How to Earn the Love of Allah

How to Earn the Love of Allah

Two aspects of having a close relationship with anyone is love and a well ingrained desire to do what makes them happy.

The more you know someone and the more you like about what you know about them are the two factors which decide how much love you will have for him or her. When talking about God we have previously discussed all of the compassion He shows us without us having done one thing for Him. God refers to Himself by the word Al-Wadud which we can try to translate as the deeply loving and affectionate.

And He is the Forgiving and the Loving (Al-Wadud). (Al-Buruj 85:14)

Secondly, He has sent prophets with revelation that we may properly know Him and how to earn His love. For example God says:

Say, If you really love God then follow me (Muhammad) and God will love you and forgive you your sins and God is Most Forgiving and Most Merciful. (Aal `Imran 3:31)

We can get an idea of how to earn the love of God in many other verses. Here are some of them:

…And (sincerely) do good deeds. Indeed God loves those who do good deeds. (Al-Baqarah 2:195)

…Surely God loves those who repent as well as those who purify themselves. (Al-Baqarah 2:222)

And of course, whoever fulfills his commitment and is conscious of God (and his responsibility to Him) then indeed, God loves the God-Conscious. (Aal `Imran 3:76)

…And God loves the patient and steadfast. (Aal `Imran 3:146)

And consult with your companions (in decision making). Then when you have made a decision rely upon God. Certainly, God loves those who rely upon Him. (Aal `Imran 3:159)

And if you judge, judge between them with justice. Indeed, God loves the just. (Al-Ma’idah 5:42)

God Almighty also teaches us who He doesn’t love so that we will know how to avoid His anger and punishment in this life and the Hereafter:

Fight for the sake of God those who fight you. And do not transgress. Indeed God does not like the transgressors. (Al-Baqarah 2:190)

…God does not like corruption. (Al-Baqarah 2:205)

God calls for the abolishment of usury and interest and gives increase (in reward) to charities. Indeed, God doesn’t like all sinful disbelievers. (Al-Baqarah 2:276)

Say, obey God and His Messenger and if they turn away then (know) God doesn’t like the ungrateful. (Aal `Imran 3:32)

God Almighty makes it the key aspect of His relationship between Him and us and He warns that those who would leave Islam are those who obviously don’t love Him. Their leaving His message will not affect him at all it is just them failing the test of life by giving into their ignorance and desires. Indeed God will bring another group whom He love and who love Him:

O you who believe, whoever among you turns away from Islam, then know that God will bring forth in place of them a people He will love and they will love Him. (Al-Ma’idah 5:54)

The Purpose of Life

God told us in the Qur’an that our relationship with Him and our purpose/test in life is based upon knowing Him and living a life of dedicated service to Him:

And I did not create the Jinn and Mankind except that they would worship/serve Me. (Adh-Dhariyat 51:56)

The whole universe is in submission to the will of the Almighty. The trait that raises Mankind’s status above the rest is in the gift of intelligence.

He will have to use that intelligence to submit to God by his own choice and reject his own personal (animalistic desires). If he does submit, then he has truly put God before himself and realized the ultimate reality and purpose in life. That is to come to know God and serve Him. Then we will begin to shine the light of God upon the earth so that the rest of mankind may realize it.

In glorifying His remembrance and living a life of constant worship, we fulfill the purpose of life which will lead to a state of peace and tranquility.

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The article is an excerpt from the author’s book “The Foundations of Islamic Faith”, Islam Presentation Committee (IPC), Kuwait (2008). 

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Islam: The Religion of All Prophets

Islam: The Religion of All Prophets

Indeed every human on earth is obligated to be one who submits to Allah, is obedient to Him, following what He enjoined and avoiding what He forbade irrespective of differences in time or place, however when people changed their religion and began to follow their whims and desires they departed from the truth and began to follow falsehood.

Islam: The Religion of All Prophets

The religion of Allah that all Prophets came with was Islam.

