Characteristics of the people of Paradise– 3:134

A perfect world.

The “every man’s dream”.

Allah swt promises us this perfect world and tells us about “….a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous” (Surah Ale Imran 3:133)

The magnificent creation made for us by Our Lord.

Our merciful Lord tells us the characteristics we need to reach this splendid place,in the next verse

“Who spend [in the cause of Allah ] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good,” (Surah Ale Imran 3 :134)

But we need to beware of Shaitan and his tricks which are aimed at us falling short of being the people of Paradise.

Let’s see what they are and what tricks shaitan can play on us :

1. “spend [in the cause of Allah ] during ease and hardship” 3:134

The primary context that comes to our mind when we read this verse is our wealth.

But, Allah swt wants us to think more deeply as He uses the word “anfaq (spend)” in this verse and not “amwaal (wealth)” here.

Our time,resources, intelligence,beneficial knowledge, good manners are all part of our provision from Allah swt.

When we have the time, we visit the sick,are cordial to people, share the news of deals in the market, but when we are pressed for time,or going through a tough period in our lives, what do we do? We stop calling people, get irritable. when we feel that the sales are few, we don’t share the news with others, lest we lose out on the good stuff.

How much time,money,resources would we lose in making a quick call, or dropping a message or smiling even while rushing?A warm quick hug , donuts for the kids, sharing just one useful information on Facebook , putting one dollar instead of 5 in the donation box.

We must constantly strive to ‘spend” of our provisions as ” the most beloved of deeds to him was a righteous deed which a person persists in doing, even if it is something small.”(Ibn Majah : Vol. 1, Book 37, Hadith 4237)

But shaitan tries to trick us by trying his best to delude us painting the false picture of poverty(Surah Baqarah 2:268), or by trying to worry us about losing precious time.

Allah swt calls spending in His way a “loan to Him”, and He says , ” Who is it that would loan Allah swt a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah swt who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned.” (Surah Baqarah 2:245)

2.“restrain anger ” 3:134

To understand the depth of this characteristic, let’s see what these words in arabic mean.

“Kazim” literally means to suppress some thing, to close the mouth of a water container and “Ghaiz” means to express an anger in which the blood pressure shoots up. How we felt that surge of heat when some one made a belittling remark at us? or when some one quickly parked in our spot for which we had been patiently waiting? Or when our children just don’t seem clean up or our spouse seems inconsiderate?

There are three levels of “anger” with the lowest ranging from, just giving a “look”, to the moderate one being not smiling,and snapping back in retaliation , banging doors, yelling , stamping feet being the highest level.

Bitter words escape our mouth, wrongful actions are done by our limbs. And in the end, all that is left to gain is deep regret.

Shaitan does not want us to control our anger. He strokes our ego and fuels our emotions , so that we ,instead of letting go of that remark , we snap back in anger. Instead of moving on in that hurtful situation, we stay and fume, some times planning our revenge in anger, wasting both our time and energy.

But what does Allah swt want us to do at this time?

Allah swt wants us hold it, as His messenger (ﷺ) said, “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.” (Sahih al-Bukhari :Book 78, Hadith 141)

There is no sip greater in reward near Allah than the sip of anger; the servant suppresses it seeking the pleasure of Allah.” (Ibn Majah).

3.who pardon the people” – 3:134

“Afeen” in the arabic language is made up of the huroof, win , fa , wow.

These words mean, to to obliterate without any traces, forgo,forgive.

We see a beautiful selection of words by Allah swt here again. Instead of using the word “ghafireen” which means to “ protect, cover over, hide, forgive.

And forgiveness in the english language means “ the act of escaping a mistake or offense”.

The difference between the two arabic words powerfully impacts the act of the forgiveness.

Allah swt wants us not to just forgive, but to forgive in a manner, that obliterates all traces of the incident in our minds. So that we don’t hold any ill feelings in our hearts for the people who have been unjust to us.

Allah swt warns us that “…Indeed, Satan induces [dissension] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy.” (Surah Al Isra :53)

Shaitan, will try to fuel our emotions of hurt,anger, sorrow by reminding us about the incident again and again.

The key lies in consciously forgiving the person ,doing once’s best not to let oneself dwell in that incident and focusing on the reward that one gets for doing this.

“..and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Surah An Nur: 22)

Allah swt loves those people who forgive and HE forgives them their sins.

What can be better than His love and His forgiveness?

What we have to contemplate about is, “ what is more valuable to us, His love and forgiveness Or our anger and revenge”?

If the former is more precious to us, then the it is inconsequential whether the person deserves our anger and pardon or not.

Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excess [committed] in our affairs and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” 3:147

As appeared on Islamic Online University Blog ( http://blog.islamiconlineuniversity.com/characteristics-of-the-people-of-paradise/)

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The 7 Productive Goals for a day–Surah Al Fatiha

We all want to have a productive day. We strive hard in figuring out our interests and potential and learn to manage that precious commodity, time. We set goals and develop strategies to accomplish them.

Now, the point to ponder is, are these “goals” really aimed at gaining the Pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (glorified is He)?

What goals should we set for ourselves to achieve in a day that are aimed at gaining the pleasure of Allah (swt) and inching closer to Jannah (Paradise) insha’Allah (God willingly)?

Subhan’Allah (glory to God)!!  Allah (swt)—the Supreme Being—gives us the answer in 7 short ayahs (verses of the Qur’an) very aptly titled –“Al Fatiha—The Opening.”

