The Fruits of Tawheed (Part 8)
قَالَ مُعَاذُ بْنُ جَبَلٍ اجْلِسْ بِنَا نُؤْمِنْ سَاعَةً
Mu’adh ibn Jabal radia Allaahu ‘anhu would say: “Come and sit with us; we will have faith for a while.”
This is because the Prophet (ﷺ) said in a Hadeeth:
عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ الْإِيمَانَ لَيَخْلَقُ فِي جَوْفِ أَحَدِكُمْ كَمَا يَخْلَقُ الثَّوْبُ الْخَلِقُ فَاسْأَلُوا اللَّهَ أَنْ يُجَدِّدَ الْإِيمَانَ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ
‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr radia Allaahu ‘anhu reported that the Messenger of Allaah, (ﷺ) said: “Verily, the faith of one of you will diminish just as a shirt becomes worn out, so ask Allaah to renew faith in your hearts.” [Al-Mustadrak 5; and authentic according to Al-Albaani]
Faith can become weak, just like clothes become thin and old. We need to renew the faith in our hearts. What will increase faith in our hearts? When we gather and talk about the غيب (Unseen). And the greatest Unseen is Allaah. Talking about Allaah’s Names and Attributes will increase faith in the heart of a person.
Being busy with worldly occupation, lives, children, and families, will diminish and weaken faith in one’s heart. This is why one constantly needs to renew his faith. If the slave leaves his faith, and does not take the means to increase it, it will decrease until it completely diminishes, to the point where the person outwardly looks like a Muslim, but is a hypocrite. One should hope to renew his faith every time he attends these gatherings (Halaqas). We want to keep our faith steady until we die.
When we talk about the Unseen, our faith and accordingly, certainty will increase. All of us know the Unseen; we know about Allaah, the Day of Judgment, etc. but every one of us has a weakness – one is weak in his trust in Allaah, another is weak in his remembrance of Allaah, etc. We need to strengthen our weaknesses. Everyone knows what he is weak in, so it is his duty to strengthen the weakness he has, and this will not be attained unless he puts effort into increasing in his faith and certainty. One should strive hard to acquire knowledge, and not rely on the knowledge he already has. Even if a person has already heard what he is learning, with repetition there is establishment in the heart, and this will benefit man whilst he is in his grave. Superficial knowledge will not be rooted in a person’s heart. One needs knowledge to be established in his heart, so that when he faces calamities in his life, he will be able to face them with strong faith. And Allaah will appreciate his efforts.
When a person increases in faith, this faith will have an effect on him. Of the impacts:
9) When a person increases in faith, he will attain the Love of Allaah, as Allaah mentioned:
If one attains the Love of Allaah, it is out of Allaah’s Mercy upon him.
What is the Impact of the Love of Allaah?
Allaah is watchful over the hearts of the people, and sees the deeds one is performing, and the efforts he is putting forth. Consequently Allaah will love him.
♥ The Prohet (ﷺ) said:
“إذا أحب الله العبد نادى جبريل: إن الله تعالى يحب فلانًا، فأحببه، فيحبه جبريل، فينادي في أهل السماء: إن الله يحب فلانًا، فأحبوه، فيحبه أهل السماء، ثم يوضع له القبول في الأرض“
“When Allaah loves a slave, He calls Jibreel and says: ‘I love so-and-so; so love him’. Then Jibreel loves him. After that he (Jibreel) announces to the inhabitants of the heavens that Allaah loves so-and-so; so love him; and the inhabitants of the heavens (the Angels) also love him and then acceptance will be placed on earth for him.” [Agreed upon]
Will all the people on earth accept that person? No, only the believers.
Take the Prophet (ﷺ) for example. He is a beloved Messenger to Allaah, yet you find disbelievers who mock and ridicule him on earth. There is no contradiction between this Hadeeth and what they say about him. Allaah Loves him and puts acceptance for him in the hearts of the believers.
Do not be deceived by singers and musicians who have millions of people watching them. This is not from the Love of Allaah nor the acceptance for that person on the earth. The consideration here is the acceptance in the hearts of the believers.
Of the impacts of Allaah’s Love and Mercy for a person is that He makes the Angels who bear the Throne pray for the believers. Who are we for Allaah to make these great Angels pray for us, if it were not for Allaah’s Mercy and Love?
They ask Allaah to forgive the believer, save him from the evil of his sins, and admit him and his family into Paradise.
♥ If a person attains Allaah’s Love, he will attain high fame, elevation and reputation. His name will be elevated, especially after his death. This does not always occur during a person’s lifetime, so do not be deceived by the state of some whilst they are alive. What is important is what occurs after death. The person who attains Allaah’s Love will be in his grave while the people on earth are invoking for him.
