he say that?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘He has definitely told the truth. I believe and affirm him in matters more remote than that: the news from heaven in the early part of the morning and in the evening.’ For that reason he was called as-Siddiq.” [Imam Suyuti’s Tarikh al-Khulafa]

The title of as-Siddiq was reportedly confirmed by Angel Jibra’il, who himself testified to Sayyidina Abu Bakr’s may Allah be pleased with him, strength in faith and loyalty:
Sayyidina Abu Hurairah may Allah be pleased with him, reports, “When the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, returned on the night in which he was made to travel (to Jerusalem), and he was at Dhu Tuwa, he said, ‘Jibra’il, my people will not believe me,’ He (Jibra’il) said, Abu Bakr will believe you, and he is as-Siddiq.’” [Imam Suyuti’s Tarikh al-Khulafa]