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Old 02-07-2008, 08:30 PM   #1
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Vices & Virtues: Tayybah Explains.

As Salaamu'Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuh,


The group assignments Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Faqih mentioned in class on Sunday, should be all posted in this thread, and as per Shaykh's instructions, they are due by midnight on Monday, Feb 11th insha Allah.


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...| VICES & VIRTUES |...

...Do Onto Others as U want Done 2 You ...

Shaykh Muhammad Faqih melted us like Fondue
ReMolding TAYYBAHs Values, Engraving the Sunnah in our Virtues
"75% of Knowledge is Manners" & now Its Ready 2 Shine Thru

¿ Money, Power, Respect ?!
Yes, but only without Regret
Earn this Rizk... Thru the Islamic Code Ethics

Killin ppl with Kindness, Freezin Vice with ICE
¿Why does Modesty Pay the Price?
Livin shouldnt be at the Sacrifice..
of Hayaa, Truthfulness & Piety
Have Sabr, Patience is due in times of Calamity

Tawakul replacin feelings of anxiety
For the Prosperity of the Society, Gotta have Trust in tha AlMighty!

¿Yo What happened to those with Humility?
Who walk with Humbleness & Sincerity
A Helpin Hand causing Tranquility
Caring for Parents, the owed Responsibility~
Showing Kindness & Mercy, Sidq flossin Stability
Even your enemies dont question your Credibility!

¿Yo Wheres those who show Gratitude ?
In the Middle of the Night, Down in Sujood
Like Abu Bakr, Umar, Abdullah ibn Mas'ood
Goal in Life is 2 Perfect their Servitude
Intentions Renewed, Manners Debuted, Regulatin OneSelf
Before the Self is up 4 Review

¿Yo you heard of those Stay Away from Lies ?
Advisin others to guard that which Allah provides
Envy, Jealousy, a Seed allowing Injustice to Rise
Hearts demise where Hasad arise
Lack of Love? Mend the Hearts b4 Oppression gets tied
Controlling their Temper, Eyes red like Cardinal Cries

Fear Arrogance! an atoms weight of Kibr prevents reaching tha Prize
Words from the Wise: Know the Acts the Angels Despise

Determination, Endurance, Integrity is what we Recommend !
Compassion to Kith & Kin alongside your fellowmen

Be Amonst those giving Da'wah till the very End

Relaying even a verse, in hope someone will Comprehend
Increasing in Righteousness depends on who you befriend

So Befriend the Best Mannered...
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... Maybe from that Akhuwa, Jennah will transcend


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Assalaamu Alaikum,

Below is the homework for Sisters Group#2: Sabr
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“By Al-'Asr (the time)./Verily! man is In loss, /except those who believe (in Islâmic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the Truth, and recommend one another to patience”
(Surah Al’Asr:1-3)
In this surah, Allah highlights the path to success for mankind in three short and simple but comprehensive ayat. Allah gives us three criteria by which we must live by in order to be the exception to the rule Allah declared in the previous ayah: “Man is in loss” (al’Asr:2). Of these is “…recommend[ing] one another to patience” (al’Asr:3). Let us take a look at why it is that patience is selected by Allah as one of the qualities of those who are successful.

Definition:

Patience as a translation for word used in the ayah: “sabr” does not do justice because the concept of sabr encompasses much more than patience does. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “patience” as:

  • The calm, uncomplaining endurance of pain, affliction, inconvenience, etc.; the capacity for such endurance.
  • Constancy or diligence in work, exertion, or effort; perseverance.
  • Forbearance or long-suffering under provocation; esp. tolerance of the faults or limitations of other people.
On the other hand, Ibn alQayyim rahimahullah, in his book Uddat as-Sâbireen wa Dhâkirat, defines the concept of sabr by saying: “Sabr is an Arabic word which comes from a root meaning to detain, refrain and stop. There is an expression in Arabic, "so-and-so was killed sabran," which means that he was captured and detained until he died. In the spiritual sense, patience means to stop ourselves from despairing and panicking, to stop our tongues from complaining, and to stop our hands from striking our faces and tearing our clothes at times of grief and stress.”

Concept:

As we see from Ibn alQayyim’s statement, sabr is an all-inclusive concept that governs every single one of our actions and fashions it in a way that is most pleasing to Allah. It is stopping ourselves from acting in ways that may come naturally in certain situations, especially in difficult moments, but is displeasing to Allah. Indeed, Allah says in the Qur’an: “And seek help In patience and As-Salât (the prayer) and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for Al-Khâshi'ûn” (alBaqarah: 45). While Sabr may be natural to some, for most it requires a conscious effort to acquire and only those who strive will acquire it. RasulAllah (s) said: “…whoever is patient Allah will bestow patience upon him, and no one is ever given anything better and more generous than patience” (Bukhari and Muslim).

The ‘ulema have defined three areas where sabr is needed in a believer’s life:
  • Patience in performing acts of Ibaadah (salat, siyam, hajj, etc);
  • Patience in leaving the things Allah has forbidded for us (zina, lying, stealing, etc), and
  • Patience in enduring the Qadr of Allah, whether it be good times, or difficult times.
Each of these must be upheld for a believer to achieve true sabr.

