The Best In Islam #37
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Sweetness of Faith, The Quran [1 of 2]
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Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh a Allah's peace and blessings beyond each and every one of you.
Dear viewers, we are continuing in our series, the best in Islam,
wherein we are looking at what the line is messenger have identified among the various elements of human life. What is in fact, the best? In our previous episode we were looking at the best with regards to love of the Messenger of Allah.
And in this episode, we'll be looking at the sweetness of faith and where the best lies with regards to it.
We have a narration
from Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam
related also by anus.
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whoever possesses the following three qualities, has found the sweetness of faith that Allah and His messenger are more beloved to him than anything else, that he loves another man, only for Allah sake.
And that he hates to return to disbelief
as he would hate to be thrown in the fire.
So, this hadith combines what we spoke of before
love of the Messenger of Allah, because to love him, is to love Allah.
To love Allah is to love him.
So, the sweetness of faith,
which gives a person a sense of certainty and surety wherein he would not have or she would not have the least doubt, they are sure of their the, the shore of the rightness of Islam.
This sweetness that one gets from that sense of surety is only achieved if one loves Allah and His Messenger, more than anything else. And we said that is expressed by obeying the divine commandments, living a life in accordance with God's commands
to do what is pleasing to Allah, and to avoid what is displeasing to Him.
All of that
brings us to the sweetness of faith.
Secondly, as human beings, we have a natural love for our fellow human beings.
That love is usually based on things that they have done for us.
We love our parents because they've taken care of us, they've given us things, presents, etc. They were there when we needed them etcetera. We have this love, which is based on
benefits that we have gotten. That is a natural love, that all human beings Express.
However, the love which will give us the sweetness of faith is the love beyond that.
It is the love where we love another human being for the sake of Allah
because of what is between you and that other human being of Islam, of serving Islam of worshipping Allah because of that commitment to living Islam to being real Muslims
So it is fundamentally a part of faith, that we love those who love Allah.
And we hate those who hate Allah. That is the only acceptable
way in terms of
loving for the sake of Allah. Now, that love of the individual who loves Allah will manifest in sharing
good deeds which Allah has commanded, working together, to spread the religion,
encouraging each other, to do what is right and pleasing to Allah.
It can manifest in many, many different ways. But if we love them, and we feel that sense of love, the prophets Allah wa sallam said, We should tell them.
So we should tell our fellow brothers and sisters, who will love for the sake of Allah, that we love them for the sake of Allah.
And the Prophet SAW Salem,
had told that the response should be, may Allah love you, for loving me, for his sake. That's the response. When somebody says to you,
I love you for the sake of Allah.
And this feeling
is something which all the believers should share.
with that feeling, it encourages work together. And that kind of a love. Where we love somebody simply for the sake of Allah
is one in which we're not expecting anything. We're not seeking anything. It is merely an expression of our own love for Allah and His messenger. The third principle mentioned in this hadith is that we should hate going back to disbelief,
more than how much we would hate being thrown into a fire, as fearful as we would be,
because the known pain that is going to come with it, we should even be more fearful of going back to Cofer,
leaving Islam and ending up in disbelief,
either deliberately, or as a consequence of our deeds and our practice and our disobedience to Allah and His messenger.
Halawa to the man
and scholars have spoken about this, where a person tastes it, they are prepared to sacrifice. They will not be deterred from obeying Allah.
They are firm in their religion. That is something we all should seek, we should all aspire to and for
the sweetness of faith, that gives us contentment gives us peace, within ourselves. certainty that we are on the right path that we are
on the path to paradise.
The Prophet SAW Salem also told us in terms of the best with regards to mosques and his mosque, he said, as Narrated by Abu Huraira
Salatin fee Masjid he had off the lumen alphas Allah tin, Fi Massey WA. In Lal Masjid Al haram, a single prayer in my mosque is better than 1000 prayers anywhere else, except for the Mosque of Mecca. So, that is an encouragement for us to visit the Mosque of the Prophet sallahu wa sallam to gain the great reward of prayer in his mosque.
If we go for Hajj, we should try to visit the Mosque of the Prophet sallahu wa sallam law if we made Hajj and didn't do so, there is no problem. Some people have promoted a fabricated narration
In which the Prophet SAW Selim was supposed to have said that whoever goes to Mecca and doesn't come and visit, the Mosque has
treated me badly. No, this is not authentic. Hajj is complete without visiting the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina.
However, it is highly recommended to get the rewards of prayer there.
But prayer in the mosque of Makkah.
Prayer at the Kaaba is worth 100,000 prayers elsewhere
100,000 times the prayers elsewhere so the reward is even
more great 100 times greater.
But if we love Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam that love
would cause us to want to go there
to pray in the mosque, which he built the first official mosque or actually the second verse was in Kuba but the major mosque his mosque built in Medina, we should want to go there
to experience prayer there
to remember his contribution to our faith
ask Allah's peace and blessings for him to pray for him. And he also told us that if we are to go out on a journey, we should only take journeys which are religious journeys to three masks,
the mask of Makkah, his mask, and the mask of Jerusalem.
With that their viewers we're going to take a break
and continue to look at the best in Islam after the break.
Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Welcome back from the break.
After looking at the greatness of
the mosque of the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him the great reward that is there.
We are encouraged as we said, to go and pray there also to remember the contribution of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.
A valid expression of our love for Him
and I love the deen we're now going to move on to another
element of greatness.
