DAY 31. SUNDAY 26 APRIL 2020. LOCKDOWN SOUTH AFRICA
Taking a cure from Taraweeh.
On the authority of ‘Umar, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said:
“ While we were one day sitting with the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, there appeared before us a man dressed in extremely white clothes and with very black hair. No traces of journeying were visible on him, and none of us knew him.
He sat down close by the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, rested his knee against his thighs, and said, O Muhammad! Inform me about Islam.” Said the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, “Islam is that you should testify that there is no deity save Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger, that you should perform salah (ritual prayer), pay the zakah, fast during Ramadan, and perform Hajj (pilgrimage) to the House (the Ka’bah at Makkah), if you can find a way to it (or find the means for making the journey to it).” Said he (the man), “You have spoken truly.”
We were astonished at his thus questioning him and telling him that he was right, but he went on to say, “Inform me about iman (faith).” He (the Messenger of Allah) answered, “It is that you believe in Allah and His angels and His Books and His Messengers and in the Last Day, and in fate (qadar), both in its good and in its evil aspects.” He said, “You have spoken truly.”
Then he (the man) said, “Inform me about Ihsan.” He (the Messenger of Allah) answered, ” It is that you should serve Allah as though you could see Him, for though you cannot see Him yet He sees you.” He said, “Inform me about the Hour.” He (the Messenger of Allah) said, “About that the one questioned knows no more than the questioner.” So he said, “Well, inform me about the signs thereof (i.e. of its coming).” Said he, “They are that the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress, that you will see the barefooted ones, the naked, the destitute, the herdsmen of the sheep (competing with each other) in raising lofty buildings.” Thereupon the man went off.
I waited a while, and then he (the Messenger of Allah) said, “O ‘Umar, do you know who that questioner was?” I replied, “Allah and His Messenger know better.” He said, “That was Jibril. He came to teach you your religion.”” [Muslim]
The greatness of belief lies in the reality of your life is shaped in times of happiness, despair, anxiety, calamities and tragedies to name a few. Belief is the cornerstone of life and it gives structure to your thoughts, ideas and knowledge so that it is based on things that do make universal sense. Iman (Faith in Allah) rests on two basic pillars. One pillar is Tauhid (the Oneness of God) and Risalah (Prophethood). The belief that Allah (swt) creates the skies, the sun, moon, the seven oceans, created all forms of life and created man in the best of forms, gives us clarity because we know that man cannot do this things at all. This shows that there is none worthy of worship but Allah (swt). What this belief does is that it does not only make say the words :
|1- First Kalima (Tayyab):|
|Laaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Muhammadur-Rasoolu-llaah There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah|
only with our lips but, with action too. We must be very certain with this and it must be very deep within our hearts so much so that you must want to die with this formula on your lips. It must be like your heart is coloured with this belief and like a colour that attracts attention, your Iman must be an attraction for the whole body to obey including the people who see you. When this happens and it becomes your permanent state, all your worries, anxieties, fears, sorrows, fears, problems and adversities become coloured with Iman and you do not lose hope because you know that Allah, the High the Great will give you Paradise on the reality that in the world you did not associate partners with him. In the words of Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi (r.a) it is most eloquently said: “Tawhid, the most fundamental doctrine of Islam, is not a mere theory, but the only effective way of making man a man in the real sense of the term — it is his first and last refuge and the panacea for all ills. For the essence, its very birth and death is subject to the will of the One and One Being, and a manifestation of His wisdom.”
