The Fruits of Tawheed (Part 9)
Allaah has bestowed many blessings upon us, and we need to thank Allaah for them. Of these blessings is that Allaah made it easy for us to gather every week and remember Him. Yet only those who are deprived of such gatherings feel this blessing. There are countries where people are not allowed to gather and remember Allaah.
We should thank Allaah for living in security and safety, while being able to attend classes. Allaah made it easy for us; we should not be ungrateful and act as if we are not in need of it.
Ibn Al-Qayyim said in Al-Fawaa’id that one of the greatest and a most beneficial booty that a person will attain is to sit with sincere people and help each other in taking the means of salvation; to advise each other with the truth and patience.
If you sit in gatherings with sincere people, remembering Allaah, you will attain salvation from the Anger of Allaah, the Punishment of Allaah, etc. This is the greatest and most beneficial غنيمة you will attain; not money, but something greater than that.
These are the people whom Allaah said regarding: لاَ يَشْقَى بِهِمْ جَلِيسُهُم [Al-Bukhari # 6408]
Meaning: Even the person who sits with them will not be miserable. If a person comes and sits for a few minutes, not to attend the gathering, but for another reason, he will be blessed and honored by Allaah because of the people who are sitting sincerely. This is to emphasize their status; that even those who come for a while and leave will be blessed because of them.
عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ، قَالَ خَرَجَ مُعَاوِيَةُ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ فَقَالَ مَا يُجْلِسُكُمْ قَالُوا جَلَسْنَا نَذْكُرُ اللَّهَ قَالَ آللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَكُمْ إِلاَّ ذَاكَ قَالُوا وَاللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَنَا إِلاَّ ذَاكَ . قَالَ أَمَا إِنِّي مَا أَسْتَحْلِفُكُمْ تُهْمَةً لَكُمْ وَمَا كَانَ أَحَدٌ بِمَنْزِلَتِي مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَقَلَّ حَدِيثًا عَنْهُ مِنِّي إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم خَرَجَ عَلَى حَلْقَةٍ مِنْ أَصْحَابِهِ فَقَالَ ” مَا يُجْلِسُكُمْ ” . قَالُوا جَلَسْنَا نَذْكُرُ اللَّهَ وَنَحْمَدُهُ لِمَا هَدَانَا لِلإِسْلاَمِ وَمَنَّ عَلَيْنَا بِهِ . فَقَالَ ” آللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَكُمْ إِلاَّ ذَاكَ ” . قَالُوا آللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَنَا إِلاَّ ذَاكَ . قَالَ ” أَمَا إِنِّي لَمْ أَسْتَحْلِفْكُمْ لِتُهْمَةٍ لَكُمْ إِنَّهُ أَتَانِي جِبْرِيلُ فَأَخْبَرَنِي أَنَّ اللَّهَ يُبَاهِي بِكُمُ الْمَلاَئِكَةَ”
Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri narrated that Mu’awiyah came out to the Masjid and said: “What has caused you to gather for this sitting?” They said: “We gathered so that we may remember Allaah.” He said: “By Allaah, nothing caused you to gather for this sitting except for that?” They said: “By Allaah, nothing caused us to gather for this sitting except for that.” He said: “Indeed, I did not ask you out of suspicion, and there was no one in the position I was from the Messenger of Allaah who narrates less Ahadeeth from him than me. Indeed the Messenger of Allaah came out upon a circle of his Companions and said: ‘What has caused you to gather for this sitting?’ They said: ‘We have gathered for this sitting to remember Allaah, and praise Him for His having guided us to Islam, and having bestowed blessings upon us.’ So he said: ‘By Allaah, nothing caused you to gather for this sitting except for that?’ He said: ‘Indeed, I did not ask you out of suspicion, verily Jibreel came to me and informed me that Allaah boasts of you to the angels.’” [Tirmidhi, # 3379]
اللَّهَ يُبَاهِي بِكُمُ الْمَلاَئِكَةَ – Allaah boasts of you to the angels
Imam An-Nawawi said this means that Allaah mentions their superiority and excellence to the Angels, shows their good actions to them, and praises them.
Ibn Al-Qayyim said this indicates the dignity and superiority of Dhikr Allaah.
Remembrance of Allaah could be people gathering to study the Names of Allaah, the Sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ), to study the Qur’an, to memorize the Qur’an, learning the Halal and Haraam, etc. All these gatherings fall under the heading of مجالس الذكر (assemblies of Dhikr), which has this superiority with Allaah; where Allaah mentions the magnificence of the attendees to the Angels.
This indicates Allaah’s love for such gatherings and those who are sincerely gathering to remember Him. When you come to class, remember that this action of yours is not something that is light in reward, it may have a greater reward than any other action you are performing.
It also teaches us the special characteristics of this action over other actions. Remembering Allaah is more superior over other actions; Allaah Loves it. The person is a loser if he has a chance to come and attend for this purpose and does not.
Faith, when perfected, causes a person to love what Allaah loves and hate what Allaah hates. When you hear a Hadeeth like this, you should not hesitate for a moment. A believer is keen to attend and does not give excuses. Whoever is thinking of the Hereafter and wants high ranks with Allaah will never show laziness or lag behind when he is called to attend.