Evidence from Qur’an and Sunnah:

Allah and His Messenger (s) stressed the importance of sabr, and enumerated its benefits and rewards numerous times in the Qur'an and Sunnah. The following are but a few of the many ayat and hadith on the subject.

ØQur’an:

“Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning” (azZumar:10).

“And their Recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient” (alInsaan:12).

“And Verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah” (ashShura:43).

“Verily! I have rewarded them this Day for their patience; they are indeed the ones that are successful” (alMu’minoon:111).

ØSunnah:

Umm Salamah (rA) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (s) say: “There is no Muslim who is stricken with a calamity and says what Allah has enjoined – ‘Verily to Allah we belong and unto Him is our return. O Allah, reward me for my affliction and compensate me with something better’ – but Allah will compensate him with something better” (Muslim).

Suhayb (rA) said: The Messenger of Allah (s) said: “How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him” (Muslim).

Statements from Sahabah and ‘Ulema:

There are also statements from various sahabah and ‘ulema on sabr:

Ali ibn Abi Talib (rA) said: “Patience means to seek Allah's help.”

‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez said: Allaah has not bestowed any blessing upon His slaves then taken it away and replaced it with patience, but what He has compensated them with is better than what He has taken away.

Abu 'Uthman said: “The one who has patience is the one who has trained himself to handle difficulties.”

'Amr ibn 'Uthman al-Makki said: “Patience means to keep close to Allah and to accept calmly the trials He sends, without complaining or feeling sad.”

Al-Khawwas said: “Patience means to adhere to the rules of the Qur'an and Sunnah.”

Quotes from non-Muslims:

Patience is not only a concept stressed by Islam, it is also one whose importance is understood by some non-Muslims.

Chinese proverb: One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.

Helen Keller: We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

John Quincy Adams: Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

Benjamin Franklin: He that can have patience, can have what he will.

Leonardo DaVinci: Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold for if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs.

Implication and Application of It:

Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet (s) passed by a woman who was weeping beside a grave. He told her to fear Allah and be patient. She said to him, “Go away, for you have not been afflicted with a calamity like mine.” And she did not recognize him. Then she was informed that he was the Prophet. So she went to the house of the Prophet and there she did not find any guard. Then she said to him, “I did not recognize you.” He said, "Verily, the patience is at the first stroke of a calamity” (Bukhari).

Here we see that sabr is not what comes on reflecting on one’s situation when the time is past and then deciding that Allah knew best. It is having trust in Allah in the initial stages of our situation. Allah asks us to have sabr in this life: whatever good/bad He bestows upon us, so that He may reward us in the akhira. Shaykh Yaser Birjas explained to us in one class that the righteous (wo)men of our ummah suffered a great deal in their lifetimes, and it is in this way that Allah strips away our sins so that we may be resurrected unto Him in a pure state: “Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without reckoning” (azZumar:10).

Applying patience means applying it in all aspects of our lives, as ‘Abdur-Rahman bin Zayd bin Aslam said: “Sabr has two parts: patience for the sake of Allah concerning what He is pleased with (i.e., acts of worship and obedience), even if it is hard on the heart and the body, and patience when avoiding what He dislikes, even if it is desired. Those who acquire these qualities will be among the patient persons whom Allah shall greet (when they meet Him in the Hereafter; refer to Surat Al-Ahzab 33:44), Allah willing.”

It takes sabr to obey the command of Allah: to do as He commands and refrain from what He forbids, and to wait for the reward He promises us, which we may have to wait through life, death and resurrection for.

Relevance to modern times and the consequences of the lack of Sabr:

In this “carpe diem” culture based on instant gratification, it is not difficult to see the relevance of this virtue to modern times, and the consequences we suffer due to the lack of it. People are not willing to wait for the reward Allah promises, so they abandon His commands in order to fulfill their desires here and now. We are not willing to give up the sleep of this dunya in exchange for the pleasures of the akhira. We cannot endure the suffering that Allah tests us with so that we may live in ease in the akhira. We look around us and see the world, and especially the situation of the Muslims, as hopeless and forget to have sabr in Allah’s decree. We rush around trying to seek happiness in ways that makes society the corrupt place it is today and still never truly find peace because we forget that sabr is one of the conditions that Allah places on us if we are to be successful in the truest sense of the word, i.e. in this dunya and in the akhira: “man is in loss, /except those who… recommend one another to patience” (al‘Asr:3).


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Old 02-08-2008, 10:33 PM   #4
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masha-Allah nihaad
mabrooks for being the first group to post the assignment

ok so even though that wasn't my group.. i really must say....................................
the sisters clearly beat the brothers right there ;)


oy maryam.. quickly post ours too! :D
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Sisters' Group #6: Tawaadu' (Humility/Humbleness)

1- Definition (linguistic + meaning) of Tawaadu’



