Monday, 13 February 2012

Religion is sincerity, caring and helping

When one observes the Prophetic life, and indeed the life of all the Prophets, one sees a profound care for people, profound sincerity, and profound help.

They gave their lives for the sake of Allah Most High, trying to fulfil their mission of leading the people to heaven and saving them from hell. They faced much oppression and hostility, even from their own family, yet they persevered in the truth with patience, will and endurance, not sacrificing the truth at all. They didn't ask for any reward from people, their reward is from Allah Most High only.

Indeed the Prophets often said: And I do not ask you for it any payment. My payment is only from the Lord of the worlds.(26:127)

We should aim to to look at people, look at their best interests (in terms of the next world), and help them in achieving those best interests. We should put other people ahead of ourselves and work selflessly to benefit them, and not seek reward from them. Our reward should be from Allah Most High, so that if the people don't listen, and reject us, then our reward still exists with Allah Most High.

The Holy Prophet showed his concern and sincerity when he said:
, "The metaphor of me and people is like a man who lights a fire and the and moths and these creatures begin to fall into the fire." (Bukhari)

Do not be disheartened by what the people say against Islam, or against the truth that you preach. But rather know that you have to fulfil your duty of commanding the right and forbidding the evil. The reward of that is great.

Even if people don't appreciate your help, or they stop being your friend or cut the ties of family, you should still try to help them. You don't help them for their sake, but for Allah's sake. You want to please Him, and He is pleased by those who seek his path. 

He said:  - And those who strive for Us - We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good. (Surat Al-`Ankabut [verse 69])

So with that, I present an article and Hadith I love:
Giving Good Cousel And Advice

The Messenger of Allah  said, "Religion (dîn) is sincerity (nasiha) (corrective advice, good counsel and sincere conduct). The dîn is nasiha. The dîn is nasiha." They asked, "To whom, Messenger of Allah?" He said, "To Allah and His Book and His Messenger and the Imams (leaders) of the muslims and the common people."[*]
To counsel and to be sincere with someone as in the Quranic verse:
wa innâ lahu la-nâSiHûn }

And we are good friends of him
| And most surely we are his sincere well-wishers.
Quran, sura Yusuf (12) verse 11

Religion is sincerity – meaning: “religion is hinged upon sincerity”, or “religion depends on sincerity.”
It is obvious that religion and sincerity are not synonymous to one another, and by turning to the tools of Arabic rhetoric and style we understand that a word must be added in order to understand the sentence. In Arabic this is known as 'idmar', or interpolation. The most commonly accepted meaning is “religion is hinged upon sincerity”, while other possibilities include: “Religion in its complete form is sincerity”, or “Religion ... one of its conditions is sincerity”.
• sincerity – in Arabic nasihah, which means “sincerity” as well as “advice”, and here is perhaps best understood as “sincere counsel”.
• towards Allah – by believing in Him, establishing what is obligatory, thanking Him, and bringing people to do this.
• His book – by learning it, acting according to it, and guiding people to this.
• His Messenger – Muhammad bin `Abd Allah MHMD Allah bless him and give him peace - by following him, assisting him, and defending him.
• the leaders of the Muslims – those responsible for their affairs, by respecting them and obeying their orders in what pleases Allah and His Messenger MHMD Allah bless him and give him peace ; O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those of you who are in authority” (Sura Al-Nisa', 4:59), and by correcting them when they err.
• their common folk – by guiding them to what contains their happiness in the Dunya and the Akhira, and offering them assistance and protection.

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