Continued from the previous issue
٭ The sign of a perfect Muslim is that he does not do any good deed for showing off but rather he carries out virtuous deeds only for [seeking] the will of Allah Almighty. Allah Almighty has said in the Holy Quran about those who show off and do not believe in Allah:
وَ الَّذِیْنَ یُنْفِقُوْنَ اَمْوَالَهُمْ رِئَآءَ النَّاسِ وَ لَا یُؤْمِنُوْنَ بِاللّٰهِ وَ لَا بِالْیَوْمِ الْاٰخِرِؕ-وَ مَنْ یَّكُنِ الشَّیْطٰنُ لَهٗ قَرِیْنًا فَسَآءَ قَرِیْنًا(۳۸)
And those who spend their wealth to show off to the people, and do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day; and whoever has Shaytan as a companion, so what an evil companion he is.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part. 5, Surah An-Nisa, Ayah 38)
٭ A Muslim should not remind a person of the favours [giving Sadaqah] he has done to him so that he [Sadaqah receiver] does not feel bad and the reward of the ‘Sadaqah giver’ is also not nullified. Allah Almighty has stated:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا لَا تُبْطِلُوْا صَدَقٰتِكُمْ بِالْمَنِّ وَ الْاَذٰىۙ-
O believers! Do not invalidate your charity by boasting of favours and by causing anguish.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part. 3, Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 264)
٭ A Muslim, before he departs this life, should spend in the path of Allah from what Allah Almighty has provided him with. It is a belief of a Muslim that the Day of Judgment will surely come and the Day of Judgment will be terrible and dreadful. Wealth would not work for anybody. All worldly friendships will also go in vain. Even fathers will be getting rid of their sons on that day. No intercession will benefit the disbelievers nor will anyone be able to attain intercession for anybody as it happens in worldly manner. Only the chosen ones will have the privilege of interceding with the permission of Allah Almighty. Likewise, one will gain benefit from his wealth in Hereafter only in this way that he would have spent his wealth carrying out good deeds in the world. Regarding friendship, the friendship with pious people will benefit people [in the Hereafter].
Allah Almighty has stated:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْۤا اَنْفِقُوْا مِمَّا رَزَقْنٰكُمْ مِّنْ قَبْلِ اَنْ یَّاْتِیَ یَوْمٌ لَّا بَیْعٌ فِیْهِ وَ لَا خُلَّةٌ وَّ لَا شَفَاعَةٌؕ-
وَ الْكٰفِرُوْنَ هُمُ الظّٰلِمُوْنَ(۲۵۴)
O Believers! Spend in the path of Allah from what We have provided for you, before the arrival of that Day in which there is no trading, and for the disbelievers there would be no friendship nor intercession. And the disbelievers themselves are the unjust.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part. 3, Surah Baqarah, Ayah 254)
٭ A Muslim should spend in the path of Allah Almighty from his lawful and pure earnings. Moreover, he should also spend from earth produces in the path of Allah Almighty (If it is Wajib as per Shari’ah). A Muslim should not spend inferior and defective things in the way of Allah because when he will give superior things in the way of Allah, he will deserve high-ranking reward. Allah has stated:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْۤا اَنْفِقُوْا مِنْ طَیِّبٰتِ مَا كَسَبْتُمْ وَ مِمَّاۤ اَخْرَجْنَا لَكُمْ مِّنَ الْاَرْضِ۪-
وَ لَا تَیَمَّمُوا الْخَبِیْثَ مِنْهُ تُنْفِقُوْنَ وَ لَسْتُمْ بِاٰخِذِیْهِ اِلَّاۤ اَنْ تُغْمِضُوْا فِیْهِؕ-وَ اعْلَمُوْۤا اَنَّ اللّٰهَ غَنِیٌّ حَمِیْدٌ(۲۶۷)
O believers! Spend from your lawful earnings, and from that which We have produced from the earth for you. And do not intend in particular to give (in charity) from that which is defective, which even if you are given, you would not accept, but (you would receive) with your eyes closed; and know that Allah is Independent, Most Praised. [Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part. 3, Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 267)
٭ A Muslim should be the one who, in all matters, should stand firm with justice and truth. While standing firm with truth, even if he or his close relatives suffer any loss, he should not care about it because Allah Almighty has commanded him to stand with justice and truth, not to follow the desires of his Nafs.