  • Tawaadu' (modesty and humility) is the opposite of arrogance, pride, and haughtiness. Humbleness means unassuming, unpretentious, and insignificant.
  • Humility is the defining characteristic of an unpretentious and modest person, someone who does not think that he/she is better or more important than others.
2- Evidences of Tawaadu'

a) From al-Qur'an:
  • "Before thee We sent messengers to many nations, and We afflicted the nations with suffering and adversity, that they call Allah in humility. When the suffering reached them from Us, why then did they not call Allah in humility? On the contrary, their hearts became hardened, and Satan made their sinful acts seem alluring to them." (Al-Anaam 6:42-43)
  • "Successful indeed are the believers, those who humble themselves in their prayers." (Al-Muminoon 23:1-2).
  • "Has not the time arrived for the believers that their hearts in all humility should engage in the remembrance of Allah and of the Truth which has been revealed to them."(Al-Hadid 57:16)
  • “The (faithful) slaves of the Beneficent are those who walk upon the earth modestly, and when the foolish ones address them answer: Peace;” (Al Furqan V. 63)
b) From as-Sunnah:
  • The Prophet (SAW) said, “Shall I inform you about the people of Paradise? They comprise every obscure unimportant humble person, and if he takes Allah’s Oath that he will do that thing, Allah will fulfill his oath (by doing that). Shall I inform you about the people of the Fire? They comprise every cruel, violent, proud and conceited person.” — Narrated by Haritha Bin Wahb, in Sahih Al Bukhari
  • The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said “(God) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” — Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 1589.
  • "And the one who shows humility, God elevates him in the estimation (of the people) and elevates his degrees in the hereafter" (Muslim).
  • Ibn Mas'ud relates that the Prophet (saw) said, "Whoever has an atom of pride in his heart will not enter Paradise
  • Al-Nawawi said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “And no one humbles himself before Allaah but Allaah will raise him (in status).”
c) From the Sahaabah + Muslim Scholars:
  • Fudayl Ibn Iyaad (d. 187 AH) (Rahimullah) once said: “Tawaada’ (humility/humbleness) is to humble yourself to the truth irrespective of where it comes from. It is to see no worth in yourself. If one sees it in himself, there is no tawaada’.”
  • Shaykh Ibraheem Ash Shaybanee (Rahimullah) used to say:
“Honor is in Humbleness. Dignity is in Taqwa. Freedom is in Contentment”

d) Secular words of wisdom:
  • Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self. -Charles Spurgeon
  • None are so empty as those who are full of themselves. -Benjamin Whichcote
  • If you are aware of your humility, then you are arrogant. -Ibn Ataillah
  • "We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility." Rabindranath Tagore
3- Implications/Applications of Tawaadu'

  • If the people of a community were to exhibit the treasured quality of humility, it would bring about some extreme changes: people would think of others before themselves; they would never be quick to blame others, and would in fact try to see if they were in any way at fault. Society as a whole would become selfless.
  • Religiously speaking, those who are humble are the ones who remember that it is in fact Allah Who deserves all praise. They understand that while man may do a little good here or there, it would not be were it not for Allah’s mercy, His provisions, His blessings and His compassion for us.
  • For these reasons, a person with humility can never accept credit for work done well; nor could he or she ever put him or herself before others.
4- The application of Tawaadu' in modern times

  • Humility or being humble means one’s character is full of modesty, obedience, and respect.
  • Every aspect in our lives should be free from arrogance and pride. Those who selfishly go through life with the attitude of being on some imaginary elevated bench have surely fallen for nothing but Shaytan’s whispering.
  • We should begin by humbling ourselves to the commands of Allah (swt). We must listen and obey his rules and forbid that which has been prohibited.
  • We should walk and dress in a humbling manner. Those who embody pride are those who emulate Shaytan.
  • Humility towards those of lesser in status.
    • We must understand that it is not in our hands to decide who is better than anyone. For all we know the poorest individual, when it comes to wealth, may be the highest in rank with Allah (swt).
  • Humility towards family members
    • When interacting with one’s wife, husband, parents, or children, we must encourage ourselves to be humble and serve our family. Emulating the best of models, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his character is the best way of doing so.
5- Results of a lack of Tawaadu'/How a lack of humility can be improved:




  • VIEW yourself as the lowest and most inferior of all.
  • REMEMBER and REFLECT at all times the Greatness of Almighty Allah (through Salaat, recitation of Qur’an, Dhikr)
  • REMEMBER that Allah SWT loathes pride but loves humility and submissiveness.
  • REMEMBER that if we are arrogant and proud in this life, Allah will put us in our place and teach us humility in the next life with a humiliating punishment.
  • HUMILITY DURING PRAYERS
    • We should be conscious of the fact that we are standing before Allah (SWT).
    • We should know the Power and the Might of Allah and of how insignificant we are in front of Him, as well as about His Mercy and Compassion on us, and all His Creation.

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Shukr
It is an Arabic word that is derived from Sha-Ka-Ra which means Thankfulness and Gratitude. It is a quality of “feeling” or “being” grateful. It is a warm and deep appreciation of kindness and benefits received.
Shukr is a form of worship and it is the purpose of our creation. It is a right of Allah over us. Allah says in Quraan “He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affection, that you may give thanks (to Allah).” [anNahl 16:78]. This topic is very important and demands attention as Allah mentions in the Holy Quraan "But few of my slaves are grateful" [Saba 43:13]. Are you amongst those selected few? Ibn Abbas narrated that the Prophet said “There are 4 qualities; whoever is given them has truly been given the best in this world and the next. They are a grateful heart, a remembering tongue, an enduring body, and a faithful wife”.

