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“Do not hurt any creature.”

February 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Do not hurt any creature, specially a human being, and most importantly, a Muslim, by any word or action of yours. Just as doing every act for the sake of Allah is the very essence of true faith, avoidance of causing hurt to anyone is the gist of Allah’s commands. Whichever principle of the Shari’ah you might ponder over, you will find this factor common in some form or the other: the Hudud punishments, the rules regarding divorce, the principles of commercial transactions and social intercourse. This is a very pervasive principle, so much so that it extends even to very minute matters. Hence people have been told not to conceal anyone else’s objects even by way of a practical joke, or even point a weapon at anyone, nor to occupy the seat of someone who has gone away for a short while, nor to jump over other people’s heads to find a place in the front rows of a congregation; nor to peep into other people’s homes, nor pry into the affairs of others, nor read someone else’s mail, nor get up at night in a way that would disturb others. Indeed, the principle is of such wide-ranging application that it is simply not possible to enumerate all such instances. Simply stated, make this principle your guiding light and the scale of all moral judgment: that you shall not cause any injury to anyone by your words or deeds. In dealing with others this should be your guiding principle. Read more…

The Signs of the Fear of Allah and its Reasons

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment
THE SIGNS OF THE FEAR OF ALLAH
  1. The tongue informs us: if we talk evil, backbite and engage in frivolous gossip, it shows that there is veiy little concern. We should engage our tongues in in the remembrance of Allah, in the recitation of the Quran and in circles of knowledge.
  2. In the heart we should Read more…
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Fear of Allah

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Imam Ghazali (rahimahullah) said:

‘Fear rips away desires and muddens luxuries so that cherished sins become reprehensible, just as a honey lover is repelled by it when he learns that it has poison in it. This is how fear burns desires; disciplines the organs; subordinates the heart and gives it tranquillity. It also enables the heart to rid itself of pride, hatred and envy; and leaves it absorbed in it (fear). Hence, the heart becomes preoccupied with its own worries and looks towards its best interest in the long run. It is then engaged in only matters like meditation, self-analysis and struggle. It cherishes its time and moments.’

(Ihya 4/160)

Definition of Khauf (Fear)

January 22, 2011 1 comment

The literal and legal (Islamic) definition of Khauf (Fear)

1. The literal definition:
Ibn Manzoor (ra) has stated that the Arabic word KHAUF means fear in its intransitive form. In its transitive form it means to frighten (1).
Qurtubi says that Khauf is fright and alarm in the future in its intransitive form. In its transitive form it means to alarm and frighten. (2)

2. The legal definition of Fear:
We have to realise the Islamic meaning of Khauf from the elements of fear and alarm caused by humans, ferocious animals and by Allah All-Mighty. Here, we mean fear of and from the Being of Allah and His Presence. However, we find a remarkable difference and that is Read more…

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The Real Fear & The Meaning of Taqwa

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

إِنَّمَا ذَٲلِكُمُ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوۡلِيَآءَهُ ۥ فَلَا تَخَافُوهُمۡ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤۡمِنِينَ
It is only Shaitân (Satan) that suggests to you the fear of his Auliyâ’ [supporters and friends (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh and in His Messenger, Muhammad SAW)], so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers
[Surah Al Imran (3) : 175]

What is khashyah (the real fear) ? Read more…

Fear, Love & Hope- The Three Essential Ingredients for Eeman

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

One of the most beautiful things about the concept of worship in Islaam is the truly unique way in which it incorporates the feeling of love, fear and hope within the hearts of the worshippers of Allah.

Understanding how to combine these three qualities into the worship (ibaadah) of Allah is one of the most essential things that every Muslim must grasp, not least because Read more…

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