Faith wears out in the heart. If you do not take care of it, it will fade away and become weak. The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
إِنَّ الْإِيمَانَ لَيَخْلَقُ فِي جَوْفِ أَحَدِكُمْ كَمَا يَخْلَقُ الثَّوْبُ الْخَلِقُ فَاسْأَلُوا اللَّهَ أَنْ يُجَدِّدَ الْإِيمَانَ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ
“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; authentic according to Al-Albaani]
Faith becomes weak and thin if you do not renew and strengthen it. One of the indications of the thinness and weakness of Faith is that a person will see the Haraam as Halal and Halal as Haraam. The person may outwardly be a Muslim, but the way she talks and thinks contradicts that.
One of the means of increasing faith is by attending the gatherings of remembrance of Allaah. When you strengthen your faith, this faith will surely have an effect and bear many fruits:
10) The tenth fruit of Tawheed is that Allah will raise one in ranks.
Allaah promised to raise the believers; الموحدين, and those who have knowledge.
You should have basic faith, then acquire knowledge. As you acquire knowledge, your faith will increase, and as your faith increases, your rank in Paradise will increase as well.
Elevation in ranks is not limited to Paradise. A person will be elevated in this Dunya as well. However, it is not important that you are known now. People will mention your name, praise you, ask Allaah to send mercy on you, even after your death. This is what Allaah promised those who have faith and knowledge.
11) – Attaining the gifts of Allaah حصول البشارة بكرامة الله
“That you believe in Allaah and His Messenger [Muhammad (ﷺ)], and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allaah with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know!”
a) “تؤمنون بالله و رسوله” – That you believe in Allaah and His Messenger
Belief in the Prophet (ﷺ) is proven through following him, honoring his Sunnah, spreading it, etc.
b) “و تجاهدوا في سبيل الله بأموالكم و أنفسكم“ – and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allaah with your wealth and your lives
We do not have Jihaad now, but the greatest Jihaad we have now is Jihaad with the pen (i.e. by writing), with the tongue (i.e. by calling people to Islam).
If you strengthen your faith in Allaah and in the Prophet (ﷺ), as well as make Jihaad in the Cause of Allaah by spending of your money, time, life, what will you get in return?
The above is the business with Allaah. If you do the above, Allaah will give you the following: In Surat As-Saff (61:12) Allaah says:
“(If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in Gardens of ‘Adn – Eternity [‘Adn (Edn) Paradise], that is indeed the great success.”
“And also (He will give you) another (blessing) which you love, help from Allaah (against your enemies) and a near victory. And give glad tidings [O Muhammad (ﷺ)] to the believers.”
In his interpretation of this verse, Shaikh As-Sa’di said that as for the believers who do not have a chance to participate in Jihaad, then Allaah does not let them despair in His grace and Ihsaan. He says “و بشر المؤمنين” with a hastened and delayed reward – in this Dunya and in the Hereafter – in accordance to their faith. Allaah did not specify the reward. It is general, and includes every good in this Dunya and in the Hereafter.
In the Dunya, if you are going through a crisis or stressful situation, then receive the gladtidingأبشر relief from Allaah will come if you believe that Allaah is Able to help you. The gladtiding بشارة is dependent on your belief.
E.g. You need something but do not know how to get it. If you believe that Allaah is Able to fulfill your need because He is الرزاق، المنان, then receive the gladtiding أبشر – Allaah will fulfill it.
E.g. You are sad because someone offended you. If you believe Allaah is الجبار the One Who mends the hearts, then receive the glad tiding أبشر, Allaah will mend your heart.
E.g. If you are sick and believe Allaah is الشافي, then أبشر, Allaah will cure you. But this is dependent on your belief – the amount of belief you have in Allaah is proportional to the amount of glad-tiding you receive بشارة. As your faith increases, the glad tidings increase. You should therefore be keen to increase your faith in order to attain this fruit.
Glad tidings are also mentioned in specific ways in the Qur’an:
If you believe and perform righteous deeds, Allah mentioned that you will specifically receive the glad tidings of Paradise.
Those who believe and do not commit Shirk will have two rewards:
a) Security in this World and the Next
Security from their faith being taken away from them. The true believers are always afraid of hypocrisy, of losing their faith, etc. If you really believe, Allaah will keep your faith safe.
In addition, you will be saved from the Anger of Allaah, the Punishment of Allaah; from every evil.
b) Guidance in this World and the Next
In this Dunya Allaah guides people to the Right Path. In the Hereafter, Allaah will guide the People of Jannah to their homes. They will enter Jannah and go straight to their homes without anyone showing them where it is. It is Allaah Who will guide them to their houses, as a result of the faith they had in their hearts.
We have to take care of increasing our faith. And one of the means is by attending lectures that talk about Allaah, His Names, the Attributes of Allaah, and the Sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ). This life is so short in comparison to the everlasting life in the Hereafter. The Day of Judgment is equal to 50,000 years. Therefore be patient when learning and acquiring knowledge.
“أصلح” – They performed righteous deeds, so accordingly their life was reformed.
At the time of death and on the Day of Resurrection, the Angels will give them glad tidings, telling them to not be afraid of what they are going to face, nor be sad for what they are going to leave behind. Allaah will secure them from fear and grief at the time of their death and on the Day of Judgment.
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