About Nifaaq/Hypocrisy

March 31, 2009 at 6:22 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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All praise is due to Allah. All allegiance belongs to Prophet Muhammad [صلى الله عليه و سلم]. The religion brought forth by him is the best religion. By following the path laid down by him, Al-Islam, we can achieve the best destiny in the Akhirah: Jannah.

However, simply being a Muslim isn’t enough. As Muslims we are always at risk of falling into Nifaaq, or Hypocrisy. Nobody can be a Hypocrite except someone who calls himself/herself Muslim, because all others are Disbelievers. But the Hypocrites – the Muslims who do not take Islam seriously enough – will be lower than the Disbelievers in Hell.

Therefore, we should always be cautious of falling into this grave sin.

If anyone of us thinks that we can’t, then look at the example of Umar ibn al-Khattab: When the revelation came down to Prophet Muhammad [صلى الله عليه و سلم] revealing who the Hypocrites were, he told one of his close Sahabah to write down the names. When Umar ibn al-Khattab heard of this, he rushed, in a panic to the Sahabi. Why? To find out if his name was on the list!

Umar ibn al-Khattab.

Al-Farooq.

Ameer ul-Mu’mineen.

When he walked one way, Shaytan walked another, trying to avoid him.

This man was worried that he would be on the list of Hypocrites? He was promised entry into Jannah!

The Prophet [صلى الله عليه و سلم] said: “If there were to be a prophet after me it would be Umar ibn al-Khattab.

And HE was worried that he might be a Hypocrite? Allahu Akbar.

Who are we, then, to think for even a second that we’re safe from Hypocrisy? InshaAllah, let’s pray that Allah saves us from Nifaaq, and let’s make sure we do our part by avoiding it as best we can.

Here are some signs of the Hypocrite, so that we may be careful:

The Prophet Muhammad [صلى الله عليه و سلم] said, “Four traits whoever possesses them is a hypocrite and whoever possesses some of them has an element of hypocrisy until he leaves it: (1) the one who when he speaks he lies, (2) when he promises he breaks his promise, (3) when he disputes he transgresses and (4) when he makes an agreement he violates it.

In this regard Prophet Muhammad [صلى الله عليه و سلم] said: “The signs of a hypocrite are three: (1) when he speaks, he lies; (2) when he gives an agreement, he does not fulfill his commitment; (3) and when he is entrusted, he betrays the trust.” (Reported by Abu Hurayra)

For this reason Prophet Muhammad [صلى الله عليه و سلم] informed us that a hypocrite is a mischievous person. He said: “You will find that the worst person is double-faced; he meets one group of people with one side of his face, while another with the other side.” (Reported by Abu Hurayra)

Maqdis

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Define Religious

March 16, 2009 at 8:57 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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السلام عليكم

بسمالله الرحمان الرحيم

Religious isn’t defined by how many prayers you pray, or how many duas you make. It certainly isn’t defined by how long you wear your kufi or that hijab on your head. Nor is it by how short your thoab is or how long your beard is. You may have worn jilbab from the age of 8, and read Quran from the age of 4, but look at yourself now, is that defined religious? It’s the little things that make up religious. Of course a jilbab and hijab will help you in trying to be a good Muslim, but religious isn’t limited to that.

I’ve grown up with people who think that they are religious if they wear a jilbab, pray 5 times a day, read their duas and Quran daily, and not listen to music. Yes, that may be called “religious” but only to a certain point. What if those same people gossip with their friends, not like the idea of niqab, have racial ignorance in them, and deprive their children from so many things just so they’ll be “safe” from the harms of this world? What if they reject the idea of Salafism, when the Salafis were the closest to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam?

They limit their deen what I said above. They think there is nothing more to the deen, and don’t strive to be better. Allahu a’lam what is exactly in their hearts, but I am talking about general people who do such things. Don’t think that you should stop at your beard. No, go to wearing a thoub! Don’t stop at your jilbab, go to niqab! Don’t stop at the additional sunnah prayers, go to tahajjud! Don’t stop at fasting once a month, fast every Monday and Thursday of every week!

Strive ya Muslimeen, strive for the sake of Allah. Make every little thing you do, for the sake of Allah subhana wata’ala. Don’t stop at good, continue on to great. Allah will reward you more. Get the ignorance out of your hearts because Islam has no limits, and to this day there hasn’t been a perfect Muslim since the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam’s time, but we can keep trying to get close to that stage one day bi’idhnillah.

May Allah increase our iman and grant us sabr and strength. Ameen thumma ameen.

– Saifa

Gossip and Doubt

March 5, 2009 at 5:26 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

[49:12] O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting) . And fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.

“Did you hear about her? She’s a fake!”

“What are you talking about?”

“Dude, she’s not who she is at all, she may even be made up!”

Although these were just lines from an instant messenger conversation, I could hear the words being whispered through out the night. They were letters floating around, trailing me like a trail of star dust. Harmless letters turned into poisonous darts. That’s what every bad word you say in your brother’s name turns to. Poisonous darts.

Do you realize every word of bad you speak behind your brother’s back is equivalent to a bite of your brother’s dead flesh? Take a second to ponder how awful that must taste. Imagine eating raw chicken. Worse. Spoiled raw chicken that’s been left out in the kitchen for a couple of days. Imagine the smell. And the insects crawling all over. Do you want to be doing anything at all that is equivalent to the above scenario?? If you are human enough, I am sure your answer is no.

Doubting your brother and being suspicious of him is a sin itself. We judge and doubt our brothers so quickly. Just a thought of doubt is a sin. And how many times do we do this everyday? How many times do we doubt Ali when he says he did pray Asr? How many times have we doubted Mariam when she told us she was at the library? Allahu a’lam. Maybe she lied and wasn’t at the library, maybe she was out with that brother from her History class, but who are we to doubt others and be suspicious of them? Who are we to talk about others when we make more mistakes and sins then the person we are talking about? Who are we to talk about someone else’s sins when we ourselves are committing sins at that very moment?

Those are the thoughts that were going through my head after thinking more and more about the instant messenger conversation. Maybe it was true… maybe she isn’t who she is, but who am I to doubt her? Allahu a3lam, Allah knows. I know one thing, I will continue treating this girl like I always have, and I will never force her to explain herself, but if she decides to tell me this “truth” one day, alhamdulillah. And if there is no other truth, alhamdulillah. I wouldn’t want people talking about me the same way they talk about her.

May Allah remove doubt and any suspicious feelings and thoughts from our hearts and minds. May Allah remove these poisonous darts from our tongues. May He better us as Muslims. Ameen ya rab.

*Brother is used as a general gender for both males and females.


-Saifa

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