Being thankful is not only a nice thing to do but it is also an obligation. It is not an option as Allah commands us in the Quraan “Be grateful to Me, and do not reject Me” [Baqarah 2:152]. However, one must realize that Allah doesn’t need our thanks, rather he deserves it. He says “And if any is grateful, truly his gratitude is for his own soul; but if any is ungrateful, truly my Lord is free of all needs, Supreme in Honor!” [anNaml 27:40]

Dangers of Lack of Shukr
1) Kufr. A person is either grateful or ungrateful. There is no third category. A person who doesn’t thank Allah, either by ignorance or negligence, shows ingratitude which is Kufr. The Prophet said “Speaking of Allah’s blessing is gratitude, and ignoring it is ingratitude (kufr)”.
2) Punishment from Allah. Allay says But if you show ingratitude, truly My punishment is terrible indeed” [Ibrahim 14:7]
3) The Goal of Shaytan. "Then I will assault them from before them and behind them, from their right and their left: not will you find, in most of them, gratitude.” [Araaf 7:17]

The Names of Allah
The word Shukr (and its different forms) occurs 75 times in the Holy Quraan. Allah values this quality so much that He has selected it as one of His Names. Not just one, but two names with the same root – Shakoor & Shaakir.
1) “Inna Allaha Ghafurun Shakoor” [Shura 42:23]
2) “Fa Inna Allaha Shaakir” [Baqara 2:158]

The Benefits/Rewards of Gratitude
1) Increase in Allah’s favors on us. Allah says in the Holy Quraan “If you are grateful, I will add more (favors) unto you” [Ibrahim 14:7]
2) Pleasure of Allah. “If you are grateful, He is pleased with you” [azZumar 39:7]
3) Swift Rewards. “Allah will swiftly reward those who are thankful” [3:144]
4) Forgiveness. Ayesha narrated the Prophet (pbuh) said “No man buys a garment with his own money then puts it on and thanks Allah, but Allah will have forgiven him all his wrong action before the garment reaches his knees

Types of Shukr
1) Thanks to Allah
2) Thanks to People. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “The one who doesn't give thanks to people will not give thanks to Allah.” [Muslim]

Shukr in Other Religion/Cultures
Gratitude is not only central to Islam, but also other religions like Judaism and Christianity. Even though Atheists do not believe in God, they do highly regard this quality. MJ Ryan, author of the best selling "Random Acts of Kindness" says "Gratitude is a form of self-help”. Professor of Humanities, Ronald Aronson of Wayne State University adds "A grateful attitude cures perfectionism, makes us feel good about ourselves, makes us healthier, eliminates worry, allows us to live in the present and accept what he have, and attracts people to ourselves." In United States and Canada, the Thanksgiving celebration is a national holiday.

How to Give Shukr?
When the mercy, favors and bounties of Allah reaches a person, realizing from the heart that it is from Allah is what counts as Shukr. One should also speak about the blessing. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said “Speaking of Allah's blessing is gratitude”[Muslim]. Thanking for a small blessing is equally important. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said “The one who doesn't give thanks for a small blessing will not give thanks for a great blessing” [Muslim]. Also, Ayesha said that the Prophet (pbuh) saw a small piece of bread on the floor (in her house), so he picked it up and wiped it, and then told her: "O Ayesha, treat the blessing of Allah with respect, for when it departs from a household it may never come back to them." [Ibn Majah]

One may also thank Allah by worshiping Him or performing sujud (prostration) of gratitude. Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) feet became swollen by worshipping Allah all night. When he was asked, "Why are you doing this when Allah has forgiven all your past and future wrong actions?" he replied, "Should I not be a grateful slave"? [Bukhari]

Levels of Shukr
It is very obvious that we will never be able to thank Allah the way He deserves. All the good deeds of a person cannot pay for one blessing of Allah. However, this doesn’t mean that we get negligent in thanking Allah. Ibn Qayyim alJawziyyah says, “As for those who only pay lip-service to gratitude, and do not give thanks with the rest of their faculties (heart, head, hand), they are like a man who has a garment and all he does with it is touch it, but he doesn't put it on: it will never protect him from heat, cold, snow or rain. The righteous Salaf, Bakr Ibn Abdullah alMuzani said: "When a man faces affliction, he may pray to Allah and Allah may deliver him from adversity. Then Shaytan comes to the man and whispers, 'It was not as bad as you thought'. Thus the man's gratitude is weakened.”

Shukr in Adversity
We are also taught to give thanks in adversity. Urwa Ibn Zubair lost his son, and also his limb, yet he gave thanks to Allah for not taking away the blessings he is left with. In today’s world, Muslims are being persecuted in so many places, but we must thank Allah that we are still given the rights to worship Him; unlike in Andalus few centuries ago, when people were executed for offering their daily prayers. Prophet (pbuh) said "If any one of you would like to see the great blessing of Allah on him, then let him look at those who are less fortunate than him, not those who appear better off than him." [Muslim]

Dua for Making Shukr
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught us the dua that will help us in being thankful to Allah. Hisham Ibn Urwah said “Among the dua of the Prophet (pbuh) is ‘O Allah, help me to remember You, to give thanks to You, and to worship You well’”.