Risalah (Prophethood) as Muslims believe is what Allah (swt) ordained and all Prophets (a.s) are born except for Nabi Adam (a.s) fashioned by Allah (swt) as the first human. Allah (swt) gave each Holy Prophet (a.s) a rank and station, sent each to the earth for the guidance of mankind, chose some to receive books and teachings that we written down and the seal of Prophethood was Nabi Muhammad (s) who was given the gift of the Holy Quran. His Risalah was and is the key to unlock the hearts of humanity until the day of Qiyamah therefore, to follow him (s) is to affirm Tawhid. Nabi Muhammad (s) entire life is recorded in the Hadith and it shows his (s) greatness of mission which he (s) accomplished excellently, his (s) life a guide to the straight path, his (s) actions a crowning manifestation of a helper of truth by truth and his (s) legacy is protected by the One whom we bring Tawhid in – Allah the High, the Great, the Everlasting, the Eternal.
The emphasis of the article is based on an ayah that has a close link to the life of the ummah here because of the fact that they have reverted from Christianity and need the concrete reinforcement that they have made the right choice.
We focused on ayahs (signs) from سورةالبقرة (The Cow). The ayahs (signs) are 137 & 138. Listen carefully and pick up the word صِبْغَةَ (Sibghah) meaning “colouring”.
﴿١٣٧﴾ فَإِنْ آمَنُوا بِمِثْلِ مَا آمَنْتُمْ بِهِ فَقَدِ اهْتَدَوْا ۖ وَإِنْ تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّمَا هُمْ فِي شِقَاقٍ ۖ فَسَيَكْفِيكَهُمُ اللَّهُ ۚ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
137. If they believe in the same as you have believed in, then they have been guided. But if they turn away, then they are in schism (division). Allah will suffice you against them. He is the Hearer, the Knower.
﴿١٣٨﴾ صِبْغَةَ اللَّهِ ۖ وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ مِنَ اللَّهِ صِبْغَةً ۖ وَنَحْنُ لَهُ عَابِدُونَ
138. Allah’s colouring. And who gives better colouring than Allah? “And we are worshipers of Him.”
It is well known that Christians ceremony of baptism is to symbolise regeneration, purification and redemption thereby giving the symbolic indication of being coloured by the grace of God. Furthermore, it is an allusion (reference) to a certain ceremony of the Christians on the birth of a baby. On the seventh day they used to bathe the bay in coloured water (probably yellow) which according to belief was a substitute for circumcision and a symbolic means of purification internally and externally from the forces of evil and the prompting of Satan. The ‘colour’ is soon washed off the baby and the effect of that shade of colour is water. There is no trace of it remains on the baby. What Allah (swt) is telling according to the tafseer of Ma’ariful Quran is: that the only colouring worth the name is the colouring of a genuine and unabrogated religion — that is Islam – the only colouring which can guarantee physical and spiritual purification, and the only one which shall remain…Just as a certain colour (Sibghah) is openly and clearly visible to the beholder, the signs of genuine and pure Iman should shine through the face, the movements, the habits and the behaviour of a Muslim. – page 357 Vol.1
When Abdur-Rahman (ra) arrived in Madinah, he had no money and no property. He had to start from scratch.From day one since Abdur-Rahman (rta) began his own business in the market of Qainuqa in Madinah, Allah (swt) blessed him with bounty beyond his most daring expectations. It was not long before whatever he touched seemed to bring him instant success.
This constant growth didn’t take long before he was sufficiently well off and was able to get married. After his marriage, he went to the noble Prophet with the scent of perfume lingering on his face and some colouring on his face. The Prophet enquired about the colour on his face because it was the mark of marriage as was the custom of the people of Medina. Abdur Rahman Ibn Awf (r.a) replied in the affirmative.
The point is that the colour on his face gave the message to the Prophet (s) that Abdur Rahman Ibn Awf (r.a) got married. In many ways the colour of your face will give away your mood. Let it be that the Iman in your heart always covers your face with radiance and that you will remain firm on the belief in Allah, the Compassionate and follow Nabi Muhammad (s)
Chapter (3) sūrat āl ʿim’rān (The Family of Imrān)
Sahih International: On the Day [some] faces will turn white and [some] faces will turn black. As for those whose faces turn black, [to them it will be said], “Did you disbelieve after your belief? Then taste the punishment for what you used to reject.”