٭ Allah has Said:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا كُوْنُوْا قَوّٰمِیْنَ بِالْقِسْطِ شُهَدَآءَ لِلّٰهِ وَ لَوْ عَلٰۤى اَنْفُسِكُمْ اَوِ الْوَالِدَیْنِ وَ الْاَقْرَبِیْنَۚ-اِنْ یَّكُنْ غَنِیًّا
اَوْ فَقِیْرًا فَاللّٰهُ اَوْلٰى بِهِمَا- فَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا الْهَوٰۤى اَنْ تَعْدِلُوْاۚ-وَ اِنْ تَلْوٗۤا اَوْ تُعْرِضُوْا فَاِنَّ اللّٰهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُوْنَ خَبِیْرًا(۱۳۵)
O believers! Stand firm for justice (whilst) giving testimony for the sake of Allah, even if there is loss in it for yourselves, or (your) parents, or (your) relatives; whether the one you testify; nevertheless Allah has greater right over it. So do not follow your wishes lest you separate from the truth (justice), and if you distort (testimony) or turn away (from giving it), then Allah is Aware of your actions. [Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)](Part. 5, Surah An-Nisa, Ayah 135)
٭ While carrying out the noble acts of preaching and serving Islam, a Muslim should not be afraid to sacrifice his life in the path of Allah also. He should indulge in the talks of hopelessness and despair regarding those who sacrifice their lives in the path of Allah but rather one should have strong eagerness for sacrificing his own life and wealth.
Allah Almighty has stated:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا لَا تَكُوْنُوْا كَالَّذِیْنَ كَفَرُوْا وَ قَالُوْا لِاِخْوَانِهِمْ اِذَا ضَرَبُوْا فِی الْاَرْضِ اَوْ كَانُوْا غُزًّى لَّوْ كَانُوْا
عِنْدَنَا مَا مَاتُوْا وَ مَا قُتِلُوْاۚ-لِیَجْعَلَ اللّٰهُ ذٰلِكَ حَسْرَةً فِیْ قُلُوْبِهِمْؕ-وَ اللّٰهُ یُحْیٖ وَ یُمِیْتُؕ-وَ اللّٰهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُوْنَ بَصِیْرٌ(۱۵۶)
O believers! Do not be like the disbelievers who said regarding their brothers when they embarked on a journey or on a battle, ‘If they had been with us, they would not have died nor be killed,’ (O believers do not utter this), so that Allah may put regret in their hearts over this matter. And Allah gives life and causes death, and Allah is observing your actions. [Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)](Part. 4, Surah Aal-e-‘Imran, Ayah 156)
٭ A Muslim should not confide in disbelievers and polytheists at all. He should be aware of the fact that the disbelievers are not trustworthy in any way. They always try to cause harm to Muslims. Allah Almighty has stated:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا لَا تَتَّخِذُوْا بِطَانَةً مِّنْ دُوْنِكُمْ لَا یَاْلُوْنَكُمْ خَبَالًاؕ-وَدُّوْا مَا عَنِتُّمْۚ-قَدْ بَدَتِ الْبَغْضَآءُ مِنْ اَفْوَاهِهِمْ ﭕ وَ مَا تُخْفِیْ صُدُوْرُهُمْ اَكْبَرُؕ-قَدْ بَیَّنَّا لَكُمُ الْاٰیٰتِ اِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْقِلُوْنَ(۱۱۸)
O believers! Do not share your secrets with strangers (i.e. disbelievers), they do not leave any stone unturned to harm you; they desire that you may be harmed much. Enmity has been exposed from their utterances, and what they hide within their chests is even greater. We have articulated the signs clearly to you, if you have intelligence. [Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)](Part. 4, Surah Aal-e-‘Imran, Ayah 118)
٭ A Muslim should not associate friendships with disbelievers ignoring his Muslim brothers because those who do not believe in Allah Almighty, the One Who has created them, then how can they become a friend and supporter of Muslims.
Allah Almighty has stated:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الْكٰفِرِیْنَ اَوْلِیَآءَ مِنْ دُوْنِ الْمُؤْمِنِیْنَؕ-
O believers! Do not befriend disbelievers instead of Muslims.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)](Part. 5, Surah Al-Nisa, Ayah 144)