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Sisters' Group12-Vice:Lying

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I.Al-Kadhib: Lying

Why is the characteristic of being a liar so hated in Islam? How can we begin to take steps towards eliminating this vice from the Muslim community? To begin answering these questions, we will first examine the linguistic meaning of the verb “to lie” so that we better understand exactly what matter is being strongly opposed throughout our discussion. According to dictionary.com, to lie is “to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive”. Here we see the stressed indication that lying involves intended evil and deception that accompany liars and that lies are by no means accidental actions.

II. References from Quran and Hadith on Lying

Al-Kadhib, or Lying, is deemed a major sin in Islam, as is evident from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (salla Allahu alayhi wa salam). Allah warns against the consequence facing those who insist on destruction and lying: being deprived of the guidance of Allah, which is the only true source of guidance.
·Verily, Allah guides not one who is a Musrif (a polytheist, or a murderer who shed blood without a right, or those who commit great sins, oppressor, transgressor), a liar!” (Surah Ghafir, Ayah 28)

In addition to being deprived of the light of guidance in this life, the liar is humiliated on the Day of Judgment in front of Allah and all of mankind to see.
·“On the Day of Judgment, those who lied about Allah will have black faces [out of shame]”(Surah al-Zumar, Ayah 60)

We also learn from the Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu alayhi wa salam) that lying opens the door to other types of evil and corruption, and if this characteristic persists until a person’s death, may lead to Hell Fire in the hereafter. The Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu alayhi wa salam) said:
·“Truthfulness leads to Al-birr (righteousness) and al-Birr (righteousness) leads to paradise, a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes known as a truthful person. Falsehood leads to Al-Fujur (wickedness-evil-doing), and al-Fujur leads to the hell fire, a man keeps on telling lies until he is written as a liar before Allah.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

He (salla Allahu alayhi wa salam) also warned us of the graveness of the issue when it comes to lying about matters of the deen, especially about ahadith:
·“Falsely attributing something to me is not like falsely attributing something to anyone else. Let the one who knowingly lies about me take a seat in Hellfire.” (Related by Muslim.)

III. How
Lying is acquired/ its manifestation/ areas of life it affects.The vice of lying is a destructive habit which is acquired gradually. As described by the American author Napoleon Hill, lying is a characteristic that we as humans naturally dislike, but when a person remains in the presence of this vice long enough, he/she will become desensitized to it.

“When men first come into contact with the lying habit, they abhor it. If they remain in contact with lying for a time, they become accustomed to it, and endure it. If they remain in contact with it long enough, they finally embrace it, and become influenced by it.” -Napoleon Hill

This serious character flaw can be seen in all types it people, from the Kafir to the Munafiq, and even the Muslim. Once it is manifested in a person it gets very difficult to cure one’s self from this disease. The disease affect all aspects of the habitual liar’s life, from work to home to his/her relationship with those around them. It is very important that we try our best to not allow this vice to control and destroy our lives. The effects of a lying charactercan be seen in many situations, such as:
·One’s desire for material gain (money & status), and thus deceives people in his business affairs.
The one who cheats is not from us” –Saheeh

·Disbelief and Evil intent (hypocrisy)
"The signs of a munaafiq are three - even if he prays, fasts and claims/believes he is a Muslim: when he speaks he lies, when he promises he breaks his promise and when he is entrusted he betrays the trust."

·One’s desire to gain popularity/entertain
“Woe to the one who tells lies to make people laugh, woe to him.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood).

·Assumption
"Stay away from assumption, for assumption is the most lying of all discourse."- Muslim & Al-Bukhari

·Narrating everything one hears out of ignorance and/or arrogance
"A person will be filled with lies simply by narrating everything he hears."- Muslim

IV. Relevance to this Age
We are indeed in a time when trust among individuals is weak and the influence of Shaytan is strong. (This can be witnessed all around the community). Allah (SWT) warns, “ Lo! The devil is an enemy for you, so treat him as an enemy” (Surah Faatir, Ayah 6)

In a society, being truthful
·is one of the factors of a healthy human society,
·is one of the virtues of human behavior
·brings many great benefits in one self and society (trust, security, etc)

In a society, lying
·is one of the major elements of corruption in our current human society (leaderships, etc)
·is the cause of the destruction of social structure and social/family ties, one of the most evil features of bad conduct
·Causes widespread harm from a local to a global level.Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):“O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah, and be with those who are true (in word and deeds).” (Surah al-Tawbah Ayah 119)

V. Practical Solutions

Al Kadhib (Lying) is definitely a negative character trait as the following hadith illustrates:One of the signs of a munafiq (hypocrite) is when he speaks he lies…..” Bukhari and Muslim. Muslims must struggle hard to stay away from this vice by any means necessary. The best way to do that is to:

1. Recognize the problem and try to identify the cause. For example, a child may lie to his parent because he is afraid that he will be punished.
2. A person who possesses this vice would need to strengthened his akhlaq through du’as, tahujjud salah and taubah. This should be done on a constant and consistent basis and requires self-training
3. Other suggestions would be to always think before speaking to make sure that what one is about to say is the truth. If one realizes that what was said wasn’t the truth, one should immediately correct it then and tell the truth and seek taubah from Allah. If lying is habitual within the person, he must do this each and every time he lies.