So Allah the Exalted sent Messengers to take people by the hand and direct them to the path of guidance and truth and to return them to belief in the Oneness of Allah and his worship, as Allah has said:

And We sent not before you any messenger except that We revealed to him that, ‘There is no deity except Me, so worship Me’. (Al-Anbiyaa’ 21:25)

So whoever responded to their call deserved to be called “Muslim” which Allah the Exalted called all of His slaves when He said:

It is He (Allah) who has named you Muslims before… (Al-Hajj 22:78)

The Qur’an has also explained to us that the message of all Prophets was to invite to Islam and whoever followed them was from amongst the Muslims. In regards to the Prophet Noah (peace be upon him) the Qur’an states:

And I have been commanded to be among the Muslims. (Yunus 10:72)

And in regards to the Prophet Abraham and Ishmael (peace be upon them):

Our Lord! and make us Muslims and of Our offspring a Muslim nation for you. (Al-Baqarah 2:128)

And in regards to the Prophet Jacob’s (peace be upon him) advice to his children the Qur’an states:

Or were you witnesses when death approached Jacob, when he said to his sons, ‘What will you worship after me?’ They said: “We will worship your God and the God of your fathers, Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac – one God. And we are Muslims (in submission) to Him. (Al-Baqarah 2:133)

And in regards to the Prophet Moses (peace be upon him)

And Moses said: ‘O My people! If you have believed In Allah, Then put Your trust in Him if you are Muslims’ (those who submit to Allah’s Will). (Yunus 10:84)

And in regards to the Prophet Joseph (peace be upon him)

Cause me to die as a Muslim (the one submitting to Your will), and join me with the righteous. (Yusuf 12:101)

And in regards to the Prophet Solomon (peace be upon him) the Qur’an states:

Be not haughty against Me, but come to Me as Muslims (true believers who submit to Allah with full submission). (An-Naml 27:31)

And in regards to the Prophet Lot (peace be upon him):

And We found not within them other than a (single) house of Muslims. (Adh-Dhariyat 51:36)

And in regards to the disciples of Jesus (peace be upon him):

Verily, the Religion with Allah is Islam Then when Jesus came to know of their disbelief, He said: “Who will be my helpers In Allah’s Cause?” The disciples said: “We are the helpers of Allah; we believe In Allah, and bear witness that we are Muslims (i.e. we submit to Allah). (Aal `Imran 3:52)

One Religion

So the invitation of the Prophets was an invitation to Islam because their Lord was one and their religion was one even if their sacred laws differed somewhat as we will explain in the upcoming chapters. The Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) said:

“The prophets are paternal brothers, their mothers are different but their religion is one.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Therefore the religion of Allah that all prophets came with was Islam. Allah says in the Qur’an:

Truly, the Religion with Allah is Islam. (Aal `Imran 3:19)

And Allah will not accept any religion from his creation other than that of Islam as He said in the Qur’an:

And whoever seeks a Religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and In the Hereafter He will be one of the losers. (Aal `Imran 3:85)

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The article is excerpted from the book “A Beneficial Summary of Rulings for New Muslim”, published by The Ministry of Endowments & Islamic Affairs, Kuwait- 2nd Edition 1436/2015.

 

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From a Former Opera Singer to Islam

From a Former Opera Singer to Islam

Brother `Abdul-nur, a former opera singer from Spain, has converted to Islam. How did he accept Islam, and why? Here is the story:

I spent years searching for spirituality metaphysics, and meaningful philosophies.  Nearly 17 years later – when I was 40, I met a man speaking about spirituality, but with very deep, profound and meaningful sentences. I was curious to know what he was, what is his source. There was something different and deep in his words… where did he read this!

And almost after a year I found he is Muslim, but he never spoke about Islam. Then I asked him directly: “where did you read this?” He told me, “It’s from the Qur’an.”

At this point, I had a crack in my mind. My thoughts about Islam had nothing to do with religion. I thought Muslims are a sect in the desert. I knew nothing about the Qur’an. He told me it is the Last Testament; the last word of God. I returned home and spoke to my wife about what I heard. Then we both decided to embrace and this was the beginning.

Twenty years now he and his wife are Muslims.

Listen to brother `Abdul-nur to learn more about his life after being Muslim and listen to him calling the adhan

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Source: Digital Mimbar

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Things That Invalidate Your Sadaqah

Things That Invalidate Your Sadaqah

By: Sayyid Saabiq

It is unlawful for the one giving sadaqah to remind the recipient of his generosity, to reproach him, or to make a show with his sadaqah. Allah warns:

Things That Invalidate Your Sadaqah

Allah does not accept sadaqah if it is from what is unlawful.

