Saving each other from Trials/Sins

Aslamoalaykum warahmatullah,

An article which is an excellent reminder for all of us: Click me

Most captivating piece of exhortation (yes captivating) from the article in my opinion was:

From the sayings of Abu ad-Dardaa’ (RA):

Once when Abu ad-Dardaa’ passed by a man who had committed a sin and the people became aware of it and were insulting him because of it – and Abu ad-Dardaa’ was so keen and insightful in helping people  recovering from their religious ills and reviving sickened hearts – so he said:

 “Had you found him at the bottom of a well, wouldn’t you be helping him up and out of it?”

 They said, “Of course!” So he replied:

 “Then praise Allaah who has excused you (from his trial), and do not insult your brother!”

That just brings shivers down my spine. We are blessed that He SWT saved us from that specific sin that we see around us. And we think it’s our OWN goodness that helpes us through. If it weren’t for His Taufeeq, we would’ve been lost.

Like I once read/heard a very wise saying which puts everything into perspective: ‘If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.’ Our complaining of the state of Ummah is futile unless we assume responsiblity and not just work nine to five, come home, have our dinner and rest but actually do something about it. Just because He SWT gave you awareness of the problem means He wants you to do something about it. Every Prophet, pious predecessor who was granted awareness (through knowledge) , they assumed responsibility because they knew they had to save these people. They were true forms of mercy for those around them.

Where do we stand? And where will we stand in the next few years? Will we be the same, struggling with our Eeman and being selfish?

Or will we have a strong foothold and firmness in our state of affairs and be the wall that supports others (obviously not at an expense of our own Eeman)? Because we can criticize all we want, but talk unaccompanied by action, lacks its value. A Muslim devoid of action, lacks value too.

How long will we lead an ‘intellectually-sedentary’ lifestyle? If this is not the product of desiring luxury and dunia, then what is? And we claim, dunia doesn’t attract us. It may not attract us but I can assure you, it has firmly chained us to our couches.

Bazillion excuses.

We don’t have time.

It’s not the right time.

‘He’s too young to know’,’ I’m too old to learn’, ‘…maybe in summer’.

We don’t have money.

I don’t have the right amount of money.

‘Don’t have a good job’, ‘have to finish my degree’, ‘after I settle down’.

We don’t have resources.

I don’t have the ideal setting

‘Parents do not cooperate’, ‘spouse is a barrier’, ‘children eat up my energy’.

They had half of what we have today but they always had time for seeking knowledge, they used to work to collect enough money to be able to support themselves during the journey of seeking knowledge, they didn’t have planes to travel. We have so many devices/gadgets/forms of technology that save us time, yet we still don’t have time. Nor did they have computers or cellphones to connect them to people in case they were in danger. And yet they were content. Their eyes on that one prize. For that one prize, they held each others’ hands and combatted the Shayateen.

What do WE end up doing?

We see people sin, instead of helping them out of it, we try to pull away the very mat of foundation they were initially standing on by debasing them with rude remarks and hurting their emotional self-esteem.

 “Do not be envious of one another; do not inflate prices by overbidding against one another; do not hate one another; do not turn away from one another; do not enter into commercial transaction when others have entered into that (transaction); but be you, O slaves of Allah, as brothers. A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim; he neither oppresses him, nor does he lie to him, nor does he look down upon or humiliate him. Piety is here (and he pointed to his chest three times). It is evil enough for a Muslim to humiliate his brother. All things of a Muslim are sacred for his brother-in-faith: his blood, his property, and his honor.” [Related by Imam Muslim]

We need to change this society. And I am a part of this society.

[a gentle reminder for myself only]

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2 Responses to “Saving each other from Trials/Sins”

  1. Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatu Allaahi wa barakaatuh,

    I just wanted to say Jazaaki Allaahu for sharing your thoughts with us especially the part about being part of the solution not the problem. The Dunya places it burdens on people and can be a very distracting place at times but Al Hamdu lillaah for guiding people through reminders like yours because a reminder strengthens the awareness of the obligation and can motivate people like me more towards action. Allaah makes the path easy for those who make the sincere intention and efforts to work for His sake. So I wanted to say that I really appreciate the reminder. May Allaah reward you ginormously for your time.

    If your concern is for the sake of Allaah then you are 100% justified. Please bear in mind that insaan is weak and sometimes there are things that prevent people from doing what they’re supposed to do but there’s always a good reason which we don’t understand at first. Make excuses for your brothers and sisters and Allaah will have mercy on you too.

    Please remember us in your du’aas.

    • Walaykum asalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

      Wa iyakum. 

      This was a reminder for myself(as indicated at the bottom) so the whole idea of excusing other Muslims does not come into play here. However, I do agree one should give ’70’ excuses for our Muslim brothers and sisters. 

      JazakAllahu khayran,
      -UmmS.

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