May Allah grant us good akhlaq and help us all to remember that “truthfulness guides us to righteousness and righteousness guides us to Paradise”.
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Haya’ (Modesty)



Definition



v Islamic Translation:


Ø The word Haya' [Modesty] is derived from the word "Hayat", which means life,
as if the person who has no Haya' is like a dead person. Haya’ is a natural feeling
that brings us pain accompanied with embarrassment at the very idea of
committing a wrong or some unworthy or indecent conduct.


Ø Haya is an attribute which pushes the believer to avoid anything distasteful or
abominable. It keeps him/her from being neglectful in giving everyone what is due
upon them, and if for any reason he/she is not able to keep up with his/her
commitment then they will feel extremely bad and ashamed about this.



o An-Nawawi said, “The scholars said that the reality of Haya’ is the character,
which encourages the abandonment of despicable actions and prevents against
negligence concerning the rights of the people who posses rights over others.



o Aboo Al-Qaasim Al-Junayd -radi allahu anhu - said, ‘Haya’ is the recognizing
Allah’s favors, meaning His blessings and the recognizing of ones own
negligence in light of them both is prompted by a condition called shyness.



v English Translation:

Ø Modesty: Not to be splendid in appearance; not vain or boastful; rather shy;
or having or showing the respect or behavior as a symbol of decency and purity.
(Oxford Learners’ Advanced Dictionary).



Evidence from Quran and Sunnah



v Qur’an:



Ø Allah swt said "O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing
women that they should cast their outer garments over their bodies (when
abroad) so that they should be known and not molested" (Qur’an 33:59).



Ø We were also ordered by Allah to, "Lower your gaze", which is a description
of the way we should act in public and private, especially if it is a mixed setting.



v Hadeeth:



Ø Prophet (saw) said: “Haya and Imaan are two companions go together. If one of
them is lifted, the other is also lifted.’’ (Al Hakim).



Ø Prophet (saw) said, ‘Al Haya is a part of Imaan’’ (Muslim).



Ø On the authority of Ibn Umar: The Prophet (sas) came upon a man who was
criticizing his brother for haya, saying: 'You are so modest (or so shy)' as if he
meant to say that this has harmed him. The Prophet (sas) said to him: 'Leave him,
for haya is from faith.’ (Al-Bukhari).



Ø The Prophet (sas) said: "Be modest before Allah as is befitting Him." They said:
We ARE modest before Allah, al-hamdu lillahi." The Prophet (sas) said: "That's not
what I mean. The one who is modest before Allah as is befitting Him, let him guard
his head from what it contains and his stomach from what it takes in and let him
remember death and destruction. And whoever desires the hereafter, leaves the
ornaments of this life and whoever does all that has become modest before Allah as
is befitting Him." (At-Tirmidhi).





Words of Wisdom from Other Sources (Western Perspective)



v Bible:

Ø The Bible says God "covered" Adam and Eve (Ge. 3:21). This is a good
pattern for modesty.



v Authors:

Ø Modesty is to merit, what shade is to figures in a picture; it gives it strength
and makes it stand out. (Jean de la Bruyere)

Ø Modesty is the conscience of the body. (Author: Honore De Balzac)



Application of the Quality (Modesty)



v The Three Types of Haya’

Ø The highest level of Haya is Haya between Allah and his servant. When a
person is shy from Allah, he fasts and prays and asks Allah for help, Allah feels
shy to return his servant unanswered after what he showed of Haya and he gives
him what he needs.



Ø The second type of Haya is Haya between people. Among the disappearing
signs of Haya in women today are the disgraceful displaying of women almost half
naked, and not covering their adornment and modesty, by wearing perfume and
thereby showing no shame in mixing freely with men, shaking hands in a proud and
undignified manner.



Ø A third type of Haya is within oneself, which includes obey Allah in the
presence of people or their absence. Haya prevents a person from doing something
wrong.



v The Value of Haya’



Ø From lowering our gaze to lowering our voice, everywhere Islam teaches us
Haya which is important to keep a society decent, clean and civilized.



Ø Practicing Haya among Muslims decreases the crime and increases the Taqwa
(fear of Allah swt.) in Muslims’ heart which cleans a society as the filter purifies
water.



Ø Without Haya a Muslim can not fulfill his imaan. So. To increase the Imaan first
and foremost practice is to practice Haya which will ensure us the path to Jannah.



Relevance of This to Our Modern Time



v The Lack of Haya’



Ø Many of the problems that occur between men and women, including sexual
harassment and date rape, stem from women's loss of modesty and men's loss of
respect for women's modesty.



Ø It was once looked on as manly to be faithful to one woman for life, and to be
protective toward all women. Sadly, this is no longer the case, even among many
men to whom modest women might otherwise look as kindred spirits.



v The Need for Haya’



Ø Restoring modesty would enhance male/female relations by reminding men
and women that the human body is precious and should be revered and respected.



Ø When we cover up what is external or superficial—what we all share in
common—we send a message that what is most important are our singular hearts
and minds. This separates us from the animals.



