Ta’leem and Tarbiyat Series #15
Qur’aan and Tafseer
“And fear that Day when no one will be able to meet a demand on behalf of anyone else, nor will anyone be able to speak on behalf of another, nor will bail be taken on anyone’s behalf and nor will any alliance be of avail.” (Surah Baqarah, 48)
That Day will be the Day of Qiyaamat [Resurrection]. All forms of mutual assistance will be of no avail on that Day when Imaan is missing. A person, for instance, will not be able to give his Salaat or Saum to another from whom this is demanded, nor will he be able to intercede on behalf of his friend or brother, nor will he possess wealth on that Day to bail out anyone and no one will be able to offer physical assistance by shielding or rescuing another from Allah Ta’ala’s chastisement. With Imaan and with the permission of Allah Ta’ala, however, intercession will take place. (Bayaanul Qur’aan)
Hadeeth and Tafseer
Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was gentle. He was not harsh and nor was he an insulter. (Nashrut Teeb)
Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:
“He who is a Muslim, has been granted adequate sustenance and is contented with what Allah has given him has definitely attained success. (Muslim – Mishkaat)
A Muslim – one who is obedient to his Creator and Deity, Allah Ta’ala – who has been sustained with halaal and adequate sustenance relieving him from becoming engrossed in this world and he is contented, in fact grateful for what Allah Ta’ala has granted him and happy over the decree of Allah, has achieved success in his worldly life. (Mirqaat)
Fiqh and Masaail
- Someone enquired whether it was permissible to wish for Ramadhaan to have only 29 days. Hazrat Thanwi (Rahmatullahi alaih) responded: “Less effort and full reward; what is bad in such a desire? Hard work is not a goal in itself.”
- It is not permissible for a Hafiz who recited Taraweeh to receive remuneration for his Taraweeh recital. His Salaat will not be accepted if he takes a fee or ‘gifts’ for his Taraweeh performance.
Tasawwuf and Sulook
- The continuous flow of good deeds from us is purely a Gift from Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala has created an urge within you which drives you to carry out the good practice. We should, therefore, never become bloated over our good deeds. Rather, we should be grateful and humble.
- There is not gainsaying that eagerness (shauq) is a divine gift. But there are volitional ways of instilling eagerness as well. If someone lacks heaven-sent eagerness, he should adopt the ways to acquire eagerness. Although, then too, the acquisition will be Allah-given, nevertheless Allah Ta’ala has made means available to volitionally earn the divine bestowal. And, the object is the divine bestowal, irrespective of it being conferred without effort or after having made effort. Thus, be it natural eagerness or eagerness acquired through the adoption of the means the objective is in both cases achieved.