Practical Advice from Our Prophet Muhammad(صلى الله عليه و سلم)

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Practical Advice from Our Prophet Muhammad

(SallAllahu Alayhi wa salam)

قَالَ مُعَاذُ بن جَبَلٍ قُلْتُ: يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ، أَوْصِنِي، فَقَالَ:”اعْبُدِ اللَّهَ  وَ لا تَشْرك به شيئاٌ كَأَنَّكَ تَرَاهُ، وَاعْدُدْ نَفْسَكَ مِنَ الْمَوْتَى، وَاذْكُرِ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ عِنْدَ كُلِّ حَجَرٍ وَعِنْدَ كُلِّ شَجَرٍ، وَإِذَا عَمِلْتَ سَيِّئَةً، فَاعْمَلْ بِجَنْبِهَا حَسَنَةً، السِّرُّ بِالسِّرِّ، وَالْعَلانِيَةُ بِالْعَلانِيَةِ”،

Mu’ath ibn Jabal (radi Allahu anhu) said: I asked Allah’s Messenger to advise me, He said: “Worship Allah as if you can see Him and avoid shirk, consider yourself among the dead, constantly remember Allah, and whenever you do a bad deed privately do a good deed privately. Every time you do a bad action publicly, do a good action publicly.

Collected by At-Tabbarani in Kabir (374) and Al-Bayhaqi in Iman (548). Al-Munthari and Al-Albani graded this hadeeth as being : Hasan

Benefits for this topic:

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” Worship Allah  as if you can see Him and avoid shirk…”  The shirk the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wa salam) is prohibiting here is Riya. Allah has named the act of showing off, shirk.  Worshipping Allah as if you can see him is complete worship with sincerity. [ At-tanweer sharhul Jami’ Saghir by Amir As-Sana’ni (1182H)]

“Worship Allah as if you can see him…”  This means a person is alert and not negligent in acts of worship. Be serious in your worship to Allah and sincere in your intention, and take precaution from shirk. The person aware that someone is watching his every move won’t act wrongly for a single moment.[ Fayd al Qadeer Al-Munawi]

” Consider yourself among the dead…” Verily your death is near. You are coming closer and closer to death. [ At-tanweer]

“Consider yourself among the dead…”  You will journey throughout this world until you reach the next life.  Your visit to this world is like a stranger in a foreign land. Therefore take from this life what you need and then return home to your grave.[Fayd al-Qadeer]

“Whenever you do a bad deed privately do a good deed privately. Every time you do  a bad action publicly, do a good act publicly. ” Follow up a bad deed with a good one, because good deeds erase bad ones. Furthermore this proves that whoever does a bad deed publicly must repent openly. When a person repents publicly it removes worry and stress. [ At-Tanweer]

 Whenever you do a bad deed privately do a good deed privately. Every time you do a bad action publicly, do a good act publicly. ” Doing acts in this fashion is more suitable. Furthermore this doesn’t mean that a sin done behind closed doors must be repented for openly and a sin done publicly can only be repented for privately, as some people think. It’s said that the intended meaning for repenting secretly is for the removal of minor sins through righteous deeds.[ Faydul Qadir]

Al-Bayhaqi said: The precise meaning for most of this Hadeeth is the  heart should be filled with the remembrance of Allah, so   sins can’t find any vacancy to occupy it.[ Shu’bil Iman # 544]

Translated and compiled by :

Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle

Doha, Qatar 1434©

References:

  • At-tanweer sharhul Jami’ Saghir by Amir As-Sana’ni (1182H), printed by  Maktabah Darus Salam first edition 2011, edited by Muhammad Ishaq Ibrahim vol 2]
  • Fayd al Qadeer  Muhammad Abdur Raud Al-Munawi , printed by Darul Kutub al-Ilmiyyah ,first edition 1994
  • Al-Jami Shu’bil Iman by Abu Bakr Ahmed Al-Bayhaqi, printed by Awqaf of Qatar 2008, first edition, editied by Doctor Abdul Ali abdul Hameed Haamid
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