O you who believe! Do not invalidate your sadaqah by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like those who spend their property to be seen by men. (Al-Baqarah 2:264)

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “There are three (types of people). Allah shall not speak to them, notice them, or sanctify them; and for them is a grievous penalty.” Abu Dhar inquired: “O Messenger of Allah, who are the ones gone wrong and astray?” He replied: “Those who through conceit lengthen their garments to make them hang on the ground, who give nothing without reproach, and who sell their merchandise swearing untruthfully (to its quality).”

Giving What is Unlawful as Sadaqah

Allah does not accept sadaqah if it is from what is unlawful. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “O people! Allah is good and accepts only good, and He has instructed the believers through the Messengers. Allah, the Mighty and the Majestic, says: “O Messengers! Consume what is good and work righteously. I am well-acquainted with what you do”. (Al-Mu’minun 23:51) He also calls upon (you): “O you who believe! Consume of the good that We have provided for you” (Al-Baqarah 2:172). Then (the Messenger) mentioned a man who had traveled for a long time. Unkempt and covered in dust, he raised his hands to the heavens (and cried): “O my Lord! O my Lord!’ His food was unlawful, his drink was unlawful, his clothing was unlawful, and what he had provided to sustain himself with was also unlawful. How could his invocation be accepted?” (Muslim)

Also: “If one gives a date bought from honestly earned money (and Allah accepts only good), Allah accepts it in His right hand and enlarges (its rewards) for its owner (as one rears his foal) until it becomes as big as a mountain.” (Al-Bukhari)

Sadaqah of the wife from the property of her husband

It is permissible for the wife to give sadaqah from her husband’s holdings if she knows that he would not mind. However, it is unlawful if she is not sure of this: It is related from `A’ishah that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “When a wife gives something as sadaqah from the food of her home without causing any waste, she will get the reward for what she has given. Her husband will be rewarded for what he has earned, and the keeper (if any) will be similarly rewarded. The one does not reduce the reward of the other in any way.” (Al-Bukhari)

Abu Umamah reports that he had heard the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, saying in a sermon during the year of the Farewell Pilgrimage: “The wife should not spend anything from the household of her husband without his permission.” He asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Not food either?” He said: “That is the most excellent of our holdings.” (At-Tirmidhi)

Of small things which she is in the habit of giving, no permission from her husband is called for: It is related from Asmaa’, daughter of Abu Bakr, that she said to the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace: “Zubayr is a well-off man. A man in need approached me and I gave him sadaqah from my husband’s household without his permission.” The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said: “Give what you are in the habit of giving of what is small, and do not store property away, for Allah shall withhold his blessings from you.” (Ahmad, Al-Bukhari, and Muslim)

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The article is an excerpt from the author’s translated book “Fiqh Us Sunnah”.

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Rights & Responsibilities in the Life of a Muslim

Rights & Responsibilities in the Life of a Muslim

Islam is built on rights and responsibilities, and it is one of the beautiful features of Islam.

Allah says in the Qur’an:

O you who believe! fulfill (all) obligations. (Al-Ma’idah 5:1)

So, what are our responsibilities as Muslims? And what right do we have?

Sheikh Tim Humble speaks about this in the video below…

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Source: Digital Mimbar

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How to Raise Truthful Children

How to Raise Truthful Children

By Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Islam commands that in the hearts of the children the seeds of the greatness and importance of truth be sown, so that they may grow up and develop on truth and may become young in its lap; and they may give it its due place in their talks.

How to Raise Truthful Children

Adoption of straight dealing and telling the truth has been very strictly insisted upon in Islam.

`Abdullah ibn `Aamir said: “once my mother called me when the Prophet was present in my house. My mother asked me to come and said that she would give me a certain thing. He asked what did she want to give? She said that she wanted to give me a date (fruit). The Prophet said: “If you had not given him this date, then the committing of a falsehood would have been entered into your record of deeds”. (Abu Dawud)

Abu Hurayrah says that the Prophet has said:

“Anybody who called a child saying that he would give him a certain thing, and did not give it, then it is a lie.” (Ahmad)

It is worth noting that in what a wise way the Prophet has instructed his followers to train their children in such a manner that they should consider truth and straight dealing respectable things and should avoid telling lies. Had the Prophet ignored these things and had not emphatically reminded about them, then there was a danger that the children on growing up would not have considered telling lies as sin.