Here goes:–

  1. Say Bismillah before beginning a task—In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful:Start each task with the name of Allah (swt). It increases barakah (blessings). Say Bismillah before eating, starting something new, entering the house etc.
  2. Thank Allah (swt) often—[All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds: A true believer is grateful in all circumstances. Look around you and acknowledge the blessings of Allah (swt) and thank Him for them each day. This very practical exercise will help in dealing with traumatic situations and fighting discontentment and increase the chances of leading a stress-free lifestyle.
  3. Be Kind—The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful: Allah (swt)‘s beautiful qualities of being Especially merciful and Entirely Merciful. We should try to adopt these qualities in our daily lives and be merciful and kind to the people around us. Be kind to your family, neighbors, and friends. Take a pot of chicken soup to someone with a cold, or give a ride to someone to the mosque or the halaqas (study circles) today. :)
  4. Remember the Day of Judgment—Sovereign of the Day of Recompense: Tell yourself each day that thisdunya (life, universe) is just “play and amusement” and very soon that day will come when Allah (swt) will recompense us for each good and bad deed done. This will insha’Allah assist us in balancing the dunya and the akhirah (Hereafter). Read Surah Mulk every night.
  5. Seek Only Allah (swt) for help—It is You we worship and You we ask for help: Remember Allah (swt) is only a du`a’ (supplication) away. The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said: “Man should call upon Allah alone to provide for all his needs, so much so that even if a shoe-lace is broken, he should pray to Allah to provide a shoe-lace, and if he needs salt, he should beseech Allah to send it to him.” [Tirmidhi] We know and accept thatonly Allah (swt) can help us during our hardships. We increase our reliance on Allah (swt) and make du`a’ and practice patience.
  6. Follow the Sunnah—Guide us to the straight path: Yahiya ibn Mu‘âdh (rahimahu Allâh, may God be pleased with him) said, “Renew your hearts with the remembrance of Allâh because it rushes into forgetfulness.” We should try each day to learn something new about the deen (religion). Learn a new sunnah (tradition) or Qur’anic ruling on some matter relating to your everyday life.
  7. Do righteous deeds and seek the company of the righteous—The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray: Make an effort to do good deeds and seek the company of those people who remember Allah (swt) when they meet. Listen attentively to the jumu`ah khutbah (Friday sermon) and attend halaqas (study circles).

The good news is that Allah (swt) reminds us of these goals at least 17 times a day; in every fard salah (mandatory prayer).

Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) for that  🙂

-originally published by an Islamic Lifestyle writer in suhaibwebb.com

http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/character/the-7-goals-for-a-productive-day-surah-fatiha/comment-page-1/#comment-83711

and reposted by Hadith of the Day at  http://www.hadithoftheday.com/inspiration/articles-and-interviews/productive-day/

Love each other for the sake of Allah swt: a Point Plus Program

Abû Hurayrah relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah will ask on the Day of Judgment: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, – on a day when there is no shade but mine – I shall shade them with My shade.” [Sahîh Muslim (2566)] 

“I love you for the sake of Allah”. This phrase has been used by me and by many others so many times. I recently attended a halaqa also on this topic and what struck me was the word “love”.

Something was amiss and I was very restless.

Yes I love a lot of people, but I do that because they are my family; blood, in law or through circumstances.

But the Messenger of Allah (s) in his statement does not make any exceptions. He (s) talks only about “loving each other for the sake of Allah”.

I was so confused when I looked around me and saw people using this statement yet exhibiting coldness in emotion, jealousy, betrayal in their attitude.

And then I looked up the word in the dictionary, as I think we sometimes really forget the “meaning” of the word we speak so casually.

Love means to have really strong feelings of affection for someone and to really like someone.

🙂

Now a different question perplexed me. Ok Alhamdulillah I really love some people, but here as I said earlier the Messenger of Allah (s) makes no exception.

So how to really love someone who hurt or betrayed me?!!!! And I like you desperately want that shade of Allah’s!!

After all the hurt and the discussion which unfortunately is labeled under the tag ” “gheebat”  in our Book Of Deeds settles down and the remorse sets in  i look for the answer to “how to truly love a person no matter what for the sake of Allah swt” and and then  alhamdullilah I came upon a simple Point Plus Program Guide for Truly Loving a Person for the Sake of Allah:

  1. Make the intention: no matter what I will “love “ this person for the sake of Allah swt as He wants me to  and I desperately want that shade on the day when there will be no shade but His.
  1. Acknowledge the struggle: None of us is perfect. Not me. Not you. Each day is an intense struggle with the nafs and this dunya to live life the way Allah wants us to live. Each one of us has different areas of weakness and strengths. Acknowledge the struggle and remember we are all “sisters (or brothers) in arms” against the shaitan.
  1. Identify the Good Areas: each one of us has some “good areas”. Something about a person that is good and we like. Identify it.
  1. Focus on it: once we have identified the good areas, focus on them alone. You must have seen a horse with the blinders around its eyes, to make it look only straight ahead. Become like that horse. Focus only on the good areas. Not easy. I agree but if done for the sake of Allah, then eventually it does become easy. Inshallah!!
  1. Seek refuge from the shaitan: something negative will happen to derail us. A nasty comment, a cold look, someone telling us about the bad the other person has said or done to us.  Seek refuge from Allah. Only He can help and anyways we are doing it only for His sake. So He will help us inshallah. And start at Point No 1 again : acknowledge the struggle a person makes.
  1. 6.     Remember no one is Perfect. Not you. Not me:  we are all struggling in this dunya for a better Akhirah. None of us is perfect and if we don’t help each other by being forgiving and understanding and sympathy,  then who will?

 

So lets help each other “love each other for the sake of Allah and be shaded by His shade on the day when there will be no shade but His.