Ø If we want to reconstruct a more modest, humane society, we have to start
with ourselves.



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The Holy Qur’an teaches us to maintain good manners and decorum; it shows us the right way to behave and lead a good life. The Prophet Muhammad (s) was a living example of the virtues of the Holy Qur’an. One of these qualities is Sidq. He was known by all, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, as Al-Sadiq. This is a virtue that we must all strive for.



I.What is Sidq? How is it acquired?

Sidq comes from the Arabic root word Sadaqa/ Yasduqu, which means to speak the truth, to be sincere. Sidq means truthfulness, to show sincerity. The faithful believers of Allah (swt) are those who endeavor to be honest.

Being truthful is a quality that we all have, but fear, greed, and other such vices make us stray from this virtue. Yes, sometimes the consequences of telling the truth are not what we would hope for, but the alternative, lying, will send us astray.

Honesty is not just spoken; it is through deeds – through actions we take and do not take. Whether it is enticing someone to do something with a reward that you don’t intend to provide, or spreading of lies/ gossip, when you are exaggerating/ “just kidding”, or even swear by Allah, be careful, be mindful that Allah (swt) is All- Hearing, All- Seeing. To wrong your fellow people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, is to wrong Allah (swt).


II.Evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah

Narrated by Hudhaifa, Allah’s Apostle said: “Honesty descended from the Heavens and settled in the roots of the hearts of men (faithful believers), and then the Qur’an was revealed and the people read the Qur’an, (and learnt from it) and also learnt it from the Sunnah” (Sahih Bukhari, Book 92 Hadith 208 and 381).

On the Day of Judgment, we will bear witness on the great reward Allah (swt) will grant us for trying to emulate this virtue:

·Narrated ‘Abdullah, the Prophet (s) said: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to lace>Paradiselace>. And a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to Al-Fajur (i.e.: wickedness, evil doing), and Al-Fajur (wickedness) leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before Allah, a liar”. (Sahih Bukhari, Book 73, Hadith 116).

·Allah will say: “This is a day on which the truthful will profit from their truth: theirs are gardens, with rivers flowing beneath, - their eternal Home: Allah well-pleased with them, and they with Allah. That is the great salvation, (the fulfillment of all desires)”. (Al-Maeda, Chapter 5, Verse 119)



III.Implication of Sidq to Society and its Relevance to Modern Times

“With truthfulness as a foundation, one is able to purify and fulfill the requisites of enlightenment…All the perfections are grounded in truth, clarified by letting go, intensified by peace, and purified by wisdom.” (A Treatise on the Paramis, Dhammapai)

Living as Muslims in this day and age, truth and honesty are tested on a daily basis. One of the most important factors when establishing any kind of relationship is whether or not trust can be developed. Trust is the foundation of any good relationship. We as Muslims should exude this quality.

The issue is that dishonesty is seen in so many places it is hard to define exactly when and where they are occurring. A current example of this is politics in general and the political elections specifically. The common opinion among the citizens’ honesty and our leaders are not synonymous. Unfortunately, the problem is hardly ever corrected. It is simply laughed upon and considered a “joke”. Lying to obtain things, money, healthcare, and other material possessions, is a common problem. One walks out the door and sees someone stealing; another is lying about their age; a third is trying to get aid from the government even though it is not needed. This has been to common a practice.

However, honesty is still not a rare virtue. It can be found in large and small ways from telling the truth on the stand (in a courtroom) to returning excess change to the cashier when they have made a mistake. “O ye who believe! Fear Allah and be with those who are true (in word and deed)” (9:119). The Prophet (s) showed us this with every action he performed. He followed the path of honesty in his dealings with others. “Deal not unjustly, and you shall not be dealt with unjustly” (Al-Qur’an 2:279).

Today, if businesses are using integrity tests and other methods of assessing “honesty” are used in pre-employment screening, as most employers try to maintain honesty and minimize counterproductive behavior among their employees.


IV. Lack of Sidq in Society – Causes and how to improve

The concept of honesty is relevant to modern times. How should we respond to the wave of scandals at Enron and WorldCom that have hit corporate America? Congressional Democrats promise to add new federal fraud provisions to a bill that may be considered as early as the first week of February. In a speech on Wall Street on February 6, 2008, President Bush endorsed proposing a doubling of prison terms for mail and wire fraud and a broader notion of obstruction of justice as well as “beefed-up” oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The push for new criminal laws is understandable as a means to enforce honesty in the corporate world.

The way to change society is little by little. If everyone makes an effort to try to tell the truth, to try to be a little more honest with our dealings, society will be improved greatly. Honesty and trust needs to be built. Only through our own actions can we affect those of others.


“Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist” (Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics). Living in a country that is considered a melting pot of religion and culture, we as Muslims are also contributing members to society; we should strive to make our contributions that of honesty and truth. Allah will judge us on our own actions and not that of others. A Du’a that the Prophet (s) used to always make Du’a: “Oh Allah, I ask you a truthful tongue (to always speak the truth)”.
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Brothers - Group 9 - Ar-Rifq - Gentleness

by Ar-Rijaal Za'wuu Ar-Rifq - The Men with Compassion
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On the way to the hospital to visit his aunt, 'Ali was discussing a matter with his brother. It was about the Decree of Allah (SWT). There was great confusion about this issue. 'Ali questioned, "I don't get it, if Allah (SWT) Wills everything, doesn't that mean He Wills our sins too?" His brother simply got agitated and cut him off. "Shutup!," he exclaimed. After a couple of attempts and unwarranted responses, 'Ali simply gave up and angrily left. As a result, he was left confused, bitter and didn't end up going to the hospital that day.

