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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Don't Be Sad - One Step At A Time

When addressing the masses in a sermon, an orator must take a step-
by-step, systematic approach. Systematic, in this instance, means
that more important issues should be dealt with first. This
principle is corroborated by the advice of the Messenger of Allah
Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam to Mu'aadh (may Allah be pleased with him),
when he dispatched him to Yemen:

"The first thing that you should call them to is to bear witness
that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and that I am
the Messenger of Allah..."

In our personal endeavours, many of us realize that we should seek
gradual development. Why then do we hurl everything down people's
throats at once!

"And those who disbelieve say: `Why is not the Qur`an revealed to
him all at once?' Thus [it is sent down in parts], that We may
strengthen your heart thereby. And We have revealed it to you
gradually, in stages [it was revealed to the Prophet over twenty
three years]." Surah Al-Furqan – Ayah 32.

Muslims should feel a sense of comfort and ease in learning the
teachings of Islam, especially since Islam came to save people from
inner strife.

The term Takleef which literally means "a burden (at least in one of
its connotations)," was mentioned in the Qur'an only in the
negative.

"Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope…" Surah Al-Baqarah –
Ayah 286.

When the Prophet's Companions would come to him asking for general
counsel or instruction, he would advise them in succinct and concise
words which were easily memorized. After understanding the
questioner's situation, the Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam always
gave a practical and simple response.

We err greatly when we try to present to an audience all of the
advice, teachings, manners, and wisdom that we have at our disposal.

"And [it is] a Qur'an which We have divided [into parts], in order
that you might recite it to men at intervals." Surah Al-Isra – Ayah
106.

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