Love of Allaah is the achievement of every good in this Dunya and in the Hereafter. The Prophet (ﷺ) said that everyone has a reputation with Allaah. Whoever has a good reputation in the heavens, it will be put for him (i.e. it will be known) on earth and whoever has a bad reputation in the heavens, it will be put for him (i.e. it will be known) on the earth.” [Authenticated by Al-Albaani in Saheeh Jaami’]
We should be concerned about our reputation with Allaah, because it is this reputation which will be placed for us on earth, especially after our death. A good reputation is based on faith and good deeds, so do not be deceived by sinners who are famous, they may temporarily be up, but will go down in the end.
One of the greatest fruits of faith is that the believer is granted a “لسان صدق” – a good reputation; a mention of honor amongst the people. He will die and the people will mention his name. By his faith and good deeds, Allaah will not just increase his fame, but He will make him a good example to be followed. And he will get the reward of all the people who follow him. And this is out of Allaah’s Generosity with him.
E.g. a Muslim teacher teaching the children Surat Al-Fatihah: The children will grow up and teach their children, and their grandchildren, etc. and every time they recite it, it will be recorded in the record of this believer. This is what it means to be an Imam.
If one person becomes a Muslim through a person, so long as that person is guided, and he affects others, the reward of all their good deeds will also be given to the person who guided them. That is why the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“فوالله لأن يهدي الله بك رجلا واحدا خير من حمر النعم”
“By Allaah, if a single person is guided by Allaah through you, it will be better for you than a whole lot of red camels.” [Agreed upon]
Making a person a leader is out of Allaah’s Mercy and Love for that person. And this is not attained by anyone, except for whom Allaah wills. Our concern should not be leadership, but to strengthen our faith and perform righteous deeds, so that Allaah makes us leaders. There are people who focus on leadership but neglect faith and doing righteous good deeds. Our focus should be our faith and Allaah will make us leaders. In Surat Sajdah [32:24]:
“And We made from among them (Children of Israel), leaders, giving guidance under Our Command, when they were patient and used to believe with certainty in Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.).”
Allaah made Bani Israeel leaders because they were patient and believed with certainty in the Ayaat of Allaah.
We have to take care of our faith, and Allaah will make us a good example to be followed. Allaah will make you a leader, raise your fame, and people will talk about you and send mercy on you after your death.
Look at how Allaah honored the believer in Surah Ghaafir [40:26]:
“Fir’aun (Pharaoh) said: ‘Leave me to kill Musa (Moses), and let him call his Lord (to stop me from killing him)! I fear that he may change your religion, or that he may cause mischief to appear in the land!.’”
When Pharaoh threatened to kill Musa, Musa [Moses (عليه السلام)] said in verse 27:
“Musa (Moses) said: ‘Verily, I seek refuge in my Lord and your Lord from every arrogant who believes not in the Day of Reckoning!’”
Musa [Moses (عليه السلام)] was alone and Pharaoh wanted to kill him. When Musa (عليه السلام) sought refuge with Allaah, Allaah immediately sent a believer, from among the family of Pharaoh who concealed his faith, to defend Musa (عليه السلام):
“And a believing man of Fir’aun’s (Pharaoh) family, who hid his faith said: ‘Would you kill a man because he says: My Lord is Allaah, and he has come to you with clear signs (proofs) from your Lord? And if he is a liar, upon him will be (the sin of) his lie; but if he is telling the truth, then some of that (calamity) wherewith he threatens you will befall on you.’ Verily, Allaah guides not one who is a Mushrik (a polytheist, or a murderer who shed blood without a right, or those who commit great sins, an oppressor, a transgressor), a liar!”
Allaah raised the fame of this believer. He is mentioned in the books of Bani Israeel, and he is mentioned in the Qur’an, and people will recite his story until the Day of Judgment.
Similarly, the believer in Surat Ya-Sin: Allaah sent Messengers to call the people to Islam, and the people refused to accept. Allaah then sent a man. In [36:20]:
“And there came running from the farthest part of the town, a man, saying: ‘O my people! Obey the Messengers …etc ‘”.
He was killed in the end, but Allaah mentioned in verses 26 and 27:
“It was said (to him when the disbelievers killed him): ‘Enter Paradise.’ He said: ‘Would that my people knew!’”
‘That my Lord (Allaah) has forgiven me, and made me of the honored ones!’
It is not about getting fame and honor whilst you are alive in the Dunya, but after your death. And this is only attained by the believers who perform righteous deeds. We should therefore focus on our faith in order to attain all these blessings from Allaah.