There is a loss of mercy and gentleness around, yet we see anger and harshness abound. One wonders what went wrong. Why are some people so harsh? We tend to respond without any empathy. This is in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Qur'an and our beloved Rasul (SAW). A fundamental and integral part of good akhlaq is Gentleness.

Definition

The root word Rafaqa - pronounced 'raw-fuh-qaw' - literally means 'to be kind, friendly and nice towards. Technically, we refer to the characteristic of gentleness as 'Ar-Rifq.' Allah (SWT) praised this quality many times in Qur'an. The Prophet (SAW) explained it and showed it.

Ayat
  • In Surah Al-'Araf (7): 199, Allah (SWT) mentions: "Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the foolish (i.e. don't punish them)."
  • In Surah Al-Imran (3): 159, Allah (SWT) says: "And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broke away from you; so pass over (their faults) and ask (Allah's) Forgiveness for them; and consult them in their affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)."
  • In Surah Ash-Shura (42):43, Allah (SWT) mentions: "And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives, that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah"
Ahadith
  • 'Aisha (RA) reported: Rasulullah (SAW) said: "Allah is Gentle and loves gentleness in all matters." [Sahih Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
  • 'Aisha (RA) reported: Rasulullah (SAW) said: "Whenever gentleness is added to something, it adorns it; and whenever it is withdrawn from something, it leaves it defective." [Sahih Muslim]
  • To summarize a beautiful incident: A hot-tempered bedouin rushed to a masjid in Madinah to ask the Prophet (SAW) for some gold and silver for charity. The Prophet (SAW) was sitting there with many of the Sahabah (RA). The bedouin demanded the money very harshly. The Prophet (SAW) paid him, but he was still unhappy. He yelled at the Prophet (SAW) insultingly. The Sahabah got up to beat him up when the Prophet (SAW) prevented them from doing so. Later on, the Prophet (SAW) took the bedouin home and gave him some more money. Looking around his (SAW) house, the bedouin was amazed at the simplicity and the hospitality of the Prophet (SAW). He felt great regret and expressed it along with kind words to the Prophet (SAW). The Prophet (SAW) then asked him to convey the same to the Sahabah (RA). The man complied. The Sahabah (RA) were pleased. After this, Rasul (SAW) said, "My example with such a person is like a man whose camel startled and ran away. The people were shouting and running after the camel thinking that they would help the owner. The more they shouted, the more the camel sped. The owner kept calling the people back, assuring them that he knew how to keep the camel calm. When the people left the camel alone, the owner picked up some herbs and gently showed it to the camel without shouting and running. The camel came back and the owner easily grasped the bridle of the camel and set off on his way." Then the Prophet said, "Yesterday, if I had allowed you to handle this man as you pleased, you would have killed the poor man. But I stood between you and him, and treated him kindly and gently." [Dastaane-Raastaan]
  • Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: "A bedouin urinated in the masjid and some people rushed to beat him up. The Prophet (SAW) said, 'Leave him alone and pour a bucket of water over it. You have been sent to make things easy and not to make things difficult.'" [Sahih Al-Bukhari]
Words of Wisdom

Al-Hafiz ibn Hajar Al-Askalanee (R) said:

"Some of them think that politeness is flattery, but they are mistaken, because politeness is recommended but flattery is haraam. The difference is that flattery refers to the one who shows one thing whilst concealing another. The scholars explained it as mixing with the evildoer and showing approval of what he is doing without denouncing it; and politeness is showing kindness to the ignorant whilst teaching him, and to the evildoer whilst denouncing his action, and not being harsh towards him when he is committing evil openly, and rebuking him gently in word and deed, especially if the heart needs to be softened and so on." [Fath Al-Bari [10/528]]

Imam Ghazali (R) said:

"Gentleness is praiseworthy, and that which goes against it, is violence and fury. Anger and harshness go on to produce violence, whereas good manners and integrity go on to produce gentleness and softness. Gentleness is a fruit which does not go on to produce, except that is of good manners. Gentleness shall not improve, except when one controls the forces of anger and of desire, while at the same time, he is able to maintain both at a moderate level. And to that the Prophet (SAW) praised gentleness and the one who exceeds in it." [[625/2] Fath Al-Kadir]
Application
  • When confronted with a situation, invite in a manner which is welcoming. [i.e. smile, sit down and be hospitable]
  • Listen to what they have to say without responding.
  • Restrain your negative emotions.
  • Discuss openly as a companion.
  • You want to appease the situation. Answer the question kindly.
  • Give the best opinion in the gentlest of ways.
  • Speak softly, and not harshly.
  • If you are against an opinion or action, reject or refuse gently, unless it goes strongly against the tenets of Islam.
  • Make sure the person is justifiably satisfied.
Relevance to Modern Times

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