Hide and Seek

How can we strive to ensure that our intentions for worship are and remain steadfast for Allah? One way is to make those acts of worship not seen by any but Allah. Hide your good deeds and seek only His attention. His approval. His Pleasure.

It is reported that Shurayḥ the Judge used to have a house in which he would spend time alone on Fridays; no one knew what he did in it. (Al-Dhahabī, Siyar A’lām Al-Nubalā` Vol 4 p105)

It is reported that Dāwūd b. Abī Hind fasted for forty years without his family knowing; he would take his lunch out with him and donate it in the street. (Ibid. Vol 6 p378)

And it is reported that Ayyūb Al-Sakhtiyānī used to pray all night and hide it. In the morning, he would raise his voice as if he had just woken up. (Al-Dhahabī, op. cit. Vol 6 p17)

Al-Hasan al-Basri said, speaking about the striving of the Salaf in hiding their deeds, “Indeed, I came across a people, there was not a single deed on the face of this earth which could be done in secret, that they ever did in public!” These Muslims would strive to supplicate to Allah, and nothing could be heard from them except a low whisper between them and their Lord. That is because Allah says, “Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like transgressors.” Qur’an surat al-A’raaf (7:55). (Ibn al-Mubarak, az-Zuhd p35-36.)

Az-Zumar 39:53

loved and lost
forgotten and strayed
erred and sinned
stumbled and fell
hurt
and
healed
found and forgiven
guided and raised
loved and restored
given a chance
and another
and another

Say: “O My servants who have transgressed against their own selves. Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

Al-Infitar 82:6

…and what do you know about Al-Kareem, the Most Generous?

The One who gives without you even asking. And when you ask from Him, He gives you more than what you ask for. The One whose kindness has no limitation, who exceeds your highest expectation.

The One who calls you so He may forgive you. The One who guides you to be good, and then praises you for it. The One who allows you to carry out a good deed, and then rewards you for it. Who would do that? Only Al-Kareem, the Most Generous.

“O man, what has deceived you (or, what has made you careless) regarding your Lord, the Most Generous?”
Surat al-Infitar (The Cleaving) 82:6

Al-Ghafoor Al-Wadood

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allah Almighty said: O son of Adam, if you call upon Me and place your hope in Me, I will forgive you without hesitation. O son of Adam, if you have sins piling up to the clouds and then ask for My forgiveness, I will forgive you without hesitation. O son of Adam, if you come to Me with enough sins to fill the earth and then you meet Me without associating anything with Me (in worship), I will come to you with enough forgiveness to fill the earth.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3540)

The Straight Path is Wide

Abu Hurayrah narrates that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “The one who eats and is grateful has the same station as the one who fasts and is patient.” (at-Tirmidhi 2486)

Anas bin Malik narrated that: the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until the sun has risen, then he prays two Rak’ah, then for him is the reward like that of a Hajj and Umrah.” He said: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Complete, complete, complete.'” (at-Tirmidhi 586)

Abu Hurayrah reported: The poor came to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and said: “Oh, Messenger of Allah, the wealthy have gone with the highest ranks and lasting bliss. They pray like us and fast as we do. They have more money by which they perform the Hajj, and `Umra; fight and struggle in Allah’s Cause and give in charity.” The Messenger of Allah said, “Shall I not teach you something with which if you acted you would catch up with those who have surpassed you? Nobody would overtake you and you would be better than the people amongst whom you live except those who would do the same. Say Subhanal-lah (Allah is free from imperfection), Al hamdulil-lah (Praise be to Allah), and Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest) thirty-three times after every (obligatory) prayer.” (al-Bukhari 843)

Parents

How can we talk about our parents, without mentioning their love for us. Their love for us that cannot be weighed. Their kindness towards us that cannot be repaid. Their prayers for us in the night and in the day. Their sacrifices for us, the ones we know of and the ones of which we are so blissfully unaware. This blessing of having parents, only few things can compare. So thank them, honour them, shower them with love. Grant them your best companionship. Pray for them.

May Allah lighten their loads, ease their worries, forgive their mistakes, overlook their faults, magnify their rewards, increase them in goodness, and grant them the highest level of Jannah. May Allah help us to be good to them, to do good by them, to be grateful to them, and always loving to them. Ameen.

 

Journeying

On your way Home, always be mindful of Allah. For taqwa (mindfulness of Allah) is ever a great provision for a journey (al-Baqarah 2:197). Be determined. Expect to stumble but never stop walking upon the Straight Path. Allah says in a hadith qudsi, “I am just as My slave thinks I am and I am with him if He remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him, and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.” (al-Bukhari 7405)

Carry with you a lot of love. Anas narrated that a bedouin man asked the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him; pbuh) about the Hour (i.e. Day of Judgment) saying, “When will the Hour be?” The Prophet (pbuh) said, “What have you prepared for it?” The man said, “Nothing, except that I love Allah and His Apostle.” The Prophet (pbuh) said, “You will be with those whom you love.” We had never been so glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet (i.e. “You will be with those whom you love.”) Anas continued to say, “Therefore, I love the Prophet, Abu Bakr and `Umar, and I hope that I will be with them because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs.” (al-Bukhari 3688, Muslim 2639)

Loans and Transactions

… and whatever good you send before you for yourselves, you will certainly find it with Allah, better and greater in reward. And seek the forgiveness of Allah. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Merciful. (Qur’an Surat al-Muzzammil 73:20)

Who is he that will lend to Allah an excellent loan so that He may multiply it to him many times? And it is Allah that decreases or increases (your provisions), and unto Him, you shall return. (al-Baqarah 2:245)

The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knowing. (al-Baqarah 2:261)

Indeed, those who recite the Book of Allah and establish prayer and spend (in His cause) out of what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, (they can) expect a profit that will never perish. That He may give them in full their rewards and increase for them of His bounty. Indeed, He is Forgiving and Appreciative. (Fatir 35:29-30)

O you who have believed, shall I guide you to a transaction that will save you from a painful punishment? (It is that) you believe in Allah and His Messenger and strive in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives. That is best for you if you should know. And (you will obtain) another (favor) that you love – help from Allah and a near victory, and give good tidings to the believers. (as-Saf 61:10-13)