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Thursday, January 01, 2009

TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF

By Ml Sulaiman Ravat

Rekindling the Islamic brotherhood and unity is impossible if we
don't become obedient to the commands of Allah Ta'aala. Allah
says "And (Allah) created the bond of love between their hearts. If
you (O Muhammad!) had spent whatever there is on this earth, you
will not have been able to create that bond of love between their
hearts." But Allah created the bond between them. The Mufassireen
(commentators) write that this means love between Muslims, a bounty
of Allah. He does not confer this bounty to those who are
disobedient.

A quality of the Muttaqeen (righteous) is that "they do not
intentionally continue with wrongdoing." They make Taubah (repent).
Taubah has 3 conditions for acceptance, regret, abstention, and a
firm intention not to commit the act again. If we made an intention
to abstain only for one month, then that is not sincere Taubah. If
we return to our old ways then it's a sign that our Taubah was
invalid.

We need to celebrate Islam, our fortune of being members of the
greatest faith ever revealed to humankind, our blessings at
receiving the most comprehensive of scriptures that has ever
descended from the heavens. We need to celebrate our selection as
followers of the greatest man ever who walked on the face of this
earth.

Once Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam asked the Sahaba: "the Imaan
(faith) of which creation amazes you the most?" They replied the
Imaan of the Malaaika. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said "What
reason do they have not to believe whilst they are in the presence
of their sustainer?" They said then, it must be the Imaan of the
Prophets. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said "what reason do they
have not to believe whilst they are the recipients of the divine
revelation. They said our Imaan. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam
said "what reason do you have not to believe whilst I'm in your
midst?" Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam thereupon said "indeed the
most amazing faith unto me is that of a people who will come after
my demise. They will find pages within which is a scripture and
simply believe therein i.e. without seeing me. (Mishkaat)

Yes, we are living in very demanding times yet we must draw strength
from the fact that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam acknowledged our
Imaan in this day and age. We are weak but not worthless.

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