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Monday, March 20, 2006

Wisdom In Islam

Wisdom In Islam encompasses in its radiant words the true goals that all of us must strive for. Its bounty of mercy, forgiveness and guidance is stunning in its clarity. Imagine using this wonderful guidance on a regular basis? It is important to endeavor to practice and then to invite others to practice these beautiful words of wisdom.

Khalid ibn al Wald (Radi Allahu Ta'ala anhu) narrated the following hadith:

A Bedouin came one day to the Prophet Mohammed (SAW) and said to him, "O, Messenger of Allah! I've come to ask you a few questions about the affairs of this life and the Hereafter."

Ask what you wish.

I'd like to be the most learned of men.
Fear Allah, and you will be the most learned of men.

I wish to be the richest man in the world.
Be contented, and you will be the richest man in the world.

I'd like to be the most just of men.
Desire for others what you desire for yourself, and you will be the most just of men.

I want to be the best of men.
Do good to others and you will be the best of men.

I wish to be the most favored by Allah.
Engage much in Allah's praise, and you will be most favored by Him.

I'd like to complete my faith.
If you have good manners you will complete your faith.

I wish to be among those who do good.
Adore Allah as if you see Him. If you don't see Him, He sees you. In this way you will be among those who do good.

I wish to be obedient to Allah.
If you observe Allah's commands you will be obedient.

I'd like to be free from all sins.
Bathe yourself from impurities and you will be free from all sins.

I'd like to be raised on the Day of Judgment in the light.
Don't wrong yourself or any other creature, and you will be raised on the Day of Judgment in the light.

I'd like Allah to bestow His mercy on me.
If you have mercy on yourself and on others, Allah will grant you mercy on the Day of Judgment.

I'd like my sins to be very few.
If you seek the forgiveness of Allah as much as you can; your sins will be very few.

I'd like to be the most honorable man.
If you do not complain to any fellow creature, you will be the most honorable of men.

I'd like to be the strongest of men.
If you put your trust in Allah, you be the strongest of men.

I'd like to enlarge my provision.
If you keep yourself pure, Allah will enlarge your provision.

I'd like to be loved by Allah and His messenger.
If you love what Allah and His messenger love you will be among their beloved ones.

Related by Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (Rahmatullah Ta'ala 'alaih)

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