Tauba-tun-Nasuh [true repentance]
Allah Almighty is our Creator, Owner and Lord. If a Muslim ever commits any sin, he should immediately seek true repentance in the court of Allah Almighty. He عَزَّوَجَلَّ is the most Merciful and most Gracious. There are glad tidings of ‘entering into Paradise’ and ‘forgiveness of sins’ for those who repent truly.
Allah Almighty has stated:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا تُوْبُوْۤا اِلَى اللّٰهِ تَوْبَةً نَّصُوْحًاؕ-عَسٰى رَبُّكُمْ اَنْ یُّكَفِّرَ عَنْكُمْ سَیِّاٰتِكُمْ وَ یُدْخِلَكُمْ جَنّٰتٍ تَجْرِیْ مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْاَنْهٰرُۙ-
O believers! Repent to Allah with such
repentance which becomes an advice for the future;
it is close that your Lord may remove your sins and admit you into Gardens beneath which rivers flow,
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 28, Surah At-Tahreem, Ayah 8)
Save your household from fire
Along with reforming himself, a Muslim is also responsible to reform his household. A Muslim, as per his capacity, should refrain his children and subordinates from disobeying the Shari’ah in all worldly or religious matters. Parents and guardians become worried about the illness and worldly losses of their children and make every possible effort to save them from difficulties whereas it is far more necessary for parents to save their beloved ones from the Hellfire by giving them good upbringing and making them obedient to Allah Almighty and the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم.
Allah Almighty has stated in the Holy Quran:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا قُوْۤا اَنْفُسَكُمْ وَ اَهْلِیْكُمْ نَارًا وَّ قُوْدُهَا النَّاسُ وَ الْحِجَارَةُ عَلَیْهَا مَلٰٓىٕكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ
لَّا یَعْصُوْنَ اللّٰهَ مَاۤ اَمَرَهُمْ وَ یَفْعَلُوْنَ مَا یُؤْمَرُوْنَ(۶)
O believers! Save yourselves and your families from the Fire; the fuel of which are humans and stones, appointed over it are extremely powerful angels, who do not refuse the command of Allah and they only do what they are commanded.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 28, Surah At-Tahreem, Ayah 6)
Do not let wealth and children be a hurdle in the path of Allah
Earning lawful sustenance, giving good upbringing to children and providing the family with facilities are not bad acts at all but rather Shari’ah commands us to do all the mentioned acts, but a Muslim must take into account that the love for wealth and children should not make him disobey Allah Almighty and His Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Performing Faraid and Wajibaat, especially Fard Salah, Fasts, Hajj and Zakah should not be delayed or ignored at all. Allah Almighty has stated:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا لَا تُلْهِكُمْ اَمْوَالُكُمْ وَ لَاۤ اَوْلَادُكُمْ عَنْ ذِكْرِ اللّٰهِۚ-وَ مَنْ یَّفْعَلْ ذٰلِكَ فَاُولٰٓىٕكَ هُمُ الْخٰسِرُوْنَ(۹)
O believers! Let not your wealth or your children (or) anything cause you to neglect the remembrance of Allah. And whoever does this, so it is they who are in loss.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 28, Surah Al-Munafiqoon, Ayah 9)
The first Azan of Friday Salah
Friday is the ‘chief day’ amongst all days of the week and it is also the day of Eid. Friday Salah holds great importance in Islam. The glorious Quran describes its rulings: As soon as the first Azan is called out for Friday Salah, a Muslim should immediately walk towards the Masjid, stopping every piece of work, be it a business deal or some other work.
Allah Almighty has commanded:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْۤا اِذَا نُوْدِیَ لِلصَّلٰوةِ مِنْ یَّوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ فَاسْعَوْا اِلٰى ذِكْرِ اللّٰهِ وَ ذَرُوا الْبَیْعَؕ-ذٰلِكُمْ خَیْرٌ لَّكُمْ اِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُوْنَ(۹)
O believers! When the call for Salah is
given on the day of Jumu’ah (Friday),
so hurry towards the remembrance of Allah and stop buying and selling; this is better for you if you know.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 28, Surah Al-Jumu’ah, Ayah 9)
Help the religion of Allah Almighty
The religion ‘Islam' is a great blessing from Allah Almighty and being a Muslim is a great favour of Allah Almighty on us. Allah Almighty has commanded us to serve Islam and preach the teachings of Islam. It is mentioned in the Holy Quran:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا كُوْنُوْۤا اَنْصَارَ اللّٰهِ
O believers! Become the helpers of Allah’s religion,
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 28, Surah Al-Saff, Ayah 14)
Act upon your knowledge too
Islam teaches us that there should be uniformity in our words and actions. A Muslim should act upon the knowledge of the Holy Quran and blessed Ahadees too what he preaches to others. Allah Almighty has stated:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا لِمَ تَقُوْلُوْنَ مَا لَا تَفْعَلُوْنَ(۲)
O believers! Why do you say that which you do not practice?
