Ta’leem and Tarbiyat Series #6
Qur’aan and Tafseer
“These are the people who are on the right road (shown to them) by their Rabb,
and these are the people who are in all respects successful.”
(Surah Baqarah, 5)
Here, Allah Ta’ala has stated two rewards for the Muslims. One is worldly, i.e. it is in this world – “on the right road (shown to them) by their Rabb” – and the second reward is Ukhrawi, i.e. it will occur in the Aakhirat – “these are the people who are in all respects successful”. From this we learn that the prime reward for Muslims in this world is ‘hidaayat’ which is to be on the straight path. Thus to have ‘hidaayat’ is to be gifted with exceptional Rahmat and comfort.
Hadeeth and Sunnah
Describing in further detail the physical features of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) the Sahaabi, Hind Bin Abi Haalah (Radhiyallahu anhu) continues:
“He was broad-backed, had large joints, was fair-skinned, a line of hair ran from his chest to his navel, his chest was not fully covered with hair, his forearms, arms and upper chest had proportionate hair…” (Nashrut Teeb)
Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:
“Verily the Believer will face retribution for his wrongdoings in this world in the form of ordeals, hardships, trials, and disasters until he reaches the Aakhirah with no wrongdoing left for him to account for.” (Mirqaat)
Fiqh and Masaail
1. Laymen have passed their own ‘fatwa’ that it is proper to usurp the wealth of the kuffaar in any way possible. This is witnessed in the dereliction of duty when travelling. It is waajib to fulfil the terms of a contract. When the contract states that no one is allowed to take luggage in excess of fifteen kilograms [for instance] then even being slightly overweight will not be permissible in view of this constituting a breach of contract. People erroneously think that the wealth of the kuffaar is up for grabs. This is wrong.
2. When an animal dies a natural death it becomes napaak (impure). Its bones and skin however, that is those parts which never have life in them, can be purified by eliminating all moisture from them. The leftover milk in the udders is paak (pure) and permissible to consume.
Tasawwuf and Sulook
• The remedy for feeling proud is to bear in mind that we are not aware of the next man’s rank in the Eyes of Allah Ta’ala, and to furthermore keep before oneself one’s faults. “It is possible that the next person has a virtue which I am unaware of and which is loved by Allah Ta’ala.” In the same vein, it is possible for one to be carrying such faults for which one will be answerable .
• Behaving proud is when one’s actions belittle another. The remedy for this is to verbally praise and practically to treat with honour those who are right. In so far as those who are wrong are concerned, do not unnecessarily – as a pastime – indulge in gheebit, etc., of them.