Sat 21 Sep 2019
Abu Arwa Ali
- On the authority of Abu Malik al-Harith bin Asim al-Asharee (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Purification is half of iman (faith). ‘Al-hamdu lillah’ fills the scales, and ‘subhan-Allah and ‘Al-hamdulillah’ fill that which is between heaven and earth. And the Prayer is a Nuur (light), and charity is a proof, and patience is a Dhiyaa (light), and the Qur’an is a proof for you or against you. Every person starts his day as a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or destroying it.” [Muslim]
- The explanation of this hadith is split into 8 parts
- Previous lesson we covered (Parts 1-5)
- The virtue of Praising Allah and Glorifying Allah
- The importance and virtue of the Prayer
Part 6: “…and the Qur’an is a proof for you or against you”
- Why was the Qur’an revealed?
- The primary objective behind the Qur’an was not just to recite it, rather it requires one to understand its verses and act upon them
- To some Muslims, the Qur’an is just a decoration in the house or sometimes people recite it to commit innovation, this is incorrect
- Importance of acting upon the Qur’an
- What did the Prophet (ﷺ) mean by this statement?
Part 7: “Every person starts his day as a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or destroying it.”
- What does it mean that everybody starts their day as a vendor of their soul?
- How do you free you soul?
- How does one destroy his or her soul?
Part 8: Summary of Benefits
- 1. The virtue of Purification
- 2. The Prophet (ﷺ) highlighted the virtue of praising Allah and glorifying Him
- 3. Belief in the Scales on the Day of Judgement has been affirmed
- 4. The virtue of the Prayer
- 5. The virtue of Charity
- 6. The virtue of Patience
- 7. Encouragement to give importance to the Qur’an
- 8. Cautioning against being neglectful concerning the Qur’an
- 9. An encouragement towards every righteous deed
- 10. A warning against every evil action
- Abu Dharr Al-Ghifārī – may Allah be pleased with him -said: the Prophet (ﷺ) mentioned from what he narrates from his Lord the Mighty and Sublime- that He said: “O my servants, I have restrained Myself from oppression, and have made it prohibited amongst you; so, do not oppress one another. O my servants, all of you lack guidance except whom I guide: so, seek guidance of me and I shall guide you. O my servants, you are all hungry except whom I feed; so, seek food of me and I shall feed you. O my servants, you are all naked except whom I clothe; seek clothing of me and I shall clothe you. O my servants, you err in the night and day, and I forgive all sins; so, seek forgiveness of me and I shall forgive you. O my servants, you all are incapable of bringing harm to Me such that you may harm Me and you are incapable of benefitting Me such that you may provide Me benefit. O my servants were the first of you and the last of you; the men of you and the jinn of you to be as the heart of the most pious one amongst you; that will not increase anything of My kingdom. O my servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the men of you and the jinn of you to be as the heart of the worst one amongst you; that will not reduce anything from My kingdom. O my servants were the first of you and the last of you; the men of you and the jinn of you to stand on a plain and you all supplicate to me and I grant everyone what he has asked; that will not reduce anything from what I have except what reduces from the sea if a needle is dipped in it. O my servants, it is but your actions; I keep record of them for you, and then, I will recompense you with it as is due. So, whoever finds good should give thanks and praise to Allah; and whoever finds other than that, let him blame no one but himself.” [Muslim]
- The explanation of this hadith is split into 10 parts