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 28, Surah Al-Saff, Ayah 2)
Every soul must see what it has sent ahead for tomorrow
To have Iman in the Hereafter is a basic belief of Islam. It has been mentioned in the Holy Quran at many places. Every human being will be accountable for his deeds on the Day of Judgement. Each righteous deed carried out, is a stockpile for tomorrow, the Day of Judgement. Good deeds will be rewarded and bad acts will be punished. Therefore, a Muslim should contemplate more his Hereafter life. Allah Almighty has stated in the Holy Quran:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللّٰهَ وَ لْتَنْظُرْ نَفْسٌ مَّا قَدَّمَتْ لِغَدٍۚ-وَ اتَّقُوا اللّٰهَؕ-اِنَّ اللّٰهَ خَبِیْرٌۢ بِمَا تَعْمَلُوْنَ(۱۸)
O believers! Fear Allah, and every soul
must see what it has sent ahead for tomorrow (Day of Judgment).
And fear Allah; indeed Allah is Aware of your deeds.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 28, Surah Al-Hashr, Ayah 18)
Good and bad consultation
Consulting about goodness, virtuous deeds, piety and abstinence is a very good practice and it should also be carried out and encouraged, whereas making plans for evil and disobeying acts is extremely forbidden and impermissible practice. A Muslim must not take part in such type of bad activities. Allah Almighty has stated:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْۤا اِذَا تَنَاجَیْتُمْ فَلَا تَتَنَاجَوْا بِالْاِثْمِ وَ الْعُدْوَانِ وَ مَعْصِیَتِ الرَّسُوْلِ وَ تَنَاجَوْا بِالْبِرِّ وَ التَّقْوٰىؕ-
وَ اتَّقُوا اللّٰهَ الَّذِیْۤ اِلَیْهِ تُحْشَرُوْنَ(۹)
O believers! When you consult each other, so do not consult for sinning, nor exceeding the limits, nor disobeying the Messenger. And consult for righteousness and piety, and fear Allah, towards whom you will be raised.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 28, Surah Al-Mujadalah, Ayah 09)
Peaceful society shattered by evil acts
Evil assumption, finding faults, backbiting, false allegations, calling others with evil nicknames, taunting, mocking and teasing others play a vital role in fuelling hatred and causing differences, confusion and unrest in a peaceful society. A Muslim should always distance himself from these ominous acts. Allah Almighty has stated:
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوْا كَثِیْرًا مِّنَ الظَّنِّ٘-اِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ اِثْمٌ وَّ لَا تَجَسَّسُوْا وَ لَا یَغْتَبْ بَّعْضُكُمْ بَعْضًاؕ-اَیُحِبُّ اَحَدُكُمْ اَنْ یَّاْكُلَ لَحْمَ اَخِیْهِ مَیْتًا فَكَرِهْتُمُوْهُؕ-وَ اتَّقُوا اللّٰهَؕ-اِنَّ اللّٰهَ تَوَّابٌ رَّحِیْمٌ(۱۲)
O believers! Avoid much suspicions; indeed some suspicions become sin. And do not search for (hidden) faults, do not backbite one another; would any one amongst you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? So you will not tolerate this, and fear Allah. Indeed Allah is The Great Acceptor of repentance, Ever Merciful.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 26, Surah Al-Hujuraat, Ayah 12)
یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا لَا یَسْخَرْ قَوْمٌ مِّنْ قَوْمٍ عَسٰۤى اَنْ یَّكُوْنُوْا خَیْرًا مِّنْهُمْ وَ لَا نِسَآءٌ مِّنْ نِّسَآءٍ عَسٰۤى اَنْ یَّكُنَّ خَیْرًا مِّنْهُنَّۚ-وَ لَا تَلْمِزُوْۤا اَنْفُسَكُمْ وَ لَا تَنَابَزُوْا بِالْاَلْقَابِؕ-بِئْسَ الِاسْمُ الْفُسُوْقُ بَعْدَ الْاِیْمَانِۚ-وَ مَنْ لَّمْ یَتُبْ فَاُولٰٓىٕكَ هُمُ الظّٰلِمُوْنَ(۱۱)
O believers! Men must not ridicule other men, it’s likely that the ridiculed are better than the mockers, nor must the women ridicule other women, it’s likely that the ridiculed women may be better than the mockers; and do not taunt one another, nor give evil nicknames. What a bad name it is to be called an evildoer after being a Muslim. And whoever does not repent, it is they who are unjust.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 26, Surah Al-Hujuraat, Ayah 11)