The best in terms of the Quran, what is the best part of the Quran?
Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam in another narration,
which was related to us by Anis Agni Malik. He stated that the Prophet SAW Solomon said of the Lord Qurani Alhamdulillah here up below Rabbil Alameen. The best part of the Quran is
the first verse of Surah Fatiha the opening chapter of the Quran, all praises due to Allah, the Lord of All the Worlds Alhamdulillah he probably Lila Alameen. And this reinforces a previous
principle of greatness that we spoke about
the heart which was grateful,
one of the best possessions that any human being can have a heart which is grateful.
And that relates back now to the greatest verse of the Quran, greatest part of the Quran.
The first verse of Psalm Fatiha which is Al hamdu, Lillahi Rabbil aalameen. So, this is addressing what, addressing the issue of gratitude here again
if we're able to bring gratitude into our lives,
so much peace, so much contentment, so much rest is there
are in gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala.
It gives us the drive and the protection, to be able to deal with the trials of life. We know we're faced with trials every day, from the time we get up in the morning till the time we go to bed at night, we are confronted with trials, how do we deal with them, we ultimately are able to deal with them through gratitude,
knowing that whatever trial comes to us, it's from Allah.
And at the same time that we're faced with this trial, we don't know how it is beneficial to us, but for sure, if Allah has caused this to happen to us, there is benefit in it.
And it is enough for us to thank Allah for all of the other events of our lives, which have been great blessings, it is enough
in order for us to accept whatever else Allah has written for us, in our lives, which may be one of the things we don't like.
But as Allah said, in the Quran, you may dislike something and it's good for you.
And you may like something and it's not good for you. And the law knows, and we don't know. So,
provides the foundation for handling trials and tribulation.
And that is why it is so highly regarded as a portion of the Quran. It is placed as the very first verse that we read in the Quran, beside from the Quran in our daily prayers. It was the practice of the Prophet Muhammad Salah Salem to
make su Judah Shaka
prostrations for gratitude regularly whenever God came.
And he reminded us so many times to be grateful and of course Allah, Most Great and Glorious, has told us in the Quran, Allah insha Khartoum, lazy Danna calm. If you are thankful, I will increase the blessings for which you are being thankful. That says promise that your thankfulness will cause more blessings to come.
And on the other hand, if we're ungrateful, his punishment is severe. That is what Allah says, well in Kfar tomb, in other militia did,
he calls in gratitude, Cofer.
And if you disbelieve, My punishment is severe. But he was talking about gratitude so rarely, in gratitude he has labeled the law is called disbelief. It's like disbelief is referred to as qu fronto Niyama.
This belief in
bounties which Allah has granted to us, we've rejected them, we don't recognize them, we forget them, we deny them.
When we are in times of difficulty,
trials, stress, depression, we make statements like that. There is no good in my life. All my life has been bad.
That frame of mind is the frame of mind which leads ultimately to disbelief.
So Allah tells us
be thankful and Allah will increase the good in our lives.
And that thankfulness is not only for Allah alone, because some people have the habit of saying, you know, when you do something for them, or people do something for them, instead of Thank you, you they say, I shook on it Allah.
Thanks belongs to Allah. Meaning I don't need to thank you because it's Allah who had you do it? Allah is the one behind all the good that comes to me. So no need to thank you. But this is not the way the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him told us man lamb Yosh Quran NAS la escuela whoever does not thank people does not truly thank Allah. You have to thank people.
Not because Allah really needs it. A lot doesn't need our Thanksgiving to people.
But people need it because
cuz it's human nature that if you do good for people, and they don't thank you, you feel they're ungrateful. So when the time comes when they have a need to do something again, you will not do it. Because this person is ungrateful. They don't recognize you for having done and they good for them. So why make the effort? Why strive, why struggle to try to help them and do good for them when they're ungrateful.
So this is an attitude that people develop when you don't thank them. So, the prophet make us peace and blessings be upon him, made it a condition for us that we must thank people for going to thank Allah, we must thank people, because Allah's blessings come through those people.
And if we want it to continue, we need to thank those people. So he has made it an obligation on us, to thank people for the good that they do. It serves as encouragement for them to do more good. Because if you're thankful situation arises again, then they will happily help you. Because you are thankful. So having this thankful, attitude or character is very, very important in life in general.
It is the foundation of our faith. It's also the foundation of good relations with our fellow human beings, where we are grateful for whatever good they do for us. That increases their willingness to do more. And it encourages them to help others.
it is our responsibility
to show them gratitude. Because Prophet Muhammad wa sallam had said, we are not truly grateful to Allah, if we don't thank the people who Allah has chosen to bring good for us in our lives. So with that, the viewers would like to thank you for being with us, in this segment of our program, the best in Islam.
And we've been looking at the principles of gratitude.
It being the foundation of our faith,
it being the best of the Quran,
thankfulness, gratitude to Allah subhanho wa taala.
And it's a part of making a law most dear to us in our lives.
If we're not grateful,
then how can Allah be the most dear to us. And as the problems are solved, said, We will not taste the sweetness of faith until Allah and His messenger are most dear to us. We love them more than anything else. So gratitude
is a characteristic that we all need.
It is the Savior from depression.
So I ask Allah to bless us all with gratitude, and to make our lives better, and to keep us on the correct path. And with that, I bid you farewell from our program, the best in Islam, and I hope that you will be with us in our coming episodes. Salaam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh