Greatness of believer (part 3)

Continued from the previous issue

٭ A Muslim should prefer the commands of Allah Almighty and the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in every aspect. He should not fear any reproach in preaching and implementing virtuous deeds, goodness and the Divine commands. Allah Almighty has said in the Holy Quran:

وَ لَا یَخَافُوْنَ لَوْمَةَ لَآىٕمٍؕ-

And will not fear the criticism of any faultfinder

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 6, Surah Al-Ma`idah, Ayah 54)

٭ A Muslim should respond with لبَّیک [an emphatic ‘yes’] to the blessed commands of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم  and he should accept every command of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم wholeheartedly. Because, a Muslim believes that the obedience to the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is indeed obedience to Allah Almighty. Allah Almighty has stated:

مَنْ یُّطِعِ الرَّسُوْلَ فَقَدْ اَطَاعَ اللّٰهَۚ-

Whoever has obeyed the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 4, Surah Al-Nisa, Ayah 80)

٭ Whenever a Muslim has a conflict with anyone, in any matter, he should seek solution in accordance with the rulings set forth by Allah Almighty and His Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم  and should entrust his matter with Allah Almighty and His Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم  because turning towards Allah Almighty and His Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم  in every matter is better and a means of good outcome. Allah Almighty has stated:

فَاِنْ تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِیْ شَیْءٍ فَرُدُّوْهُ اِلَى اللّٰهِ وَ الرَّسُوْلِ اِنْ كُنْتُمْ تُؤْمِنُوْنَ بِاللّٰهِ وَ الْیَوْمِ الْاٰخِرِؕ-ذٰلِكَ خَیْرٌ وَّ اَحْسَنُ تَاْوِیْلًا۠

Then if there is a dispute amongst you concerning any matter, refer it to Allah and the Messenger (for judgement) if you believe in Allah and the Last Day; this is better and its outcome is the best.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 5, Surah Al-Nisa, Ayah 59)

٭ A Muslim should always keep on following the Holy Quran, Sunnah and the righteous Scholars. Moreover, he should refrain from following and befriending disbelievers regarding any matter. Allah Almighty has stated:

یٰۤاَیُّهَا  الَّذِیْنَ  اٰمَنُوْۤا  اِنْ  تُطِیْعُوْا  فَرِیْقًا  مِّنَ  الَّذِیْنَ  اُوْتُوا  الْكِتٰبَ  یَرُدُّوْكُمْ  بَعْدَ  اِیْمَانِكُمْ  كٰفِرِیْنَ

O believers! If you obey some People of the Book, they will make you disbelievers, after you have faith.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 4, Surah Al-‘Imran, Ayah 100)

٭ A Muslim should not have a partial belief, rather he should have a complete belief in the commandments of Islam. And he should prefer faith and Islam in acts and beliefs and every matter. He should not follow Satan even a little bit. Allah Almighty has stated:

یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوا ادْخُلُوْا فِی السِّلْمِ كَآفَّةً۪-وَ لَا تَتَّبِعُوْا خُطُوٰتِ الشَّیْطٰنِؕ-اِنَّهٗ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِیْنٌ

O believers! Enter Islam completely, and do not follow the footsteps of the devil; indeed he is your open enemy.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 2, Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 208)

٭ Trust and rely upon Allah Almighty should always be included in the attributes of a Muslim; because, a Muslim has been instructed to rely only upon his Rabb. Allah Almighty has stated:

وَ  عَلَى  اللّٰهِ  فَلْیَتَوَكَّلِ  الْمُؤْمِنُوْنَ

And only upon Allah should the believers rely.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 4, Surah Al-‘Imran, Ayah 122)

٭ A Muslim should always consume Halal and pure sustenance granted by Allah Almighty. Regardless of the sustenance being low or plentiful, he should keep on expressing gratitude in every condition. Allah Almighty has stated:

یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا كُلُوْا مِنْ طَیِّبٰتِ مَا رَزَقْنٰكُمْ وَ اشْكُرُوْا لِلّٰهِ اِنْ كُنْتُمْ اِیَّاهُ تَعْبُدُوْنَ

O believers! Eat the good things that We have provided, and acknowledge the
favour of Allah if you (really) worship only Him.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 2, Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 172)

٭ A Muslim should refrain from obtaining wealth and possessions of others by impermissible and unfair means like interest, theft, fraud and bribe etc. Allah Almighty has stated:

یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا لَا تَاْكُلُوْۤا اَمْوَالَكُمْ بَیْنَكُمْ بِالْبَاطِلِ

O believers! Do not unfairly consume the wealth of each other,

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 5, Surah Al-Nisa, Ayah 29)

٭ A Muslim should always remain fearful of the wrath of Allah Almighty. To attain His Mercy, he should adopt virtuous deeds, piety, asceticism and seek Wasilah  of pious servants of Allah Almighty. Allah Almighty has stated:

یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللّٰهَ وَ ابْتَغُوْۤا اِلَیْهِ الْوَسِیْلَةَ وَ جَاهِدُوْا فِیْ سَبِیْلِهٖ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُوْنَ

O believers! Fear Allah, and seek Wasilah (medium of good deeds or pious people) towards Him,
and strive in His way, upon this hope that (you) attain success.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 6, Surah Al-Ma`idah, Ayah 35)

٭ A Muslim should always help and cooperate with others in the matters of goodness, well-wishing, piety, asceticism; and should refrain from helping in the evil and sinful matters. Allah Almighty has stated:

وَ تَعَاوَنُوْا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَ التَّقْوٰى ۪-وَ لَا تَعَاوَنُوْا عَلَى الْاِثْمِ وَ الْعُدْوَانِ۪-

And help one another in righteousness and piety, and do not help one another in sin and injustice.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 6, Surah Al-Ma`idah, Ayah 2)

٭ If a Muslim has committed any sin, he should immediately repent of it in the merciful court of Allah Almighty through the Wasilah of the Mercy for the entire creation, the Guide to the path of salvation صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. As a Muslim has been commanded to do so. Allah Almighty has stated:

وَ لَوْ اَنَّهُمْ اِذْ ظَّلَمُوْۤا اَنْفُسَهُمْ جَآءُوْكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُوا اللّٰهَ وَ اسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُوْلُ لَوَجَدُوا اللّٰهَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِیْمًا

And if when they do injustice to their own souls (by committing sins), then O Beloved, they should come to your august court, and then seek forgiveness from Allah, and the Messenger intercedes for them, so they would definitely find Allah The Greatest Acceptor of repentance, The Most Merciful.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 5, Surah Al-Nisa, Ayah 64)

٭ A Muslim should refrain from the whispers and desires of Nafs (inner-self). Allah Almighty has stated:

وَ اَمَّا مَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهٖ وَ نَهَى النَّفْسَ عَنِ الْهَوٰىۙ( ۴۰) فَاِنَّ الْجَنَّةَ هِیَ الْمَاْوٰىؕ(۴۱)

And as for he who feared standing in the Majestic Court of his Lord and restricted his soul from (illicit) desire.

So indeed Paradise only is (his) abode.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 30, Surah An-Nazi ‘at, Ayah 40-41)

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