Adoption of straight dealing and telling the truth has been very strictly insisted upon, so much so that it has been enjoined upon to take care about this in even small household matters.

Asmaa’ bint Yazid narrates that she once asked the Messenger of Allah:

“If someone of us women stated that she had no desire to have a certain thing even though she had that desire, then would it be considered a lie?”

He replied: “Falsehood is written as falsehood, and a small falsehood is written as a small falsehood.” (Muslim)

Not to Tell a Lie Even in a Joke

The establisher of the Shari`ah (peace be upon him) has warned of all the occasions where falsehood can be used and the adverse consequences of the same, so much so that it is not possible for even an ordinary enforcer to misguide the people about the reality or to lessen its importance.

A man tends to make false statements in cutting jokes, thinking that on the occasions of entertaining people there is nothing wrong if baseless information is given or false and imaginary events are related. But Islam, which considers providing relief to hearts as permissible, has fixed only those methods proper and permissible which are within that: limits of truth, because halal is much broader than haram and that truth is independent of falsehood. Allah’s Messenger has said:

“Death for the man who indulges in story-telling in order to make some people laugh and for that he relies on falsehood. There is death for him, there is destruction for him.” (At-Tirmidhi)

In another hadith it is stated:

“I give guarantee of a house in the middle of Paradise for the man who has given up falsehood, though he was required to indulge in humor.” (Al-Bayhaqi)

The Prophet has said:

“A believer cannot have complete faith unless he gives up falsehood in his jokes and debates though in all other matters he speaks the truth.” (Ahmad)

This is our daily observation that people give full rein to their tongues in the matter of humorous talks to make others laugh, and do not hesitate to spread the tales and stories invented by friends or foes only for the purpose of getting some pleasure or for pulling some one’s leg, when the world has absolutely prohibited such a wrong policy, and this is a fact that this kind of entertainment and amusements and false acts create enmities and rivalries,

Avoid Exaggeration in Praise

Some peoples when they praise somebody, go to the extent of exaggerating and making false statements. For a Muslim it is necessary that when he praises somebody he should do it to the extent to which he knows about that man, he should avoid exaggeration and falsehood in showering praises of the praised one, although he may be deserving of the praises, for exaggeration is a kind of falsehood which has been forbidden,

To a person who was praising the Prophet, he said: “Do not indulge in exaggeration while praising me, as the Christians did in the case of Ibn Maryam (Christ). I am only a slave. So only say that he is a slave of Allah and His Messenger.” (Al-Bukhari)

A group of such people is always found who lick the boots of the leaders and rulers of the country and praise them to heaven. The main purpose of their lives is to compose very lengthy panegyric poems or to write long-drawn essays in praise of their benefactors.

Thus, they try to make a mountain of the molehill and place an unknown person in the palace of fame. Sometimes they do not even hesitate to call the tyrant rulers as standard bearers of justice and coward and chicken hearted soldiers as brave and lion-hearted fighters. Their only purpose in this is to earn wealth.

This is the worst kind of falsehood. Allah’s Messenger has counseled us to totally reject them and expose them till they give up their wrong practices.

Abu Hurayrah says that the Prophet has commanded us that we should throw dust in the face of those who indulge in exaggeration in their praises. (At-Tirmidhi)

The commentators have pointed out that the persons mentioned here are those who make exaggeration as their habit and through this try to earn gifts and presents from the praised ones but those persons who praise the performers of good acts with a view to encouraging them and to inciting others to follow their example are not meant.

The limits where a Muslim stops and which keep him distinct from the bootlickers and the exaggerators are: that he praises his benefactor or a good person, but he does not let him indulge in vanity and pride. These limits have been clarified by the Prophet.

Abu Bakr narrates that a man praised someone in the presence of Allah’s Messenger and the Prophet told him:

“Fie on you, you have separated the head of your companion,” He repeated these words and then said: “If someone wants to praise his brothers then if he is aware of the facts then he should say that I think he is such and such and Allah is the real Knower, and there is none purer and innocent than Allah; I consider him bearer of these qualities.” (Al-Bukhari)

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The article is excerpted from the book  “Muslim Character” , an American-English translation of Muhammad Al-Ghazali’s Khuluq Al-Muslim

 

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